Increasing Vaccine Confidence

Increasing Vaccine Confidence: Strategies for Clinicians

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Presented in Collaboration With the American Psychological Association


These webinars are available at no charge to National Register Health Service Psychologists, National Register Practice Academy members, Canadian Register Health Service Psychologists, and APA members. Psychology doctoral students and trainees may also attend at no charge. Non-member psychologists and other healthcare providers may register for $35. Some State Psychological Association members and affiliates receive discounted access, so please check with your Association’s central office for details.

About the Webinars

Ways That Mental Health Professionals Can Encourage COVID-19 Vaccination
Tuesday, November 16
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Mental health problems can create barriers for seeking health care, including vaccination. The Increasing Vaccination Model offers specific insights for mental health professionals seeking to understand why their clients do and don’t get Covid-19 vaccination. Dr. Brewer will present specific insights from the three domains of the model: thinking and feeling, social processes, and direct behavior change.

The Origins of Parental Vaccine Decision-Making & What Clinicians Can Do
Monday, November 29
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Dr. Motta will describe research from him and his colleagues on the causes of parental vaccine skepticism. He will then explain how an understanding of the research on vaccine hesitancy can help inform effective health communication efforts to increase vaccine uptake. Dr. Motta will also discuss the applicability of several strategies for encouraging vaccine promotion in clinical settings.

Understanding and Addressing COVID-19 Vaccine Decision-Making Among College Students and Younger Adults
Wednesday, December 15

Dr. Lunz Trujillo will situate COVID-19 vaccine decision-making among younger adults with previous literature on young adults’ behaviors and attitudes on different vaccines (such as the flu and HPV vaccines). In particular, she will focus on college students’ attitudes and behaviors regarding the COVID-19 vaccine based on a recent report released by the COVID States Project. Dr. Lunz Trujillo will conclude by discussing implications for practitioners.

Additional sessions will be hosted by the American Psychological Association on January 20 and February 10.

Registration and Continuing Education

After registering for each session, you will receive a confirmation email. National Register Health Service Psychologists, National Register Practice Academy members, Canadian Register Health Service Psychologists, APA members, and paid attendees are eligible for continuing education upon successful completion of the webinar and evaluation. Doctoral students and trainees attending at no charge are not eligible for continuing education. A recording of the webinar presentation will be available on the week following the conclusion of the live session. This recording is available for continuing education to those unable to attend the live webinar.

CE certificates will be awarded separately for each session, so attendance for all sessions is not required.

CE Information (Each Session)

1 CE Credit, Instructional Level: Intermediate
1 Contact Hour (New York Board of Psychology)

November 16 Learning Objectives:

1. Discuss how mental health problems affect seeking vaccination.
2. Identify actions from each of the domains of the Increasing Vaccination Model.
3. Identify which areas of intervention are most likely to lead to vaccination.

November 29 Learning Objectives:

1. Describe peer-reviewed research on the causes of parental vaccine decision-making.
2. Explain how health communicators use research on the causes of vaccine hesitancy to inform effective vaccine promotion messaging.
3. Discuss several evidence-based strategies for encouraging vaccine promotion in clinical settings, and how to use each one appropriately in conversations with parents who decide to forgo vaccinating their children.

December 15 Learning Objectives:

1. Discuss how younger adults and college students differ from the general population on vaccine decision-making, particularly regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.
2. Identify how younger adults and college students view the COVID-19 vaccine, and related policies, compared to other vaccines.
3. Explain key issues and factors to encourage COVID-19 vaccine uptake and to reduce concerns or barriers for younger adults.

November 16 Presenter

Noel Brewer, PhD, is the Gillings Distinguished Professor of Public Health at the University of North Carolina. He has a PhD in health psychology from Rutgers University. Dr. Brewer’s research explores why people engage in vaccination and other health behaviors that prevent cancer. He has published over 300 papers on these topics including behaviors related to vaccination, tobacco warnings, and screening tests.  He was recognized by Clarivate as among the top 1% most cited researchers in the world since 2017. He advises the World Health Organization and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on vaccination. He has advised the President’s Cancer Panel under two presidents and the National Vaccine Advisory Committee. Dr. Brewer co-edited the FDA’s book, Communicating Risks and Benefits: An Evidence-Based User’s Guide.

November 29 Presenter

Matt Motta, PhD, is an assistant professor of political science at Oklahoma State University. His research aims to better understand the psychological origins and policy consequences of health, environmental, and political misinformation endorsement. He is also interested in using insights from this work to inform effective health and climate communication. His research has been published in peer-reviewed journals across the social sciences, including Nature Climate Change, Social Science & Medicine, Climatic Change, Vaccine, and Political Behavior. His work on COVID-19 misinformation and efforts to encourage vaccine uptake has also been featured in outlets like The New York Times, CNN, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and Scientific American. Matt received his PhD in political science from the University of Minnesota in 2018 and studied the “science of science communication” as a postdoctoral fellow at the Annenberg Public Policy Center (University of Pennsylvania) and Cultural Cognition Project (Yale Law School) prior to joining the faculty at Oklahoma State.

December 15 Presenter

Kristin Lunz Trujillo, PhD, is a joint postdoctoral researcher at Harvard University and Northeastern University, where she works on the COVID States Project and with the Lazer Lab. She uses a political psychology framework to investigate misinformation, vaccine hesitancy, and identity/intergroup dynamics. Kristin has published in academic journals such as Social Science & Medicine, the International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Political Research Quarterly, and the Journal of Rural Health. Her work has appeared in other outlets, including Time and US News and World Report.

Time Zone

The webinars will take place from 2:00–3:00pm Eastern Time. Please make the proper time zone conversion to determine the start time in your city.


These webinars will feature Closed Captions.

Important Reminders

The day of each webinar, you will receive an email with the presentation slides. If you have trouble accessing the slides, contact us before the webinar begins.

Please review our webinar tips and CE eligibility guidelines prior to the day of the webinar. If you experience technical issues, please contact the National Register at [email protected] or 202-783-7663.

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