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 | | 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 and health. My human lab studies how contingency management interventions can be used to change the frequency and intensity of health related behaviors. Some behaviors, like exercising, typically need to be increased; other behaviors, like smoking cigarettes usually need to be decreased. We manipulate contingencies to change these behaviors in adults. Additionally, my lab includes a non-human operant lab, where we are interested in changing environments to alter consumption of reinforcers, such as food or drugs. I am also interested in human and non-human behavioral pharmacology.

Selected Publications

Everly, J., Defulio, A., Koffarnus, M. N., Leoutsakos, J. M., Donlin, W., Aklin, W. M., et al. (2011). Employment-Based Reinforcement of Adherence to Depot Naltrexone in Unemployed Opioid-Dependent Adults: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Addiction, 106(7), 1309-18

Defulio, A., Donlin, W. D., Wong, C. J., & Silverman, K. (2009). Employment-based contingency management as a maintenance intervention for the treatment of cocaine addiction: a randomized controlled trial. Addiction, 104(9), 1530-1538.

Donlin, W., Knealing, T., Needham, M., Wong, C. J., & Silverman, K. (2008). Attendance Rates in a Workplace Predict Subsequent Outcome of Employment-Based Reinforcement of Cocaine Abstinence in Methadone Patients. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 41, 499-516.