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Dolores Albarracín

“I have a strong commitment to applying psychological theory to anything that would benefit society, and have concentrated my efforts in modifying behaviors that pose risks to health.”

— Dolores Albarracín

In the more than 20 years the world has been dealing with the HIV/AIDS epidemic, a large amount of resources have been dedicated to prevention programs aimed at persuading people to use protection during sex, though very little time has been spent determining whether these messages are packaged in the most effective way to increase condom use. Associate Professor of Psychology Dolores Albarracín has received more than $3 million from the National Institutes of Health to identify and create ways to reach even the most reluctant audience.

“There is the possibility when you are designing a program that it does not reach the audience that it really needs to,” Albarracín says. “Often, those who don’t really need the message are the ones who will read it, because people generally like to read information that confirms what they already believe, while those who are at risk of contracting HIV/AIDS won’t read the information because they don’t want to deal with the threatening situation of having to change.”

In collaboration with the Alachua County Health Department, Albarracín and her 30-member research team are in the process of exposing more than 1,100 participants to HIV/AIDS prevention materials and observing which are most attractive and effective. The group also is analyzing 3,000 articles and 200 prior studies on the success of previous HIV intervention programs. They hope to identify the conditions that increase participation in intervention programs and to design new messages that have the potential to attract the unreachable and influence their actions.

The five-year project, which Albarracín began in 2002, is an offshoot of her career-long research interest in the cognitive and motivational underpinnings of judgment and behavior change. Her dissertation work, which she defended in 1997 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, investigated the specific cognitions people form when asked to discuss a particular topic while distracted by an unrelated memory from the past. Albarracín said she decided to pursue HIV/AIDS research because it was a way to complement her PhDs in both social and clinical psychology.

“I have a strong commitment to applying psychological theory to anything that would benefit society, and have concentrated my efforts in modifying behaviors that pose risks to health,” she says.

Albarracín says she is in the process of applying for federal funding to begin testing other ways of attracting reluctant audiences, such as selecting the most effective information sources, which she will pursue upon completion of her current project in 2007.

Grants through the Division of Sponsored Research

October–November 2004 Total: $7,676,110

October 2004: Total $3,795,963

WARREN M W

ANTHROPOLOGY

MULTIPLE SPONSORS

$681

MISCELLANEOUS DONORS

GOTTESMAN S T

ASTRONOMY

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA FL SPACE GRANT CONSORTIUM

$1,500

NON LINEAR DYNAMICS IN ASTRONOMY AND PHYSICS

BARTLETT R J

CHEMISTRY

UNIV OF MISSOURI

$60,735

DETERMINATION OF POTENTIAL ENERGY SURFACES FOR ENERGETIC MOLECULES

DOLBIER JR W R

CHEMISTRY

SPECIALTY COATING SYSTEMS INC

$96,000

SYNTHESIS OF PERFLUORO[2.2]PARACYCLOPHANE (PARYLENE-F8)

DURAN R S PEARTON S J

CHEMISTRY

U S AIR FORCE

$111,375

IMMOBILIZED ION CHANNELS CONTAINING MODIFIED MAXI-K CHANNELS -ADD ON TO EXISITING GRANT F49620-03-1-0393.

HIRATA S

CHEMISTRY

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

$66,383

ITR/AP: COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH - SYNTHESIS OF HIGH PERFORMANCE ALGORITHMS FOR ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE-CALCULATIONS

HIRATA S

CHEMISTRY

U S DEPT OF ENERGY

$142,208

BREAKTHROUGH DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION OF MANY THEORIES FOR ELECTRON CORRELATION

KATRITZKY A R

CHEMISTRY

ARKAT USA

$21,818

FLORIDA HETEROCYCLIC CONFERENCE AND ARKIVOC ELECTRONIC JOURNAL

KATRITZKY A R

CHEMISTRY

EXXONMOBIL CORPORATION

$20,030

JOINT RESEARCH INTO CHEMICAL ASPECTS OF PETROLEUM (AMENDMENT NO. 1 TO AGREEMENT #57821)

