Professor Barbara Masser
Lead DoRN Researcher; Australian Red Cross Lifeblood's Chair of Donor Research, The University of Queensland

Professor Barbara Masser is the Lead Researcher and co-founder of the Donor Research Network (DoRN).

Professor Masser is Australian Red Cross Lifeblood's Chair in Donor Research and is situated in the School of Psychology at The University of Queensland.

Barbara's research uses social psychological theory to solve real social problems. Over 16 years she has collaborated with a range of industry partners (e.g., Australian Red Cross Lifeblood; state police agencies) to design and evaluate theory-based solutions to problems as diverse as how to minimise bias in investigating allegations of sexual assault to how to maximise blood donor appointment attendance.

Barbara has over 60 peer reviewed publications including many focused on prejudice, discrimination, and donor recruitment and retention that have been published in Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Psychology of Women Quarterly, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Law & Human Behavior, Transfusion, Transfusion Medicine Reviews and other journals.

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Dr Mel Hyde
Research Fellow, Sustaining and Understanding Living Donors Research Program, The University of Queensland

Dr Mel Hyde is a Research Fellow in the Medical Matchmakers Research Program situated in the School of Psychology at The University of Queensland. She co-founded the Donor Research Network (DoRN).

Mel's research expertise lies broadly in using social and health psychology theories to understand altruistic donation behaviours such as organ/tissue donation, volunteering and charitable giving. Mel has worked in research roles for over a decade in academic and non-profit organisations and has undertaken competitive postdoctoral fellow, research fellow, and senior research fellow positions, all of which had an applied focus to solve social or health issues.

She has over 100 peer-reviewed publications including many focused on deceased and living organ donation and communicating consent for organ donation (registering, telling family), volunteering, donating blood, bone marrow, and money, as well as psycho-oncology, and health behaviours. 

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Courtney Tyson
Science Communication Officer & Research Assistant

Courtney is a Science Communication Officer for the Donor Research Network (DoRN) and a Research Assistant for the “Helping the Medical Matchmakers: Sustaining and Understanding Living Donors” program.

In addition to this, Courtney is currently completing the Master of Clinical Psychology program at the University of Queensland. 


Professor Eamonn Ferguson
Professor of Health Psychology, Nottingham University

Eamonn Ferguson is Professor of Health Psychology at Nottingham University. He is a chartered health and occupational psychologist, a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and co-founding president of the British Society for the Psychology of Individual Differences.

His theoretical work focuses on cooperation, personality and pain and involves the integration of theory and models from biology, behavioural economics and psychology, to address questions concerning (i) the overlap between personality and prosocial preferences, (ii) prosocial preference, cooperation and health and (iii) pain phenotypes and pain prediction. His applied works translates his theoretical work to the (i) understanding of motivations, preferences and behaviour blood and organ donors, (ii) development and evaluation of early stage intervention to enhance blood and organ donor recruitment, (iii) effect of pro-sociality on farmer’s decision making concerning biosecurity.

He has published 209 peer reviewed journal articles to date (including in BMJ, Lancet Psychiatry, Psychological Bulletin, Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Health Psychology, BMC Medicine; Psychosomatic Medicine, Journal of Personality, Personality and Social Psychological Bulletin) with his work funded by the HSE, ESRC, and DEFRA, Versus Arthritis amongst others.

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Professor Eva-Maria Merz, PhD
Chair in Donor Behaviour, Sanquin Blood Supply, Department of Donor Studies; Professor of Donor Behaviour, Vrije Universiteit, Department of Sociology

Eva-Maria Merz is a sociologist with a background in family studies and demography. She is Chair of the research line Donor Behaviour at Sanquin and Professor in Donor Behaviour at the Sociology department of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She combines her theoretical and quantitative methodological expertise within the topic of (blood) donor behaviour in order to study donor life-courses and the influence of personal and social network characteristics across different contexts. Her passion for this subject stems from her scientific involvement with different types of prosocial behaviour, for example family care, and fascination with public health issues. After having finished her pre-clinical exams in Medicine, Merz obtained a Master’s degree in Social Sciences and a PhD in Developmental Psychology.

In 2018, she received a European Research Council (ERC) grant in order to study motivators and barriers of donor behavior over time and across different cultural and societal contexts. Merz´ research benefits from her theoretical expertise in social science theories on prosocial behaviour and her fruitful collaborations within the Dutch Blood Bank, the Biomedical Excellence of Safer Transfusion (BEST) Collaborative, and the International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT).

Dr Rachel Thorpe
Research Fellow, Australian Red Cross Lifeblood

Rachel is a social researcher, with a particular interest in using qualitative approaches to gain insights into the meanings of practices that people engage in, including blood and plasma donation, and how these change over time.

She completed her PhD in Sociology from La Trobe University in 2015. 

Rachel has previously worked in the areas of HIV social research, gender, sexuality and ageing.  

