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Dr. Debi Brannan

NTT Assistant Professor, Behavioral Sciences Division

(503) 751-4200 | brannand@wou.edu | TODD 330

Education

 

Ph.D., Portland State University, Applied Psychology, 2010
Dissertation: The Effects of Daily Social Support on Drinking
Major- Applied Social Psychology
Minor- Research Methods
Advisor: Dr. Cynthia Mohr

M.S., Portland State University, Applied Psychology, 2007
Thesis: Direct and Buffering Effects of Daily Positive Events
Advisor: Dr. Cynthia Mohr

B.S., Portland State University, Psychology, 2004

 

CURRENT RESEARCH:

Dr. Brannan is currently working with her team to further understand how work-family-school balance impacts the lives of non-traditional students.

 

 

Dr. Brannan and her research team has teamed up with the Reynolds Defense Firm to support, analyze, and validate the Blue Binder Project. The intervention, created by the Reynolds Defense Firm, employs concrete psychological practices in order to assist people through the difficult experience of receiving a DUII. Dr. Brannan and her team collects information at three different time points in order to understand the long lasting effects of this intervention.  For more information: http://www.bluebinderproject.com/

 

https://www.reynoldsdefensefirm.com/                              http://www.bluebinderproject.com/

 

 

 

Teaching Focus Areas

 

At WOU my core classes have been research methods, cross-cultural psychology, industrial- organizational psychology, mental health and aging and mental health.  With that said I have also taught research design, psychology of addictive behaviors, ethics, personality, human relations, health psychology, developmental psychology, motivation, introduction to personality, and survey of psychology. In addition, as a teaching assistant I have had the opportunity to lecture extensively in experimental psychology, human sexuality, men and masculinity, and general psychology. Of all my classes, I am particularly interested in teaching health psychology, psychology of addictive behaviors, industrial-organizational psychology, cross-cultural psychology and research methods (qualitative, qualitative, program evaluation). Also, I always enjoy teaching social psychology as well as mental health and human relations.

 

Community Partnerships

 

Advisory Board Member, Portland Employer Drug-Free Initiative                2006-Present

Complete program evaluations of community workshops and conferences to promote education for employers and the community at-large regarding the benefits of drug-free workplaces. Specifically, execute human subjects review applications; analyze evaluation data using multivariate, exploratory, and confirmatory analysis techniques; present written and oral summary of results to community members. Manage online inquiries from community members about organization and workshops.

 

Editorial Positions

 

Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research, Editor                                          2016- current

Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research, Associate Editor                             2013- 2016

Pure Insights, Assistant Editor                                                                   2012-current

New School Psychological Bulletin, Editorial Board                                         2008-2009

 

Ad Hoc Reviewer

 

Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research

Pure Insights

Journal of Basic and Applied Social Psychology

Review textbooks for Sage Publishing and McGraw-Hill Publishing

Journal of Counseling Psychology

Journal of Studies on Alcohol

Psychology of Addictive Behaviors

Journal of Social Psychology

Group Processes and Intergroup Relations

 

Service                                                                                         

 

2006-present   Advisory Board Member, Portland Employer Drug-Free Initiative                              

2012-present   Scholarship and Award Reviewer, PSI CHI

2013              Scholarship Reviewer, Office of Financial Aid, Western Oregon University

2011-2012      High School Practicum Supervisor, Aaron Stein – King’s Way Christian High School

2012-present  Prof Chat

2012             Co-Chaired the movie Happy with Dr. McMahan

2012             Section Co-Chair – Oregon Academy of Sciences

211-2012       Professor Meet and Greet – WOUPSA

2010             Member, Faculty Search Committee – Portland State University

 

 

Committees

 

2017-2018 — Ashley Heeter, Honor’s Thesis – Needs Assessment for WOU Veteran Students, Chair, Dr. Debi Brannan

2014-2015 — McKenzie Johnson, Honor’s Thesis – Social Anxiety and Fandoms: Does      Social Support Make a Difference? Chair, Dr. Debi Brannan

