David Crampton, PhD

Associate Professor

Ph.D. in Social Work and Political Science, University of Michigan
M.S.W., University of Michigan
M.P.P., University of Michigan
B.A., Oberlin College

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Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel
School of Applied Social Sciences
Case Western Reserve University
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106-7164


David S. Crampton is an Associate Professor of Social Work at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University. His research interests focus on the evaluation of family centered and community-based child welfare practices, with the ultimate goal of protecting vulnerable children through the engagement of families, communities and social service providers. Member of a national team evaluating the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Family to Family Initiative.
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Course List

  • SPPP 529 Child and Family Policy and Service Delivery
  • SASS 534 Community and Social Development Perspectives

Crampton, D., & Riley-Behringer, M. (2012).  What works in family support services?  In P. Curtis, P. & G. Alexander, (Eds). What Works in Child Welfare? (pp. 81-92 ). Washington, DC:Child Welfare League of America.

Crampton, D. S. (2011). Family group decision making. In R. J. R. Levesque (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Adolescence (pp. 930-936). New York, NY: Springer.

Crampton, D. S., & Coulton, C. J. (2011). The benefits of life table analysis for describing disproportionality. In D. Green, K. Belanger, R. McRoy, & L. Bullard (Eds.) Challenging racial disproportionality in child welfare: Research, policy and practice (pp. 45–52). Arlington, VA: CWLA Press.

Crampton, D. S., Usher, C., Wildfire, J., Webster, D., & Cuccaro-Alamin, S. (2011). Does community and family engagement enhance permanency for children in foster care?  Findings from an evaluation of the family to family initiative. Child Welfare, 90(4), 61-77.

Crea, T. M., & Crampton, D. S. (2011). The context of program implementation and evaluation: A pilot study of interorganizational differences to improve child welfare reform efforts. Children and Youth Services Review, 33, 2273-2281.

Crea, T. M., Crampton, D. S., Knight, N., & Paine-Wells, L. (2011). Organizational factors and the implementation of family to family: Contextual elements of systems reform. Child Welfare, 90(2), 143–161.

Pennell, J., & Crampton, D. S. (2011). Parents and child maltreatment: Integrating strategies. In J. W. White, M. P. Koss, & A. E. Kazdin (Eds.), Violence against women and children: Consensus, critical analyses, and emergent priorities (Vol. 2 Navigating solutions, pp.27–45). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Crampton, D., & Rideout, P. (2010). Restorative justice and child welfare: Engaging families and communities in the care and protection of children. In E. Beck, N. Kropf, & P. Leonard (Eds.), Social Work and Restorative Justice: Skills for Dialogue, Peacemaking, and Reconciliation (pp.175–194). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Wildfire, J., Rideout, P., & Crampton, D. (2010). Transforming child welfare, One Team Decisionmaking meeting at a time. Protecting Children, 25(2), 40–50.

Crampton, D., & Pennell, J. (2009). Family-involvement meetings with older children in foster care: Intuitive appeal, promising practices and the challenge of child welfare reform. In B. Kerman, M. Freundlich, & A. N. Maluccio (Eds.), Achieving permanence for older children and youth in foster care (pp. 266–290). New York, NY: Columbia University Press.

Piccola, T. D., & Crampton, D. (2009). Differences in foster care utilization among non-urban counties. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 3, 235–253.

Shlonsky, A., Schumaker, K., Cook, C., Crampton, D., Saini, M., Backe-Hansen, E. & Kowalski, K. (2009). Family Group Decision Making for children at risk of abuse and neglect [Protocol]. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 3 (Art. No.: CD007984).

In the News

Impact of Foster Care and Juvenile Justice on Future Youth Outcomes

Nov 6 2015

IMG_2333On November 5, 2015, Dr. Claudia Coulton presented the talk “Exploring the Impact of Foster Care and Juvenile Justice Involvement on Future Youth Outcomes” at the Mandel School as part of the Schubert Center for Child Studies‘ Conversation Series. This talk discussed a study on 9th graders in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District from  2005 to 2008.

