Fall 2023

Second Tuesday of the month: 4-5pm via Zoom

September 12th: Enhancing the Efficacy of Brief Alcohol Intervention for Higher-Risk Emerging Adults

James G. Murphy, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, University of Memphis

Link to the recording of the presentation: https://mediasite.video.ufl.edu/Mediasite/Play/9569b5bbbb454d9dafe1a7159812e6011d

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October 10th: Integrating Substance Use Treatments within HIV Clinics

Karen Cropsey, Psy.D., Vivian Conaster-Turner Professor of Psychiatry, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Dr. Cropsey's research and clinical interests center on treating addiction in vulnerable populations such as individuals in the criminal justice system and persons living with HIV/AIDS. She has several ongoing NIH-funded projects on tobacco intervention and alcohol research. She has an ongoing naloxone training project to prevent opioid overdose. She is Vice Chair for Clinical Research in the UAB Department of Psychiatry and Neurobiology, directs the Center for Addiction and Pain Intervention and Treatment, and is active in the Center for AIDS Research Zambia Alabama HIV Alcohol Comorbidities Program (ZAMBAMA).

Link to the recording of the presentation: https://mediasite.video.ufl.edu/Mediasite/Play/2f783641167b4bc383ed46161a6a17ff1d

November 14th: Environmental Sustainability and Behavioral Economics

Brett Gelino, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Gelino’s research interests focus on behavior change and demand characteristics associated with public health and sustainable living. His long-term goal is to influence policy change aimed at promoting ecologically responsible habits and regulatory science via behavioral economic investigation and the application of behavioral sciences. He did his doctoral work in the Department of Applied Behavioral Science, University of Kansas before joining the Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as a postdoctoral research fellow.

Link to the recording of the presentation: https://mediasite.video.ufl.edu/Mediasite/Play/7914e718c3624bf9ac586d30847e0e391d

Spring 2023

Second Tuesday of the month: 4-5pm via Zoom

January 17th: 4th Annual CBEHR Science Exchange

Student and early career investigator presentations.


February 14th: Contextual Influences on Reinforcing Value for Addictive Substances: Examples from Laboratory and Neuroimaging Research

Michael Amlung, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Associate Scientist, Associate Director for Training, Coffrin Logan Center for Addiction Research and Treatment, Department of Applied Behavioral Science, The University of Kansas

Dr. Amlung’s research examines factors that contribute to pathological decision-making in individuals with substance use disorders, the behavioral and brain basis of motivation to use alcohol and other drugs, and the effects of environmental contexts and physiological states on addictive behaviors. Dr. Amlung’s research is funded by grants by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and other institutional grants and awards.


April 11th: Behavior Economic Demand for Cannabis: Approaches, Methodological Considerations, and Public Health Impact

Elizabeth Aston, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences (Research), Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Brown University

Dr. Aston’s research includes qualitative methods, laboratory marijuana administration methodology, behavioral economic theory, and co-use of alcohol and marijuana. Dr. Aston was awarded a K01 career development award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse in 2015 to conduct qualitative and quantitative research to modify and validate a behavioral economic measure of demand for marijuana. She examines predictors of problematic cannabis use and the relative reinforcing value of marijuana.


Fall 2022

Second Tuesday of the month: 4-5pm

September 13th: Behavioral and Economic Demand Across the Translational Continuum

  • Justin Strickland, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science, Johns Hopkins University
  • Dr. Strickland’s research focuses on the use of behavioral economics as a theoretical framework to address issues of public health significance to include addiction and sexual health. He is also interested in the behavioral mechanisms underlying psychedelic drug effects and treatment efficacy.
  • Recording

October 11th: Contextual Influences on Cannabis and Alcohol Demand

  • Erin Ferguson, M.S., M.P.H., Clinical Psychology Intern, Brown University
  • Erin Ferguson is a doctoral student in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida. She is currently completing her Clinical Psychology Internship at Brown University. Her research examines contextual influences on alcohol and cannabis demand including pain and other psychosocial variables.
  • Recording

