Living Donor Advocacy

"Since the first day I set foot in Dr. Jennifer Steel’s lab, I have been able to directly participate and experience many different aspects of research from a practical standpoint. Initially, I began studying living kidney donors and the long-term consequences of donation. From this, I put together a massive data set that will benefit the lab for years to come. "


Supervising Faculty:

Jennifer Steel



Jennifer Steel
3459 Fifth Avenue
Kaufman Building Suite 601
(412) 692-2041

Area of Research:  Health Psychology/Medicine/Public Health/Clinical Psychology


Description of Research:

The living donor advocate is responsible for representing and advising the donor, protecting and promoting the interest of the donor, and respecting the donor's decision and ensuring that the donor's decision is informed and free from coercion.


Duties of Students:

The volunteer will assist the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute's living donor advocate to assess and assist potential kidney donors. The responsibilities will include meeting with the donors, following up by phone prior to and subsequent to surgery to assess and assist with questions and/or concerns. The volunteer may also attend the Liver and Kidney Morbidity and Mortality conferences. We request a one year commitment for this position.  The student may also assist with telephone interviews involving the long-term follow up of donors after surgery.  Students would also be able to write papers for publication and/or honor’s thesis from this data set.


Additional Requirements:

  • Grade point average of 3.0 or higher for directed research
  • A psychology GPA of 3.5 or higher for honor’s research
  • At least 12 credits in Psychology (including PSY 0035: Research Methods)
  • A one-year commitment is requested


Terms offered: fall, spring and summer


Number of Students: 2