March 23, 2007

Lessons from an Emergent Area in Health Psychology: Organ Donation

On any given day, a myriad of health interventions are being implemented across the nation.  All of these interventions are implemented with good intentions.  Unfortunately, good intentions are not enough if a health intervention is to be truly effective.

The 24th Annual Claremont Symposium on Applied Social Psychology will address the psychology of health behavior as seen in the case of organ donation interventions.  Specifically, scholars from across the nation will come together to discuss the most effective ways to create and implement behavioral health interventions. They will discuss cross-contextual applied psychology, using organ donation as the point of reference. This symposium will examine the challenges inherent in implementing psychology research in applied settings such as schools, worksites, the media, and local communities.

This topic will be addressed from a number of perspectives including theory application, pragmatic issues in implementing interventions, challenges in executing community-based assessment, and managing successful working relationships between academics and community organizations.

Interventions focusing on organ donation will be common theme of the day. All presentations, however, will be useful for any researcher or practitioner who is seeking to create, implement, and/or improve a health intervention or program. Organ donation is an exciting new area of inquiry. Studies from the past decade will be presented.

Who should attend?

The Applied Psychology Social Symposium will be useful for anyone interested in real-world issues regarding the conduct of applied social psychology research.  This will include researchers interested in changing health behaviors, as well as researchers and practitioners interested in implementing community-based interventions addressing organ donation or other health behaviors.

This will be an excellent opportunity to see applied psychology in action, equally rewarding for researchers, faculty members, and students of psychology, as well as for health behavior professionals.


Albrecht Auditorium

The John Stauffer Hall of Learning
Claremont Graduate University
925 N. Dartmouth Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711

The Symposium on Applied Social Psychology is hosted on the Claremont Graduate University campus in beautiful Claremont, Southern California.

Talk Videos

9:00 – 9:10
Eusebio Alvaro & Jason Siegel

9:15 – 9:35
Stuart Oskamp
Applying Psychology to Health Issues: Not Last Decade’s Approach

9:40 – 10:00
Mary Ganikos
Funding research that makes a difference: Lessons from a behavioral science program for organ donation research

10:05 – 10:25
Kimberly Downing
First Person Consent Ohio Donor Registry: Applying Theory and Research to a Statewide Intervention to Increase Organ Donor Registration

10:25 – 10:45

10:45 – 11:05
Diane Dodd-McCue
Behavioral research in hospital settings: The Family Communication Coordinator (FCC) Protocol and Research Applications in Organ Donation

11:10 – 11:30
Nancy Fahrenwald
Intervention research with American Indian, Alaska Native and other First Nation Peoples: An Organ and Tissue Donation Exemplar

11:35 – 11:55
Tom Feeley
School-based health interventions: A multi-campus classroom intervention to promote organ donation

12:00 – 12:20
Michael Quinn
Workplace interventions: Real-world challenges and practical solutions to program design and evaluation

12:20 – 1:30

1:30 – 1:40
Eusebio Alvaro & Jason Siegel

1:45 –2:05
Sara Pace Jones & Dave Bosch
Researchers are from Mars; Community Organizations are From Venus: Lessons learned when research design meets the road

2:10 – 2:30
Robert Fischer
Evaluating the Effects of Community-Based Health Interventions: Seeking Impact and Saving Lives Via Organ and Tissue Donation Promotion Efforts

2:35 – 2:55
Jackson Barnette
Measurement issues and methods in field based research and evaluation

3:00 – 3:20
Anita Pomerantz
Studying interpersonal conversations about health: The case of family discussions of organ and tissue donation

3:20 – 3:40

3:45 – 4:00
Eusebio Alvaro & Jason Siegel
Synthesis: Applying Health Behavior Theory

4:15 – 5:15

Speaker Bios

Follow the links to read more about our speakers.

Eusebio M. Alvaro, PhD, MPH
Research Faculty
Division of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences
Claremont Graduate University

J. Jackson (Jack) Barnette, PhD
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Professor, Department of Biostatistics
School of Public Health
University of Alabama at Birmingham

David Bosch, BA
Director of Communications
Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donor Network
President of the Board of Directors
Donate Life America

Diane Dodd-McCue, DBA
Associate Professor
School of Allied Health Professions
Virginia Commonwealth University

Kimberly Downing, PhD
Associate Director
Institute for Policy Research
University of Cincinnati

Nancy L. Fahrenwald, PhD, RN
Associate Professor
Coordinator of Nursing Research
South Dakota State University

Thomas Hugh Feeley, PhD
Research Associate Professor
Department of Communication
School of Informatics, SUNY – Buffalo

Robert Fischer, PhD, MPP
Research Associate Professor
Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
Case Western Reserve University

Mary Ganikos, PhD
Chief, Public & Professional Education Branch
Health Resources and Services Administration

Stuart Oskamp, PhD
Professor Emeritus
Division of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences
Claremont Graduate University

Sara Pace Jones, BA
Donor Program Development
Donor Network of Arizona

Anita Pomerantz, PhD
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Communication, SUNY- Albany

Michael Quinn, PhD
Assistant Professor
School of Medicine, University of Chicago

Jason T. Siegel, PhD
Research Faculty
Division of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences
Claremont Graduate University