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 has a broad background in behavioral science that spans the laboratory to practice spectrum. Much of his recent research is focused on using smartphones to deliver contingency management interventions to people with opioid use disorder. This includes work as a principal investigator on a current NIH-funded project in collaboration with DynamiCare Health, Inc. (NIDA grant R44DA055396). He also conducts discovery-oriented work to elucidate basic behavioral processes involved in decision-making and behavioral economics. Students who have recently completed their doctoral degrees 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 five NIH-funded grants, and a co-investigator on many others. He currently serves on the Executive Board of the WMU Faculty Senate, and is the board liaison to the Research Policies Council. Dr. DeFulio is currently an Associate Editor for Frontiers in Psychiatry and recently served as a guest editor for Behavior Analysis in Practice. He also serves on the board of editors of Perspectives on Behavior Science and has previously served on the board of editors for the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior and the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.

A listing of Dr. DeFulio’s peer-reviewed publications is available at the NIH National Library of Medicine. Dr. DeFulio is happy to provide PDF copies of his published research to anyone who is interested. Inquire via email.

Dr. DeFulio is considering applications for Fall 2024 admission to the graduate program. Interested individuals should inquire via email.

Current WMU undergraduates are encouraged to learn more about becoming research assistants in his lab by contacting him via email.