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'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.
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 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.