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Kristen Gilmore Powell

Assistant Research Professor and Associate Director of the Center for Prevention Science

MSW, Rutgers Ph.D., Rutgers

Dr. Gilmore Powell’s areas of practice include leadership and management of externally funded research projects in prevention science; grant writing; participating in state and national substance abuse prevention systems; and research in the following areas: community-level interventions, organizational empowerment theory, evaluation research, measurement development (e.g. organizational effectiveness), and coalition capacity building and sustainability.


Kristen Gilmore Powell, Ph.D., L.S.W., is an Assistant Research Professor with the Rutgers University School of Social Work and Associate Director of the Center for Prevention Science. Dr. Powell earned her Ph.D. from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, School of Social Work, in 2013. She has been conducting research and evaluation on topics relevant to community-level interventions, empowerment theory, sustainability, health disparities, and prevention science for more than 9 years. Dr. Powell currently serves as Principal Investigator and Investigator on multiple externally funded research projects. Much of this work focuses on evaluating community-based organizations and coalitions, particularly those intervening in communities identified with high need and existing health disparities, to address the harmful consequences of substance abuse. The newest grant involves evaluating the impact of a statewide innovative program, addressing opioid overdose, response, and recovery. She has held several volunteer leadership positions, including her current role as President of the Board of Trustees of Triple C Housing, Inc.

Selected Recent Publications: 

Selected Recent Publications:

Treitler, P., Peterson, N.A., Howell, T. H., & Powell, K. G. (in press). Measuring sense of community responsibility in community-based prevention coalitions: An Item Response Theory analysis. American Journal of Community Psychology.

Peterson, C.H., Peterson, N.A., & Powell, K.G. (2017). Cognitive interviewing for item development: Validity evidence based on content and response processes. Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, 50(4), 217-223. doi: 10.1080/07481756.2017.1339564

Peterson, N.A., Powell, K.G., Peterson C.H. & Reid, R.J. (2017). Testing the phrase completion response option format in a sociopolitical control scale for youth. Community Psychology in Global Perspective, 3(1), 57-71. doi: 10.1285/i24212113v3i1p57

Peterson, N. A., Speer, P.W., Peterson C.H., Powell, K. G., Treitler, P., & Wang, Y. (2017). Importance of auxiliary theories in research on university-community partnerships: The example of psychological sense of community. Collaborations: A Journal of Community-Based Research and Practice, 1(1). Retrieved from 

Powell, K. G., Gold, S. Peterson, N. A., Borys, S., & Hallcom, D. (2017). Empowerment in coalitions targeting underage drinking: Differential effects of organizational characteristics for volunteers and staff. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, Special Edition, 17(1-2), 75-94. doi: 10.1080/1533256X.2017.1304947

  • Reprinted (in-press) in A. Begun, D. DiNitto, & L. Straussner (Eds.), Implementing the Grand Challenge of Reducing and Preventing Alcohol Misuse and Its Consequences. New York: Routledge.

Gold, S. Powell, K. G., Everson, M. & Peterson, N. A. (2017). Reply to Comment on “High-Risk Obtainment of Prescription Drugs by Older Adults in New Jersey: The Role of Prescription Opioids. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. doi: 10.1111/jgs.14792

Gold, S. Powell, K. G., Everson, M. & Peterson, N. A. (2016). High-Risk obtainment of prescription drugs among older adults in New Jersey: The role of prescription painkillers. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 64(10), e67-e77. doi: 10.1111/jgs.14430

Powell, K. G., & Peterson, N. A. (2014). Pathways to effectiveness in substance abuse prevention: Empowering organizational characteristics of community-based coalitions. Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership & Governance. 38, 471–486. doi: 10.1080/23303131.2014.935839

Gutierrez, M. A., Franco, L. M., Powell, K. G., Peterson, N. A. & Reid, R. J. (2009). Psychometric properties of the acculturation rating scale for Mexican Americans–II: Exploring dimensions of marginality among a diverse Latino population. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 31(3), 340-356.

Bradley, C., Maschi, T., & Gilmore, K. (2007). One woman’s life journey: A case study of spirituality and activism. Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work, 26(4): 21-48. doi: 10.1300/J377v26n04_02

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