Completed Grants

A Value-Ethical Approach to Assessing Virtues: Comparative and Cross-Cultural Validity

Gerard Saucier, PhD, Principal Investigator To develop diverse new assessments for ethical/moral attributes and other virtues, along with the value-oriented mindset underlying these virtues, and test to determine which among them has strongest validity evidence. Executive Summary: A critical mass has accumulated, consisting of useful theory about ethics and values (much of it in philosophy),…Read More
John Templeton Foundation Start Date: June 1, 2014 End Date: May 31, 2016

Gerard Saucier, PhD, Principal Investigator
To develop diverse new assessments for ethical/moral attributes and other virtues, along with the value-oriented mindset underlying these virtues, and test to determine which among them has strongest validity evidence.

Executive Summary:
A critical mass has accumulated, consisting of useful theory about ethics and values (much of it in philosophy), and empirical methods and resources appropriate to test these theories (mainly from psychology). Therefore, a strategic opportunity exists to make significant progress on basic research on theory-based measurement in this domain. This project investigates how optimally to assess virtues and the mindset conducive to virtuous action, tested against standards of predictive and strong construct validity, as well as cross-cultural generalizability. A central, though not exclusive, focus is on ethical virtues (honesty, gratitude, generosity, forgiveness, reliability). Virtues are assessed preferentially by combining ratings of a single person coming from multiple well-acquainted informants, with comparison to overt and indirect methods involving self-report. To assess mindset, methods include coding of personal value-hierarchies in terms of empirically and theoretically derived models of value rank, as well as measures of compassion and conscience. Outcome criteria include innovative experimental tasks and important outcomes forecast over time. The comparative validity of numerous measures will be investigated in two large longitudinal American samples. Replication tests will be conducted in international samples from other continents so as to ensure cross-cultural generalizability. Outputs and outcomes will be not only scientific-article contributions, centered on rigorous studies of comparative validity in prediction of individuals’ ‘functioning for good,’ but also measures of virtues (which might inform character checklists for letter-of-reference contexts), optimal methods for coding individual values data, and likely a teachable model for ways of thinking that conduce to virtues. The research may generate important new knowledge about virtues, and also the values-mindset underlying them, applicable across national and cultural boundaries.

 

Developing and Beta Testing the Positive Parenting Program in a Social-Network Community in Los Angeles County

Carol W. Metzler, PhD, Principal Investigator This project aims to reduce risky family environments by improving parenting practices and subsequent child developmental outcomes through the delivery of an evidence-based parenting program, TripleP, in an online format that engages high-risk parents, maximizes reach, and lowers delivery costs.Read More
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant to California State University, Northridge (CSUN) Start Date: January 1, 2012 End Date: June 30, 2014

Carol W. Metzler, PhD, Principal Investigator
This project aims to reduce risky family environments by improving parenting practices and subsequent child developmental outcomes through the delivery of an evidence-based parenting program, TripleP, in an online format that engages high-risk parents, maximizes reach, and lowers delivery costs.

Healthy Corner Stores Initiative

Sarah E. Hampson, PhD, PI The initiative sought to increase availability of healthier, affordable options at two pilot stores, and to develop policy recommendations to improve access to healthier, affordable foods in underserved communities across Lane County. The part-time research assistant worked with other team members on all aspects of intervention design and evaluation for this project.…Read More
Northwest Health Foundation grant to Lane Coalition for Healthy Active Youth, Eugene, OR Start Date: September 1, 2010 End Date: August 31, 2013

Sarah E. Hampson, PhD, PI
The initiative sought to increase availability of healthier, affordable options at two pilot stores, and to develop policy recommendations to improve access to healthier, affordable foods in underserved communities across Lane County. The part-time research assistant worked with other team members on all aspects of intervention design and evaluation for this project.

