Portrait of Stuart Donaldson
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  • Degrees
    PhD, Psychology, Claremont Graduate University
    MA, General Experimental Psychology, California State University, Fullerton
    BA, Behavioral Science, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • Research Interests
    Positive organizational psychology, Theory-driven evaluation, Organizational and career development, Health and well-being

Stewart I. Donaldson holds many appointments at Claremont Graduate University. He is professor of psychology and community and global health, dean of the School of Social Science, Policy & Evaluation (SSSPE) and the School of Community & Global Health (SCGH), and director of the Claremont Evaluation Center (CEC). He has taught numerous courses and published widely on the topics of evaluation theory and practice, health promotion and disease prevention, positive psychology, organizational psychology, organizational and career development, cross-cultural and international evaluation and research, and applied research methods.

Since receiving his PhD from Claremont Graduate University, Donaldson has built a career rich in both academic and professional experience. He is immediate past-president of the American Evaluation Association (2015) and has served on numerous boards including the International Positive Psychology Association, Western Positive Psychology Association (co-founder), American Evaluation Association, EvalPartners, The Faster Forward Fund, Centre for Program Evaluation at the University of Melbourne, The Evaluators Institute, American Journal of Evaluation, New Directions for Evaluation, Evaluation and Program Planning, Journal of Multidisciplinary Evaluation, International Journal of Applied Positive Psychology, and is a fellow and on the council of representatives for the Western Psychological Association. He has been honored with Early Career Achievement Awards from the American Evaluation Association (1996) and Western Psychological Association (2001). In 2013, he was awarded one of the highest honors in the Evaluation Profession, the Paul F. Lazarsfeld Evaluation Theory Award for sustained lifetime written contributions to the advancement of evaluation theory.

Donaldson has worked collaboratively with his students and colleagues to publish findings from his extensive portfolio of extramurally funded research and evaluation projects. He currently supervises labs for graduate students on positive organizational psychology, theory-driven evaluation science, and cross-cultural and international development evaluation.

Donaldson’s work has been cited widely, and he has published more than 200 peer-reviewed scientific articles, chapters, and evaluation reports. He is the author of 15 books and volumes, including his most recent titles Scientific Advances in Positive Psychology (2017); Evaluation for an Equitable Society (2016); Credible and Actionable Evidence: The Foundation for Rigorous and Influential Evaluations (2015); Emerging Practices in International Development Evaluation (2013); The Future of Evaluation in Society: A Tribute to Michael Scriven (2013); Teaching Psychology Online: Tips and Techniques for Success (2012); Social Psychology and Evaluation (2011); Applied Positive Psychology: Improving Everyday Life, Health, Schools, Work, and Society (2011); Program Theory-driven Evaluation Science: Strategies and Applications (2007); and Applied Psychology: New Frontiers and Rewarding Careers (2006).

Donaldson, S. I., & Donaldson, S. I. (2016). Visions for using evaluation to develop more equitable societies. In S. I. Donaldson, & R. Picciotti (eds.), Evaluation for an Equitable Society. Greenwich, NY: Information Age.

Leslie A. Fierro, L. A., Galport, N., Hunt, A., Codd, H., & Donaldson, S. I. (2016). Evaluation of the Canadian Evaluation Society Credentialed Evaluator Designation Program. Claremont Evaluation Center Evaluation Report.

Leeuw, F. L., & Donaldson, S. I. (2015). Theories in evaluation: Reducing confusion and encouraging debate. Evaluation: The International Journal of Theory, Research, & Practice, 21(4), 467–480.

LaVelle, J., & Donaldson, S. I. (2015). The state of preparing evaluators. New Directions for Evaluation, 145, 39–52. (Special issue on Accreditation, Credentialing, and Certification: Relevant Concerns for U.S. Evaluators).

Bledsoe, K, & Donaldson, S. I. (2015). Culturally responsive theory-driven evaluations. In S. Hood, R. Hopson, K. Obeidat, & H. Frierson (eds.), Continuing the Journey to Reposition Culture and Cultural Context in Evaluation Theory and Practice. Greenwich, NY: Information Age.

Rao, M., & Donaldson, S. I. (2015). Expanding opportunities for diverse populations in positive Psychology: An examination of gender, race, and ethnicity. Candian Psychology/Psychologie, 56(3), 271–282. (Special issue on Positive Psychology)

Donaldson, S. I., Dollwet, M., & Rao, M. (2015). Happiness, excellence, and optimal human functioning revisited: Examining the peer-reviewed literature linked to positive psychology. Journal of Positive Psychology, 9(6), 1–11.

Donaldson, S. I., & Dollwet, M. (2013). Taming the waves and wild horses of positive organizational psychology. Advances in Positive Organizational Psychology, 1, 1–21.

Donaldson, S. I., & Ko, I. (2010). Positive organizational psychology, behavior, and scholarship: A review of the emerging literature and evidence base. Journal of Positive Psychology, 5 (3), 177–191.

Positive Organizational Scholarship
Organization Development & Change
Theory-Driven Evaluation Science
Directed Research in Positive Organizational Psychology & Organizational Behavior
Directed Research in Evaluation
Evaluation Theory & Evaluation Practice