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Dr. Stewart Donaldson (CGU)

President, American Evaluation Association
Director, Claremont Evaluation Center
Dean, School of Social Science, Policy & Evaluation
Dean, School of Community & Global Health

Stewart I. Donaldson is Professor of Psychology and Community & Global Health, Dean of the School of Social Science, Policy & Evaluation (SSSPE) and the School of Community & Global Health (SCGH), and Director of the Claremont Evaluation Center (CEC) at Claremont Graduate University. He has taught numerous courses and published widely on the topics of evaluation theory and practice, health promotion and disease prevention, positive psychology, organizational psychology, organizational change and development, career development, cross-cultural and international evaluation and research, and applied research methods.

He assumed the deanship of the School of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences at Claremont Graduate University in 2001. Under his leadership, the school thrived academically and financially, and became one of the most popular places in the U.S. to apply for graduate training in the areas of applied psychology, evaluation, and most recently positive psychology. He was also appointed Dean of the School of Politics and Economics in 2012, with the charge of integrating Politics and Economics with the Behavioral and Organizational Sciences. The result is the new School of Social Science, Policy & Evaluation consisting of the Division of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences with a Department of Psychology and a Program in Human Resource Design, and a Division of Politics and Economics with Departments of Economics and Politics and Policy. In fall 2013, Stewart Donaldson was also appointed Dean of the School of Community and Global Health (click here to read more).

Dean Donaldson was elected President of the American Evaluation Association (AEA) in 2013 (click here to read more). AEA is an international association of professional evaluators devoted to assessing the strengths and weaknesses of programs, organizations, large-scale change interventions, personnel, policies, and products to improve their effectiveness. The organization has approximately 8,000 members representing all 50 of the United States as well as over 60 other countries. Stewart Donaldson will serve as AEA President-elect in 2014, President in 2015 (The International Year of Evaluation), and Past-President in 2016.

One of the most prolific and influential organizational development and evaluation scholars and past-president of AEA, Michael Quinn Patton, nominated Stewart Donaldson for AEA's 2013 Paul F. Lazarsfeld Evaluation Theory Award (click here to read a summary of Professor Donaldson’s written contributions to advancing evaluation theory and practice). Patton’s nomination was successful and Professor Donaldson received this lifetime achievement award at the American Evaluation Association Annual Conference in Washington DC on October 18, 2013 (click here to read more).


To learn more about Dr. Donaldson’s availability to speak to your organization (onsite or online), or provide evaluation, program design/redesign, organizational effectiveness consulting, or career coaching services please contact his assistant Edith Ramirez at or (909) 607-9013 or directly at or

For a copy of Professor Donaldson's Biographical Sketch, please click here.

See his publications at Research Gate:

Read about his AEA 2015 Conference Theme “Exemplary Evaluations in a Multicultural World: Learning from Evaluation’s Successes Across the Globe”:

Dean Donaldson was the Congress Chair for the International Positive Psychology Association's (IPPA) World Congress in Los Angeles, June 27-30 and he is serving a 4 year term on the IPPA board.



Dean Donaldson interviewed about Positive Psychology and the World Congress on Positive Psychology, click here to hear the interview.

Professor Donaldson at the 7th European Conference on Positive Psychology in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
July 2014


Research & Practice


Dr. Donaldson has been Director of the Claremont Evaluation Center (CEC) for more than 15 years. The mission of the CEC is to influence the direction and effectiveness of organizations and social programs, facilitate constructive social and organizational change, and enrich the quality of life in communities and organizations. Numerous graduate students have received extensive professional training, mentoring, and education while working in paid internships at CEC. Internships at CEC are tightly linked to the CGU academic curriculum, and are designed to give graduate students opportunities to apply theories, principles, findings, and methods of psychological and evaluation science to "real world" problems.

During his tenure as director, Dr. Donaldson has provided organizational consulting, research, and program evaluation services to more than 100 different organizations. He has also been Principal Investigator on more than 35 extramural grants/contracts to support research and scholarship. This represents more than $8,000,000 of extramural funding that he has secured to support students, colleagues, and research programs at Claremont Graduate University. In addition, he has recruited and provided support for a stellar group of research faculty who have recently secured more than $6,000,000 of extramural funding. His research and evaluation projects have been supported by a wide range of sponsors including: The National Institute of Mental Health; The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism; National Science Foundation; U.S. Department of Education; National Office of Justice Programs; Office of Juvenile Justice Planning; National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Center for Substance Abuse Prevention; Riverside County Department of Mental Health; State of California Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program; First 5 Los Angeles; The David and Lucile Packard Foundation; The Rockefeller Foundation; The California Wellness Foundation; The Howard Hughes Foundation; The Hillcrest Foundation; The Weingart Foundation; The Robert Ellis Simon Foundation; The Irvine Foundation; The Fletcher Jones Foundation; The John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation; The Getty Foundation; Commonwealth Capital Partners, L.P and Kaiser Permanente.

Click here to read about Dr. Donaldson's most recent grant from the Rockefeller Foundation.

 Dr. Donaldson has worked collaboratively with his students and colleagues to publish findings from his research and evaluation projects. His work has been cited widely and has appeared in a broad range of peer reviewed journals and edited volumes including: Journal of Applied Psychology; Journal of Positive Psychology; American Psychologist; American Behavioral Scientist; American Journal of Evaluation; New Directions for Evaluation; Evaluation & Program Planning; Journal of Multidisciplinary Evaluation; The Evaluation Journal of Australasia; Human Performance; Journal of Business and Psychology; Journal of Career Development; Work and Stress; Human Resource Development Quarterly; Advances in Developing Human Resources; Employee Assistance Quarterly; Journal of Behavioral Medicine; Health Psychology; Preventive Medicine; Anxiety, Stress, and Coping; Addictive Behaviors; Journal of Psychoactive Drugs; American Journal of Health Behavior; Health Education and Behavior; Journal of Personality; Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine; The Handbook of Evaluation: Policies, Programs, and Practices; Handbook of Program Development for Health Behavior Research; The Science of Prevention: Methodological Advances from Alcohol and Substance Abuse Research; Job Stress Interventions; The Virtual Workplace; Improving Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations; Mass Media and Drug prevention: Classic and Contemporary Theories and Research; Addressing Community Problems: Research and Intervention; Addictive Behaviors: Readings on Etiology, Prevention, and Treatment; What Counts as Credible Evidence in Applied Research and Evaluation Practice; Applied Psychology: New Frontiers and Rewarding Careers; Evaluating Social Programs and Problems: Visions for the New Millennium; Social Psychology and Evaluation; Applied Positive Psychology; Advancing Validity in Outcome Evaluation; Prevention Reading for Educators, Psychometric Methodology, and Emerging Practices in International Development Evaluation.

His recent work includes a number of peer reviewed scientific articles and chapters available in the Recent Publications section below, and 15 books and volumes including: