Stephen Higgins

Human Behavioral Pharmacology

Stephen Higgins

Stephen Higgins
Professor of Psychiatry
Professor of Psychological Science

  • B.A. Shippensburg University, 1975
  • M.S. Shippensburg University, 1978
  • M.A. University of Kansas, 1982
  • Ph.D. University of Kansas, 1983
C.V. (PDF)
Phone: (802) 656-9614
Room: FAHC-UHC Room 3100

Chairmanships and Directorships
Director, Vermont Center on Behavior and Health
Director, Behavioral Pharmacology of Drug Dependence Training Program
Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry

My research uses the concepts and methods of behavioral economics and behavioral pharmacology to investigate tobacco, illicit drugs, and other health-related risk behaviors in vulnerable populations. Projects focus on examining mechanisms underpinning vulnerability to tobacco and other risk behaviors, treatment interventions to reduce them and improve health outcomes, and regulatory science. These projects are supported by P20 and P50 center grants from the NIH’s National Institute on General Medical Sciences and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, respectively, and an R01 research grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.


Vermont Center on Behavior and Health has it's headquarters in the Department of Psychiatry located adjacent to the University of Vermont (UVM) campus. The facility contains 8,900 sq ft of office, laboratory, and clinic space for conducting tobacco and other drug self-administration and abuse liability studies as well as testing of behavioral and pharmacological treatments for tobacco, opioid, and other substance use disorders.

Representative Publications

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