Jalie Tucker, Ph.D., MPH

Professor, Chair
Department of Health Education & Behavior

  • M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology, Vanderbilt University (1977, 1979)
  • Clinical Psychology Internship, University of Florida (1979-1980)
  • M.P.H. in Health Care Organization and Policy, University of Alabama at Birmingham (1998)
  • B.S. in Psychology, Duke University (1975)

Tucker CV

Contact Info

P.O. Box 118210
Gainesville, FL 32611-8210
(352) 294-1812 | jaliet@ufl.edu


Jalie A. Tucker, a clinical psychologist with public health experience, joined the Department of Health Education and Behavior in 2014 as Professor and Chair. She also serves as Director of the Center for Behavioral Economic Health Research at UF. She previously held academic positions at four Carnegie-designated Research Universities, including the University of Alabama at Birmingham (2000-2014), Auburn University (1989-1999), Wayne State University (1986-1989), and the University of Florida (1980-1986).

Dr. Tucker has 30 years of extramurally funded research guided by behavioral economics on substance misuse and related risk behaviors, including HIV/AIDS, using community-dwelling and treatment populations. Funding sources have included awards from NIAAA, NIDA, CDC, and SAMSHA/CSAT. Recent projects are aimed at informing risk reduction and prevention strategies with problem drinkers attempting natural recovery, rural substance users living with HIV/AIDS, and disadvantaged emerging adults. She has contributed to 3 books and over 100 journal articles and book chapters and was named the 2010 Distinguished Faculty Researcher in the UAB School of Public Health. She has served as assistant/associate editor or editorial board member for numerous scientific journals and is a Fellow of six American Psychological Association (APA) Divisions (General Psychology [1], Clinical Psychology [12], Behavior Analysis [25], Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse [28], Health Psychology [38], Addiction Psychology [50]) and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Society.

Dr. Tucker’s extensive service leadership includes chairing both the APA Board of Scientific Affairs and the Board of Professional Affairs; serving as the first elected President of the Division on Addiction Psychology (50); and 4 terms as Division 50 Representative to the APA Council of Representatives.  She received three awards for distinguished service to Division 50, including the Division Medal of Honor for exceptional and sustained service to Division 50 – Addictions, 1993-2012, and the 2015 award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Clinical Psychology from Division 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology).

Research Interests

  • Substance misuse, recovery processes, and mechanisms of change
  • HIV/AIDS risk reduction
  • Community-based research methodologies including telehealth applications
  • Behavioral economics, choice biases, and architecture of choice change strategies


  • Chapter 19 Role of choice biases and choice architecture in behavioral economic strategies to reduce addictive behaviors (Link)
  • Prospective Analysis of Behavioral Economic Predictors of Stable Moderation Drinking Among Problem Drinkers Attempting Natural Recovery (Link)
  • Fulfilling the promise of choice architecture interventions for addictive behaviors (Link)
  • Utility of Respondent Driven Sampling to Reach Disadvantaged Emerging Adults for Assessment of Substance Use, Weight, and Sexual Behaviors (Link)

Current Research

Drinking Practices and Social Networks Research