2014-2015 — Keelie Daquilanto, Honor’s Thesis– The Imposter Phenomenon among Pre- Service Teachers, Chair, Dr. Debi Brannan

 

 

 

 

Research Focus Areas

 

  • Diverse populations
  • Social support
  • Non-traditional students – success and struggles
  • Work-family-school balance
  • Work and School Recovery
  • Psychosocial influences on health
  • Positive mood buffering
  • Physical and mental health
  • Age and mental health
  • Culture and well-being

 

Research In Progress

 

The Home Health Occupations – Musculoskeletal Examinations (HHOME) pilot study was supported by funding from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

PI: Rose Goldman, MD, MPH

Co-PI and Project Leader: Lauren Murphy Ph.D.

Co-PI: Alberto J. Caban-Martinez, DO, Ph.D. MPH, CPH

Co-PI: Debi Brannan, Ph.D.

 

A Close Examination of the Daily Events in Non-Traditional Students.

PI: Debi Brannan

Co-PI: Lauren Murphy

 

Reflective ESOL Teaching Volunteer-Run Community Classes

PI: Debi Brannan, Ph.D.

Co-PI: Tasha Bleistein, Ph.D.

 

 

Funding and Grants

 

2015 Faculty Development Award $2600

2014 National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Grant, $11,296.00

2014 Faculty Development Award, Travel Grant, $500

2013 PSI CHI Travel Grant, $1400

2013 Faculty Development Award, Research/Major Project, $3500.

2013 Faculty Development Award, Travel Grant, $1200, to Present at WPA, Reno, NV

2012 Faculty Development Award, Travel Grant, $1200, Presented at SPSP in San Diego, CA

2012 Faculty Development Award, Travel Grant, $1200, Presented at WPA in San Francisco, CA

2004 Scolarly and Creataive Activity Grant for Undergraduates, at Portland State University $500

 

Professional Experience

 

NTT, Assistant Professor, Western Oregon University                                    2011-Present

Prepare and present lectures on various topics such as Industrial-Organizational psychology, mental health, cross-cultural psychology, research methods (in qualitative and quantitative methods, program evaluation), motivational theories, applied statistics, and introductory psychological theories. Create engaging curriculum. Communicate complicated concepts to students in an uncomplicated and straightforward fashion. To support this goal I hold weekly office hours and make time to meet with students outside of those designated hours when needed. Responsible for grading and teaching assistant’s performance; generate and oversee tests, evaluate student’s results, and determine grades. Created a Facebook page (Brannan: Resources for Undergraduates) for all undergraduate students so that they might find information about local, national and international opportunities (i.e., internship opportunities, research). Monitor student progress and advise students throughout their undergraduate program. In addition, I have designated advisees (for Psychology Majors, Minors and Organizational Leadership Minors) but I see many more students in informal advisor meetings. I also have a highly active research team, in almost six years we performed a number of program evaluations for our community partner, and we have collected data from ESOL teachers from all over the world. In addition, we just finished an intensive daily process study in which we are collaborating with colleagues from Harvard on a home healthcare worker study. We also work with local attorneys and colleagues at the University of Miami on health related research.

 

Intern, Center for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente                                             2010

Collaborated with a sophisticated team of researchers on various health-related projects. Used Excel and SPSS to code and analyze large-scale statewide data sets. Recruited participants and participated in group planning with OHSU and Johns Hopkins University. Prepared data for presentations; troubleshooting complicated data sets. In addition, prepared and participated in a cost analysis, as well as conducted multilevel longitudinal data analyses. Data included highly sensitive health records and information. Analyzed and examined confidential health records; HIPPA trained and certified at OHSU and Johns Hopkins.

