David Crampton, PhD

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

2015 Cuyahoga County Conference on Social Welfare Presenters and Moderators

Mar 26 2015

cleveland-skylineThe Mandel School is thrilled to be a co-sponsor of and exhibitor at the 2015 Cuyahoga County Conference on Social Welfare on Friday, March 27, at Cleveland State University. It’s a terrific opportunity to see many of our faculty and alumni presenting workshops and moderating discussions on a wide variety of vital social work topics.


Anna Maria Santiago, PhD: CCCOSW keynote speaker

David Crampton, PhD: “Partnering for Success: A Pay for Success Program” presenter at 10:15am workshop

David Hussey, MSSA 1979, PhD 1992: “Uniformity in Adult Reentry Plans” presenter at 2:15pm roundtable discussion


Rev. Lorenzo Norris, MSSA 1982: Closing plenary co-speaker

Morning Workshops at 10:15am

Karen McHenry, MSSA 1994, and Angela D’Orazio, MSSA 2011: “Housing Maze for Youth in Transition”

Georgia Anetzberger, MSSA 1980: “Elder Justice Roadmap: A National Call to Action for Responding to Elder Abuse”

Rachael Sommer, MSSA 2008: “Collaborative Synergy for Community Transformation”

Afternoon Roundtable Discussions at 2:15pm

Mamadou Seck, MSSA 1992, PhD 2007: Adult Corrections co-presenter – “Individuals with Developmental Disabilities Involved in the Criminal Justice System: A Seven Year Study of Research and Practice”

Cynthia Mason, MSSA 2005: Aging co-presenter – “Cuyahoga County Offers a Helping Hand to Persons with Disabilities”

Deborah Willis, MSSA 1982: Bullying/Cyber-bullying moderator – “Stand Up, Stand Strong: Effective techniques victims of bullying can use to stop the harassment”

Rosemary Creeden, MSSA 1994: Child Maltreatment moderator – “Policy Analysis of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (“Erin’s Law”)

Geraldine Burns, MSSA 1971: Community Organizing presenter

Gail Long, MSSA 1967, moderator, and Larry Bresler, MSSA 1973, presenter: Economic Insecurity – “Having a Voice in Ohio’s State Budget for the Funding of Human Needs”

Belle Likover, MSSA 1969: HIV/AIDS moderator – “HIV: The New Normal”

Bert Rahl, MSSA 1994: Housing presenter – “At the Intersection of Hoarding Disorder and the Cleveland Housing Court”

LaToya Logan, MSSA 2006: Juvenile Justice presenter – “Working with African-American Males: Treating Trauma, Aggression and Apathy”

Robert O. Staib, MSSA 1984: Living Wages moderator – “Local Minimum Wage Initiatives in Ohio”

Kitty Leung, MSSA 2006: Non-AOD Addictions moderator – “Community Response to Problem Gambling in Cuyahoga County”

LaShon Sawyer, MSSA 2000: Reentry moderator – “Uniformity in Adult Reentry Plans”

Janice Williams, MSSA 1976: School-based Services presenter – “It takes a team and a really good theory”

Maya Simek, MSSA 2007: Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity presenter – “Creating Change: Inclusive Policies for LGBTQ Clients and Constituents”






Visit with us at SSWR 2015

Jan 15 2015

SSWR 2015The Mandel School will have a substantial presence at the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) 2015 Annual Conference this week in New Orleans. Stop by Booth #100 to visit with Dean Grover “Cleve” Gilmore, faculty and PhD students who are gathered for the event. Additionally, the following papers and posters will be presented at SSWR (faculty names are in bold and doctoral students/graduates are in italics):

  • Suzanne Brown & Elizabeth M. Tracy, PhD: Parenting competence and the role of children for mothers recovering from substance dependence
  • Youngmin Cho & Kyung-Hoon Han: Mediating role of self-esteem on the relationship between exposure to violence and self-rate health among South Korean middle school
  • Youngmin Cho & Claudia J. Coulton, PhD: The effects of parental nonstandard work schedules on adolescents’ academic achievement in dual-earner kouseholds in South Korea
  • Chia Ling Chung: Empowerment as a mediator in the relationship between social support and internalized stigma in family caregivers of adults with severe mental illness
  • Chia Ling Chung, David E. Biegel, PhD, Ching Wen Chang: Loneliness as a mediator in the relationship between social support and quality of life in adults with severe mental illness
  • David Crampton, PhD; S. K. Bearman, K. Corteselli, & Susan Yoon: Ongoing efforts to develop the evidence-base of team decision making
  • Janelle Duda; Fred Butcher, PhD; Daniel Flannery, PhD; Jeffrey M. Kretschmar, PhD; Stephen Morgano: Individuals with open warrants: Motivations for surrendering at a church
  • Eunlye Lee, Anna Maria Santiago, PhD, & G.C. Galster: Neighborhood influences on smoking and marijuana use among low-income African American and Latino adolescents
  • Hyung Yong Park, Elizabeth M. Tracy, PhD & Meeyoung Oh Min, PhD: Longitudinal associations among sobriety support, substance using members, and substance use at 6 and 12 months post treatment
  • Susan Yoon & Megan R. Holmes, PhD: Child exposure to violence: The underlying effect of trauma symptoms on behavior problems.

David Crampton Discusses Benefits of Pay for Success in Plain Dealer

Jan 5 2015

Dr. David Crampton, Associate Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at the Mandel School, submitted the guest column “‘Pay for Success’ could benefit homeless families and Cuyahoga taxpayers” to the Cleveland Plain Dealer on December 31, 2014. Dr. Crampton discussed how the PFS program aims to reduce how long children with homeless caregivers will spend in foster care. This would both save tax dollars and show a more effective method to assist vulnerable families.

Partnering for Family Success, the first county-level PFS project in the country, was announced at a Chicago summit hosted by the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation in December. The program started on January 1.

The Poverty Center houses an Integrated Data System that was used to determine the overlap between the homeless and child welfare systems in Cuyahoga County as preliminary analyses to identify the initiative’s target population.  The Center is continuing to evaluate the success and outcomes of PFS.