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William Evans, Ph.D.

Professor, Human Development and Family Studies

Adolescent Development State Specialist, Nevada
Cooperative Extension

Ph.D. in Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles 1990

M.A., California State University, Dominguez Hills

B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara


My research interests include a variety of adolescent risk, resiliency, and developmental issues; and I have focused on youth worker issues, youth violence and suicide, adolescent sense of coherence, and the evaluation of community-based programs for the past several years. As the Adolescent Development State Specialist for Nevada Cooperative Extension, I routinely assess the educational needs of the state using quantitative and qualitative methods and provide leadership in the development, implementation, and evaluation of educational programs that address critical youth needs. In this role, I have provided leadership or was an active team member for numerous community needs assessment and asset mapping projects statewide. I also have been involved nationally and statewide in the development of a number of education programs focused on youth and their families that have emphasized the enhancement of life skills for youth, the prevention of youth violence and suicide, and the reduction of risky behaviors and delinquency. In addition, I devote a large percentage of my professional time to the evaluation of community-based programs and have been the lead evaluator on numerous regional and national projects. I currently am the editor and facilitator of two federally funded projects to develop evaluation instruments and resources for youth related prevention programs. I also teach in my department and for the Social Psychology department. Recent topics have included Family Theories, Program Evaluation and Development, and Research Methods.

Recent Selected Publications:

Marsh, S., Evans, W.P., & Weigel, D.J. (2009). Exploring Models of Resiliency by Gender in Relation to Adolescent VictimizationVictims & Offenders, 4(3), 230 – 248.

Brosh, J., Wiegel, D., & Evans, W.P., & (2009).  Assessing the supports needed to help pregnant and parenting adolescents reach their educational and career goals. Journal of Extension, published online at: http://www.joe.org/joe/2009february/rb8.php.

Evans, W.P., Marsh, S., & Weigel, D.J.  (2009).  Promoting adolescent sense of coherence:  testing models of risk, protection, and resiliency.  Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology.  Published online version Jan. 5, 2009.

Carter, M.J. & Evans, W.P. (2008).  A procedural model for assessment and treatment within school-based family counseling.  International Journal of School-Based Family Counseling, 1(1), 25-39.

Marsh, S. C., & Evans, W. P.  (2008). Youth perspectives on their relationships with staff in juvenile correction settings and perceived likelihood of success on release.  Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, 7(1), 46-67.

Letner, J., Evans, W.P., Killian, E., & Brown, R. (2007). Youth worker characteristics and self-reported competencies as predictors of job satisfaction and intent to remain in the field. Child and Youth Care Forum, 37 (1).

Brosh, J., Wiegel, D., & Evans, W.P. (2007).  Pregnant and parenting adolescents’ perception of sources and supports in relation to educational goals. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 24(6), 565-578.

Marsh, S., Clinkenbeard, S., Thomas, R.M., & Evans, W.P., (2007).  Risk and protective factors predictive of sense of coherence during adolescence. Journal of Health Psychology, 12(2).

Marsh, S. & Evans, W.P. (2007). Predictors of staff responses to problematic youth behavior in detention and correctional settings.  Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 44(1).

Singletary, L. Smith, M. and Evans, W.  (2006).  Self-Perceived 4-H Leader Competencies and Their Relation to the Skills Youth Learn Through 4-H Youth Development Programs.  Journal of Extension, 44(4), Article # 4RIB2.

Singletary, L., Smith, M., & Evans, W.P. (2005).  An assessment of 4-H volunteer leader skills and implications for global 4-H program development.  Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education, 12(2), 35-42.

Christiansen, E., & Evans, W.P. (2005). Adolescent victimization:  Testing models of resiliency by gender.  Journal of Early Adolescence, 25(3), 298-316.

Evans, W.P., Owens, P., & Marsh, S. (2005).  Locus of control, environmental factors, and adolescent suicide risk. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 22(3), 1-17.

Brown, R., Killian, E. & Evans, W.P..  (2005). Problem gambling patterns in a sample of Las Vegas area detained youth. The Journal of Gambling Issues, 13(March).

Brown, R. & Evans, W.P.  (2004). A collaborative community change model:  Understanding and evaluating university extension professional’s role in community change.  Journal of Extension, 42(2).

Albers, E., Santangelo, L., McKinney, G., Cavot, S., Rock, S., & Evans, W. P.  (2003). A conceptual three-dimensional model for evaluating community-based substance abuse prevention programs.  Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, 12(2), 1-11.

Brown, R., Killian, E., & Evans, W.P.  (2003). Familial functioning as a support system for adolescents’ post-detention success.  International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 47, 529-541.

Evans, W.P., Brown, R., & Killian, E. (2002). Decision-making and perceived post-detention success among incarcerated youth.  Crime and Delinquency, 48(4), 553-567.

Contact Info:

You can e-mail Dr. Evans at wevans@unr.edu

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