KATRITZKY A R

CHEMISTRY

EXXONMOBIL CORPORATION

$16,150

JOINT RESEARCH INTO CHEMICAL ASPECTS OF PETROLEUM

KATRITZKY A R

CHEMISTRY

MULTIPLE COMPANIES

$275

SOFTWARE RESEARCH SUPPORT

KATRITZKY A R

CHEMISTRY

MULTIPLE COMPANIES

$288

MILES COMPOUND CONTRACT

KATRITZKY A R

CHEMISTRY

MULTIPLE COMPANIES

$9,545

MILES COMPOUND CONTRACT

KATRITZKY A R

CHEMISTRY

MULTIPLE COMPANIES

$1,636

MILES COMPOUND CONTRACT

KATRITZKY A R

CHEMISTRY

MULTIPLE COMPANIES

$2,618

MILES COMPOUND CONTRACT

KATRITZKY A R

CHEMISTRY

MULTIPLE COMPANIES

$300

MILES COMPOUND CONTRACT

KATRITZKY A R

CHEMISTRY

MULTIPLE COMPANIES

$272

MILES COMPOUND CONTRACT

KATRITZKY A R

CHEMISTRY

MULTIPLE COMPANIES

$250

MILES COMPOUND CONTRACT

KATRITZKY A R

CHEMISTRY

U S ARMY

$130,615

LOW TEMPERATURE ADDITIVES

KATRITZKY A R

CHEMISTRY

U S NAVY

$39,381

SYNTHETIC METHODS AND SYNTHESIS OF AZIDO- AND ACETLYENE- TRMINATED OLIGOMERS

KATRITZKY A R

CHEMISTRY

U S NAVY

$196,907

SYNTHESIS OF ACETYLENES/DI-ACETYLENES, STUDY OF THEIR 1,3- DIPOLAR CYCLOADDITIONS WITH AZIDES/POLYAZIDES AND PREPARATIO

KLEIMAN V D

CHEMISTRY

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

$44,000

CAREER:ULTRAFAST STUDIES OF EXCITON TRANSPORT IN CONJUGATED POLYMERS

MCELWEE-WHITE L A

CHEMISTRY

WILLIAM & MARY

$174,388

HIGH BRIGHTNESS ELECTRON SOURCE DEVELOPMENT

REYNOLDS J R

CHEMISTRY

EIC LABORATORIES INC

$37,740

CROSSLINKED CONJUGATED OLIGOMERS

TAN W

CHEMISTRY

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

$128,174

NANOSCALE ARRAYS FOR DIRECT RNA PROFILING IN SINGLE CELLS AND THEIR COMPARTMENTS

TAN W

CHEMISTRY

PACKARD FOUNDATION

$105,978

NANOSCOPIC, BIOLOGICAL AND EVOLUTIONARY ANALYSIS OF NEURONALDIVERSITY

TAN W MARTINEZ DIAZ K

CHEMISTRY

NATL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH

$49,917

NANOSCALE DNA ARRAYS FOR SINGLE NEURON PROFILING - MINORITY SUPPLEMENT

TAN W MOROZ L L

CHEMISTRY

NATL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH

$171,812

NANOSCALE DNA ARRAYS FOR SINGLE NEURON PROFILING

VEIGE A S

CHEMISTRY

DREYFUS FDTN, CAMILLE & HENRY

$50,000

THE DREYFUS NEW FACULTY AWARD

WINEFORDNER J D SMITH B W

CHEMISTRY

AERODYNE RESEARCH INC

$61,257

PORTABLE LASER INDUCED BREAKDOWN SPECTROSCOPY (LIBS) SENSOR FOR DETECTION OF BIOLOGICAL AGENTS

ALTMANN L J

COMM PROCESS & DISORDERS

U S DEPT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

$13,140

LEXICAL ACCESS IMPAIRMENTS IN PEOPLE WITH ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE

BINFORD M W VAN HOLT T

GEOGRAPHY

NASA

$17,000