 

 

Professional Memberships

 

Psi Chi

Western Psychological Association

Society for Personality and Social Psychology

International Association for Relationship Research

American Evaluation Association

Research Society on Alcoholism

Society for Occupational Health Psychology

Oregon Program Evaluators Network (OPEN)

American Psychological Association

 

Awards and Honors

 

2013 Western Oregon University Psychology Students Association Teacher of the Year

 

 

Current Research

 

The Home Health Occupations – Musculoskeletal Examinations (HHOME) pilot study was

supported by funding form the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

PI: Rose Goldman, MD, MPH

Co-PI and Project Leader: Lauren Murphy, Ph.D.

Co-PI: Alberto J. Caban-Martinez, DO, Ph,D. MPH, CPH

Co-PI: Debi Brannan, Ph.D.

 

Study of College Students’ Daily Work/Family/School Life

PI: Debi Brannan, Ph.D.

Co-PI: Lauren Murphy, Ph.D.

 

Reflective ESOL Teaching Volunteer-Run Community Classes

PI: Debi Brannan, Ph.D.

Co-PI: Tasha Bleistein, Ph.D.

 

Health and Wellness Program: An examination of ESOL teachers and immigrants

PI: Debi Brannan, Ph.D.

Co-PI: Tasha Bleisten, Ph.D.

 

Examination of Novice ESOL Teachers’ Perceptions of Social Support and Self-Efficacy

PI: Debi Brannan, Ph.D.

Co-PI: Tasha Bleisten, Ph.D.

 

The Language of Gratitude

PI: Debi Brannan, Ph.D.

PI: David Foster, Ph.D.

 

Cross-Cultural Study of Support, Stress and Well-Being

PI: Debi Brannan, Ph.D.

 

Motivational Models of Alcohol Consumption

PI: Cynthia Mohr, Ph.D.

 

International Study of Well-Being

PI: Cynthia Mohr, Ph.D.

 

 

Recent Publications/Presentations

 

Kling, H.E., Yang, X., Messiah, S.E., Arheart, K.L., Brannan, D., & Caban-Martinez AJ. (2016). Opportunities for increased physical activity in the workplace:         Evidence from the walking meeting (WaM) pilot study. Preventing Chronic Disease, 13.

 

Brannan, D. (2015). The benefits of a bigger toolbox: Mixed methods in psychological research. Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research, 20 (4), 258-263.

 

Kling, H.E., Yang, X., Arheart, K.L., Brannan, D., & Caban-Martinez, A.J. (2015). Occupational physical activity levels among white-collar workers participating in    a novel walking meeting protocol. Annals of Epidemiology, 25.

 

Huntley, S.R., Kling, H.E., Yang, X., Arheart, K.L., Brannan, D., & Caban-Martinez, A.J. (2015). Musculoskeletal pain severity and occupational physical activity: Evidence from the Walking Meeting (WaM) Pilot Study. Annals of Epidemiology,             25, 708.

 

Brannan, D., Davis, A., & Biswas-Diener, R. (2016). The Science of Forgiveness:     Examining the Influence of Forgiveness on Mental Health.  Encyclopedia of Mental Health, 2nd Edition, pp. 253-256. Elsevier.

 

Arpin, S., Mohr, C.D., & Brannan, D. (2015). Having friend and feeling lonely: A daily  process examination of transient loneliness, socialization and drinking behavior.  Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 41(5), 615 – 628.

 

Johnson, R., Harold, M., Cochran, D., Brannan, D., & Bleistein, T. (2014). An examination of the first years: Novice ESOL teachers’ experiences with loneliness and stress, Pure Insights, 3(1). Retrieved from  http://digitalcommons.wou.edu/pure/vol3/iss1/8

 

Brannan, D. & Mohr, C.D. (2013). Friendship, Love and Social Support. In R. Biswas-Diener & E. Diener (Eds), Noba textbook series: Psychology. Champaign, IL: DEF Publishers. DOI: www.nobaproject.com

 

Mohr, C.D., Brannan, D., Wendt, S., Jacobs, L., Wright, R., & Wang, M. (2013).

