I have had the opportunity of consulting with several industry partners, non-profits, and government organizations. Partners that I have worked with include: UnitedHealth Group, AARP, Life Reimagined, Mercer, the City of Louisville—Mayor's Innovation Team, Department of Defense, 2 venture capital groups, and others.
Although I spend much of my time doing research, I also deeply enjoy working on applied projects because it helps bridge what is known as the “translational valley of death”—the large chasm between research evidence and real-world practice. One startling statistic that illustrates this problem is the fact that is takes an average of 17 years for research evidence to translate into real-world practice—if ever at all. Hence, I find it rewarding to help bridge this gap. I also learn a tremendous amount of unique insights from working with non-academic partners and the partners that I work with often express the same sentiment.
PREVIOUS CONSULTANT RESPONSIBILITIES
Advise on psychological well-being (e.g., aging, purpose in life, life satisfaction, optimism, resilience, “happiness”) health psychology, clinical psychology, cardiovascular health, social determinants of health, and preventive health care use literature.
Help answer targeted questions by navigating the scientific literature and finding/piecing together relevant information.
Create literature reviews that synthesize insights from various fields in the social and behavioral sciences literature that provide insights into specific problems.
Review interventions that are being created throughout intervention development cycles to ensure they are adhering to research-based psychological and well-being intervention principles—which help increase their effectiveness.
Participate in meetings (e.g., emails, phone calls, Skype/Google Hangout meetings, in-person meetings) to aid in intervention development cycles.
Advise on statistical analysis questions.
Advise on identifying the best relevant psychological and health behavior assessment instruments.
Advise with interpretation of results from studies.
Present research on a given area in engaging ways to executive teams
Help identify and connect organizations with subject matter specialists who can answer pointed questions, or provided substantive help with current projects.
Build PowerPoint slides that discuss scientific research (e.g., if you have a particular question, I can navigate the psychological well-being literature to see if there are answers to the question. If there is enough rigorous research on a given topic, I can build slides for you which will piece together this information).
Help deeply evaluate if specific "well-being" programs or products are genuinely evidence-based.
I also dedicate a portion of my time every week to nonprofits by volunteering my time with them. Please feel free to contact me if you think I could help with your cause in any of the ways listed above.