TWENTY YEARS OF LAND-COVER AND LAND-USE CHANGE EFFECTS ON NEARSHORE MARINE RESOURCES IN SOUTHERN CHILE

MOSSA J

GEOGRAPHY

U S DEPT OF THE INTERIOR

$56,447

GEOSPATIAL ANALYSIS OF CHANNEL PLANFORM CHANGE IN MINED RIVE R FLOODPLAINS: IMPACTS AND IMPLICATIONS FOR

MUELLER P A FOSTER D A

GEOLOGY

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

$22,250

COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH: WORKSHOP FOR INTEGRATED EARTHSCOPE RESEARCH AND EDUCATION IN THE NORTHERN ROCKY MOUNTAINS

GREGORY F G MCKNIGHT S A

HISTORY

UNIV OF SIEGEN

$30,765

MYSTICISM AND MODERNITY

SAPIENZA C M

INST ADV STDY OF COMMUN PROCES

U S DEPT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

$62,002

NATIONAL STRATEGIC PLANNING FOR TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH

SAPIENZA C M

INST ADV STDY OF COMMUN PROCES

U S DEPT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

$2,892

EXPIRATORY MUSCLE TRAINING IN PATIENTS WITH PARKINSON'S : A PILOT PROJECT

SAPIENZA C M

INST ADV STDY OF COMMUN PROCES

U S DEPT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

$5,000

MATLAB PROGRAMMER

MAIR B A

MATHEMATICS

NATL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH

$140,535

GATED CARDIAC ECT RECONSTRUCTION WITH MOTION ANALYSIS

MAIR B A

MATHEMATICS

NATL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH

$121,058

GATED CARDIAC ECT RECONSTRUCTION WITH MOTION ANALYSIS

HEBARD A F

PHYSICS

NORTH CAROLINA A&T UNIVERSITY

$190,798

SYNTHGESIS AND CHARACTERIZATION OF SELF-ASSEMBLED ORDERED NANO ARRAYS FOR MAGNETIC & SUPERCONDUCTING APPLICATIONS

MITSELMAKHER G KORYTOV A

PHYSICS

FERMILAB

$90,916

ENDCAP MUON SYSTEM BACKPLANE PRODUCTION

MITSELMAKHER G KORYTOV A

PHYSICS

FERMILAB

$341,020

ENDCAP MUON SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT FOR THE CMS PROJECT FY 2004

MITSELMAKHER G KORYTOV A

PHYSICS

FERMILAB

$282,184

ENDCAP MUON SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT FOR THE CMS PROJECT FY 2004

MULLER G

PHYSICS

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

$127,832

ADVANCED LIGO: RESEARCH ON MODE MATCHING AND CONTROL SYSTEMS

WOODARD R P

PHYSICS

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

$39,382

QUANTUM FIELD THEORY AND COSMOLOGY

HOLLINGER R C

SOCIOLOGY

MULTIPLE SOURCES

$20,000

SECURITY RESEARCH PROJECT

YANG M C

STATISTICS

UNIV OF MIAMI

$5,685

AIRWAY CLEARANCE TRIAL AND ADOLESCENT ADHERENCE TRIAL PROJECTS DATA ANALYSIS

LEVEY D J ANDINO J M

ZOOLOGY

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

$484,824

SCIENCE PARTNERS IN INQUIRY-BASED COLLABORATIVE EDUCATION (S.P.I.C.E.)

