Mary Maley
Mary Maley
Extension Associate
Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research

201A Caldwell Hall


Mary Maley is an Extension Associate with the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research (BCTR) in the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University, working with both the Act for Youth Center of Excellence and the BCTR Research Synthesis project. Mary’s research and extension interests are closely integrated to facilitate linkages between evidence and practice. Areas of focus include positive youth development, implementation science, evaluation of evidence-based community practice and ecological influences on health.

Previously, Mary worked with the Cornell Program on Breast Cancer and Environmental Risk Factors (BCERF) in the Sprecher Institute for Comparative Cancer Research, with a focus on building community capacity to address obesity prevention for breast cancer risk reduction using an ecological approach.

Mary holds a master's degree in adult and extension education with a minor in community nutrition from Cornell University and a bachelor's degree from the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College.

My current research includes evaluation of evidence-based practice, systems for research synthesis, and collection and analysis of qualitative data on adolescent reproductive health. In my role as Extension Associate for Research Synthesis and Translation at the BCTR, my research is closely integrated with my extension efforts to facilitate linkages between evidence and practice.


Agans, J., Maley, M., & Rainone, N., Cope, M.,Turner, A., Eckenrode, J., Pillemer, K. (2020). Evaluating the evidence for youth outcomes in 4-H: A scoping review, Children and Youth Services Review, 108(C). DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.104617

Powers, J., Maley, M., Purington, A., Schantz, K., Dotterweich, J. (2015) Implementing evidence-based programs: Lessons learned from the field. Applied Developmental Science, 19(2), 108-116.

Maley, M., Warren, B.S., Devine, C.M. (2013). A second chance: Meanings of body weight, diet, and physical activity to women who have experienced cancer. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 45(3), 232-239.

Devine, C.M., Maley, M., Farrell, T.J., Warren B., Sadigov, S., Carroll, J. (2012). Process evaluation of an environmental walking and healthy eating pilot in small rural worksites. Evaluation and Program Planning, 35, 88–96.

Maley, M., An ecological approach to adolescent obesity: Working together to support healthy youth. ACT for Youth Center of Excellence Research Facts and Findings. February 2012.

Warren, B.S., Wakshlag, J.J., Maley, M., Farrell, T., Struble, A.M., Panasevich, M.R., Wells, M.T. (2011). Use of pedometers to measure the relationship of dog walking to body condition score in obese and non-obese dogs. British Journal of Nutrition, 106, S85–S89. doi:10.1017/S0007114511001814.

Maley, M., Devine, C., Warren, B. (2010). Perceptions of the environment for eating and exercise in a rural community. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 42, 185-191.

Warren, B., Maley, M., Sugarwala, L., Devine, C. (2010). Small steps are easier together: An environmental goal based program to increase walking in rural worksites. Preventive Medicine, 50(5-6), 230-234.

My current extension activities include synthesizing and communicating social and behavior research to support extension and outreach programs, and the development, implementation and evaluation of evidence-based projects in community settings.


M.S., Adult and Extension Education, minor in Community Nutrition, Cornell University

B.S., Roy H. Park School of Communications, Ithaca College

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