Shawn Boles, PhD

University of Oregon UCEDD
College of Education
5252 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-5252
Phone: 541-404-2123 ext.2225
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: February 03, 2011


Leadership Administrative Staff: Evaluation
Discipline Coordinators: Parent/Family Resources
Discipline(s): Education: General
Mental and Behavioral Health
Public Health
AUCD Council Membership: Council on Research and Evaluation
Council on Community Advocacy
Research: Primary research interest is in the application of principles derived from Relational Frame Theory to the development of systems that support effective practices in educational settings. Secondary interest in the analysis and display of data for decision makers in social service systems.
Education: Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, GA A.B. 1965 Psychology
Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA Ph.D. 1971 Experimental Psychology




1972-73              Chairman, Department of Psychology, Oglethorpe University

1972-73              Consultant, Georgia Retardation Center

1973-74              Service Director, Special Education Program, Georgia Retardation Center

1974-76              Director, Resource Treatment Unit B, Georgia Retardation Center

1978-86              Director of Planning and Evaluation, Specialized Training Program, Center on Human

                           Development, University of Oregon

1985                   Consultant, Ministry of Social Services, Commonwealth of Australia

1986-96              Director, Microcomputer Decision Support Center (McDSC), University of Oregon

1978-83              Research Associate, Developmental Disabilities Faculty, Division of Special Education and

                           Rehabilitation, College of Education, University of Oregon

1984-Present     Senior Research Associate, Center on Human Development, University of Oregon

1990-1998          Senior Research Analyst, Oregon Research Institute

1995-Present     Senior Consultant (Evaluation & Statistical Services), Pacific Research Institute

1998-Present     Senior Research Associate & Adjunct Research Scientist, Oregon Research Institute



Metzler, C.W., Biglan, A., Embry, D.D., Sprague, J.R., Boles, S.M., & Kavanagh, K.A. (2007). Improving the well-being of adolescents in Oregon. Eugene, OR: Center on Early Adolescence, Oregon Research Institute.

Boles, S., Biglan, A., & Smolkowski, K. (2006).  Relationships among negative and positive behaviors in adolescence. Journal of Adolescence 29, 33-52.

Gordon, J. S., Akers, L., Severson, H. H., Danaher, B. G., & Boles, S. M. (2006). Participant recruitment strategies for an online smokeless tobacco cessation program. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 8(Suppl 1). S35-S41.

Glasgow, R.E., Boles, S.M., Lichtenstein, E., Lee, M.E., & Foster, L. (2004).  Adoption, reach and implementation of a novel smoking control program: Analysis of a public utility - research organization partnership.  Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 6: 269-274.

Smedslund, G., Fisher, K.J., Boles, S.M., & Lichtenstein, E. (2004). The effectiveness of workplace smoking cessation programs: A meta-analysis of recent studies. Tobacco Control, 1(9): 1-8.

Glasgow, R.E., Boles, S.M., McKay, H.G., Feil, E.G., & Barrera, M., Jr. (2003). The D-Net diabetes self-management program: Long-term implementation, outcomes, and generalization results. Preventive Medicine, 36; 410-419.

Feil, E.G., Noell, J., Lichtenstein, E., Boles, S. & McKay, H.G. (2003). Lessons learned from a pilot study.  Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 5(2), 189-194.

McKay, H.G., Glasgow, R.E., Boles, S.M., Feil, E.G., & Barrera, M., Jr. (2002). Internet based diabetes self-management support: Feasibility and preliminary outcomes from the Diabetes Network Project. Rehabilitation Psychology, 47(1), 31-48.

Barrera, M., Jr., Glasgow, R.E, McKay, H.G., Boles, S.M., & Feil, E.G. (2002). Do Internet-based support interventions change perceptions of social support?: An experimental trial of approaches for supporting diabetes self-management. American Journal of Community Psychology, 30, 637-654.

Feil, E.G., Glasgow, R.E., Boles, S., McKay, H.G. (2000). Who participates in internet-based self-management programs? A study among novice computer users in a primary care setting. Diabetes Educator, 26, 806-811.

