skip to navigation skip to content
For Students, Faculty, and Staff: MyU One Stop



Arthur J. Reynolds

Ph.D., 1989, University of Illinois at Chicago

Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Room 225 HHH

301 19th Avenue South

Early educational interventions, early childhood development, evaluation research, prevention science, and school & family influences on development.

Chicago Longitudinal Study

Midwest Expansion of the Child-Parent Center (CPC) Education Program

Human Capital Research Collaborative

I study the effects of early childhood intervention on children's development from school entry to early adulthood. I also investigate the family and school influences on children's educational success. Evaluation research and prevention science are key aspects of my projects.

The focal point of my current work is as Director of the Chicago Longitudinal Study, one of the largest and most extensive studies of the effects of early childhood intervention. The project tracks the life-course development of 1,500 children who attended early childhood programs in inner-city Chicago. The main focus is on the effects of the Child-Parent Center program, a school-based intervention from preschool to the early school grades.

This on-going, 26-year project is now in the adult phase. In addition to examining the effects of intervention on education, economic well-being, health, mental health, and family outcomes, our project team is documenting the determinants of child maltreatment, delinquency and crime, educational attainment, and economic well-being. A major aspect of these explanatory studies is understanding the processes by which early childhood experiences affect development into adulthood. With economist Judy Temple, we also conduct cost-benefit analyses. A cost-benefit analysis of the Child-Parent Center program has been published up to age 26.

I am interested more broadly in school and family influences on children's development, the evaluation of social programs, prevention science, intervention research, and the determinants of economic and social well-being in early adulthood. I also study how child development and evaluation research affect social policy.

Selected Publications

  1. Chan, W., Ou, S. & Reynolds, A. J. (In press). Adolescent Civic Engagement and Adult Outcomes: An Examination among Urban Racial Minorities. Journal of Youth and Adolescence.

    Arteaga, I., Humpage, S., Reynolds, A.J. & Temple, J.A. (2014). One Year of Preschool or Two–Is It Important for Adult Outcomes? Results from the Chicago Longitudinal Study of the Child-Parent Centers, Economics of Education Review, 40, 221-237.

    Herbers, J. E., Reynolds, A. J., & Chen, C. (2013). School mobility and developmental outcomes in young adulthood. Development and Psychopathology, 25, 501-515.

    Mersky, J. P., Topitzes, J., & Reynolds, A. J. (2013). Impacts of adverse childhood experiences on health, mental health, and substance use in early adulthood: A cohort study of an urban, minority sample in the U.S. Child Abuse & Neglect, 37 (11), 917-925.

    Reynolds, A. J., Temple, J. A., Ou, S., Arteaga, I. A. & White, B. (2011). School-Based Early Childhood Education and Age-28 Well-Being: Effects by Timing, Dosage, and Subgroups. Science 333, 360-364, 15 July 2011 DOI: 10.1126/science.1203618.

    Reynolds, A. J. Temple, J. A., White, B., Ou, S. & Robertson, D. L. (2011). Age-26 cost-benefit analysis of the Child-Parent Center early education program. Child Development, 82(1), 379-404.

    Reynolds, A. J. & Ou, S. (2011). Paths of effects from preschool to adult well-being: A confirmatory analysis of the Child-Parent Center Program. Child Development, 82 (2), 555-582.

  2. Reynolds, A. J., Magnuson, K. & Ou, S. (2010). Preschool-to-third grade programs and practices: A review of research. Children and Youth Services Review, 32(8), 1121-1131.

    Reynolds, A. J., Rolnick, A. J., Englund, M., & Temple, J. (Eds.). (2010). Childhood programs and practices in the first decade of life: A human capital integration. New York: Cambridge University Press.

    Reynolds, A. J., Temple, J. A. & Ou, S. (2010). Preschool education, educational attainment, and crime prevention: Contributions of cognitive and non-cognitive skills. Children and Youth Services Review, 32, 1054-1063.

    Reynolds, A. J., Temple, J. A. & White, B. A. (2009). Cost-effective early childhood development programs: A synthesis of evidence in the first decade of life. Encyclopedia of Education.

    Reynolds, A. J., Mathieson, L. C., & Topitzes, J. W. (2009). Do early childhood interventions prevent child maltreatment? A review of research. Child Maltreatment, 14(2), 182-206.

    Reynolds, A. J., Temple, J. A., Ou, S., Robertson, D. L., Mersky, J. P., Topitzes, J. W., & Niles, M. D. (2007). Effects  of a school-based early childhood intervention on adult health and well-being: A 19-year follow-up of low-income families. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, 161(8), 730-739.


    Reynolds, A. J., Temple, J. A., & Rolnick, A. J. (Eds.). (2014). Health and education in early childhood: Predictors, interventions, and policies,. New York: Cambridge University Press.

    Reynolds, A. J. (2012). Success in early intervention: The Chicago Child-Parent Centers. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press (Reprinted from 2000).