She is currently involved in a range of projects to do with donor behaviour, investigating ways to improve the recruitment and retention of donors. 

Rachel is a member of the International Sociological Association, The Australian Sociological Association and the Australian Association of Gerontology.

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Professor Ronan O'Carroll
Professor of Psychology, University of Stirling, UK

Professor Ronan O'Carroll is a Clinical and Health Psychologist who is interested in the general area of behaviour, health, disease and medicine.

He is past President of the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine. He has published over 250 papers in peer-reviewed journals and in February 2021 his Google Scholar h-index was 67. He is Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences (2012), Distinguished International Affiliate of the Division of Health Psychology (Division 38) of the American Psychological Association (2013), Fellow of the European Health Psychology Society (2014), British Psychological Society outstanding Contribution to Research in Health Psychology Prize (2016) and Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2017).

He has a long-standing research interest in organ transplantation and donation and served on the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) organ transplantation clinical guideline development group (2010, 2013, 2016).

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Professor Michael Polonsky
Alfred Deakin Professor, Faculty of Business and Law, BL Deakin Business School

Professor Michael Polonsky is an Alfred Deakin Professor and Chair in the Department of Marketing in Deakin Business School at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. He received his PhD from the Australian Catholic University in 1999 and has Masters degrees from Rutgers University-Newark and Temple University.

Michael is an internationally recognised marketing expert and is a member of the Academy of Marketing Science, American Marketing Association, Australian and New Zealand Academy of Marketing, and the Australian Marketing Institute. He is on the editorial review board of 15 academic journals looking at international marketing, non-profit issues, public policy, international marketing and general marketing issues. Michael has published extensively in his key areas of interest including environmental marketing/management, blood donation issues, stakeholder theory, ethical and social issues in marketing, cross-cultural studies, and marketing education. He has authored or co-authored over 140 journal articles in these areas and more than 140 presentations at national and international conferences.

Michael has successfully collaborated with a number of industry partners, including the Australian Cooperative Housing Alliance, Australian Bureau of Statistics, and Veolia. For over a decade he has partnered with Australian Red Cross Lifeblood on a body of research about the experience of African migrants and refugees donating blood in Australia and interventions and social marketing approaches to support their donations. Michael led the Australian Research Council Linkage Grant, Developing culturally relevant social marketing interventions to increase blood donation amongst migrant communities: The case of African migrants, in partnership with Australian Red Cross Lifeblood.

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Professor Jason Siegel
Professor of Psychology, Claremont Graduate University, California, USA

Jason T. Siegel is a professor of psychology in Claremont Graduate University’s Division of Behavioral & Organizational Sciences. He is the director of the Survey Design Lab, the Depression and Persuasion Research Lab, and he is the co-director of the Institute for Health Psychology & Prevention Science. Siegel’s research focuses on the social psychology of health behavior change. He utilizes persuasion, motivation, and emotion theories to develop approaches for maximizing the success of health campaigns and interventions. Accordingly, he has designed, implemented, and evaluated numerous efforts to increase various populations' health and well-being.

Prof. Siegel has been researching living and non-living organ donation for approximately two decades. His research often focuses on reducing attitude-behavior consistency regarding donor registration, increase the persuasive strength of messages targeting donor registration behavior, and the role of emotions in donor decision making. Prof. Siegel has also conducted research focused on living donation and testing his IIFF Model of non-living donation.

Prof. Siegel co-edited a book focused on behavioral science approaches for changing organ donor attitudes and behavior.  His organ donor scholarship has been published in journals such as Health Psychology, Social Science and Medicine, and Journal of Health Psychology. Prof. Siegel has been the Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator for millions of dollars of funding for organ donor research efforts.

He was the 2014 recipient of the Western Psychological Association Early Career Research Award, was nominated for and accepted into the Society of Experimental Social Psychology in 2015, and was named the inaugural winner of the Claremont Graduate University Presidential Research Award for outstanding contributions to new knowledge in 2018. Most recently, Siegel received the 2019 Western Psychological Association Social Responsibility Award.

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Associate Professor Lisa Williams
Senior Lecturer, University of New South Wales

Lisa is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. She completed her PhD from Northeastern University in 2009.

She is a social psychologist interested in the dynamics between emotional experience and social interaction. Much of her research focuses on positive emotions that arise in the context of social interactions – namely pride, gratitude, and compassion — and how those emotions, in turn, promote adaptive behaviours at the interpersonal, interpersonal, intergroup, and societal levels.

Lisa’s research in the area of blood donation focuses on the impact of the current, recalled, and anticipated experience of emotions on donor behaviour. Countering a strong tradition to examine cognitive determinants of donor behaviour, and a dominant focus on negative states, Lisa’s work is shedding light on the nature and impact of donors’ positive emotional experience.

Lisa is member of the Society for Affective Science and the Society of Experimental Social Psychologists. Her research is funded by the Australian Research Council and Australian Red Cross Lifeblood.

