The HPPSI has been awarded over 12 million dollars in the past 4 years to research applied health and social psychological phenomenon. Below are some of our current projects. Contact us to learn more.

Grant Projects


NIDA:

Understanding and overcoming adolescent resistance to anti-marijuana ads: This project is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and is focused on understanding and overcoming adolescent resistance to anti-marijuana ads by tailoring persuasive appeals based on characteristics of the message receiver. The goal of this project is to examine student reactions to anti-marijuana advertisements and determine the most effective way to persuade resistant teens with pro-marijuana attitudes who typically dislike anti-drug advertisements.

PIs: Drs. Crano, Siegel, and Alvaro

Project Manager: Candice Donaldson

Research Staff: Michael Coleman, Clarence Wigfall, Andrea Ruybal, Lindsay Handren

Messages matter: Resisting tobacco ads & enhancing prevention message acceptance.

Marijuana prevention ad impact: Ad coding and secondary analyses of national data. The goal of this research is to identify the content and structural features of messages that when used in anti-marijuana public service announcements (PSAs) mitigate adolescents’ marijuana usage intentions and initiation.

HRSA/DoT:

Partnering with Mexican Consulates to increase organ donor registrations. The goal of this research is to assess the utility of the IIFF Model for maximizing donor registrations among Spanish-Dominant Hispanics at Mexican Consulates. Also, the grant will assess if a Risk Communication Framework can offer a new means for reducing beliefs of unfavorable donor myths.

Home-Based Patient and Family Education: Hispanic Living Kidney Donation.  The goal of this research is to significantly increase patient knowledge about living organ donation as well as patient self-efficacy regarding living donation discussions with loved ones via participation in a Family Education Intervention.

Other Projects 


Keeler, A. R., Siegel, J. T., & Alvaro, E. (under review). Depression, familism, and help seeking perceptions of Hispanics: Meditational elucidation with implications for intervention. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health.

Lac, A. & Donaldson, C. D. (2015). Big five personality traits predict and moderate the relationship from alcohol attitudes to alcohol myopia. Manuscript Under Review.

Lac, A. & Donaldson, C. D. (2015). Construct validity of the 5/4 binge drinking definition: Classifying nondrinkers, moderate drinkers, and binge drinkers. Manuscript Under Review.

Miller, S. M., Pike, J., Xie, B., Chapman, J., Ames, S. L., & Stacy, A. W. (under review).  Electronic cigarette availability and promotion near continuation high schools.

Nydegger, L. A., Keeler, A. R., Siegel, J. T., Hood, C., & Stacy, A. (under review). Addressing HIV misconceptions & condom implementation intentions among drug users. AIDS Care.

Ruybal, A. L. & Siegel, J. T. (2015). Increasing the provision of assistance to women with postpartum depression: An application of attribution theory. Manuscript under review.