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Jeff Stein, Ph.D.

Jeff Stein, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Associate Director, Center for Transformative Research Health Behaviors

Jeff Stein Ph.D.

“If we can unlock why humans make certain decisions, especially harmful ones, we can help them make better choices for themselves and their families in the future.”


Understanding human choices

What drives people's decisions regarding pain, pleasure, craving and addiction? 

Jeff Stein's research interests include behavioral economics, neuroeconomics, addiction, obesity, and health behavior. His projects have looked at role of the brain pathways involved in pain, pleasure, decision-making, craving, and addiction; how patients value the advantages and disadvantages of hormone therapy medications, including a reduced likelihood of cancer recurrence but also possible adverse side effects and prescription costs; and discovering whether ventilated filters on cigarettes have been a boon or bane to public health.

  • Assistant Professor, Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC
  • Associate Director, Center for Transformative Reserch on Health Behaviors
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Bickel WK, Moody L, Snider SE, Mellis AM, Stein JS, Quisenberry AJ. (2016). The behavioral economics of tobacco products: Innovations in laboratory methods to inform regulatory science. In: Hanoch Y, Rice T, Barnes A (Ed.), Behavioral Economics and Health Behaviors: Key Concepts and Current Research.

Stein JS, Koffarnus MN, Snider SE, Quisenberry AJ, Bickel WK. (2015). Identification and management of nonsystematic purchase-task data: Toward best practice. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology.

Stein JS, Renda CR, Hinnenkamp JE, Madden GJ. (2015). Impulsive choice, alcohol consumption, and pre-exposure to delayed rewards: II. Potential Mechanisms. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior 103(1): 33-49.

Stein JS, Renda CR, Barker SM, Liston KJ, Shahan TA, Madden GJ. (2015). Impulsive choice predicts anxiety-like behavior, but not alcohol or sucrose self-administration, in male Long-Evans rats. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimential Research 39(5): 932-940.

Koffarnus MN, Franck CT, Stein JS, Bickel WK. (2015). A modified exponential behavioral economic demand model to better describe consumption data. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology.

Stein JS, Madden GJ. (2013). Delay discounting and drug abuse: empirical, conceptual, and methodological considerations. In: Mackillop J, de Wit H (Ed.), The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Addiction Psychopharmacology. (pp. 165-208):Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.

Stein JS, Johnson PS, Renda CR, Smits RR, Liston KJ, Shahan TA, Madden GJ. (2013). Early and prolonged exposure to reward delay: Effects on impulsive choices and alcohol self-administration in male rats. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology 21: 172-180.

  • Utah State University: Ph.D., Psychology
  • University of Kansas: M.A., Applied Behavioral Science