Justin White, Ph.D., MA, MSPH

Dr. Justin White is Assistant Professor of Health Economics in the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies and Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco. His research applies theories from health and behavioral economics to understand the factors that motivate individuals to adopt healthy behaviors, with a special emphasis on tobacco use. In doing so, he aims to identify barriers to individual decision-making and to design interventions that address these barriers. He is working on several experimental studies to promote tobacco prevention and cessation. Complementary to this work, Justin has led a series of studies that examine the behavioral responses of smokers to cigarette prices, taxes, and minimum price laws.
Justin holds a Ph.D. in health policy and a concurrent MA in economics from UC Berkeley and an MSPH in health policy from UNC Chapel Hill. Prior to coming to UCSF, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University’s Prevention Research Center.