Donna Whitsett

Managing Consultant

 
 

Donna’s research sheds light on how customers can be motivated to conserve energy. She has a Ph.D. in social psychology and a wide range of experience in research methodology, including experimental design, sample development, data collection, and statistical data analysis. Since joining EMI in 2008, Donna’s depth of experience has enabled her to find “the needle in the haystack” of research results, providing true insight to people’s behavioral choices.

17

professional publications

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cross-country moves (with cats in the car!)

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different arts techniques explored

  • How did you get into the clean energy field?

    I went to the inaugural Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change conference in 2007, and I’ve been in the field ever since.

  • What are the ideas that drive you?

    I love figuring out the best way to answer a question and making sense of data. It’s like a puzzle—let’s fit together the pieces. I’m also passionate about learning something new about the way people think.

  • How do you spend your time when you’re not working?

    Hiking around Central Texas, or the “Hill Country” as it’s locally known. I’m also into all sorts of arts and crafting, with my latest obsession being embroidery.

Publications

  • Whitsett, D.D., Yang, S. (2018, February). “Using a smart thermostat on a time-of-use (TOU) rate plan.” Presentation at the 2018 Association of Energy Service Professionals National Conference. New Orleans, LA.
  • Malinick, T., Whitsett, D., Steiner, E., Hamilton, M., Craven, R. (2016, March). “Where supply meets demand: Transforming California’s market for HVAC quality installation and maintenance.” Presentation at the 2016 ACEEE and CEE Annual National Symposium on Market Transformation. Baltimore, MD.
  • Whitsett, D.D., Yang, S. (2018, February). “Using a smart thermostat on a time-of-use (TOU) rate plan.” Presentation at the 2018 Association of Energy Service Professionals National Conference. New Orleans, LA.
  • Malinick, T., Whitsett, D., Steiner, E., Hamilton, M., Craven, R. (2016, March). “Where supply meets demand: Transforming California’s market for HVAC quality installation and maintenance.” Presentation at the 2016 ACEEE and CEE Annual National Symposium on Market Transformation. Baltimore, MD.
  • Whitsett, D. D., Steiner, E., Galawish, E., Emge, J. (2015). “HVAC contractor and technician behavior: An important piece of the HVAC energy savings puzzle.” Proceedings of the 2015 Association of Energy Service Professionals National Conference. Orlando, FL.
  • Shoda, Y., Wilson, N. L., Whitsett, D. D., Lee-Dussud, J., Zayas, V. (2015). “The person as a cognitive-affective processing system: Quantitative ideography as an integral component of cumulative science.” In M. Mikulincer, P. R. Shaver, L. Cooper, & R. J. Larsen (Eds.), APA handbook of personality and social psychology (pp. 491 – 513). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Whitsett, D. D. & Shoda, Y. (2014). “An approach to test for individual differences in the effects of situations without using moderator variables.” Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 50, 94-104.
  • Whitsett, D. D., Justus, H. C., Steiner, E., & Duffy, K. (2013). “Persistence of energy efficiency behaviors over time: Evidence from a community-based program.” Proceedings of the 2013 Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change Conference. Sacramento, CA.
  • Steiner, E. B., Whitsett, D. D., Justus, H. C., Crohn, K., & Malinick, T. (2013). “Panel studies – The perfect marriage of formative and summative evaluations.” Proceedings of the 2013 International Energy Program Evaluation Conference. Chicago, IL.
  • Steiner, E. B, Malinick, T., Whitsett, D.D., Samiullah, S., Close, B., & Jones, D. (2013, August). “Maximizing return on research investment: The role of incidence studies and repeatable sample frame development processes.” Poster presented at the 2013 International Energy Program Evaluation Conference. Chicago, IL.
  • Whitsett, D. D. (2010, November). “Participants of time-of-use programs need specific information in order to change energy-use behaviors.” Presentation at the Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change Conference. Sacramento, CA.
  • Whitsett, D. D. & Moore, S. A. (2010). “Measuring energy efficiency behavior: Perspectives and methods from psychological science.” Proceedings of the ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, 7-337-7-347.
  • Whitsett, D. D., Almvig, T., & Shoda, Y. (2010). “Identifying the distress cues that influence support provision: A paired comparison approach.” The Journal of Social Psychology, 150(5), 503-519.
  • Whitsett, D. D., Justus, H. C., and Balzar, R. (2009, November). “Barriers and solutions to implementing a social marketing initiative among energy utilities.” Poster presented at the Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change Conference. Washington, DC.
  • Holmes, J., Whitsett, D., Justus, H. C., Warner, C., & Reyhner, T. (2009). “Barriers and Opportunities in the High-tech Market Sector.” Proceedings of the 19th National Energy Services Conference & Expo, Association for Energy Service Professionals (AESP). San Diego, CA.
  • Zayas, V., Whitsett, D. D., Lee, J. J. Y., Wilson, N., & Shoda, Y. (2008). “From situation assessment to personality: Building a social-cognitive model of a person.” In G. Boyle, G. Matthews & D. Saklofske (Eds.), Handbook of personality theory and testing (pp. 377 – 401). Newbury Park: SAGE.
  • Whitsett, D. D. & Shoda, Y. (2008, February). “Support seekers’ use of coping strategies influences others’ willingness to offer emotional support.” Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Albuquerque, NM.
  • Whitsett, D. D. (2008). “Identifying the distress cues social-support providers use when making support-relevant judgments: A highly-repeated within-subjects approach.” Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering, 68(8-B), 5640.
  • Ai, A. L., Tice, T. N., Whitsett, D. D., Ishisaka, T., & Chim, M. (2007). “Post-traumatic symptoms and growth of Kosovar war refugees: The influence of hope and cognitive coping.” Journal of Positive Psychology, 2(1), 55-65.
  • Whitsett, D. D. & Shoda, Y. (2007, January). “Providing emotional support to individuals in distress: Women’s utilization of nonverbal cues.” Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Memphis, TN.
  • Mischel, W. & Whitsett, D. D. (2005, June 16). “CAPS: Identifying the active ingredients of situations.” Presented at Geneva Affective Science Week 2005: Personality and Emotion, University of Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Whitsett, D. D. & Richards, J. M. (2004, January). “Elicitation of social support: The negative consequences of expressive suppression.” Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Austin, TX.
  • Atkinson, J. S., Montoya, I. D., Whitsett, D. D., Bell, D. C., & Nagy, C. W. (2003). “The relationship among psychological distress, employment, and drug use over time in a sample of female welfare recipients.” Journal of Community Psychology, 31(3), 223-234.
  • Atkinson, J. S., & Whitsett, D. (2003). “Severity of common personal and substance abuse related problems in low-income women: Implications for treatment.” Journal of Addictions Nursing, 41(1), 27-33.
  • Atkinson, J. S., Whitsett, D. D., Montoya, I. D., Carroll-Curtis, T., Brown, V. (2003). “Employment and income patterns in a study of a chronic drug using and non-drug using TANF population.” Journal of Poverty, 7(4): 73-91.
  • Montoya, I. D., Atkinson, J. S., Lichtiger, B., & Whitsett, D. D. (2003). “Prevalence of hepatitis C in a drug using and non-drug using welfare population.” Health Policy, 64(2), 221-228.
  • Montoya, I. D., & Whitsett, D. D. (2003). “New frontiers and challenges in HIV research among older minority populations.” Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 33(2 Suppl), S218-S221.
  • Montoya, I. D., Bell, D. C., Atkinson, J. S., Nagy, C. W., & Whitsett, D. D. (2002). “Mental health, drug use, and the transition from welfare to work.” The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 29(2), 144-156