Department of Psychology

Wendy Donlin Washington

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Dr. Wendy Donlin Washington, Undergraduate Coordinator & Associate Professor
Ph.D., Auburn University, 2005.
M.S., Auburn University, 2002.
B.A., West Virginia, 1997.

Teaching Laboratory Building, Room 3036
601 South College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403
(910) 962-2453 | donlinw@uncw.edu | personal webpage

I am an experimental psychologist with primary interests in the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, and Applied Behavior Analysis, especially as they apply to substance abuse, health and behavioral pharmacology. Currently, I am only conducting human experiments (with adults).  I am interested in the use of contingency management interventions to change the frequency and intensity of health related behaviors (e.g., physical activity, smoking, vaping, eating).   For example, several studies have examined how to use monetary reinforcers to increase physical activity.  Additionally, I am interested in studying the behaviors associated with drug use, especially electronic cigarettes.  We are currently collecting data on the reinforcing efficacy of vaping e-cigarettes at different doses.  

Selected Publications

Donlin Washington, W., McMullen, D., & Devoto, A. (2016). A matched deposit contract intervention to increase physical activity in underactive and sedentary adults. Translational Issues in Psychological Science, 2 (2), 101.

Holtyn, A. F., Donlin Washington, W., Knealing, T. W., Wong, C. J., Kolodner, K., & Silverman, K. (2016). Behavioral factors predicting response to employment-based reinforcement of cocaine abstinence in methadone patients. Translational Issues in Psychological Science, 2 (2), 192.

Washington, W. D., Banna, K. M., & Gibson, A. L. (2014). Preliminary efficacy of prize‐based contingency management to increase activity levels in healthy adults. Journal of applied behavior analysis, 47(2), 231-245.