Shawn M. Boles, Ph.D., Associate Scientist Emeritus


Education & Training

A.B., 1965
Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, GA
cum laude

Ph.D., 1971
Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
Experimental Psychology

Shawn Boles is Associate Scientist Emeritus (Oregon Research Institute) and Senior Research Associate, Emeritus (Center on Human Development, University of Oregon). He received his A.B. degree in Psychology from Oglethorpe University in 1965, followed by two years teaching general science as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines. He returned from that endeavor to attend Georgia State University, receiving his Ph.D. (1971) in Experimental Psychology (Mathematical Learning Theory) with a minor in the Philosophy of Science.

Following a year as Chair of the Psychology Department at Oglethorpe University, he moved to applied research in Human Services settings—initially at the Georgia Retardation Center and then at the University of Oregon’s Center on Human Development, where he developed, evaluated, and disseminated residential, school, and vocational models for citizens with Developmental Disabilities. He was also a member of the University Creativity Research Group.

Over the past three decades at Oregon Research Institute he served as co-investigator of research studies focused on assessing the impact of behavior change programs in public health and educational settings. He also served two terms as a Eugene City Councilor.

In retirement, he studies contributions of the social sciences to achieving sustainable practices and writes the occasional haiku.

Current Projects

Communities and Schools Together for Childhood Obesity Prevention



05/01/08 - 04/30/14


National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)




Principal Investigator
Deborah Johnson-Shelton

Shawn Boles

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Moreno-Black, G., Boles, S., Johnson-Shelton, D., & Evers, C. (2016). Exploring categorical body mass index trajectories in elementary school children. Journal Of School Health, 86(7), 495-506. doi:10.1111/josh.12402

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Evers, C., & Johnson-Shelton, D. (2014). Commentary on an evaluation of distance accuracy and its relationship to transportation mode for the home-to-school journey by adolescents. Journal of Transport & Health, 1(4), 279–281.

Evers, C., Boles, S., Johnson-Shelton, D., Schlossberg, M., & Richey, D. (2014). Parent safety perceptions of child walking routes. Journal Of Transport & Health, 1(2), 108-115.

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Moreno, G., Johnson-Shelton, D., & Boles, S. (2013). Prevalence and prediction of overweight and obesity among elementary school students. The Journal Of School Health, 83(3), 157-163.

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Barnes-Holmes, D., Barnes-Holmes, Y., Stewart, I., & Boles, S. (2010). A sketch of the Implicit Relational Assessment Procedure (IRAP) and the Relational Elaboration and Coherence (REC) model. The Psychological Record, 60, 527–542.

Vahey, N., Boles, S., & Barnes-Holmes, D. (2010). Measuring adolescents’ smoking-related social identity preferences with the Implicit Relational Assessment Procedure (IRAP) for the first time: A starting point that explains later IRAP evolutions. International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy, 10, 453–474.

Embry, D.D., Hankins, M., Biglan, A., & Boles, S. (2009). Behavioral and social correlates of methamphetamine use in a population-based sample of early and later adolescents. Addictive Behaviors, 34 , 343-351.

Metzler, C. W., Biglan, A., Embry, D. D., Sprague, J. R., Boles, S. M., & Kavanagh, K. A. (2008). Improving the  well-being of adolescents in Oregon. Eugene, OR: Center on Early Adolescence, Oregon Research Institute.

Lichtenstein, E., Lee, M. E., Boles, S. M., Hampson, S. E., Glasgow, R. E., & Fellows, J. (2007). Using radon risk to motivate smoking reduction II: Evaluation of brief telephone counseling and a targeted video. Health Education Research; doi:10.1093/her/cym016.

Feil, E. G., Severson, H., Taylor, T.K., Boles,S., Albert,D.A., & Blair, J. (2006) An Innovative, Effective and Cost Effective Survey Method Using a Survey-Check Response Format. Prevention Science.  Abstract

Danaher, B. G., Boles, S. M., Akers, L., Gordon, J. S., & Severson, H. H. (2006). Defining participant exposure measures in web-based health behavior change programs. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 8(3), 1-11.

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Boles, S., Biglan, A., & Smolkowski, K. (2006). Relationships among problem and prosocial behaviours in adolescence. Journal of Adolescence, 29(1), 33-52.

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

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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.

Feil, E. G., Noell, J., Lichtenstein, E., Boles, S. & McKay, H. G. (2003) Evaluation of an Internet-based Smoking Cessation Program: Lessons Learned from a Pilot Study. Nicotine and Tobacco, 5, 189–194. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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., 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.

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Li, F., Harmer, P., Duncan, T.E., Duncan, S.C., Acock, A., & Boles, S. (1998).  Approaches to testing interaction effects using structural equation methodology.  Multivariate Behavioral Research, 33, 1-39.

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, 487-489.

Glasgow, R. E., Terborg, J. R., Strycker, L. A., Boles, S. M., Severson, H. H., & Hollis, J. F. (1997). Take Heart II: Replication of a worksite health promotion trial. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 20, 143-161.

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., Boles, S. M., Lichtenstein, E., & Strycker, L. A. (1996). Tobacco Policy Rating Form: A tool for evaluating worksite and tribal smoking control policies. Tobacco Control, 5, 286-291.

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(2), 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(1), 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.


Senior Research Associate & Associate Research Scientist,
Oregon Research Institute

Senior Research Analyst,
Oregon Research Institute

Senior Research Associate,
Center on Human Development, University of Oregon

Research Associate, Developmental Disabilities Faculty, Division of Special Education and Rehabilitation,
College of Education, University of Oregon

Director, Microcomputer Decision Support Center (McDSC),
College of Education, University of Oregon

Consultant, Ministry of Social Services,
Commonwealth of Australia

Director of Planning and Evaluation, Specialized Training Program,
Center on Human Development, University of Oregon

Director, Resource Treatment Unit B,
Georgia Retardation Center

Service Director, Special Education Program,
Georgia Retardation Center

Consultant, Georgia Retardation Center

Chairman, Department of Psychology,
Oglethorpe University