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The Benefits, Science and Persuasive Technology of Successful eHealth Behavioral Interventions (PDF)
This paper reviews twenty years of pioneering research and development at ORCAS that has resulted in a depth and breadth of behavioral health programs that leverage persuasive technology to effectively address health issues.


The following is a complete list of ORCAS published research:

Irvine A.B., Russell H., Manocchia M., Mino D.E., Cox Glassen T., Morgan R., Gau J.M., Birney A.J., Ary D.V. (2015). Mobile-Web App to Self-Manage Low Back Pain: Randomized Controlled Trial. J Med Internet Res 2015;17(1):e1 doi: 10.2196/jmir.3130 View Full Article

Beauchamp, N., Irvine, A. B., Seeley, J., & Johnson, B. (2005). Worksite-based internet multimedia program for family caregivers of persons with dementia. Gerontologist, 45(6), 793-801. doi: 45/6/793 [pii]  View Full Article

Dominick, S. A., Irvine, A. B., Beauchamp, N., Seeley, J. R., Nolen-Hoeksema, S., & Doka, K. J. (2009). An internet tool to normalize grief. Journal of Death and Dying, 60(1), 71-87.  View Full Article

Duncan, T., Duncan, S., Beauchamp, N., Wells, J., & Ary, D. (2000). Development and evaluation of an interactive CD-ROM refusal skills program to prevent youth substance use:“Refuse to Use”. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 23(1), 59-72.  View Full Article

Gelatt, V. A., Adler-Baeder, F., & Seeley, J. R. (2010). An interactive web-based program for parents in stepfamilies: Development and evaluation of efficacy. Family Relations, 59(5), 572-586. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3729.2010.00624.x  View Full Article

Glang, A., Koester, M., Vondy Beaver, S., Clay, J., & McLaughlin, K. (2010). Online Training in Sports Concussion for Youth Sports Coaches. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 5(1), 1-12.  View Full Article

Glang, A., McLaughlin, K., & Schroeder, S. (2007). Using interactive multimedia to teach parent advocacy skills: an exploratory study. J Head Trauma Rehabil, 22(3), 198-205. doi: 10.1097/01.HTR.0000271121.42523.3a 00001199-200705000-00007 [pii]  View Full Article

Glang, A., Noell, J., Ary, D., & Swartz, L. (2005). Using interactive multimedia to teach pedestrian safety: an exploratory study. Am J Health Behav, 29(5), 435-442. doi: 10.5555/ajhb.2005.29.5.435  View Full Article

Henderson, J., Noell, J., Reeves, T., Robinson, T., & Strecher, V. (1999). Developers and evaluation of interactive health communication applications. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 16(1), 30-34.  View Full Article

Irvin, L. K., Walker, H. M., Noell, J., Singer, G. H., Irvine, A. B., Marquez, K., et al. (1992). Measuring children’s social skills using microcomputer-based videodisc assessment. Behav Modif, 16(4), 475-503.  View Full Article

Irvine, A., Ary, D., & Bourgeois, M. (2003). An interactive multimedia program to train professional caregivers. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 22(2), 269-288.  View Full Article

Irvine, A. B. (2002). Use of interactive multimedia to promote health and wellness. Wellness Management, 18(3).  View Full Article

Irvine, A. B., Ary, D. V., Grove, D. A., & Gilfillan-Morton, L. (2004). The effectiveness of an interactive multimedia program to influence eating habits. HealthEducRes, 19(3), 290-305. doi: 10.1093/her/cyg027 19/3/290 [pii]  View Full Article

Irvine, A. B., Beauchamp, N., Ary, D. V., Noell, J. W., & Wells, J. (1998, October). Use of interactive multimedia HRA’s: Three studies. Paper presented at the 34th Annual Meeting of Society of Prospective Medicine, Newport, RI.  View Full Article

Irvine, A. B., Beauchamp, N., & Wells, J. (1997). Interactive health risk appraisal for behavior change. Health Education Research, 24(1), 8-9.  View Full Article

Irvine, A. B., Billow, M. B., Bourgeois, M., & Seeley, J. R. (in press). Mental illness training for long term care staff. Journal of the American Medical Director’s Association.  View In Press Article

Irvine, A. B., Billow, M. B., Eberhage, M. G., Seeley, J. R., McMahon, E., & Bourgeois, M. (in press). Mental illness training for licensed staff in long term care. Issues in Mental Health Nursing. View In Press Article

Irvine, A. B., Billow, M.B., Gates, D., Fitzwater, E., Seeley, J. R. & Bourgeois, M. (2011). Internet Training to Respond to Aggressive Resident Behaviors. The Gerontologist; doi: 10.1093/geront/gnr069 View Full Article

Irvine, A. B., Bourgeois, M., Billow, M., & Seeley, J. R. (2007). Internet training for nurse aides to prevent resident aggression. Journal of the American Medical Director’s Association, 8(8), 519-526. doi: S1525-8610(07)00254-X [pii] 10.1016/j.jamda.2007.05.002  View Full Article

Irvine A.B, Gelatt VA, Seeley JR, Macfarlane P, Gau JM. (2013). Web-based Intervention to Promote Physical Activity by Sedentary Older Adults: Randomized Controlled Trial, J Med Internet Res 2013;15(2):e19 View Full Article

Irvine, A. B., Philips, L., Duncan, S., Seeley, J., Wyant, R., & Moore, R. W. (2011). A web program that improves sedentary employee exercise behavior. Am J Health Promotion, 25(3), 199-206. doi: 10.4278/ajhp.04121736  View Full Article

McLaughlin, K. A., & Glang, A. (2010). The effectiveness of a bicycle safety program for improving safety-related knowledge and behavior in young elementary students. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 35(4), 343-353. doi: jsp076 [pii] 10.1093/jpepsy/jsp076  View Full Article

Noell, J., Ary, D., & Duncan, T. (1997). Development and evaluation of “The Choice is Yours” programs. Health Education & Behavior, 24(1), 87-101.  View Full Article

Noell, J., & Glasgow, R. (1999). Interactive technology applications for behavioral counseling Issues and opportunities for health care settings. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 17(4), 269-274. doi: S0749379799000938 [pii]  View Full Article

Swartz, L. H., Noell, J. W., Schroeder, S. W., & Ary, D. V. (2006). A randomised control study of a fully automated internet based smoking cessation programme. Tob Control, 15(1), 7-12. doi: 15/1/7 [pii] 10.1136/tc.2003.006189  View Full Article

Swartz, L. H., Sherman, C. A., Harvey, S. M., Blanchard, J., Vawter, F., & Gau, J. (2011). Midlife women online: evaluation of an internet-based program to prevent unintended pregnancy & STIs. J Women Aging, 23(4), 342-359. doi: 10.1080/08952841.2011.613255 View Full Article

Swartz, L. H. G., & Noell, J. W. (1997). A clinic-based adolescent pregnancy prevention project. Health Education Quarterly, 24(1), 7-8.  View Full Article

Woodward, J., & Noell, J. (1993). Software development in special education. Journal of Special Education Technology, 12(2), 149-163.  View Full Article