Relevant Publications



Johnson, B. T., & Boynton, M. H. (2008). Cumulating evidence about the social animal: Meta-analysis in social-personality psychology. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 2, 817-841. (doi: 10.1111/j.1751-9004.2007.00048.x) (pdf here)

Provides a general introduction to meta-analysis with application to social-personality psychology.

Johnson, B. T., Redding, C. A., DiClemente, R. J., Dodge, B. M., Mustanski, B. S., Sheeran, P., Warren, M. R., Zimmerman, R. S., Fisher, W. A., Conner, M. T., Carey, M. P., Fisher, J. D., Stall, R. D., & Fishbein, M. (2010). A Network-Individual-Resource model for HIV prevention. AIDS and Behavior, 14(Suppl 2), 204-221. (doi: 10.1007/s10461-010-9803-z) (pdf here)

For the theoretically inclined, this article provides a new direction for HIV prevention efforts that focuses on substantive ties of individuals with their networks. This paper also critiques the more popular models of behavior on which many interventions have been based.

Johnson, B. T., Scott-Sheldon, L. A. J., LaCroix, J. M., Smoak, N. D., Anderson, J., & Carey, M. P. (2009). Behavioral interventions for African Americans to reduce sexual risk of HIV: A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 51, 492-501. (doi: 10.1097/QAI.0b013e3181a28121). (pdf here)

I will show some new (preliminary!) analyses of this database that take community features into account (e.g., Whites’ attitudes toward Blacks). The original publication reported only sample- and study-level models of the efficacy of the interventions.

Johnson, B. T., & Huedo-Medina, T. B. (2011). Depicting estimates using the intercept in meta-regression models: The moving constant technique. Research Synthesis Methods, 2(3), 204-220. (doi: 10.1002/jrsm.49) (pdf here)

This article reports how to “move the constant” to estimate effect sizes at different levels of moderators of interest. We used this technique in the Lennon et al. meta-analysis.

Kirsch, I., Deacon, B. J., Huedo-Medina, T. B., Scoboria, A., Moore, T. J., & Johnson, B. T. (2008). Initial severity and antidepressant benefits:  A meta-analysis of data submitted to the FDA. PLoS Medicine, 5,  260-268.(doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.0050045). (pdf here)

The Johnson & Huedo-Medina (2011) article highlights examples from this meta-analysis of data submitted to the FDA to evaluate the efficacy of antidepressants and some of my examples in the talk will come from this database.

Lennon, C. A., Huedo-Medina, T. B., Gerwien, D. P., & Johnson, B. T. (2012). A role for depression in sexual risk reduction for women? A meta-analysis of HIV prevention trials with depression outcomes. Social Sciences & Medicine. Available online 24 February 2012. (pdf here)

I will likely also at least briefly highlight this review, which appeared recently, and ironically, shows that behavioral interventions themselves can provide relief from depression. This article also used the moving constant technique.

Brown, J. C., Huedo-Medina, T. B., Pestacello, L. S., Pestacello, S. M., Ferrer, R. A., LaCroix, L. M., & Johnson, B. T. (2012). The efficacy of exercise in reducing depression among cancer survivors: A meta-analysis. PLoS ONE 7(1): e30955. (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0030955) (pdf here)

There are many, many alternatives to treat depression. This article evaluates another—exercise—in relation to depressive symptoms in cancer survivors. This article also uses the moving constant technique and I will highlight these results in my talk Friday, not only as a substantive outcome but also as a method for best portraying the results from the highest quality studies in a particular meta-analysis.