Daily mood-drinking slopes as predictors: A new take on drinking motives and related outcomes. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. doi:10.1037/a0032633

 

Thurman, S. (2013). Case Study – The Parkinson’s   Experience.  PURE Insights, 2 (1), (Brannan – Faculty Advisor).

 

Brannan, D., Biswas-Diener, R., Mohr, C.D. Mortazavi, S. & Stein, N. (2012). Friends and family, a cross-cultural investigation of social support and subjective well-  being, Journal of Positive Psychology, 8(1), 65-75. DOI:10.1080/17439760.2012.743573

 

Brannan, D. & Bleinsten, T. (2012).  Novice ESOL teachers’ perceptions of social support and self-efficacy, TESOL Quarterly, 46, 519-541. DOI: 10.1002/tesq.40

 

Sturm, D., Conkey, E., Nibler, N., Brannan, D. & Bleistein, T. (2012). Gender and optimism as predictors of novice ESOL teaching performance, PURE Insights,            1(8) 35-41.

 

Mohr, C.D., Brannan, D., Mohr, J. Armeli, S., & Tennen H. (2008). Evidence for the positive mood buffering among college student drinkers, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 34, 1249-1259.

 

 

Technical Reports

 

Trubitts, E. & Brannan, D. (2016). How to Detect Impairment. Technical Report on Breakfast Forum. Portland, OR: Portland Employer Drug-Free Initiative.

 

Dutton-Bean, A., Duhart, S. & Brannan, D. (2015). Marijuana and the Workplace – Now What? Technical Report on Breakfast Forum. Portland, OR: Portland Employer Drug-Free Initiative.

 

Harold, M. & Brannan, D. (2013). Supervisor/Manager Training on Reasonable Suspicion Determinations. Technical Report on Breakfast Forum Portland, OR: Portland Employer Drug-Free Initiative.

 

Nibler, N., Conkey, E., & Brannan, D. (2012) PEDI Breakfast Topic Evaluation, Portland, OR: Portland Drug-Free Initiative.

 

Conkey, E., Nibler, N. & Brannan, D. (2011). Employee Testing. Portland, OR: Portland Drug-Free Initiative.

 

Conkey, E., Sturm, D., Nibler, N. & Brannan, D. (2011). Managing Your Company’s DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing Program. Portland, OR: Portland Drug-Free Initiative.

 

Brannan, D. (2011). Prescription Drug Abuse in the Workplace. Portland, OR: Portland Employer Drug-Free Initiative.

 

Brannan, D. & Klinicka, L. (2010). Prescription Drug abuse in the Workplace: Legal and Drug Testing Issues. Portland, OR: Portland Employer Drug-Free Initiative.

 

Brannan, D. & Lathos-Polanco, S. (2009). Medical Marijuana Legislative Debrief & Strategies for the Future. Portland, OR: Portland Employer Drug-Free Initiative.

 

Brannan, D. (2009). Medical Marijuana Legislative Debrief & Strategies for the Future. Portland, OR: Portland Employer Drug-Free Initiative

 

Brannan, D. (2009). Making Sense of Alcohol Testing and Policies. Portland, OR: Portland Employer Drug-Free Initiative.

 

Brannan, D. & Blevins, A. (2008). Employer’s Guide to Beating Drug Tests (or not). Portland, OR: Drugsafe Workplace Portland Metro     & SW Washington.

 

Brannan, D. & Stein, N. (2008). The Economic Impact of Substance Abuse in Oregon: A Conference for Policymakers. Portland, OR: Drugsafe Workplace Portland Metro   & SW Washington.

 

Brannan, D., Mohr, C.D., & Parrott, R. (2006). Drug Free Workplace “How To” Workshops for Small Businesses. Portland, OR: Drugsafe Workplace Portland Metro & SW Washington.

 

Brannan, D. & Mohr, C.D. (2006). Drugsafe Workplace Workshop Assessment – Final Report. Portland, OR: Drugsafe Workplace Portland Metro & SW Washington.

