Behavioral Economic and Public Health Contributions to Interventions for Substance Misuse

Behavioral economics is now a robust trans-discipline and offers organizing concepts, common terms, and diverse methods to advance knowledge and application in many areas, including in its original applied field of substance misuse.  Dr. Jalie Tucker, who contributed to seminal work in the alcohol field, will discuss how behavioral economics can advance the next generation of interventions for substance misuse and related risk behaviors by combining elements of individual-level interventions with dissemination concepts and strategies pioneered in public health.  Learning objectives include gaining understanding of:

  • behavioral economics with emphasis on delay discounting and other common choice biases
  • basics of population science and public health practice as applied to substance misuse
  • role of choice biases and choice architecture in expanding the intervention spectrum to increase population reach and impact

Dr. Tucker was the first elected President (1993-94) of our Division 50 (Society of Addiction Psychology).  She is a clinical psychologist with public health experience, has 30 years of funded research on substance misuse guided by behavioral economics. She has contributed to 3 books, over 100 articles and book chapters, and served as assistant/associate editor or editorial board member for numerous journals. She chaired the American Psychological Association Board of Scientific Affairs and Board of Professional Affairs.  She is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Education and Behavior at the University of Florida, Gainesville and Director of the UF Center for Digital Health and Wellness.

We are excited to welcome Dr. Jalie Tucker to our conference call on Friday, December 4.  Dr. Tucker and colleagues have recently written a chapter on the Role of Choice Biases and Choice Architecture in Behavioral Economic Strategies to Reduce Addictive Behaviors. For a copy of this chapter, click here.

This will be the third call in our Visiting Scholar Series. Whether you are a student, post-doc, or faculty member, this call will provide you with a valuable perspective on the topics of choice biases, choice architecture, and behavioral economics. This Conference Call will take place on Friday, December 4 at noon (CST; 1 p.m. EST). Here is how you can join us for the call:

At noon (CST; 1:00 p.m. EST; 11:00 a.m. MST; 10:00 a.m. PST), dial into the conference line: (712) 775-7031. When prompted, please enter the meeting ID: 784-557-822#

Please RSVP by leaving a comment in the “Leave a Reply” box, below. Feel free to introduce yourself, and include your name, University affiliation, and current status such as student, post-doc, etc. If you are a student, please also note your program and year in the program and ask any questions you might want addressed on the call.

Again, please note that the time is 12:00 p.m. Central Standard Time, which is 1:00 p.m. on the East coast and 10:00 a.m. on the West Coast. Hope to hear you on the call!

Bruce S. Liese, PhD, ABPP
Chair, SoAP Membership Committee

Lauren A. Hoffman, MS
Student Chair, SoAP Membership Committee

For more information about our conference calls or any other APA Division 50 membership issues, contact Bruce Liese, PhD, Division 50 Membership Chair (

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