 

 

November 2004: Total $3,880,147

SASSAMAN JR K E

ANTHROPOLOGY

WENNER-GREN FDTN ANTHRO RES

$5,000

GHEBREIGZIABIHER, ASMERET, U. OF ASMARA, ERITREA--TO AID IN TRAINING IN ANTHROPOLOGY/ARCHAEOLOGY AT THE UNIV OF FLA

GE J

ASTRONOMY

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

$334,780

DEVELOPMENT OF FIXED DELAY INTERFEROMETRY FOR DETECTING EXTRASOLAR PLANETS

GE J

ASTRONOMY

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

$295,147

DEVELOPMENT OF SILICON IMMERSION GRATING TECHNOLOGY FORG ROUND-BASED ASTRONOMICAL SPECTROSCOPY

GUSTAFSON B A

ASTRONOMY

NASA

$105,017

COMPLEX DUST STRUCTURES

SARAJEDINI A

ASTRONOMY

SPACE TELESCOPE SCIENCE INST

$50,110

MAIN SEQUENCE TURNOFF AGES FOR SECOND PARAMETER CLUSTERS IN M33

SARAJEDINI A

ASTRONOMY

SPACE TELESCOPE SCIENCE INST

$45,002

THE STAR FORMATION HISTORY AND METALLICITY EVOLUTION OF M33: A COMPREHENSIVE STUDY OF DISK EVOLUTION

MACK M C

BOTANY

MELLON FOUNDATION, ANDREW W

$2,566

THE ROLE OF PLANT TRAITS IN ECOSYSTEM NUTRIENT CYCLING

OPPENHEIMER D G

BOTANY

PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY

$264,664

THE FLORAL GENOME PROJECT: ORIGIN AND EVOLUTION OF THE FL GENETIC PROGRAM AND PHYLOGENETIC TOOLS FOR EVOLUTION AND

SCHUUR E A

BOTANY

MELLON FOUNDATION, ANDREW W

$3,556

THE SENSITIVITY OF TROPICAL FOREST ECOSYSTEM DYNAMICS TO PRECIPITATION

SOLTIS D E SOLTIS P S

BOTANY

PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY

$94,485

REQUEST FOR THE FLORAL GENOME PROJECT SUPPLEMENT FOR DEVELOPMENTAL MORPHOLOGY

SOLTIS D E SOLTIS P S

BOTANY

PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY

$458,841

THE FLORAL GENOME PROJECT:ORIGIN & EVOLUTION OF THE FLORIDA GENETIC PROGRAM AND PHYLOGENETIC TOOLS FOR EVOLUTIONARY AND

DOLBIER JR W R

CHEMISTRY

ATOFINA CHEMICALS

$91,379

SYNTHESIS OF NOVEL FLUORINATED POLYMERS DERIVED FROM OCTAFLUORO(2.2) PARACYCLOPHANE (AF4)

KATRITZKY A R

CHEMISTRY

EXXONMOBIL CORPORATION

$19,491

JOINT RESEARCH INTO CHEMICAL ASPECTS OF PETROLEUM

KATRITZKY A R

CHEMISTRY

EXXONMOBIL CORPORATION

$8,353

JOINT RESEARCH INTO CHEMICAL ASPECTS OF PETROLEUM (AMENDMENT NO. 1 TO AGREEMENT #57821)