 

 

Presentations

 

Kling, H.E., Yang, X., Messiah, S.E., Arheart, K.L., Brannan, D., & Caban-Martinez AJ. (2017). Opportunities for increased physical activity in the workplace:         Evidence from the walking meeting (WaM) pilot study. A poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San          Antonio, TX

 

Brannan, D., Mohr, C.D., Murphy, L., Arpin, S.,  Dutton-Bean, A.,& Duhart, S. (2016) Work-   Family-School Balance: A daily examination of the effects of daily demands on moods. A poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Long Beach, CA.

 

Brannan, D. (2016). Promoting better research: The future of the Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research. Invited speaker at Association for Psychological Sciences

 

Brannan, D. (2015). The Biopsychosocial Considerations of drugs in the workplace. Invited speaker at Portland Employer Drug-Free Initiative – Breakfast Forum.

 

Brannan, D. (2015). Understanding the role of social support in health related behaviors. Invited speaker at Portland State University.

 

Johnson, R.K., Harrold, M., Wester, S., Daquilanto, K. Davis, A., Duhart, S., Palmer, M., Brannan, D., & Foster, D. (2014). Psychological well-being and using cognitive processing during an expressive letter writing exercise. Presented at Academic Excellence Showcase. Monmouth, OR.

 

Brannan, D., Arpin, S., & Mohr, C.D. (2014). The buffering effects of socially supportive exchanges on affect variability-drinking relationships. A poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Austin, TX.

 

Johnson, R.K., Harrold, M., Wester, S., Daquilanto, K. Davis, A., Duhart, S., Palmer, M., Brannan, D., & Foster, D. (2014). Psychological well-being and using cognitive processing during an expressive letter writing exercise. Presented at Western Psychological Association, Portland, Oregon.

 

Shimabukuro, L., Cochran, D., Harold, M., Brannan, D., & Bleistein, T. (2013). The influence of loneliness on novice ESOL teaching. A poster presented at the annual Academic Excellence Showcase. Monmouth, OR.

 

Thurman, S. (2013). A case study: The Parkinson’s experience. A poster presented at the annual Academic Excellence Showcase. Monmouth, OR. (Faculty Sponsor – Brannan)

 

Shimabukuro, L., Cochran, D., Harold, M., Brannan, D., & Bleistein, T. (2013). The influence of loneliness on novice ESOL teaching. A poster presented at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association. Reno, NV.

 

Arpin, S., Mohr, C.D., & Brannan, D. (2013) Loneliness, social context, and health behavior: The influence of gender and perceptions of support on responses to daily loneliness. A poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. San Diego, CA.

 

Brannan, D. (2012). The Social Psychology of Well-Being. Invited Speaker, Portland State University: Advanced Applied Social Psychology Intensive Course. Portland, Oregon.

 

Harold, M. (2012). Feminist Self-Labeling & Attitudes toward Women (Brannan – Faculty Advisor). Presented at Academic Excellence Showcase. Monmouth, OR

 

Nibler, N., Conkey, E., & Sturm, D. (2012) Gender and Optimism’s Influence on Perceived ESOL Teaching Performance (Brannan – Faculty Advisor). Presented at Academic Excellence Showcase. Monmouth, OR

 

Nibler, N., Conkey, E., Sturm, D., Brannan, D., & Bleistein, T. (2012) Gender and Optimism’s Influence on Perceived ESOL Teaching Performance. A symposium presented at the Oregon Academy of Sciences. Portland, OR.

 

Conkey, E., Nibler, N. Sturm, D., Brannan, D., & Bleistein, T. (2012) Gender and Optimism’s Influence on Perceived ESOL Teaching Performance. A poster presented at Western Psychological Association. San Francisco, CA.

 

Brannan, D.  (2012). Friends and Family: A Cross-Cultural Investigation of Social Support and Subjective Well-Bring.  A symposium presented at Western Psychological Association. San Francisco, CA.

 

Brannan, D. & Mohr, C.D. (2012). Relationships between Social Support on Daily Drinking Behaviors. A poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. San Diego, CA.

