Jalie A. Tucker, Ph.D., M.P.H.

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.  She served as department Chair from 2014-2019 and, since 2016, serves as the Director of the UF Center for Behavioral Economic Health Research (http://www.hhp.ufl.edu/faculty-research/centers-institutes/cbehr/). 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 more than 35 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 and disadvantaged emerging adults. She has contributed to 4 books and over 135 journal articles and book chapters and has received numerous research awards and recognitions, including the 2018 Betty Ford award from the Association for Medical Education and Research on Substance Abuse and giving a Master Lecture at the 2019 American Psychological Association convention. 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 and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

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 digital applications
  • Behavioral economics, choice biases, and architecture of choice change strategies

Recent Publications

  • Tucker, J. A., & Witkiewitz, K. (Eds.) (2022). Dynamic pathways to recovery from Alcohol Use Disorder: Meaning and methods. Cambridge, U.K.:  Cambridge University Press. (Online ISBN: 9781108976213) https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108976213
  • Tucker, J. A., Lindstrom, K., Chandler, S. D., Bacon, J. P., & Cheong, J. (2021). Behavioral economic indicators of risky drinking among community-dwelling emerging adults. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 35(4), 415–423. https://doi.org/10.1037/adb0000686
  • Tucker, J. A., Cheong, J., & Chandler, S. D. (2021). Shifts in behavioral allocation patterns as a natural recovery mechanism:  Post-resolution expenditure patterns. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 45(6), 1304-1316. https://doi.org/10.1111/acer.14620
  • Swan, J. E., Aldridge, A., Joseph, V., Tucker, J. A., & Witkiewitz, K. (2021). Individual and community social determinants of health and recovery from Alcohol Use Disorder three years following treatment. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 53(5), Published online 02 Nov 2021. https://doi.org/10.1080/02791072.2021.1986243
  • Tucker, J. A., Chandler, S. D., & Witkiewitz, K. (2020). Epidemiology of recovery from Alcohol Use Disorder. Alcohol Research: Current Reviews, 40(30), Published online 12 November 2020. https://doi.org/10.35946/arcr.v40.3.02
  • Marsden, J., Darke, S., Hall, W., Hickman, M., Holmes, J., Humphreys, K., Neale, J., Tucker, J., & West, R. (2020). Mitigating and learning from the impact of COVID-19 infection on addictive disorders.  Addiction, 115(6), 1007-1010.  https://doi.org/10.1111/add.15080