KATRITZKY A R

CHEMISTRY

FLEXSYS AMERICA L P

$36,000

STRUCTURE ACTIVITY RELATIONSHIPS IN CISCOUS SUBSTANCES

KATRITZKY A R

CHEMISTRY

MULTIPLE COMPANIES

$272

MILES COMPOUND CONTRACT

KATRITZKY A R

CHEMISTRY

MULTIPLE COMPANIES

$523

MILES COMPOUND CONTRACT

KLEIMAN V D

CHEMISTRY

U S DEPT OF ENERGY

$82,042

NANOSCALE ASSEMBLIES OF CONJUGATED POLYELECTROLYTES, ENERGY TRANSPORT, ENERGY TRANSDUCTION AND PHOTOVOLTAIC DEVICES

POWELL D H

CHEMISTRY

DOW CHEMICAL COMPANY

$960

MASS SPECTROMETRY SERVICES

REYNOLDS J R

CHEMISTRY

U S DEPT OF ENERGY

$128,536

NANOSCALE ASSEMBLIES OF CONJUGATED POLYELECTROLYTES, ENERGY TRANSPORT, ENERGY TRANSDUCTION AND PHOTOVOLTAIC DEVICES

RICHARDSON D E

CHEMISTRY

U S ARMY

$52,508

DEVELOPMENT OF BICARBONATE-ACTIVATED PEROXIDE AS A CHEMICAL ANDBIOLOGICAL WARFARE AGENT DECONTAMINANT

SCHANZE K S

CHEMISTRY

AM CHEMICAL SOCIETY

$1,783

ACS EDITORIALSHIP

SCHANZE K S REYNOLDS J R

CHEMISTRY

U S DEPT OF ENERGY

$128,536

NANOSCALE ASSEMBLIES OF CONJUGATED POLYELECTROLYTES, ENERGY TRANSPORT, ENERGY TRANSDUCTION AND PHOTOVOLTAIC DEVICES

WAGENER K B

CHEMISTRY

U S ARMY RESEARCH OFFICE

$127,753

POLYCARBOSILANE ELASTOMERS VIA CHAIN-INTERNAL AND CHAIN-END LATENT CROSSLINKING

LANE J S

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

DEPT OF JUVENILE JUSTICE

$122,221

EVALUATION OF FAITH AND COMMUNITY INITIATIVE

WAYLEN P R

GEOGRAPHY

MISCELLANEOUS DONORS

$580

MISCELLANEOUS DONORS

COLBURN D R

HISTORY

FL INSTITUTE OF GOVERNMENT

$75,000

THE REUBEN O'D. ASKEW INSTITUTE ON POLITICS AND SOCIETY

BONA M WHITE N L

MATHEMATICS

NATL SECURITY AGENCY

$4,400

A WORKSHOP ON AUTOMATED DEDUCTION IN GEOMETRY & A CONFERENCEON PATTERN AVOIDING PERMULATIONS

TIEP P H

MATHEMATICS

NATL SECURITY AGENCY

$26,883

RESEARCH IN GROUP THEORY AND APPLICATIONS

ACOSTA D E MITSELMAKHER G

PHYSICS

U S DEPT OF ENERGY

$74,873

US CMS TRIGGER SUBSYSTEM FY 2004

ACOSTA D E MITSELMAKHER G

PHYSICS

U S DEPT OF ENERGY

$70,356

US CMS TRIGGER SUBSYSTEM FY 2004

BISWAS A

PHYSICS

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY

$86,170

INVESTIGATION OF THE NORMAL STATE OF ELECTRON-DOPED CUPRATES IN HIGH MAGNETIC FIELDS

CHENG H P

PHYSICS

UT-BATTELLE

$3,500

MOLECULAR-NANO-WIRES PROPERTIES AND CONTROL

MATCHEV K T

PHYSICS

U S DEPT OF ENERGY

$55,000

TASK G: EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCH IN COLLIDER PHYSICS AT CMS

MITSELMAKHER G KORYTOV A

PHYSICS

U S DEPT OF ENERGY

$177,598

TASK G: EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCH IN COLLIDER PHYSICS AT CMS

MITSELMAKHER G KORYTOV A

PHYSICS

U S DEPT OF ENERGY

$194,538

TASK G: EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCH IN COLLIDER PHYSICS AT CMS

ALBARRACIN D

PSYCHOLOGY

NATL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH

$134,246

COGNITIVE STRUCTURE AND CHANGE IN MARITAL SATISFACTION

GRABER J A

PSYCHOLOGY

CORNELL UNIVERSITY

$43,057

MULTI-ETHNC DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION AMONG NEW YORK YOUTH

TUCKER C M CURRY JR R W

PSYCHOLOGY

AGCY HEALTHCARE RES & QUALITY

$367,782

A PATIENT-CENTERED CULTURALLY SENSITIVE CARE MODEL

DANIELS M J

STATISTICS

BROWN UNIVERSITY

$93,639

ANALYZING COMPLEX LONGITUDINAL DATA IN BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE

OSENBERG C W

ZOOLOGY

SPRINGER-VERLAG

$13,000

OECOLOGIA EDITORIAL OFFICE

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