Jason T. Siegel

Jason T. Siegel, Ph.D. (Associate Professor) is a social-health psychologist who is trying to save the world through science. He was recently awarded the 2014 Early Career Research Award by the Western Psychological Association. Dr. Siegel is also the proud recipient of a 2011 Research Jedi Award.  

His research primarily focuses on the application of social psychological theorizing to the health domain. Dr. Siegel’s most common topics of focus include depression, organ donation, and adolescent substance abuse. He has recently begun to investigate how elevation influences both help seeking for depression and organ donation behavior. Further, in collaboration with his graduate students, Dr. Siegel has recently developed goal disruption theory (GDTheory.com). This motivational framework seeks to explain when goal-relevant expectation violations are most likely to case psychological disequilibrium and the breadth of outcomes that occur as a result.

Courses taught by Dr. Siegel include Research Methods, Motivation, Survey Research Methods, and Health Behavior Program Development. Please click on the course name for recent syllabi. 

Dr. Siegel has received funding through organizations such as the National Institutes on Drug Abuse, the Center for Disease Control, and the U.S. Department of Labor. He is currently the Principle Investigator of a $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration that seeks to increase organ donation among Spanish-dominant Hispanics through the application of research on positive emotions (e.g., elevation).

2013 - Present: Select Publications & Presentations


*indicates author was a student at the time the research was conducted

Lienemann, B. A.* & Siegel, J. T. (in press). Reactance to Depression Public Service Announcements among People with Depression: The boomerang cometh. Health Communication.

Siegel, J. T., Tan, C. A.*, Navarro, M. N.*, Alvaro E. A., Crano, W. D. (2015). The power of the proposition: Frequency of marijuana offers, parental monitoring, and adolescent marijuana use. Drug Use and Dependence, 148, 34-39.

Rosenberg, B. D.*, Lewandowski, J. A.*, & Siegel, J. T. (2015). Goal disruption theory, military personnel, and the creation of merged profiles: A mixed method investigation. Journal of Mixed Methods Research. doI: 10.1177/1558689813508006

Siegel, J. T., Lienemann, B. A.*, & Tan, C. N.* (2015). Influencing help seeking among people with elevated depressive symptomatology: Mistargeting as a persuasive technique. Clinical Psychological Science, 3, 242-255. doi: 10.1177/2167702614542846

Keeler, A. R.*, Siegel, J. T., & Alvaro, E. A. (2014). Depression and Help Seeking Among Mexican-Americans: The Mediating Role of Familism. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 16, 1225-1231. doi: 10.1007/s10903-013-9824-6

Siegel, J. T., O’Brien*, E. K., Alvaro, E. A., & Paulson, J. (2014). Barriers to living donation among First-Generation Hispanics in Downtown Los Angeles. Qualitative Health Research, 24, 1360-1367.

Thomson, A. L. *, Nakamura, J. N., Siegel, J. T., & Csikszentmihalyi, M. (2014). Elevation and mentoring: An experimental assessment of causal relations. Journal of Positive Psychology, 9, 402-413. doi: 10.1080/17439760.2014.910824

Siegel, J. T., Thomson, A. L.*, & Navarro, M. N. * (2014). Experimentally distinguishing elevation from gratitude: Oh, the morality. Journal of Positive Psychology. doi: 10.1080/17439760.2014.910825

Johnson, I.*, Siegel, J. T., & Crano, W. D. (2014). Expanding the reach of vested interest in predicting attitude-behavior consistency. Social Influence, 9, 20-36. doi: 10.1080/15534510.2012.738243

Siegel, J. T., Crano, W. D., Alvaro, E. A. Lac, A.*, Hackett, J. D.*, & Hohman, Z.* (2014). Differentiating Common Predictors and Outcomes of Marijuana Initiation: A Retrospective Longitudinal Analysis. Substance Use and Misuse, 49, 30-40. doi: 10.3109/10826084.2013.817427

Hohman, Z. P. *, Crano, W. D., Siegel, J. T., & Alvaro, E. (2014). Attitude Ambivalence, Friend Norms, and Adolescent Drug Use. Prevention Science, 15, 65-74. doi: 10.1007/s11121-013-0368-8

Siegel, J. T., Navarro, M. A.,* Tan, C., N.*, Hyde, M. K. (2014). Organ Donor Registration and Attitude-Behavior Consistency: A Classic Innovation. Health Psychology, 33, 1084-1091.

