Privacy Statement

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Who we are

Our website address is:

The company name is Harm Research.

It is co-owned by David V Sheehan MD MBA DLFAPA and Jennifer M Giddens BA.

You can contact us at

Other domain names re-directed to this site include:

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Harm Research Institute respects the privacy of visitors to our online sites. Harm Research Institute will only collect your personally identifiable information, such as your name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address, when you provide it to us at this website. Harm Research Institute and/or the companies we hire will use this information to comply with your request for information or as otherwise disclosed to you on the web page when you submit your information to us. From time to time, we may refer to this information to better understand your needs and how we can improve our products and services. We may use this information to contact you. We will not sell or otherwise transfer the personally identifiable information you provide to us at this website to any third parties for their own use unless we tell you when you submit your information to us that we intend to do so.

If you begin to complete an order for product(s) you will be sent emails about your account and about your order. This includes email reminders if you do not download your product(s).  If you opt in to receive notifications from Harm Research, you will be sent emails through MailChimp.  At the bottom of these emails is a link to unsubscribe or to change your subscription preferences.


When visitors or registered users leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here:  After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

Like many websites, some Harm Research Institute websites use a technology called “cookies”. A cookie is a small text file that a web server gives your browser to store on your computer when you access a website. Cookies are capable of storing many types of data and may be placed on your browser by Harm Research Institute, or by a third party. Cookies are used for a variety of purposes on Harm Research Institute websites:

In order to complete an order for downloadable products and to download those products once your order is completed, you must have cookies enabled on your computer.

Some Harm Research Institute sites set cookies that keep you from having to enter a password more than once during visits to one or more of our sites.

We also use cookies to help us analyze usage of our sites and traffic among our sites more accurately and to provide you with information of interest to you. For example, cookies are used on some Harm Research Institute websites to record the total number of hits received on the sites and web pages.

Cookies also allow Harm Research Institute to determine whether you came to a Harm Research Institute site from another Harm Research Institute site or from an advertising banner or link on a non- Harm Research Institute website, so that we can, for example, measure the effectiveness of the links among our sites and the effectiveness of our advertising on non- Harm Research Institute websites.

Similarly, cookies allow us to determine whether you register on or visit any of our websites, which enables us to analyze how particular users use our sites and whether registered and unregistered users of our websites use our sites differently.

Cookies also allow us to maintain information about how particular visitors use our family of sites, which enables us to better provide such visitors with information relevant to their interests. This may include using information about your use of our sites in conjunction with personally identifiable information that you have volunteered to us on one of our sites.

This is not an exhaustive list of all uses of cookies on the Harm Research Institute websites. In all cases in which cookies are used, however, neither Harm Research Institute, nor any third party will use the cookie to collect personally identifiable information from our site unless you voluntarily agree to enter the information. Most web browsers are set up to accept cookies. You can, however, reset your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. Note, however, that some portions of our sites may not work properly if you refuse cookies.


In addition to cookies, Harm Research Institute may collect non-personally identifiable information about how you use our websites using other analysis technologies. These analysis technologies may be provided by third parties, including Google Analytics and MailChimp. Information that might be collected using these technologies includes, for example, the pages you visit on our site, the paths you take within our sites and the length of time that you spend on our websites. We use this information in the aggregate in order to better understand how to improve the quality of our websites.

Who we share your data with

The Harm Research website shares your data with the following 3rd party providers: Dropbox, Gmail, Google Analytics, MailChimp, WooCommerce, UpdraftPlus, and PayPal.  By default, WordPress does not share any personal data with anyone.

If you request information about licensing a scale, structured interview, or other product for use, your contact information will be shared with the author(s) / copyright holder(s) of those products.

Occasionally we will need to have a 3rd party provider configure our website which may enable them to access your data.  Such providers will only be provided a temporary password which will be revoked upon completion of the configuration.  We only allow such 3rd party access when it is absolutely necessary for site upkeep.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

The Harm Research website is hosted by Arvixe. We also share your data with the following 3rd party providers: Dropbox, Gmail, Google Analytics, MailChimp, WooCommerce, UpdraftPlus, and PayPal.

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Your contact information

If you have any privacy specific concerns, please contact us at

Additional information

As a convenience to our visitors, Harm Research Institute web sites currently contain links to a number of websites that we believe may offer useful information. The privacy policy and provisions described here do not apply to those sites. We suggest contacting those sites directly for information on their data collection and distribution policies.

How we protect your data

Your data is password protected and such passwords will continue to be tightly controlled by the site owners.

What third parties we receive data from

If you are completing an order on our website which requires payment, we will receive information about the name, physical address, phone number, and email address associated with the payment received from PayPal.

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