Meredith McClain, PhDPicture of Dr. McClainPrivacy PolicyAdobe Garden

Effective and Last Updated 01-31-2014

This website is owned and operated by Meredith McClain, PhD (also known as "Site owner"), for professional, academic and personal reasons, research and other endeavors. Dr. McClain is committed to protecting the privacy of site visitors while they interact with the content on this Site (the "Site"). As a dedicated professional, Dr. McClain understands the important issues regarding online privacy, protection of personal information, and striving for the most secure networks and electronic communication systems possible.

This Privacy Policy applies to the Site only. It does not apply to any other Websites to which this Site may link, if any. Because the Site's server may gather certain types of information about visitors, this policy expalins what information is collected, how it is collected, how that information is used, and how you can control disclosure of it. You agree that your use of the Site signifies your assent to this Privacy Policy. If you do not agree with this Privacy Policy, please do not use the Site.

1) Information Collected

The Site collects two types of information from you: i) information that you voluntarily provide (e.g. through a voluntary registration process, sign-ups or emails); and ii) information that is derived through automated tracking mechanisms.

Voluntary Registration Information

In order to fully access any blogs or forums (if any are provided), you must first complete the registration process, during which personal registration information will be collected. The information may include your name, address, and email address. The Site does not collect personally identifiable information about you except when you specifically provide such information on a voluntary basis. By registering, you consent to the use and method of disclosure as described in this Privacy Policy.

Voluntary Information for Services and Features

Personally identifiable information will also be collected when you choose to use certain other features of the Site, including: i) consenting to receive email or text messages about upcoming events, ii) sending inquiries or information through the Site's eContact Form, iii) participating in any forums provided, iv) commenting on articles, and other forms of data or information submission through any e-mail address associated with the Site. For some of these features, the Site requires you to provide your "Contact Information" in addition to other personal information that may be required to complete a submission, such as your phone number, address and similar information. Occasionally, the Site may also request other information, evident in the area where it is being collected, which will help the Site better serve you and other users in the future.


A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user's computer tied to information about the user. This Site may use cookies to store visitor's preferences and to record session information. The Site does do not and will not use cookies to collect private information from any user that such user did not intentionally submit.

Most browsers allow you to control cookies, including whether or not to accept them and how to remove them. If a user's system is idle for a defined time, the cookie will expire, forcing the user to sign in again to continue their session. This prevents unauthorized access to the user's information while they are away from their computer. You may set most browsers to notify you if you receive a cookie, or you may choose to block cookies with your browser, but please note that if you choose to erase or block your cookies, you will need to re-enter your original user ID and password to gain access to certain parts of the Site that are controlled or accessible only by proper log-in procedures.

2) Referrals

Certain areas of the Site may include electronic referral forms. If so, you may choose to invite colleagues/friends to visit the Site by sending invitation emails via the invite feature, if any such feature is installed. The Site stores the email addresses you provide so that the respondents: i), may be added to your social network (if enabled), and ii) confirm links and/or send reminders of the invitations. The Site owner does not sell these email addresses or use them to send any other communication besides invitations and invitation reminders. Recipients of invitations may contact the Site owner to request removal of their information from all contact lists.

3) How Information Is Used

The Site and those who operate it only use your personal information for the original purposes it was given. Your personal information will not be sold or otherwise transferred to unaffiliated third parties. Any personal information will not be diclosed to third parties unless required by law or law enforcement. Further, the Site and site operators reserve the right to contact you regarding matters relevant to the underlying information exchanged and/or the information collected.

The Site may permit certain trusted third parties (such as server administrators) to track usage, analyze data such as the source address that a page request is coming from, your IP address or domain name, the date and time of the page request, the referring Web site (if any) and other parameters in the URL. This is collected in order to better understand the associated Site usage, and enhance the performance of services to maintain and operate the Site and certain features on the Site. Third parties may be used to host the Site; operate various features available on the Site; send emails; analyze data; provide search results and links and assist in fulfilling your requests for information.

Also, generalized personally identifiable or other information (such as name, e-mail address or phone number) may be shared when the need is obvious to bridge communication, including with those working in behalf of research endeavors, or other projects and interests. Personally identifiable information may be transferred as an asset in connection with a proposed or actual merger or sale (including any transfers made as part of an insolvency or bankruptcy proceeding) involving all or part of the sale, licensing or other maneuver with associated intellectucal property, research interests and similar assets, or some other substantive change in control.

Contact Information may be disclosed in special cases where there is reason to believe that disclosing this information is necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against someone who may be violating the terms and conditions of site use or may be causing injury or interference with the rights, property, or overall welfare of anyone who could be harmed by such activities.


You will receive notice when your personally identifiable information might be provided to any third party for any reason other than as set forth in this Privacy Policy, and you will have an opportunity to request that the information is not shared. Non-identifying and aggregate information is commonly used to better design Website content and for general and administrative purposes. Aggregated data that contains no personally identifiable information may also be used by or shared with third parties.

4) How Your Information Is Protected

Protecting any information received in the course of communications, contact with colleagues or institutions, and the general public is important, and the Site takes appropriate security measures to protect your information against unauthorized access to or unauthorized alteration, disclosure or destruction of data. To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures are in place to safeguard and secure the information and any data stored in the Site's system or other associated records. While no computer system is completely secure, the measures implemented are believed to reduce the likelihood of security problems to a level appropriate to the type of data involved.

5) Third Party Advertising

This Site does not engage in or allow third party advertising. If you experience some form of advertising overlay while using this Site, it is advisable to assure that your system is not infected with adware, malware, or other form of intervening software or program. If you believe this Site is being displayed within a frame on another site or domain, please advise us accordingly (such framing is not allowed) at

6) Accessing and Updating Your Personal Information and Preferences

If any blogs, forums or threaded discussions are offered by the Site, there will be mechanisms for updating and correcting your personal information. You may modify or remove any of your personal information at any time by logging into your account (as such services are available) and accessing features such as "edit an account."

7) E-mail Choice/Opt-out

If any user who receives an email from the Site and would prefer not to receive such communications in the future, he or she can simply send a message to "" that no further contact is desired.

8) Children's Privacy and Parental Controls

This Site has no need for information from minors ("minors" being defined as a person under the age 18), and does not solicit any personal information from children. Individuals under the age of 18 are authorized to use this Site only for information purposes and under proper adult or parental supervision. Parents should be aware that there are parental control tools available online that can be used to prevent children from submitting information online without parental permission or from accessing material that is harmful to minors. They should also be aware of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

Any other use by any minor, for any reason and unless specifically as outlined here, is prohibited.

9) Disclaimer to Security

By consenting to the Terms and Conditions of the Site and hence the Privacy Policy, you consent that no data transmission over the Internet is completely secure. This Site cannot guarantee or warrant the security of any information you provide, and you transmit such information at your own risk.

10) Notification of Changes

The Site owner reserves the right to change this Privacy Policy from time to time, as and whenever so desired. If at some point in the future, there is a change to this policy, your continued use of the Site indicates your assent to the Privacy Policy as posted.

11) Contact Information

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this Privacy Policy please contact: