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James MacKillop


Dr. MacKillop trained as a clinical psychologist at the State University of New York at Binghamton (BA, MA, PhD) and Brown University (predoctoral internship). He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Brown’s Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies and joined the Center as a faculty member.  He subsequently moved to the University of Georgia, where was a faculty member in the Department of Psychology and the Associate Director of the Owens Institute for Behavioral Research. Dr. MacKillop came to McMaster in 2014 as the inaugural Peter Boris Chair in Addictions Research and Director of the Peter Boris Centre for Addictions Research.

To date, Dr. MacKillop’s research has generated over 160 peer-reviewed publications and other works, and he has been Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on numerous grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Alcoholic Beverage Medical Research Foundation, and other extramural funders. His work has been recognized by a career award from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the G. Alan Marlatt Award for Distinguished Scientific Early Career Contributions from the Society for Addiction Psychology, and the Young Investigator Award from the Research Society on Alcoholism. In addition to his own research, he is active in peer review, serving as Field Editor for the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, Associate Editor for Nicotine and Tobacco Research, Assistant Editor for Addiction, and as a standing member of the Clinical and Health Services Review Subcommittee of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Featured Publications

  • MacKillop, J., Celio, M., Mastroleo, N., Kahler, C., Operario, D., Colby, S., Barnett, N., & Monti, P.M. (in press). Behavioral economic decision making and alcohol-related sexual risk behavior.  AIDS & Behavior.
  • MacKillop, J., Amlung, M.T., Acker, J.D., Gray, J., Brown, C.L., Murphy, J.G., Ray, L.A., Sweet, L.H. (2014). The neuroeconomics of alcohol demand: An initial investigation of the neural correlates of alcohol cost-benefit decision making in heavy drinking men. Neuropsychopharmacology, 39, 1988-1995.
  • MacKillop, J. & Munafò, M. (Eds.) (2013). Genetic Influences on Addiction: An Intermediate Phenotype Approach. MIT Press: Cambridge, MA.
  • MacKillop, J., Acker, J.D., Bollinger, J., Clifton, A.D., Miller, J.D., Campbell, W.K., & Goodie, A.S. (2013). The Brief Alcohol Social Density Assessment (BASDA): Convergent, Criterion-related and Incremental Validity. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 74, 810-815.
  • MacKillop, J., Amlung, M.T., Blackburn, A., Murphy, J.G., Carrigan, M., Carpenter, M.J., & Chaloupka, F.J. (2013). Left-Digit Price Effects on Smoking Cessation Motivation. Tobacco Control
  • MacKillop, J. & de Wit, H. (Eds.) (2013). The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook on Addiction Psychopharmacology. Wiley-Blackwell: Oxford, UK.
  • MacKillop, J., Miller, J.D., Fortune, E.E., Maples, J., Lance, C.E., Campbell, W.C., & Goodie, A.S. (2014). Multidimensional examination of impulsivity in relation to disordered gambling. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 22,176-85.
  • MacKillop, J., Few, L.R., Murphy, J.G., Wier, L.M., Acker, J., Murphy, C., Stojek, M.K., Carrigan, M., Chaloupka, F.J. (2012). High-resolution behavioral economic analysis of cigarette demand to inform tax policy. Addiction, 107, 2191-2200. doi: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2012.03991.x.
  • MacKillop, J., Brown, C.L., Stojek, M., Murphy, C.M., Sweet, L., & Niaura, R. (2012). Behavioral economic analysis of withdrawal- and cue-elicited craving for Tobacco. Nicotine and Tobacco Research. 14, 1426-1434. doi: 10.1093/ntr/nts006.
  • MacKillop, J., Amlung, M., Wier, L., David, S.P., Ray, L.A., Bickel, W.K., Sweet, L.H. (2012). The neuroeconomics of nicotine dependence: An fMRI study of delay discounting in nicotine dependent adults. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 202, 20-29.
  • MacKillop, J., Amlung, M., Pryor, L.R., Ray, L.A., Sweet, L., Munafò, M.R. (2011). Delay reward discounting and addiction: A meta-analysis. Psychopharmacology, 216, 305-321.
  • MacKillop, J., O’Hagen, S.E., Murphy, J.G., McGeary, J.E., Ray, L.A., Tidey, J.W., Monti, P.M., & Lisman, S.A. (2010). Behavioral economic analysis of cue-elicited craving for alcohol. Addiction, 105, 1599-1607.
  • MacKillop, J., Miranda, Jr., R., Monti, P.M., Ray, L.A., Tidey, J.W., Rohsenow, D.J., Gwaltney, G.J., McGeary, J.E., & Swift, R.M. (2010). Alcohol demand, delayed reward discounting, and craving in relation to drinking and alcohol use disorders. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 119, 106-14.
  • Education

    • PhD, State University of New York at Binghamton

    Research Areas

    Translational research on addictive behavior, especially the application of behavioral economics and neuroeconomics. Conditions of focus include alcohol use disorder, nicotine dependence, gambling disorder and obesity/food addiction.

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