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James Jaccard

James Jaccard

My research has focused on applications of theoretical psychology to the alleviation of social problems in the United States and abroad. My basic research addresses decision making, attitude formation, attitude change, and how attitudes and cognitions influence behavior. This includes analysis of explicit attitudes and cognitions, implicit attitudes and cognitions, and affect-based emotions as determinants of behavior.

On an applied level, I conduct rearch on adolescent problem behaviors related to unintended pregnancy and substance use. I have been developing programs for parents of adolescents to teach parents how to more effectively communicate and parent their children so as to reduce the risk of unintended pregnancies and problems due to substance use. The approaches rely heavily on communication theory, decision theory, and attitude theory.

I also have a program of research on statistical methods, primarily on the analysis of interaction effects. I am developing a general framework for statistical analysis that eschews p values and focuses instead on magnitude estimation and margins of error.

Finally, I have also written about theory construction and how to construct theories. I just finished a book with Jacob Jacoby that gives scientists practical, hands-on approaches to getting ideas and translating them into coherent theories.

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Communication, Language
  • Health Psychology
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Persuasion, Social Influence
  • Research Methods, Assessment

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  • Guilamo-Ramos, V., Jaccard, J., & Dittus, P. (2009). Parental monitoring of adolescents. New York: Columbia University Press.
  • Jaccard, J. (2009). Unlocking the contraceptive conundrum: Reducing unintended pregnancies in emergent adulthood. Washington, D.C. National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.
  • Jaccard, J., & Jacoby, J. (2010). Theory construction and model building skills: A practical guide for social scientists. New York: Guilford.
  • Jaccard, J., & Turrisi, R. (2003) Interaction effects in multiple regression. Newbury Park: Sage.

Journal Articles:

  • Jaccard, J., McDonald, R., Wan, C., Dittus, P., & Quinlan, S. (2002). The accuracy of self reports of condom use and sexual behavior. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 32, 1863-1905.
  • Turrisi, R., Abar, C., Mallett, K., & Jaccard, J. (2010). An examination of the mediational effects of cognitive and attitudinal factors of a parent intervention to reduce college drinking. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 40, 2500-2526.
  • Turrisi, R., Jaccard, J., Taki, R., Dunnam, H., & Grimes, J. (2001). Examination of the short term efficacy of a parent intervention to reduce college student drinking tendencies. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 15, 366-372.
  • Jaccard, J. & Levitz, N. (2013). Counseling adolescents about contraception: Towards the development of an evidence-based protocol for contraceptive counselors. Journal of Adolescent Health, 52, S6-S13.
  • Jaccard, J., Blanton, H., & Dodge, T. (2005). Peer influences on risk behavior: An analysis of the effects of a close friend. Developmental Psychology, 41, 135-147.
  • Jaccard, J. (2012). The Reasoned Action Model: Directions for future research. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 64, 50-80.
  • Guilamo-Ramos, V., Jaccard, J., Dittus, P., Bouris, A., Holloway, I., & Casillas, E. (2007). Adolescent expectancies, parent-adolescent communication and intentions to have sexual intercourse among inner city school youth. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 34, 55-66.
  • Guilamo-Ramos, V., Jaccard, J., Dittus, P., & Bouris, A. (2006). Parental expertise, trustworthiness, and accessibility: Parent-adolescent communication and adolescent risk behavior. Journal of Marriage and Family, 68, 1249-1266.
  • Blanton, H., & Jaccard, J. (2006). Arbitrary metrics in psychology. American Psychologist, 61, 27-41.
  • Blanton, H., & Jaccard, J. (2008). Unconscious prejudice: A concept in pursuit of a measure. Annual Review of Sociology, 34, 277-297.

Other Publications:

  • Jaccard, J., & Levitz, N. (2014). Parent-based interventions to reduce adolescent problem behaviors: New directions for self-regulation approaches In G. Oettingen and P. Gollwitzer (Eds.) ,Self-regulation in adolescence. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Jaccard, J., Dodge, T., & Dittus, P. (2002). Parent-adolescent communication about sex and birth control: A conceptual framework. In S. Feldman & D. A. Rosenthal (Eds.), Talking sexuality: Parent-adolescent communication. New Directions in Child and Adolescent Development. Series Editor W. Damon. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Jaccard, J., & Danilowski, K. (2011). The general linear model and analysis of variance. In P. Camic, H. Cooper, D. Long, A. Panter, and K. Shure (Eds.), Handbook of research methods in psychology. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Jaccard, J., & Blanton, H. (2005). The origins and structure of behavior: Conceptualizing behavior in attitude research. In D. Albarracín, B. T. Johnson, & M. P. Zanna (Eds.), Handbook of attitudes and attitude change. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

James Jaccard
Center for Latino Family and Adolescent Health
New York University
1 Washington Square North
New York, New York 10003
United States

  • Phone: (212) 998-5892

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