Research Summary

Justin White, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Health Economics in the UCSF School of Medicine, with joint appointments in the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies and the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. He is also an affiliate of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the Institute for Global Health Sciences at UCSF.

Dr. White studies how monetary and non-monetary incentives can be used to promote healthy behavior, informed by research from the field of behavioral economics. His main research focus is chronic disease prevention, notably tobacco cessation. He is currently testing several incentive-based interventions using randomized designs. This work is being undertaken in several countries, including Thailand, Indonesia, and the US. In other recent and ongoing projects, he is evaluating the health impacts of economic and social policies, including: sugar-sweetened beverage taxes, cash and food assistance programs, and poverty alleviation programs.

Research Funding

  • January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2022 - A Pilot Trial of Gamification for Enhancing a Smoking Cessation App., Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NCI, Sponsor Award ID: R21CA238301
  • January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2022 - A Pilot Trial of Gamification for Enhancing a Smoking Cessation App., Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NCI, Sponsor Award ID: R21CA238301
  • January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2022 - A Pilot Trial of Gamification for Enhancing a Smoking Cessation App., Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NCI, Sponsor Award ID: R21CA238301
  • January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2022 - A Pilot Trial of Gamification for Enhancing a Smoking Cessation App., Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NCI, Sponsor Award ID: R21CA238301

Education

Bucknell University, B.A., 05/2002, Chemistry

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, M.S.P.H., 05/2007, Health Policy

University of California, Berkeley, M.A., 01/2009, Economics

University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D., 05/2013, Health Policy (Health Economics)

Stanford University, Postdoctoral, 07/2015, Cardiovascular Disease Prevention

Honors & Awards

  • 2005-2006
    Graduate School Merit Assistantship, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
  • 2007
    Jean G. Yates Health Policy Award, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
  • 2007-2009
    Berkeley Fellowship for Graduate Study, University of California, Berkeley, CA
  • 2010
    Tobacco-Related Disparities Scholarship, Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco
  • 2012
    Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, University of California, Berkeley, CA
  • 2009-2012
    NIH/NIA Predoctoral Training Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley, CA
  • 2013-2015
    NIH/NHLBI Postdoctoral Training Fellowship, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • 2015
    Postdoctoral Fellowship, American Heart Association
  • 2018
    Hellman Family Fellowship for Early-Career Faculty

Selected Publications

  1. Boettiger DC, White JS Effects of a minimum floor Price law on cigarette use in Oakland, California: A static microsimulation model.  View on PubMed
  2. Kim KM, Max W, White JS, Chapman SA, Muench U Do penalty-based pay-for-performance programs improve surgical care more effectively than other payment strategies? A systematic review.  View on PubMed
  3. Chaffee BW, Werts M, White JS, Couch ET, Urata J, Cheng J, Kearns C Beverage Advertisement Receptivity Associated With Sugary Drink Intake and Harm Perceptions Among California Adolescents.  View on PubMed
  4. Buckell J, White JS, Shang C Can incentive-compatibility reduce hypothetical bias in smokers’ experimental choice behavior? A randomized discrete choice experiment  View on PubMed
  5. White JS, Lowenstein C, Srivirojana N, Jampaklay A, Dow WH Incentive programmes for smoking cessation: cluster randomized trial in workplaces in Thailand.  View on PubMed
  6. Ramos-Gomez F, White JS, Lindau HE, Lin TK, Finlayson TL, Liu JX, Gansky SA Family monetary incentives as a value-based care model for oral hygiene: rationale and design of the BEhavioral EConomics for Oral health iNnovation (BEECON) trial.  View on PubMed
  7. Onono MA, Rutherford GW, Bukusi EA, White JS, Goosby E, Brindis CD Political prioritization and the competing definitions of adolescent pregnancy in Kenya: An application of the Public Arenas Model.  View on PubMed
  8. White JS, Vasconcelos G, Harding M, Carroll MM, Gardner CD, Basu S, Seligman HK Heterogeneity in the Effects of Food Vouchers on Nutrition Among Low-Income Adults: A Quantile Regression Analysis.  View on PubMed
  9. Lowenstein C, Dow WH, White JS Peer effects in smoking cessation: An instrumental variables analysis of a worksite intervention in Thailand.  View on PubMed
  10. Hamad R, Öztürk B, Foverskov E, Pedersen L, Sørensen HT, Bøtker HE, White JS Association of Neighborhood Disadvantage With Cardiovascular Risk Factors and Events Among Refugees in Denmark.  View on PubMed
  11. White JS, Ramos-Gomez F, Liu JX, Jue B, Finlayson TL, Garza JR, Crawford AH, Helman S, Santo W, Cheng J, Kahn JG, Gansky SA Monetary incentives for improving smartphone-measured oral hygiene behaviors in young children: A randomized pilot trial.  View on PubMed
  12. Boettiger DC, White JS Cigarette Pack Prices and Sales Following Policy Changes in California, 2011-2018.  View on PubMed
  13. Raphael E, White JS, Li X, Cederin K, Glymour MM, Sundquist K, Sundquist J, Hamad R Neighborhood Deprivation and Mental Health Among Immigrants to Sweden.  View on PubMed
  14. White JS, Toussaert S, Thrul J, Bontemps-Jones J, Abroms L, Westmaas JL Peer Mentoring and Automated Text Messages for Smoking Cessation: A Randomized Pilot Trial.  View on PubMed
  15. Lee BC, Modrek S, White JS, Batra A, Collin DF, Hamad R The effect of California's paid family leave policy on parent health: A quasi-experimental study.  View on PubMed
  16. Cai C, Runte J, Ostrer I, Berry K, Ponce N, Rodriguez M, Bertozzi S, White JS, Kahn JG Projected costs of single-payer healthcare financing in the United States: A systematic review of economic analyses.  View on PubMed
  17. White JS Capsule Commentary on Shapiro et al., Impact of a Patient-Centered Behavioral Economics Intervention on Hypertension Control in a Highly Disadvantaged Population: a Randomized Trial.  View on PubMed
  18. Shang C, Weaver SR, White JS, Huang J, Nonnemaker J, Cheng KW, Chaloupka FJ E-cigarette Product Preferences among Adult Smokers: A Discrete Choice Experiment.  View on PubMed
  19. Onono MA, Brindis CD, White JS, Goosby E, Okoro DO, Bukusi EA, Rutherford GW Challenges to generating political prioritization for adolescent sexual and reproductive health in Kenya: A qualitative study.  View on PubMed
  20. Basu S, Gardner CD, White JS, Rigdon J, Carroll MM, Akers M, Seligman HK Effects Of Alternative Food Voucher Delivery Strategies On Nutrition Among Low-Income Adults.  View on PubMed

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