Portrait of J Siegel
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  • Degrees
    PhD, Educational Psychology, University of Arizona
    MA, Communication, University of Arizona
    BA, TV/Radio, Brooklyn College
  • Research Interests
    Social psychology; Persuasion; Motivation; Social influence processes; Health behavior (primarily: depression, organ donation, substance abuse), Research Methodology

Jason T. Siegel is an associate professor of social psychology in Claremont Graduate University’s Division of Behavioral & Organizational Sciences. His research primarily focuses on the application of social psychological theorizing on persuasion and motivation to the health domain. Siegel’s most common topics of focus include depression, organ donation, and adolescent substance abuse. He has recently begun to investigate how elevation influences help-seeking for depression and organ donation behavior.

Siegel received his MA in Communication before receiving his PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Arizona, where he then taught before coming to Claremont Graduate University in 2004. He has also worked in professional occupations as a subject matter expert at the Department of Labor’s Chief Evaluation Office in Washington, DC, and as the co-owner of Applied Research and Consulting L.L.C. in Upland, California.

Siegel has received funding through such organizations as the National Institutes on Drug Abuse, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. Department of Labor. He is currently the principal investigator of two $1.3-million grants funded by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. He has won numerous awards and honors, including a nomination and acceptance into the Society of Experimental Social Psychology (2015), the 2014 Early Career Research Award by the Western Psychological Association, and a 2011 Research Jedi Award.

In collaboration with his graduate students, Siegel has recently developed goal disruption theory. This motivational framework seeks to explain when goal-relevant expectation violations are most likely to cause psychological disequilibrium and the breadth of outcomes that occur as a result. Siegel’s courses include Research Methods, Motivation, Survey Research Methods, and Health Behavior Program Development.

Siegel, J. T., Tan, C. N., Rosenberg, B. D.*, Navarro, M. A.*, Thomson, A.*, Lyrintzis, E. A.*, Alvaro, E. A.*, & Jones, N. D.* (2016). Anger, frustration, boredom and the Department of Motor Vehicles: Can negative emotions impede organ donor registration? Social Science and Medicine, 153, 174–181

Keeler, A.* & Siegel, J. T. (2016). Depression, Help Seeking, and Perceived Family Functioning among Hispanics and Non-Hispanics Whites. Journal of Affective Disorders, 202, 236–46.

Ruybal, A. L.* & Siegel, J. T. (2016). Increasing the provision of assistance to women with postpartum depression: An application of attribution theory. Stigma and Health.

Rosenberg, B. D.* & Siegel, J. T. (2016). The effect of inconsistency appeals on the influence of direct-to-consumer prescription drug advertisements: An application of goal disruption theory. Journal of Health Communication, 21, 217–27

Siegel, J. T., Navarro, M. A.*, Thomson, A. L.* (2015). The impact of overtly listing eligibility requirements on MTurk: An investigation involving organ donation, recruitment scripts, and feelings of elevation. Social Science and Medicine, 142, 256–60

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, 242–55.

*Co-author was a student when the work was completed.

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Health Behavior Program Development