November 1st and November 8th: Workshop: Dynamic Models of Decision-Making and their Applications to Health-Relevant Behavior

  • Peter Kvam, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Florida
  • In this 2-session workshop, participants will learn about dynamic models of cognition and how to apply them to studying health-relevant behavior.
  • November 1 Recording
  • November 8 Recording

Spring 2022

Second Tuesday of the month: 4-5pm

January 18th: Third Annual CBEHR Science Exchange

  • This annual eent highlights current behavioral economic research begin conducted by our CBEHR students and trainees.
  • Recording

February 8th: Lidia Meshesha, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Central Florida

  • Dr. Meshesha's research examines behavioral interventions for addiction focusing on increasing alternative rewards and using behavioral economic theory to understand etiology, maintenance, and treatment of addiction.

April 12th: Derek D. Reed, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Applied Behavioral Science, University of Kansas

  • Title: Applying Behavioral Economics to Public Health Crises: Historical Precedence and Translational Promise
  • Recording


Fall 2021

Second Tuesday of the month: 4-5pm

September 14th: Dr. Anne Thorndike, MD, MPH; Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School; Associate Physician at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston, MA; Director of the Metabolic Syndrome Clinic at the MGH Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Center.  

Talk Title: Behavioral economics to promote healthy food choices and prevent cardiometabolic disease. 

Link to recording

October 12th: Dr. Stefan Kertesz, MD, MSc; Professor, Division of Preventive Medicine, UAB

Talk TitleIrrational Exuberance, Incautious Stoppage, Ethical Failure: Lessons from Our Prescription Opioid Story 

Link to recording

November 9th: Dr. Nathaniel Haines, PhD; Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, the Ohio State University. 

Talk TitleBeyond the Lab: A Computational Framework to Understand How Daily Behaviors Arise from Cognitive, Affective, and Environmental Dynamics

Link to recording


Spring 2021

Second Annual CBEHR Science Exchange
January 21, 2021: Ricarda Pritschmann, MS (Doctoral Student, HEB), Nioud Gebru, MPS, MS, CHES (Doctoral Student, HEB), Katie Lindstrom, MS (Doctoral Student, HEB), Adrian Ortega, MA (Doctoral Student, Kansas University) (Recording)

  • 3:30-5pm via Zoom 

February 11, 2021: Christopher McLeod, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, UF Department of Sport Management and N. David Pifer, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Sport Management, Texas Tech University (Recording)

  • Unrealistic optimism and aspirational labor in minor league baseball
  • 4:00 - 5:00pm via zoom

April 8, 2021: Matt Field, Phil.D., Professor of Psychology, Univeristy of Sheffield, United Kingdom (Recording)

  • Choice and compulsion in addiction and recovery
  • 4:00 - 5:00pm via zoom


Fall 2020

Jointly sponsored with the HHP Department of Sport Management and HHP Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology

September 8, 2020: Pieter A. Cohen, M.D. (Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School (RECORDING)
  • Hazards of Hindsight: High-risk Weight Loss and Sports Dietary Supplements
  • 4:00-5:00pm via Zoom
Early Career Showcase
October 13, 2020: Samuel F. Acuff, MS, Doctoral Student in Psychology, Universtiy of Memphis (RECORDING)
  • Framing Addiction as Contextual Decision Making
  • 4:00-5:00pm via Zoom
November 10, 2020: Peter D. Kvam, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Florida (RECORDING)
  • Using Bayesian Statistics and Generative Models to Improve Validity of Health Predictors
  • 4:00-5:00pm via Zoom

Spring 2020

January 9, 2020: Dr. James MacKillop (McMaster University)

