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The USU Behavioral Economics Lab

Gregory Madden

Gregory Madden

Dr. Madden received his training from the University of North Texas, West Virginia University, and the University of Vermont.  His research in behavioral economics has investigated methods for reducing impulsivity, promoting resiliency, and using game-design principles to improve health decision-making. These research lines have been supported by over 4.5 million dollars in grants from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute for Child Health and Development, and the US Department of Agriculture. Dr. Madden has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, which have been cited more than 8,000 times. From 2011 until 2015, he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior and he is a regular grant reviewer for the National Institutes of Health. He has published a handful of edited books including the two-volume APA Handbook of Behavior Analysis, and is nearing completion of a textbook titled An Introduction to Behavior Analysis. In his free time, he and his wife travel, hike, and ski.

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Saba Mahmoudi

Saba received her undergraduate degree in psychology from California State University, Northridge. She is a current doctoral student at Utah State University who is working toward earning her PhD and becoming a board-certified behavior analyst. Her research interests include delay discounting and reducing impulsive choices to prevent severe problem behavior and promote good decision-making. She is also interested in exploring behavior analytic approaches to substance abuse and its contributing factors. Saba is passionate about teaching and hopes to work in academia conducting translational research. Her goal is to disseminate behavioral analysis and to promote interdisciplinary practices. In her free time, Saba enjoys traveling, reading, and watching musicals.




Sara Peck

Sara Peck

Sara received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Currently, Sara is working towards a doctoral degree in behavior analysis, and she is also in pursuit of a BCBA. Her primary research interests include: reducing effort- and delay-based impulsive choice, identifying underlying mechanisms of successful reductions in impulsive choice, and translating laboratory successes to clinical settings. Sara hopes to work in academia as a translational researcher, and promote communication and collaboration across experimental and applied professionals.




Emma Visser

Emma Visser

Emma is doctoral student in the Behavioral Economics Lab at Utah State. She received her bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Neuroscience and Spanish from Saint Lawrence University. Emma’s primary research interests focus on impulsive choice as it relates to substance abuse, health and timing. She’s also interested in the role that Pavlovian conditioning plays in impulsive choice. Upon receiving her degree, Emma hopes to secure a position at research-focused institution or work for a private company as a researcher. In her free time, Emma enjoys spending time outdoors, cooking and traveling.