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Professor Christopher France
Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Ohio University, USA

Professor France is a Clinical Health Psychologist, past Editor-in-Chief of the Annals of Behavioral Medicine and Journal of Behavioral Medicine, past President of the Society for Health Psychology (American Psychological Association, Division 38), and a past Chair of the US National Institute of Health’s Behavioral Medicine, Interventions and Outcomes study section.

Chris has more than 30 years of research and clinical experience in the assessment of individual differences in responsivity to stress, and a particular interest in the development of interventions to help prevent blood donor vasovagal reactions, increase donor satisfaction, and enhance donor recruitment and retention. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed journal articles, and has a long-standing history of national and international funding to conduct multi-site randomized controlled trials with a translational focus. 

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Dr Janis France
Senior Researcher, Ohio University, USA

Janis is a Senior Researcher in the Department of Psychology at Ohio University. She is a Clinical Health Psychologist with more than 20 years of research and clinical experience, including a primary focus on enhancement of the blood donation experience and prediction of donation behavior using biopsychosocial models.

Janis has substantial experience with development of donor educational materials for recruitment and retention of donors, and intervention protocols for enhancing the donation experience to improve donor retention. She has published more than 60 peer-reviewed journal articles and has a history of collaborative research with various blood collection agencies in the USA and internationally.

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Professor Galen E. Switzer
Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry, and Clinical and Translational Science Director, PhD Program in Clinical and Translational Science Co-Director, VA Health Services Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Dr. Switzer is an expert regarding the motives and experiences of individuals who join an adult stem-cell donation registry. In collaboration with the U.S.-based National Marrow Donor Program, U.K.-based Anthony Nolan Registry, and German-based D.K.M.S., his research group has become internationally known for its findings about registry members' experience at critical points leading to donation, as well motivations for joining the registry and factors associated with opting-out after having preliminarily matched a patient in need of a transplant. He has extensive training and experience in qualitative and quantitative measurement and the administration of survey-based investigations. Dr. Switzer continues to lead the investigation on donation experiences from the donor perspective and advancing the understanding of health-related quality of life of pediatric stem cell donors and their families.

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Professor Michel Clement
Professor for Marketing and Media, Institute for Marketing, University of Hamburg , Germany

Michel Clement is Professor for Marketing and Media at the Institute for Marketing, Hamburg Business School, University of Hamburg, Germany. Professor Clement is Co-Editor of the Journal of Media Economics.

Professor Clement holds a doctoral degree in marketing from the Christian-Albrechts-University at Kiel and worked three years in various management positions for Bertelsmann in the media industry. His research focus is on media management, new technologies, customer relationship management, and blood donation management. Currently, he works on automated communication via Alexa & Co, the impact of new technologies on consumer behaviour, and the optimization of marketing mix instruments in the blood donation context.

Professor Clement has worked more than 10 years with the German Red Cross Blood Donation Service North/East.

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Dr Kathleen Chell
Senior Research Assistant, Australian Red Cross Lifeblood

Kathleen is an active researcher within the nonprofit and social change sector. Having completed her PhD from Queensland University in Technology in 2016, Kathleen brings a marketing perspective to understanding and improving individual engagement in donation and other pro-social behaviours that benefit nonprofit organisations, society and the environment.

She combines qualitative and quantitative research methodologies in her current research looking at the use of technology to communicate, engage and recognise donors, evaluating the introduction of non-cash incentives, social context and encouraging people to talk about donation activity.

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Warren Fingrut, MD
Fellow, Adult Bone Marrow Transplantation, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NY USA

Dr. Warren Fingrut completed his Medical Doctorate at University of British Columbia, Internal Medicine Residency Training at University of Toronto, and then Hematology Fellowship Training at University of British Columbia.

He is currently a Fellow in Adult Bone Marrow Transplantation at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

Dr. Fingrut is founder and director of Stem Cell Club (, a donor recruitment organization in Canada that recruits over 5,000 stem cell donors annually (>50% male, >50% diverse). He also leads Why We Swab ( a library of stories in Stem Cell Donation featuring stem cell donors and recipients, patients searching for a match, and their family members, and directs development of donor recruitment TikToks (

Dr. Fingrut is also a researcher ( with the Canadian Donation and Transplantation Research Program.

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Dr Kelly Holloway
Scientist, Centre for Innovation, Canadian Blood Services

Dr. Holloway is a medical sociologist with interdisciplinary training in health policy and political economy. She is a Scientist with the Canadian Blood Services’ Centre for Innovation, and Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto’s Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. Following her doctoral work in Sociology at York University, Dr. Holloway did two CIHR-funded postdoctoral fellowships at Dalhousie University and the University of Toronto. 

Dr. Holloway investigates donor behaviours to effectively inform strategies and approaches to recruitment, using qualitative research methodologies to understand how donor behavior is situated in political, social and economic contexts. Her current work focuses on plasma donation and health policy.

