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Jason Siegel

Jason T. Siegel is a professor of psychology at the School of Social Science, Policy, and Evaluation. His research focuses on the social psychology of health behavior change. Dr. Siegel applies theories of persuasion and motivation to create messages for increasing help-seeking among people with depression, reducing the stigmatization of people with depression, increasing organ donor registration behavior, and reducing substance abuse in adolescents. His work has resulted in over 100 publications with over 50 different student co-authors.

Dr. Siegel has been the principal investigator for over five million dollars worth of grants and contracts from organizations such as the Health Resource and Services Administration, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He is currently working with HCA Healthcare to increase help-seeking for depression among medical residents. Dr. Siegel has also served as co-investigator for an additional 20 million dollars of funding and provided research consultation and workshops for organizations such as NBC/Universal, the Centers for Disease Control, Riverside Community College, and the Virginia Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission.

Dr. Siegel’s work has won awards such as the Western Psychological Association’s Social Responsibility Award and Claremont Graduate University’s Presidential Research Award (Inaugural winner), recognizing outstanding contributions to new knowledge by faculty.

Co-authored with A. Ruybal. “Increasing Social Support for Women with Postpartum Depression Through Attribution Theory Guided Vignettes and Video Messages: The Understudied Role of Effort.” Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 97, (2021).

Co-authored with D. R. Blazek, et al. “Organ donation and departments of motor vehicles: Multiple messages, implementations, and replications.” Health Psychology 40, (2021): 368–379. (Supplemental)

Co-authored with T. Muschetto. “Bibliometric Review of Attribution Theory: A Document Co-Citation Analysis” Motivation Science 7, (2021): 439-450.

Co-authored with T. Straszewski. “From writing tasks to a public service announcement: Experimentally assessing savoring as a means of increasing help-seeking for depression.” Social Science and Medicine 287, (2021): 114362

Co-authored with B. D. Rosenberg. Threatening uncertainty and psychological reactance: Are freedom threats always noxious? Current Psychology, (2021):

Co-authored with E. Yao. The Influence of Perceptions of Intentionality and Controllability on Perceived Responsibility: Applying Attribution Theory to People’s Responses to Social Transgression in the COVID-19 Pandemic. Motivation Science, (2021):

Co-authored with C. D. Donaldson, et al. “A Rebuttal-Based Social Norms-Tailored Cannabis Intervention for At-Risk Adolescents.” Prevention Science 22, (2021): 609-620.

Co-authored by E. Yao. “Examining the role of interpersonal relationship on attribution, emotion, and depression support provision: Experimental evidence from the People’s Republic of China.” Motivation Science 7, (2021): 46–55.

Co-authored with D. R. Blazek et al. “It’s all relative: Increasing organ donor registration intentions by maximizing family-relevant vested interest.” Journal of Health Psychology 26, (2021): 818–830

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