The study found that almost 25% of 9th grade students in Cleveland were touched by the foster care and/or juvenile justice systems by the age of 18. Youth in foster care had four times the risk of homelessness than non foster care youth. Also, youth with chronic school delinquency (missing more than 10% of school days) had seven times the risk of going to jail.

Joining Dr. Coulton for the discussion were Thomas Pristow (Director of Cuyahoga County Division of Child and Family Services), Kate Lodge (Project Director for A Place 4 Me of YWCA) and Judge Denise N. Rini (Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court).

You can download the Schubert Center’s research brief and the presentation slides from the talk here (PDF). In addition to Dr. Coulton, who is the co-director for the Poverty Center, the presentation and the study had contributions from Center associate director Dr. David Crampton, senior research associate Dr. Seok-Joo Kim, and doctoral graduate assistant Youngmin Cho.

David Crampton to Deliver Keynote Address at Stroke Conference

Sep 18 2015

cramptonDavid Crampton, PhD, an associate professor of social work at the Mandel School who survived a stroke last spring, will deliver the keynote address at “Living Life After Stroke: Inspiration and Hope,” an event presented by the MetroHealth Rehabilitation Institute of Ohio on September 25 at the main campus of the MetroHealth Medical Center.

Panel topics include caregivers, vocational planning, and law issues. Attendees must register by September 18 by contacting Shelly Amato, RN, at 216.957.3625.

Dr. Crampton, who is also associate director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, is on medical leave through February, 2016.

Child Welfare Fellows: Leadership Training for Child Welfare Workers

Jun 14 2015

Victor Groza, PhD

The Child Welfare Fellows program, which was created in 2009 to increase the number of public child welfare employees with social work master’s degrees, has been funded again and expanded. In its first five years of funding, the specialized training program has been awarded more than $1.1 million from the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute with matching funds provided by the Mandel School and 25 child welfare employees in three Northeast Ohio counties (Cuyahoga, Lake and Summit) have obtained their Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA) degrees. With the expansion, the program is now open to full-time public child welfare staff in seven additional Ohio counties: Medina, Stark, Ashtabula, Geauga, Richfield, Huron and Trumbull.

The project is just one of 13 programs in the nation funded by the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute of the Children’s Bureau and is part of an ongoing evaluation process that includes national evaluation and tracking of fellows. Child Welfare Fellows offers up to five students/employees per year the opportunity to obtain scholarships for earning their MSSA degree in three years through the Mandel School’s Intensive Weekend program, which allows them to maintain full-time employment. For each year of funded graduate education, participants must return a year of public child welfare employment after graduating.

Strengthening the Current Child Welfare Workforce

The Child Welfare Fellows program has several distinguishing features, none more important than the fact that it supports professionals at local child welfare agencies who have demonstrated at least a two-to three-year commitment to the work. The expectation is that graduates will either enter or expand leadership roles in their agency.

Another distinguishing feature is that students move together through the master’s degree program as a cohort. This approach allows participants to expand their professional child welfare network, as their fellow students each weekend become their professional contacts during the week. It also encourages more in-depth learning, as student’s professional experiences and knowledge sharing enrich reading assignments and classroom discussions.

× “Becoming the recipient of the fellowship was life altering. Although I was a working professional, other financial responsibilities prevented me from considering graduate school. This scholarship eliminated that barrier and gave me the opportunity to grow and develop as a leader in the child welfare field.” Marquetese Betts

More Opportunities for Professional Development

Supervision and leadership coursework are part of the plan of study for each participant. The project also provides an enhanced field learning experience through individual and small group meetings to help students integrate field and course work. Prior to graduation, fellows prepare a portfolio presentation that documents their abilities and child welfare competencies over time in the program. These poster presentations culminate in a luncheon and presentation of a certificate for being part of the national initiative.

Mandel School faculty members involved with the program include: Associate Professor David Crampton (, Assistant Professor Zoe Breen Wood ( and Beth Brindo, field faculty advisor and leadership coach (

For more information about the Child Welfare Fellows program, visit, or contact Victor K. Groza, Grace F. Brody Professor of Parent-Child Studies (, or Gerald A. Strom, Senior Instructor and Intensive Weekend Program Director (