University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Psychological Science

Diann Gaalema

Human Behavioral Pharmacology

Diann Gaalema

Diann Gaalema
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry

  • B.A. Arizona State University, 2003
  • M.S. Georgia Institute of Technology, 2007
  • Ph.D. Georgia Institute of Technology, 2009
  • C.V. (PDF)
Phone: 656-9874
Room: FAHC-UHC Room 3106


My research interests lie mostly in the measurement and manipulation of behavior. Over the years I have studied behavior and behavior change in a variety of species from rats and pigeons to exotic animals to humans. Currently my research focuses on the use of behavioral economic principles to motivate health-related behavior change in disadvantaged populations. Of specific interest is substance use in pregnant or recently postpartum women.

Representative Publications

  • Gaalema, DE. (2013). Sexual conditioning in the dying dart frog. International Journal of Comparative Psychology, 26, 5-18.
  • Gaalema, DE, Higgins, ST, Pepin, C, Heil, SH, Bernstein, IM. (2012). Illicit drug use among pregnant women enrolled in treatment for cigarette smoking. Nicotine and Tobacco Research. doi: 10.1093/ntr/nts220.
  • Heil, S.H., Gaalema, D.E., Johnston, A.M., Sigmon, S.C., Badger, G.J., & Higgins, S.T. (2012). Infant pupillary response to methadone administration during treatment for neonatal abstinence syndrome: A feasibility study. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 126, 268-271.
  • Ades, PA and Gaalema, DE (2012). Coronary heart disease as a case study in prevention: Potential role of incentives. Preventive Medicine, 55, S75-79.
  • Gaalema, DE, Scott, TL, Heil, SH, Coyle, MG, Kaltenbach, K, Badger, GJ, Arria, A, Stine, SM, Martin, PR, Jones, HE. (2012). Differences in the profile of neonatal abstinence syndrome signs in methadone- vs. buprenrophine-exposed infants. Addiction, 107, S53-62.
  • Gaalema, DE, Higgins, ST, Bradstreet, M, Heil, SH, Bernstein, I. (2011) Using NicAlert strips to validate smoking status among pregnant cigarette smokers. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 119, 130-133.
  • Gaalema, DE. (2011). Visual discrimination and reversal learning in monitor lizards (Varanus spp.). Journal of Comparative Psychology, 125(2), 246-249.

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