 

Klinkicka, L. Mohr, C.D., Brannan, D. & Arpin, S. (2011). The Correlation of Negative Social Exchanges with Engagement in Health Behaviors. Northwest Eco-Conference. Portland, Oregon. 

 

Lyubhick, N., Klinkicka, L. Mohr, C.D., Brannan, D. & Arpin, S. (2011). The Effects of Social Support and Satisfaction with Life on Drinking Habits. Northwest Eco-Conference. Portland, Oregon

 

Mohr, C.D., Brannan, D., Wendt, S., Jacobs, L.M & Wang, M. (2011) Capturing the Evidence and Effects of Mood Management. A poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. San Antonio, TX.

 

Mohr, C.D., Brannan, D., Wendt, S., Jacobs, L.M & Wright, R., (2010) Daily mood-drinking slopes predicting one year alcohol-related outcomes. Alcohol
Epidemiology Symposium of the Kettil Bruun Society. Lausanne, Switzerland.

 

Mohr, C.D., Brannan, D., Wendt, S., Jacobs, L.M & Wright, R., (2010) Daily mood-drinking slopes predicting one year alcohol-related outcomes. A poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Las Vegas, NV.

 

Mohr, C.D., Brannan, D., Wendt, S., Wright, R., Jacobs, L.M. (2009). Enthusiasm and drinking: Evidence for positive mood buffering among moderate drinkers. A poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association. Portland, OR.

 

Brannan, D., Biswas-Diener, R., Mohr, C.D., Stein, N., & Mortazavi, S. (2009). Do my friends and family make me happy: A cross-cultural investigation. A poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Tampa, FL.

 

Mohr, C.D., Brannan, D., Wendt, S., Wright, R., Jacobs, L.M. (2009). The buffering effects of positive moods on alcohol use.  A poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Tampa, FL.

 

Brannan, D., Mohr, C.D. & Wendt, S. (2006). Psychosocial characteristics of moderate-to-heavy drinkers in the community. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism. Baltimore, MD.

 

Mohr, C.D., Brannan, D., Vail, R., Freeland, M., & Wendt, S. (2006). Daily process research: Compliance and participant satisfaction. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism. Baltimore, MD.

 

Brannan, D., Mohr, C.D., Horsey, K., Eksuzian, S., Armeli, S., & Tennen, H. (2005). Daily variability in behavioral social support. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association. Portland, OR.

 

Mohr, C.D., Brannan, D., Armeli, S., & Tennen, H. (2005). A daily process study of alcohol use and social support. Presentation at Oregon Academy of Science, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.

 

Mohr, C.D., O’Brien, K., Brannan, D., & Cudlike, L. (2005). Positive and negative interpersonal exchanges: A focus group study. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association. Portland, OR.

 

Brannan, D., C.D., Horsey, K., Eksuzian, S., Armeli, S., & Tennen, H. (2005). Daily variability in behavioral social support. Poster presented at the annual meeting Columbia-Willamette Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium. Portland, OR.

 

Brannan, D., Mohr, C., Cudlike, L., Ellis, T., Riste-Pater, K., Armeli, S., & Tennen, H. (June, 2004). Alcohol and Social Support II: A Daily Process Study of College Students. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism. Vancouver, BC.

 

Mohr, C.D., Brannan, D., Armeli, S., & Tennen, H. (June, 2004). Alcohol and Social        Support I: A Daily Process Study of Adults. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism. Vancouver, B.C.

 

 

Methodology and Data Analytic Skills

 

        Quantitative                                           Qualitative

Hierarchical linear modeling                          Focus group techniques

Longitudinal data analysis                             Mixed methods

Structural equation modeling                        Coding and analyzing qualitative data

Factor analysis                                            Program Evaluation

Multivariate techniques                               Community Based Participatory Research Methods

Field research methods

 

Contact

Behavioral Science Division

(503) 838-8344 | or e-mail: kunzel@wou.edu  | Location: Todd 325