Claremont Symposium on Applied Social Psychology

March 23, 2007

Implementing and Evaluating Health Behavior Interventions

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.

A sample ad from a recent New Mexico-based organ donation campaign designed by conference organizers Drs. Alvaro and Siegel.  Follow this link to watch a television promotion  from the same campaign.

 Streaming video of all talks is available by links in the conference schedule below.

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 Introduction
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     Break
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      Lunch
1:30 – 1:40 Eusebio Alvaro & Jason Siegel Introduction
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      Break
3:45 – 4:00 Eusebio Alvaro & Jason Siegel Synthesis: Applying Health Behavior Theory
4:15 – 5:15      Reception

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

For additional information, call the Claremont Graduate University Psychology Department at (909) 607-9016 or e-mail