Sperry, K. * & Siegel, J. T. (2013). Victim responsibility, credibility, and verdict in a simulated rape case: Application of Weiner's attribution model. Legal and Criminological Psychology, 18, 16-29. doi: 10.1111/j.2044-8333.2011.02022.x

Thomson, A. L. * & Siegel, J. T. (2013).  A Moral Act, Elevation, and Prosocial Behavior: Moderators of Morality. Journal of Positive Psychology, 8, 50-64. doi: 10.1080/17439760.2012.754926

Gonzalez, A. V.*,  Siegel, J. T., Alvaro, E. M., & O’Brien* (2013). The Effect of Depression on Physician–Patient Communication Among Hispanic End-Stage Renal Disease Patients. Journal of Health Communication, 18, 485-97. doi: 10.1080/10810730.2012.727962

Lienemann, B. A.*, Siegel, J. T., & Crano, W. D. (2013). Persuading depressed people to seek treatment: Respect the boomerang. Health Communication, 28, 718-728.

Nydegger, L. A. *, Keeler, A. R. *, Hood, C. *, Siegel, J. T., & Stacy, A. W. (2013). Effects of a One Hour Intervention on Condom Implementation Intentions among Drug Users in Southern California. AIDS Care, 12, 1586-1591. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2013.793271

Huansuriya, T.*, Siegel, J. T., Crano, W. D. (2013). Parent-Child Drug Communication: Pathway from Parents’ Ads Exposure to Youths’ Marijuana Use Intention. Journal of Health Communication, 8, 1-16. doi: 10.1080/10810730.2013.811326

Alvaro, E. A., Crano, W. D., Siegel, J. T., Hohman, Z. *, Johnson, I. *, & Nakawaki, B. * (2013). Adolescents’ Attitudes toward Anti-marijuana Ads, Usage Intentions, and Actual Marijuana Usage. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 27, 1027-1035. doi: 10.1037/a0031960

Miller, S. *, Siegel, J. T., Hohman, Z. P. * & Crano, W. D. (2013). Factors Mediating the Association of the Recency of Parent's Marijuana Use and Their Adolescent Children's Subsequent Initiation.  Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 27, 848-853. doi: 10.1037/a0032201.

Book Chapters/Sections

Crano, W.D., & Siegel, J. T. (in press). Social Signals and Persuasion. In J.K. Burgoon, A. Vinciarellu, M. Pantic, & N. Magnenat-Thalmann  (Eds.), Social Signaling Processes. Cambridge University Press.  

Miller, S. M.*, Siegel, J. T., Crano, W. D. (in press). Parental Influence on Children’s Cannabis Use. In The Handbook of Cannabis and Related Pathologies.

Crano, W.D., Alvaro, E.A., & Siegel, J. T. (in press). The Media Campaign as a Focal Prevention
Strategy: A Guide to their Design, Implementation, and Evaluation. In L.M. Scheier (Ed.), Handbook of Drug Prevention. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Siegel, J. T. (2013). Illuminating the psychological processes associated with renal failure diagnosis and living donation considerations: An application of Goal Disruption Theory. In Lauri, M. (Ed.), Organ Donation and Transplantation – An Interdisciplinary Approach (pp. 117-140).

Invited Editorials

Siegel, J. T. & Alvaro, E. M. (2013). Bone marrow donation and non-living organ donation: Thoughts inspired by Dr. Ambady’s search for a bone marrow donor.  The Forward (Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues), 235, 10-14.

Invited Workshops and Talks

Siegel, J.T., Alvaro, E. A., & Navaro, M. A.* (2013). Evaluating Social Media. Webinar presented for the Centers for Disease Control.

Siegel, J.T. & Alvaro, E. A. (2013). Survey Design Workshop presented for the Department of Labor’s Chief Evaluation Office.

Siegel J.T. & Alvaro, E.A. (2013). The I.I.F.F. (Immediacy, Information, Focus, Favorable Activation) Model. Webinar presented for the Division of Transplantation, Health Resources and Services Administration, Grantee Showcase.