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About Gregory J. Madden

Dr. Madden is an Associate 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 drug dependence. In 2009, Dr. Madden was awarded the ING Excellence in Teaching Award.
Dr. Madden's research broadly examines decision making. For example, he and his graduate- and undergraduate student colleagues study how medications affect our ability to resist temptations such as gambling or succumbing to immediate gratification. 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 designed to improve the diet choices made by children in elementary schools. These projects are supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Drug Abuse) and the US Department of Agriculture.
Dr. Madden earned a Master's degree in Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas in 1992, a Ph.D. in Psychology from West Virginia University in 1995, and completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of Vermont in 1998. In the ensuing years he was privileged to work with outstanding groups of teachers and researchers at the University of Kansas and the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire.
Dr. Madden served as Associate Editor of the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior from 2002-2008, and is the Editor-Elect of this prestigious journal (2011-2014). He has served on a number of decision making bodies, including his current appointment on the Executive Council of the Association for Behavior Analysis International. He frequently reviews grant proposals for the National Institutes of Health and, every once in a while, he skis, mountain bikes, and hikes with his family.


Present Professor, Utah State University Psychology

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Honors and Awards

  • ING Excellence in Teaching Award (2009)
  • Citation Award from <i>Psychopharmacology</i> (2005)
  • Karl Lashley Distinguished Alumnus Award, West Virginia University (2004)
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of North Texas (2004)
  • Donald Hake Outstanding Graduate Career Award (1995)
  • American Psychological Association, Dissertation Award (1995)


  • PSY 1400 - Analysis of Behavior: Basic
  • PSY 1410 - Analysis of Behavior: Basic (Lab)

Contact Information

Phone: (435) 881-8467
Location: EDUC 498


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