Anthony DeFulio

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Anthony DeFulio
Associate Professor
(269) 387-4459
3538 Wood Hall, Mail Stop 5439
Mailing address: 
Department of Psychology
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5439 USA
  • Post Doctoral Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University, 2009
  • Ph.D., University of Florida, 2007
  • M.S., University of North Texas, 2002
  • B.S., University of Florida, 1996
Teaching interests: 
  • Behavior analysis and behaviorism.
  • Behavioral economics.
  • Clinical trials in behavior therapy.
  • Research methods.
Research interests: 
  • Contingency management and health incentives.
  • Behavioral economics
  • Behavioral pharmacology

Dr. Anthony DeFulio is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Western Michigan University.

Dr. DeFulio got hooked on behavior analysis when he took Ed Malagodi’s Behaviorism in Contemporary Society class as an undergraduate. From there, he proceeded to graduate training that included conducting basic behavioral research in pigeons, translational research on the development of reading skills in developmentally disabled adults, and provision of in-home services to children with autism. After completing his doctorate, Dr. DeFulio lived in Baltimore for eight years. His first two years there were spent as a postdoctoral fellow, and the latter six as a faculty member in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. While in Baltimore, Dr. DeFulio helped to develop and evaluate behavioral interventions designed to promote drug abstinence and medication adherence. More recently, his research has focused on using smartphones to promote the dissemination of these interventions. He also conducts discovery-oriented work to elucidate basic behavioral processes involved in decision making and behavioral economics. Recent graduates under his supervision have gone on to postdoctoral fellowships at NIDA, Baylor University, and the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.

Dr. DeFulio has been the principal investigator on four NIH-funded grants, and a co-investigator on many others. He currently serves on the Executive Board of the Faculty Senate, and is the board liaison to the Research Policies Council.

Dr. DeFulio is a former participant of the NIH Extramural Loan Repayment Program for Clinical Research, and was the 2014 APA Division 25 B.F. Skinner Foundation Young Researcher (Applied) of the year. He has served on the board of editors of the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, and Perspectives on Behavior Science.

WMU undergraduates are encouraged to learn more about becoming research assistants in his lab. Note that Dr. DeFulio will be on sabbatical leave for the Spring 2022 semester.

Dr. DeFulio is considering applications for Fall 2022 admission to the graduate program.