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Dr Jennie Haw
Scientist, Centre for Innovation, Canadian Blood Services; Adjunct Research Professor, Department of Health Sciences, Carleton University

Jennie Haw has a PhD in sociology from York University (Toronto, ON) with specialization in the areas of health, donation, science and technology studies, and qualitative methodologies. She draws on social theories to examine donation within the context of broader health and social systems. Jennie is particularly interested in the experiences of donation and emerging sites of social and moral decision-making as new opportunities to donate human biological materials arise.

She has been awarded funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to support her research projects. Her past and current projects include: examining women’s experiences of cord blood banking and donation, understanding blood donation from the perspectives of historically excluded and under-represented groups, and identifying social and structural barriers and enablers to donation. Jennie welcomes the opportunity to collaborate on multidisciplinary projects.

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Associate Professor Gail Moloney
Associate Professor of Social Psychology, Faculty of Health, Southern Cross University

Gail Moloney is an Associate Professor in the Discipline of Human Sciences within the Faculty of Health at Southern Cross University (Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia). Her research interests fall broadly in the area of social psychology, with a particular interest in drawing from theory to understand and design strategies and interventions for pressing social and health issues. Hallmarks of Associate Professor Gail Moloney's research focus on understanding the individual as an inseparable part of their society and the need to respect lay knowledge and understandings in their own right.

Associate Prof Moloney's interest in organ donation began with her PhD in 2002, which drew from the theory of social representation to understand how organ donation was understood by those in the lay world rather than a poor cousin of medical knowledge. Currently, she leads a research team (DRREAM: Donation, Registration, Research, Education Awareness ) that has for the last six years focused on increasing the number of people who register their donation decision on the Australian Organ Donor Register (AODR).

Further information on Associate Professor Moloney's research can be found here: Research Impact: Organ Donation Registration and Research Profile

Other research interests include blood donation, COVID-19 vaccination, community and the re-settlement of forced migrants and the depiction of minority groups through cartooning, social identity and emotion within representation.

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Dr Philippe Gilchrist
Senior Lecturer and Program Director in Clinical Psychology, Macquarie University, NSW

Philippe Gilchrist is a Senior Lecturer and Program Director in Clinical Psychology, Macquarie University. His research concerns the emotional and physiological (e.g., cardiovascular) states linked to everyday environmental and social challenges.  Applications include developing strategies to improve the quality of patient experiences and well-being in medical settings. For example, much of this work aimed to improve our understating of the mechanisms and to develop novel interventions to manage stress-related changes in autonomic activity, especially vasovagal reactions (i.e., stress-related decreases in autonomic activity leading to dizziness, light-headedness, and sometimes loss of consciousness). Vasovagal reactions strongly implicate fear and have an important influence on donor health and management, affecting the stability of the blood supply.  These reactions also present an important theoretical challenge due to stress-related decreases in autonomic activity.   

Some current research partners include the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood and the NIHR-BTRU at the University of Cambridge where he continues as an Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow. Philippe's experimental and clinical research aims to combine a variety of methods and approaches, including cardiovascular psychophysiology, clinical health psychology, social psychology, and public health.

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Dr Katja van den Hurk
Head of Donor Studies and Principal Investigator on Donor Health at Sanquin Research, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Dr. Katja van den Hurk is Head of the Donor Studies research group and Principal Investigator on the Donor Health research line. She is an Epidemiologist and Health Scientist with a PhD from the Faculty of Medicine of the VU University in Amsterdam. She is an Associate Scientific member of the Biomedical Excellence for Safer Transfusion (BEST) Collaborative Donor Studies team and member of the European Blood Alliance (EBA)’s Donor Studies SIG (Special Interest Group).

Katja’s research focuses on health effects of donation, policies to monitor and maintain donor health, and more generally donors’ health status and eligibility to donate, by using epidemiological and bio-statistical research methods.

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Dr. Elisabeth Huis in ‘t Veld, MBA
Assistant professor at the Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences, Department of Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence, Tilburg University, the Netherlands; PI of Donor Cognition, Department of Donor Medicine Research, Sanquin Research, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Dr. Elisabeth Huis in ‘t Veld, MBA is assistant professor and PI of Donor Cognition, situated at Tilburg University’s School of Humanities and Digital Sciences as well as Sanquin’s Donor Medicine Research department.

Elisabeth has a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience (2015), broadly focusing on emotional experience and expression in the brain and body using behavioral, experimental, psychophysiological and imaging techniques such as EMG, EEG, ECG, fMRI. Her current research focusses on how affective and cognitive processes influence donor experience, behavior, and vasovagal reactions. Furthermore, her group uses machine learning and big data science methods and hopefully soon also Virtual and Augmented Reality to develop innovative solutions.

Dr. Marloes Spekman
Postdoctoral researcher at the dept. of Donor Medicine Research, Sanquin Research, and at the dept. of Sociology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Marloes Spekman is a trained communication scientist specialized in persuasive communication (particularly in the areas of health and prosocial behavior) and media psychology.