  • Understanding Addictive Behavior using Behavioral Economics and Neuroeconomics: A Translational Approach
  • Chamber Room in Reitz Union, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
February 13, 2020: Science Exchange 2020
  • HEB doctoral students Ricarda Pritschmann, MS; Shahar Almog, MS; Katie Lindstrom, MS; and Andrea Vasquez Ferreiro, BS; HEB Data Analyst II Joseph Bacon, MA
  • Yon Hall 15, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Co-sponsored by the Center for Behavior Economic Research and Department of Heatlh Education and Behavior - Community and Behavioral Science Seminars:
April 17, 2020: Dr. Peter Hendricks (Associate Professor, Department of Health Behavior, Univeristy of Alabama Birmingham)
  • Psilocybin in the Treatment of Cocaine Dependence: Preliminary Findings
  • FLG 250, 12pm - 1pm


Fall 2019

September 12, 2019: Dr. Bachir Kassas (University of Florida; Food & Resource Economics Department)
  • Happy to Take Some Risk: Investigating the Dependence of Risk Preferences on Mood Using Biometric Data
  • FLG 250, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
October 10, 2019: CBEHR Behavioral Research Symposium: Dr. Joanna Buscemi (DePaul University) and Dr. Ashley Dennhardt (the University of Memphis)
  • Diverse Applications of Behavioral Economics across Health Behavior
  • FLG 250, 3pm - 5pm
November 14, 2019: Early Career Showcase: Dr Jillian Rung (Postdoctoral Fellow; Univeristy of Florida; Department of Epidemiology)
  • Internal Validity and Design Considerations of Episodic Future Thinking Manipulations for Reducing Impulsive Choice
  • FLG 250, 3:30pm - 4:30pm



January 10, 2019: CBEHR Methodology Workshop: Ali Yurasek, Ph.D. & Meredith Berry, Ph.D. (UF Department of Health Education and Behavior)
  • Behavioral Economic Methods & Data Analytic Techniques for Behavioral Impulsivity, Substance Demand and Reward Value
  • FLG 250, 3pm - 5pm
February 14, 2019: Megan McDevitt-Murphy, Ph.D. (Professor, University of Memphis & Research Psychologist, Veterans Affairs Medical Center)
  • Beyond self-medication: Exploring comorbidity between PTSD and substance misuse
  • FLG 250, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
April 11, 2019: Ramzi Salloum, Ph.D.
  • Application of Discrete Choice Experiments in Health
  • FLG 250, 3:30pm - 4:30pm

 Fall 2018

September 13th: Michael Gutter, Ph.D. (University of Florida; IFAS)
  • The Link Between Health and Wealth
October 11th: Jeff Stein, Ph.D. (Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute)
  • Using Behavioral Economics to Understand and Reduce Lifestyle-Related Morbidity and Mortality Evidence from Cross-Sectional, Longitudinal, and Experimental Studies
November 8th: CBEH Early Career Showcase: Keenan Joyner, BA (Florida State University, Clinical Psychology PhD graduate student)
  • Understanding Substance Problems through Combining Trait and Behavioral Economic Perspectives: A Spotlight on Substance-Free Reward


Spring 2018

January 18 (Chamber Room, Reitz Union, 3pm - 5pm) - Peter Ubel, M.D. & Jennifer Blumenthal-Barby, Ph.D.
    • What should physicians do when patients make bad decisions?
February 22 (Yon Hall 15, 3:30pm) - Iser "Willie" DeLeon, Professor of Psychology, University of Florida
    • Applied Behavioral Economics in Neurodevelopment Disorders
April 12 (Yon Hall 15, 3:30pm) - Matthew W. Johnson, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins Medicine
    • Sex, Drugs, and Risk Behavior: Decision making and pharmacology underlying sexual risk


Fall 2017

October 12 (Matherly Hall Room 18, 3:30pm - 4:30pm)- Jalie A. Tucker, Ph.D., M.P.H., Professor & Chair, Dept. of Health Education & Behavior, University of Florida, & Director, CBEHR
    • Behavioral Economics of Natural Recovery from Alcohol Problems
November 15 (TBD) - Jaclyn Kropp, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Dept. of Food & Resource Economics, University of Florida
    • The Effects of Informational Nudging on Pre-Ordered Food Choices of Middle School National School Lunch Program Participants