Derek D. Reed, Ph.D.

Derek D. Reed, Ph.D.

Derek Reed

Dr. Derek Reed is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Behavioral Science at the University of Kansas where he directs the Applied Behavioral Economics Laboratory. Derek received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Illinois State University and his Masters and PhD in School Psychology from Syracuse University. He has served as Associate Editor for Behavior Analysis in Practice and The Psychological Record, and guest Associate Editor for The Behavior Analyst, Journal of Behavioral Education, and Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. He serves as a reviewer on the editorial boards of The Behavior Analyst, Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, and Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. Derek has published over 100 peer reviewed papers, coauthored three edited books, and was the 2016 recipient of the American Psychological Association Division 25 B. F. Skinner Foundation New Applied Researcher Award. He is presently working on a new textbook titled “Introduction to Behavior Analysis” with his coauthors Greg Madden and Mark Reilly. Derek recently served on the ABAI Science Board and is currently the Executive Director of the Society for the Quantitative Analyses of Behavior. Derek's research investigates the role of reinforcer pathologies (i.e., excessive demand for a commodity interacting with impulsive choice) of addiction and addictive behaviors.

Investigator, Cofrin Logan Center for Addiction Research and Treatment,
Associate Professor,
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Contact Information


Dole Human Development Center
Room 4048
University of Kansas
1000 Sunnyside Avenue
Lawrence, KS 66045-7555



Higgins, S. T., Reed, D. D., Redner, R., Skelly, J. M., Zvorsky, I. A., & Kurti, A. N. (2017). Simulating demand for cigarettes among pregnant women: A low-risk method for studying vulnerable populations. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 107(1), 176-190. doi:10.1002/jeab.232

Reed, D. D., Kaplan, B. A., Becirevic, A., Roma, P. G., & Hursh, S. R. (2016). Toward quantifying the abuse liability of ultraviolet tanning: A behavioral economic approach to tanning addiction. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 106, 93-106. doi:10.1002/jeab.216

Reed, D. D. (2015). Ultra-violet indoor tanning addiction: A reinforcer pathologies interpretation. Addictive Behaviors, 41, 247-251. doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2014.10.026

Jarmolowicz, D. P., Reed, D. D., DiGennaro Reed, F. D., & Bickel, W. K. (2016). The behavioral and neuroeconomics of reinforcer pathologies: Implications for managerial and health decision making. Managerial and Decision Economics, 37, 274-293.

Kaplan, B. A., Reed, D. D., & Jarmolowicz, D. P. (2016). Effects of episodic future thinking on discounting: Personalized age-progressed pictures improve risky long-term health decisions. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 49(1), 148-169. doi:10.1002/jaba.277