She combines quantitative and qualitative methods in her current research at Sanquin, which focusses on the behavior and experiences of whole blood and plasma donors. She is also interested in the behavior and experiences of, and communication around other SOHO donations.

Dr. Steven Ramondt
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Sanquin Research

Steven is a social computational scientist with an interest in using nlp to gain insights that improve the recruitment and retention of donors. He completed his PhD in Psychological Sciences at the University of California, Merced in 2018.

His current projects focus on analyzing and improving social media as a tool to recruit and retain donors. This work examines reasons why people cease their donor career, sheds light on the opinion and priorities of the general public about blood donation, and investigates how we can improve communication with donors.

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Dr Elisabeth Klinkenberg
Teacher/Researcher, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Elisabeth is a Dutch sociologist and behavioral scientist. On the 6th of October 2020, she succesfully defended her PhD thesis entitled 'Engaging African Ethnic Minorities as Blood Donors'. During her PhD project, she studied blood donor motivation and barriers of sub-Saharan African migrants in the Netherlands and developed evidence-based recruitment campaigns.

Besides (donor) diversity and behaviour, she's interested in mental wellbeing, the social impact of digitalisation and quantitative and qualitative research methods. She currently works at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences as a teacher and researcher.

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Simonne Weeks
Senior Biomedical Scientist and Senior Lecturer, University of Brighton

Simonne holds both Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration as a Senior Biomedical Scientist and a Fellow for the Higher Education Academy. Drawing on 20 years of multidisciplinary pathology experience she has worked in both the NHS and private sector. Over four years she has divided her time between biomedical science practice and lecturing for University of Brighton (UoB). Now as a full-time academic, Simonne is module lead for Clinical Placement in NHS pathology laboratories and has redesigned the biomedical science training programme that has been praised by Institute Biomedical Science (IBMS) professional body for its ability to withstand COVID-19 pandemic pressures and support trainees through turblent and uncertain working environments.

In 2021, together with her research partner, was awarded a NHSBT research grant to form an interdisciplinary team who are passionate about promoting a better understanding of the complexities that surround organ donation and transplantation pathway. Drawing on successful education pilot studies the research team are offering student researchers to co-design and co-deliver education events to tackle the health inequalities experienced by the Black and South Asian communities who rely on the low supply of ethnically-matched donated organs for successful transplantations.

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Rebecca Craig
Senior Lecturer, University of Brighton

I am a Registered Nurse and worked in several acute care settings in my clinical career before moving to The University of Brighton to become a Senior Lecturer in Nursing. I became interested in the issues surrounding Organ donation working in Accident and Emergency and Operating Theatre departments. Organ donation is a topic I felt I lacked knowledge and confidence in discussing as a junior nurse, so I sought to educate myself and get involved in training events when offered. I have in recent years become increasingly aware of the health inequality of organ donation faced by Black and Asian Ethnic communities through previous research projects, and in our current project we are working with students and peers to co-design ways to provide information, a safe space to ask questions, and engage with others in meaningful conversations about organ donation.

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Joris M. Schröder
PhD Candidate, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Joris is currently completing his PhD within the DONORS project led by Eva-Maria Merz, which is aimed at understanding, explaining and predicting donor behaviour with an interdisciplinary approach. Within the project, he is working on individual and social network related determinants of donor behaviour.

Besides health related donations, Joris is also interested in donations of time and money and in analysing (dis-)similarities in determinants of different forms of prosocial behaviour.

Jan Karregat
PhD student, Donor Studies, Sanquin Research

Jan Karregat is a PhD student within the research group Donor Studies at Sanquin and has a background in biomedical science and nutrition.

Jan is working on the FORTE research project which focuses on determining the most optimal iron supplementation protocol for whole blood donors with low ferritin levels.

Franke Quee
Jr. Researcher, Donor Studies, Sanquin Research

Franke is working as a junior researcher. Her main tasks include consulting Sanquin Blood Bank and Sanquin’s other research divisions in doing research with (blood) donors and assisting in studies performed by the Donor Studies Department. Additionally, she provides data and information for international collaborations.

Franke has a background in Biomedical Sciences and Epidemiology with a focus on infectious diseases.

Caroline Graf
PhD candidate, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Caroline is a PhD candidate in the DONORS project led by Eva-Maria Merz. Within this project, she examines the role of cross-cultural differences in shaping people's motivations to do good, currently with a focus on blood donation behavior.

She has a background in Cognitive Science and is interested in interdisciplinary approaches to understanding behavior.

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Adjunct Associate Professor Tanya Davison
Director, Research Discovery, Silver Chain Group

Dr Davison is a Clinical Psychologist and Director, Research Discovery at Silver Chain Group. She is also Adjunct A/Prof at Monash University and Swinburne University of Technology.

