Lester is Senior Research Director with the Improvement
Research Group. He has designed, performed, and published
a variety of studies. Several of his projects have included:
For the Medical Risk Management Industry
Lester performed the first controlled, experimental study to
demonstrate that physicians’ interpersonal behavior is
a greater risk factor for malpractice lawsuits than is the medical
outcome of the case. The study was published in the official
medical journal of five states, abstracted in The Journal
of the American Medical Association, presented to the Noah
Worcester Medical Society, and reported in Emergency
Medicine News, The Yearbook of Family Practice, and Dermatology
For the Psychotherapy Industry
performed the first study to demonstrate that the primary trigger
for depression is experiences rather than expectations.
For the Marriage Counseling Industry
Lester performed one of the first studies to demonstrate that
the specific model ofcounseling used by a counselor is less
important to the outcome of the case than is the engagement
of the couple in an ongoing, treatment-oriented course of psychotherapy.
has several studies currently underway, including:
For Diocesan Vocations Offices
designed to empirically identify and validate the personal and
psychological factors that predict seminary success.
For more information about Dr. Lester’s research activities
and the cutting-edge research performed by the Improvement
Research Group, please visit their web site.