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


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.


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.