Dr Davison conducts applied research with a demonstrated impact on health care systems. Her research interests span the psychology and health of blood donors, and the mental health and wellbeing of older adults.

Previously, Dr Davison led a multidisciplinary program of research at Australian Red Cross Lifeblood to ensure the sustainability of the Australian blood supply and maintain the health and well-being of blood donors. This role involved building collaborative relationships with key internal and external stakeholders to support the implementation of a leading-edge research program focused on improving outcomes for donors, and developing an evidence-base for business decisions.

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Dr Maryanne Perrin
Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition at the University of North Carolina Greensboro

Dr. Maryanne Perrin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Her research focuses on the use of donor human milk for feeding preterm infants. While donor human milk banking is growing globally based on endorsements from the World Health Organization and the US Surgeon General, there is limited information about milk bank donors or the nutritional composition of donor human milk. Dr. Perrin has led some of the preliminary research into these topics including exploring the emergence of online milk sharing communities in the United States; investigating how participants in peer milk sharing perceive donor milk banking; and establishing the largest biorepository of donor human milk in the United States representing milk from 75% of the milk banks in North America. Current projects include the development of a donor survey to learn about the demographic, clinical, and behavioral characteristics of milk bank donors in diverse geographic settings.

Dr Laura Machin
Senior Lecturer in Medical Ethics, Lancaster Medical School, Lancaster University, UK

Dr Laura Machin's research interests rest within the social and ethical aspects of health and medicine. Previously, she has focused upon the social and ethical aspects surrounding reproductive medicine, in particular sex selection technology, and gamete and embryo donation. Dr Machin has also explored the moral and political aspects of umbilical cord blood donation, banking, and transplantation, as well as considered the use of donated deceased bodies to teach anatomy to medical students. 

Dr Machin's recent research lies within donation studies, which incorporates the social and ethical aspects of the donation of body parts, blood and tissue for a variety of purposes including art, education, transplantation, and research and development. Along with colleagues, she has proposed a sociology of donation, and considered what it may constitute. Dr Machin tends to draw on qualitative data, focusing on the policy, process, people and practice elements of donation such as conscientious objections within the field of organ donation.

Dr Machin founded and convenes a research network on donation studies which is funded by the British Sociological Association and Institute of Medical Ethics: deconstructing-donation-special-interest-group

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Dr Katherine Carroll
Research Fellow, Australian National University
Katherine is a sociologist and ethnographer at the Australian National University. Her research has enabled donor milk to be understood as more than an infant food or a therapeutic agent by placing its use in a social context. She received two ARC Discovery Project grants (2011, 2018) to work on understanding the sociological aspects of milk donation and donor milk use in neonatal intensive care.
Her extensive published work on human milk donation has expanded the notion of breastmilk donation from one that was previously characterised as donating ‘spare’ milk, to one that details the significant care work invested in milk donations by donors. 
Katherine has also examined the impact of donor milk on recipient mother's experiences of kinship with their baby. She currently holds an ARC grant on the topic of lactation and milk donation after infant death to better understand how lactation management and donation may modulate grief experiences of bereaved families.
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Dr Luke Gahan
Research Fellow, Australian Red Cross Lifeblood; Senior Research Fellow, La Trobe University.

Dr Luke Gahan is a Research Fellow at Australian Red Cross Lifeblood, an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Social Inquiry at La Trobe University, and is an Associate Editor of the Health Sociology Review journal. Dr Gahan sits on the Ballarat Health Services Community Advisory Committee and the Ballarat Base Hospital Redevelopment Community Consultative Committee. He is a former Secretary of the Australian Sociology Association (TASA) and was previously a co-convenor of the Sociology of Family, Relationships, and Gender Thematic Group. Dr Gahan is a former director of the National LGBTI Health Alliance (Australia).

His current research on blood donation focuses on diversity, in particular on the barriers, motivators, and facilitators for ethnic minority communities in Australia. Dr Gahan is a qualitative researcher and is passionate about using co-design methodologies to encourage greater participation in blood donation.

Dr Gahan has taught Sociology at Federation, La Trobe, and Melbourne Universities and has delivered workshops around Australia translating his research findings with industry stakeholders. He is a member of the Sociology Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (SAANZ).

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Dr Michael Lam
Data Scientist, Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research

Dr Michael Lam is a Data Scientist ad Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research. Michael completed his PhD in Psychology under the supervision of Professor Barbara Masser at The University of Queensland.

Michael's research focuses on altruism. In particular, he uses survey data, behavioural experiments, and web scrapping to understand what makes people generous.

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Jordan Miller
Research Fellow, University of Aberdeen, Scotland

Jordan is a Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. She completed her PhD at the University of Stirling, Scotland in 2021. Her PhD research applied a mixed-methods approach to examine the role that affective attitudes play in donor-relevant decisions, for example, disgust at the thought of organ donation, or concerns of medical mistrust. Her research included both an examination of individual determinants of donor behaviour and of the factors that influence family decision-making for posthumous organ donation.