Glasgow, R.E., Barrera, M., Jr., McKay, H.G., & Boles, S.M. (1999). Social Support, Self-Management, and Quality of Life Among Participants in an Internet-Based Diabetes Support Program: A Multi-Dimensional Investigation. CyberPsychology & Behavior, 2, 271-281.

Glasgow, R.E., McKay, H.G., Boles, S.M., & Vogt, T.M. (1999). Interactive Technology, behavioral science, and health care: Progress, pitfalls, and promise. Journal of Family Practice, 48, 464-470.

Glasgow, R.E., Strycker, L.A., Eakin, E.G., Boles, S.M., & Whitlock, E.P. (1999). Concern about weight gain associated with quitting smoking: Prevalence and association with outcome in a sample of young women smokers. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 67, 1009-1011.

Glasgow, R.E., Boles, S.M., Calder, D., Dreyer, L., & Bagdade, J. (1999). Diabetes care practices in primary care: Results from two samples and three performance measure sets. Diabetes Educator, 25, 755-763.

Glasgow, R.E., Vogt, T.M., & Boles, S.M. (1999). Evaluating the public health impact of health promotion interventions: The RE-AIM Framework. American Journal of Public Health, 89, 1322-1327.

Jeffery, R.W., Boles, S.M., Strycker, L.A., & Glasgow, R.E. (1997). Smoking-specific weight gain concerns and smoking cessation in a working population. Health Psychology. 16(5), 487-489.

Lichtenstein, E., Glasgow, R.E., Lando, H.A., Ossip-Klein, D.J., & Boles, S.M. (1996). Telephone counseling for smoking cessation: Rationales and meta-analytic review of evidence. Health Education Research, 11, 243-257.

Glasgow, R.E., Terborg, J.R., Hollis, J.F., Severson, H.H., & Boles, S.M. (1995). Take Heart: Results from the initial phase of a worksite wellness program. American Journal of Public Health, 85, 209-216.

Glasgow, R.E., Terborg, J.R., Hollis, J.F., Severson, H.H., Fisher, K.J., Boles, S.M., Pettigrew, L.E., Foster, L. S., & Strycker, L.A. (1994). Modifying dietary and tobacco use patterns in the worksite: The Take Heart Project. Health Education Quarterly, 21, 69-82.

Glasgow, R.E., Hollis, J.F., Ary, D.V., & Boles, S.M. (1993). Results of a year long incentives based worksite smoking cessation program. Addictive Behaviors, 18, 455-464.

Boles, S.M. (1990). A model of routine and creative problem solving behavior. Journal of Creative Behavior, 24, 171-189.




Boles, S. (2007) Effective decision making in social service systems.  20th Annual National Prevention Network Prevention Research Conference, Portland, OR, September 16-19, 2007.

Boles, S. (2007).  Finding effective programs to influence adolescent healthy and harmful behaviors.  5th Annual Research to Practice Conference, Eugene, OR, October 19, 2007.

Boles, S. (2007) A Decision Support System for choosing effective intervention programs. Presentation to Staff of the Oregon Human Services Department: Addictions and Mental Health Division, Salem OR, June, 2007

Boles, S. (2007). The Decision Support System for youth well-being (DSS-YWB). Presentation to the Oregon Council on Early Adolescence, Salem, OR, September 7, 2007.

Boles, S. and Boland, J. (2007). Web based tools to support the Oregon Healthy Teens survey effort. Presentation to the Oregon Healthy Teens Governance Council, May, 2007.

Boles, S. (2006, May/June). Data systems for prevention policy and monitoring: The Decision Support System for Youth Well-Being. Symposium at the 14th annual meeting of the Society for Prevention Science, San Antonio, TX.

Boles, S. (2006, May/June). Expanding the scope of prevention science: Extension of  practices using tools from public health and the experimental analysis of behavior. Symposium at the 14th annual meeting of the Society for Prevention Science, San Antonio, TX.

Boles, S. (2006, July). Using the IRAP to examine relational responding: A Web-based system for conducting IRAP studies. Symposium at the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science World Conference II, London, UK.

Boles, S. (2006, July). Third generation models of smoking cessation treatment. Chair and discussant. Symposium at the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science World Conference II, London, UK.

Boles, S. (2006, October). Interrelationships among positive and negative behaviors of adolescents. DEEP Seminar, University of Oregon.