Research Interests: Behavioral Economics
Dr. Madden is a Professor in the Department of Psychology. He teaches Psy 1400/1410, which is the introductory course in behavioral processes. Topics range from free will to interventions designed to treat depression and drug dependence. He also teaches an upper-division course on applying behavior-change technology to workplace settings. In 2009, Dr. Madden was awarded the ING Excellence in Teaching Award and in 2014 he was named the Faculty Researcher of the Year in the College of Education and for the University at large.
Dr. Madden served as Associate Editor of the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior from 2002-2008, and as Editor-in-Chief of this prestigious journal from 2011-2015. In 2013 he served as Editor-in-Chief of the two-volume APA Handbook of Behavior Analysis. He has served on a number of decision making bodies, including the Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior and the Association for Behavior Analysis International. He frequently reviews grant proposals for the National Institutes of Health and, every once in a while, he goes trout fishing, skiing, mountain biking, or hiking with his family.
Dr. Madden's research broadly examines decision making. For example, he and his graduate- and undergraduate student colleagues study impulsivity and how it influences drug taking and gambling. Other studies are examining how to teach individuals to better delay gratification, with the long-term goal of reducing susceptibility to addictions. Still other studies are exploring the application of game-design principles to improving physical activity levels and the dietary choices made by children in elementary schools. These projects have been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute for Child Health and Development) and the US Department of Agriculture.
Prospective Graduate Students
Dr. Madden is accepting applications for the Fall 2018 semester. Applicants should have a strong interest in one or more of Dr. Madden's three ongoing areas of behavioral-economic research: (i) delay discounting and drug self-administration in nonhumans, (ii) improving self-control in at-risk children, and (iii) improving health behaviors in sedentary, overweight adults. Successful applicants will have:
- A strong background in behavioral sciences (e.g., undergraduate major in psychology, behavior analysis, or an affiliated field).
- A strong overall GPA (>3.2), and GRE scores in the top 50%
Applicants with a 3.5+ GPA and GRE scores above the 70th percentile will be considered for a Presidential Fellowship.
- Three letters of recommendation illustrating your commitment to pursuing a career in the bio-behavioral sciences.
Follow this link to begin the application process.