Jordan’s PhD research had a particular focus on the impact of modern policy changes in organ donation legislation (opt-out versus opt-in consent) and identifying potentially novel factors that might influence donor relevant decisions under opt-out legislation, such as psychological reactance and government trust.

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Britzer Paul Vincent Paul Raj
PhD Scholar, University of Bedfordshire

Britzer Paul V, is pursuing a Ph.D. in the area of organ donation, Socio-Ecological Perspective on Deceased Organ Donation from Two Diverse Regions in India, supervised by Dr Gurch Randhawa and Dr Erica Cook.

Britzer Paul V is a Physician Assistant (PA) and also graduated with a Master's in Public Health from Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER), Puducherry, India. Following graduation as a PA, Britzer Paul V worked for a liver transplantation team for almost two years and developed a strong interest in the area of organ donation during that time. Following that, Britzer Paul V pursued a Master's in Public Health and undertook a thesis on organ donation, as well as undertaking a four-month internship in an organ donation organization.

Britzer Paul V’s research areas of interest include organ donation, health promotion, qualitative research, strengthening health systems, health behaviour, communication and education.

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Klara Greffin
Research Assistant, Chair of Health and Prevention, Department of Psychology, University of Greifswald, Germany

Klara is a psychologist with a background in health psychology. She is currently completing her PhD about quality of life assessment in the context of telemedical applications under the supervision of Professor Silke Schmidt.

Besides that, her research focuses on experiences of deferred first-time whole-blood donors. She uses mixed-method approaches to identify motivators and barriers for blood donation behaviour in this particular donor group. Her passion for this topic stems from practical work experience at the blood donation centre at University Medicine Greifswald.

After finishing her PhD, Klara wants to focus on blood donor research and seeks collaboration.

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Sarah Coundouris
Lead Research Assistant, Australian Red Cross Lifeblood

Sarah is a Lead Research Assistant at Australian Red Cross Lifeblood and is currently leading a systematic review interested in understanding the physiological and psychological health effects of blood donation from the donors' perspective.

Sarah was previously a Research Assistant for the Sustaining and Understanding Living Donors Project at The University Queensland and completed a systematic review of reviews focused on gaining a better understanding of the recruitment and retention of donors of substances of human origin (e.g. blood, organs, and tissue).

As well as this, Sarah is currently completing her PhD in psychology on prospective and social cognitive impairments in Parkinson’s disease.

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Dr Cassandra Chapman
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, UQ Business School, The University of Queensland

Cassandra Chapman is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the UQ Business School with expertise in donor psychology and a professional background in fundraising. 

Cassandra’s research focuses on the psychology of charitable giving and public perceptions of nonprofits. She is particularly interested in understanding when and why donors are more (or less) willing to give to particular causes and the implications such preferences have for how charities communicate.

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Dr Janecke Wille
Senior Research and Policy Officer, Federation of Ethnic Communities' Councils of Australia (FECCA)

Janecke is an active researcher in the broad field of migration and cultural diversity. She has extensive experience in issues relating to multiculturalism, settlement and the work of civil society. Her doctorate in Sociology from the Australian National University (ANU) focused on the settlement experiences of the South Sudanese community in Canberra, Australia, and personal understandings of belonging and recognition.

In her role as Senior Research and Policy Officer with the Federation of Ethnic Communities' Councils of Australia (FECCA), Janecke has made significant contributions in areas of new and emerging communities, settlement and integration for new arrivals, accessing Government services for people from diverse backgrounds, and understanding people's experiences of organ and tissue donation.

Janecke was Editor of a special issue of the FECCA flagship magazine, the Australian Mosaic, which served as a key resource and tool for culturally and linguistically diverse communities to learn about organ and tissue donation and to start a conversation in their communities.

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Associate Professor Ravi Pappu
Associate Professor of Marketing, UQ Business School, The University of Queensland

Dr Ravi Pappu is an Associate Professor of Marketing at the University of Queensland Business School. His research expertise is in the areas of advertising and branding. His research focuses on modelling decision making to understand how marketing communications (e.g., advertising, celebrity endorsement, sponsorship) shape people’s attitudes and brand perceptions. His research on nonprofits and donor behaviour has attracted competitive grant funding from Australian Research Council and Australian Red Cross Life Blood and been published in leading scholarly international journals (e.g., Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science). He serves on the editorial boards of several leading scholarly journals.

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Robert Harley
Donor Guidelines Medical Officer, Australian Red Cross Lifeblood

Rob is responsible for over-seeing the Guidelines for Selection of Blood Donors and Donor Questionnaire, which are the two primary documents used in assessment of blood donors eligibility to donate. They are updated regularly based on medical and scientific knowledge, demographic change, business needs and regulatory requirements. Rob has been in this position for 8 years and also has interests in research into patterns of infectious disease, travel medicine and mental health.