Reward & Reminder: Reducing Youth Access to Alcohol

Carol Black, Contractor The project administered the Reward & Reminder (R&R) program of the Reducing Youth Access to Alcohol project. The R&R program reinforces clerks who do not sell alcohol to minors by having 21- year-olds who look younger visit outlets in a community and attempt to purchase beer. The confederates handed clerks who sold alcohol to them a reminder of the Oregon law—confederates handed clerks who declined their purchase attempts an envelope containing a gift certificate worth $5-$10 and an invitation to pose for pictures that could be used in strategic media advocacy.…Read More
Oregon Department of Human Services, Office of Mental Health & Addiction Services Start Date: March 1, 2008 End Date: May 31, 2009

Carol Black, Contractor
The project administered the Reward & Reminder (R&R) program of the Reducing Youth Access to Alcohol project. The R&R program reinforces clerks who do not sell alcohol to minors by having 21- year-olds who look younger visit outlets in a community and attempt to purchase beer. The confederates handed clerks who sold alcohol to them a reminder of the Oregon law—confederates handed clerks who declined their purchase attempts an envelope containing a gift certificate worth $5-$10 and an invitation to pose for pictures that could be used in strategic media advocacy.

Oregon Mothers and Babies 2

Sarah E. Hampson, PhD, Principal Investigator This project identified nutritional interventions currently in operation in Oregon, including the WIC program, which either directly target or are accessible to low-income women of child-bearing age and children under age 13. This information will be important background material to inform the design and implementation of an intervention designed specifically to improve the nutritional status of Oregon’s women to be delivered via the WIC program.…Read More
Southampton University Hospitals, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK and The Barker Foundation, Portland, OR Start Date: August 1, 2008 End Date: November 30, 2008

Sarah E. Hampson, PhD, Principal Investigator
This project identified nutritional interventions currently in operation in Oregon, including the WIC program, which either directly target or are accessible to low-income women of child-bearing age and children under age 13. This information will be important background material to inform the design and implementation of an intervention designed specifically to improve the nutritional status of Oregon’s women to be delivered via the WIC program.

Mobilizing Parents and Peers to Prevent Tobacco Use

Nora Van Meter, Contractor 07/01/07 to 06/30/08 The project supplied PACT/TFTV/f2b anti-tobacco materials and technical support to six public school districts in Oregon for the school year 2007–2008.Read More
Oregon Public School Districts Start Date: July 1, 2007 End Date: June 30, 2008

Nora Van Meter, Contractor
07/01/07 to 06/30/08
The project supplied PACT/TFTV/f2b anti-tobacco materials and technical support to six public school districts in Oregon for the school year 2007–2008.

Air Force 2

Gerard Saucier, PhD, Principal Investigator Dr. Saucier developed and administered a machine-readable survey of individual differences in fanaticism and dogmatism along with some corollary measures to the Eugene–Springfield Community sample, scanned the surveys, and created a data file.Read More
Department of Defense to University of Oregon Start Date: February 8, 2008 End Date: February 29, 2008

Gerard Saucier, PhD, Principal Investigator
Dr. Saucier developed and administered a machine-readable survey of individual differences in fanaticism and dogmatism along with some corollary measures to the Eugene–Springfield Community sample, scanned the surveys, and created a data file.

Oregon Mothers and Babies

Sarah E. Hampson, PhD, Principal Investigator The Oregon Mothers and Babies project evaluated the effects of diet on fetal and infant development and provided qualitative data on the diet of low SES women in Klamath Falls, OR.Read More
The Barker Foundation, Portland, OR Start Date: May 1, 2007 End Date: August 31, 2007

Sarah E. Hampson, PhD, Principal Investigator
The Oregon Mothers and Babies project evaluated the effects of diet on fetal and infant development and provided qualitative data on the diet of low SES women in Klamath Falls, OR.

Socio–Psychological Profile of Militant Extremists 1

Gerard Saucier, PhD, Principal Investigator Dr. Saucier constructed a questionnaire for his UO study on predicting extremism.Read More
University of Oregon from U.S. Department of Defense grant Start Date: May 1, 2007 End Date: June 30, 2007

Gerard Saucier, PhD, Principal Investigator
Dr. Saucier constructed a questionnaire for his UO study on predicting extremism.