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Pamela Bousejean
Founder, UR The Cure

Pamela is the Founder of UR the Cure, an organisation which increases awareness, education and donor numbers on the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry, with a particular focus on improving ethnic diversity of the registry.

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Dr. Lotte van Dammen
Biobank Coordinator and Data Manager, Sanquin

Dr. Lotte van Dammen is a Biobank Coordinator and Data Manager at the Dutch Blood Bank, Sanquin. She received her Ph.D. in Medical Sciences in 2018 from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Lotte worked as a postdoctoral scholar at Iowa State University.

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Dr. Peter van den Burg
PhD, MD, Tranfusion and donor medicine, Sanquin blood supply

Transfusion medicine with special attention to education and involved in various (inter)national projects. Advocating donor medicine with respect to all SoHO.

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Dr. Satu Pastila
Director, Blood donation, Finnish Red Cross Blood Service
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Vera Raivola
PhD Candidate, University of Eastern Finland

Vera is completing a PhD at the University of Eastern Finland. Vera’s research looks at how voluntary blood donors approach the possibility to add biobank donation to their blood donation practices at the the Finnish Red Cross Blood Service context.

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Mikko Arvas
Researcher, Finnish Red Cross Blood Service

I have a long background of carrying out research with various genomic analysis at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (2001 - 2015). Since 2016 I have been carrying out research on health of blood donors at the Finnish Red Cross Blood. My publications are best found here:

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Annu Nurmela
Laboratorian, Finnish Red Cross Blood Service
Wilhelmina Ehrnstén
Nurse, Red Cross Blood Service
Dr. Dianne Prince
President, Haemochromatosis Australia
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Abigail Edwards
PhD Candidate, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland

Abigail is currently completing her PhD in Psychology under the supervision of Professor Barbara Masser and Associate Professor Fiona Barlow. 

Abigail's research focuses on how gender and acceptability of financial compensation interact across donatable substances of human origin.

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Kiana Thomas
Honours Student, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland

Kiana is currently undertaking her Psychology Honours year under the supervision of Dr Mel Hyde. Kiana's honours research project is focused on attitudes towards and perceptions of organ donors in opt-in and opt-out organ donation systems.

Amanda Thijsen
PhD Candidate, University of Sydney

Amanda is currently completing her PhD in Public Health under the supervision of Dr Anna Williamson, Associate Professor Tanya Davison, & Professor Barbara Masser.

Amanda's research focuses on strengthening the use of research in blood donor management. 

Yasmin Mowat
PhD Candidate, UNSW

Yasmin is currently completing her PhD in Medicine under the supervision of Dr. Bridget Haire, Professor John Kaldor, Dr. Skye McGregor & Professor Barbara Masser.

Yasmin's research focuses on a population based survey examining knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions of blood donation eligibility in Australia.


Michael Lam
PhD Candidate, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland

Michael completed his PhD in Psychology under the supervision of Professor Barbara Masser at The University of Queensland.

Michael's research used social and evolutionary theories to understand altruism. In particular, his research focused on the links between reputation and blood donation.

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Abigail Edwards
Honours Student, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland

Abigail completed her Psychology Honours year in 2019 under the supervision of Professor Barbara Masser. Her honours research assessed unique question-based interventions for blood donor recruitment and retention, as well as the underlying emotional motivations. 

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Sarah Blessing
Research Assistant, Sustaining and Understanding Living Donors Project, The University of Queensland

Sarah assisted the DoRN with a literature review on the effectiveness of, and community responses to, opt-out systems of organ donation.

There is renewed interest in revising the current opt-in system in Australia, and this research will inform current national and international debate about opt-out systems.

Sarah completed her Psychology Honours thesis in 2019 in the area of moral psychology, looking at the link between moral decisions and fears of compassion. More broadly, she is interested in research on prosocial and compassionate behaviour.

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Ashley Inglis
Summer Research Scholar, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland

Ashley explored the effect of information provided on bone marrow registration decisions as a 2019-2020 Summer Research Scholar under the supervision of Professor Barbara Masser and Dr Mel Hyde for the Sustaining and Understanding Living Donors Program. She completed her Bachelors degree in Psychological Science at The University of Queensland and is undertaking her Honours year. She is particularly interested in the area of applied social psychology, and broadly interested in understanding and increasing conversations around organ donation and donor rates.

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Amie Brook
Honours Student (2020); Summer Research Scholar (2019), School of Psychology, The University of Queensland

Amie completed her Honours year (Bachelor of Psychological Science) under the supervision of Dr Mel Hyde. She explored organ donation decisions within the theoretical framework of expectation-confirmation theory, and the impact on medical trust.

Amie also investigated organ donation decision-making and trust in the medical system as a 2019-2020 Summer Research Scholar under the supervision of Professor Barbara Masser and Dr Mel Hyde for the Sustaining and Understanding Living Donors project.

Amie has an interest in the research fields of social and applied psychology, and in topics such as prosocial behaviour and intergroup relations. 

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