Justin White, PhD

Title(s)Associate Professor, Institute for Health Policy Studies
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address490 Illinois Street
San Francisco CA 94158
Phone415-476-8045
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    Stanford UniversityPostdoctoral2015Cardiovascular Disease Prevention
    University of California, BerkeleyPh.D.2013Health Policy (Health Economics)
    University of California, BerkeleyM.A.2009Economics
    University of North Carolina, Chapel HillM.S.P.H.2007Health Policy
    University of California, San Francisco2021Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training

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    Justin White, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Health Economics in the UCSF School of Medicine, with joint appointments in the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies and the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. He is also an affiliate of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the Institute for Global Health Sciences at UCSF.

    Dr. White studies how monetary and non-monetary incentives can be used to promote healthy behavior, informed by research from the field of behavioral economics. His main research focus is chronic disease prevention, notably tobacco cessation. He is currently testing several incentive-based interventions using randomized designs. This work is being undertaken in several countries, including Thailand, Indonesia, and the US. In other recent and ongoing projects, he is evaluating the health impacts of economic and social policies, including: sugar-sweetened beverage taxes, cash and food assistance programs, and poverty alleviation programs.

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    A Pilot Trial of Gamification for Enhancing a Smoking Cessation App.
    NIH R21CA238301Jan 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2021
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. The Potential for Healthy Checkout Policies to Advance Nutrition Equity. Nutrients. 2021 Nov 22; 13(11). Falbe J, White JS, Sigala DM, Grummon AH, Solar SE, Powell LM. PMID: 34836436.
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    2. Evaluation of Clinical and Economic Outcomes Following Implementation of a Medicare Pay-for-Performance Program for Surgical Procedures. JAMA Netw Open. 2021 Aug 02; 4(8):e2121115. Kim KM, White JS, Max W, Chapman SA, Muench U. PMID: 34406402.
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    3. Paid Family Leave and Mental Health in the U.S.: A Quasi-Experimental Study of State Policies. Am J Prev Med. 2021 08; 61(2):182-191. Irish AM, White JS, Modrek S, Hamad R. PMID: 34294424.
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    4. Mixed-methods economic evaluation of the implementation of tobacco treatment programs in National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers. Implement Sci Commun. 2021 Apr 09; 2(1):41. Salloum RG, D'Angelo H, Theis RP, Rolland B, Hohl S, Pauk D, LeLaurin JH, Asvat Y, Chen LS, Day AT, Goldstein AO, Hitsman B, Hudson D, King AC, Lam CY, Lenhoff K, Levinson AH, Prochaska J, Smieliauskas F, Taylor K, Thomas J, Tindle H, Tong E, White JS, Vogel WB, Warren GW, Fiore M. PMID: 33836840.
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    5. Patient Perspectives and Willingness to Accept Incentives for Tuberculosis Diagnostic Evaluation in Uganda. Value Health Reg Issues. 2021 Sep; 25:48-56. Kadota JL, Nabwire S, Nalugwa T, White JS, Cattamanchi A, Katamba A, Shete PB. PMID: 33773327.
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    6. The effects of state earned income tax credits on mental health and health behaviors: A quasi-experimental study. Soc Sci Med. 2021 05; 276:113274. Collin DF, Shields-Zeeman LS, Batra A, White JS, Tong M, Hamad R. PMID: 33740636.
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    7. Effects of a minimum floor Price law on cigarette use in Oakland, California: A static microsimulation model. Prev Med. 2021 04; 145:106444. Boettiger DC, White JS. PMID: 33529637.
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    8. Do penalty-based pay-for-performance programs improve surgical care more effectively than other payment strategies? A systematic review. Ann Med Surg (Lond). 2020 Dec; 60:623-630. Hanna RF, Ward TJ, Chow DS, Lagana SM, Moreira RK, Emond JC, Weintraub JL, Prince MR, Kim KM, Max W, White JS, Chapman SA, Muench U. PMID: 33304576; PMCID: PMC7711081.
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    9. Beverage Advertisement Receptivity Associated With Sugary Drink Intake and Harm Perceptions Among California Adolescents. Am J Health Promot. 2021 05; 35(4):525-532. Chaffee BW, Werts M, White JS, Couch ET, Urata J, Cheng J, Kearns C. PMID: 33111530.
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    10. Can incentive-compatibility reduce hypothetical bias in smokers’ experimental choice behavior? A randomized discrete choice experiment. Journal of Choice Modelling. 2020; (37):100255. Buckell J, White JS, Shang C. View Publication.
    11. Incentive programmes for smoking cessation: cluster randomized trial in workplaces in Thailand. BMJ. 2020 10 14; 371:m3797. White JS, Lowenstein C, Srivirojana N, Jampaklay A, Dow WH. PMID: 33055176.
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    12. Family monetary incentives as a value-based care model for oral hygiene: rationale and design of the BEhavioral EConomics for Oral health iNnovation (BEECON) trial. J Public Health Dent. 2020 Oct 08. Ramos-Gomez F, White JS, Lindau HE, Lin TK, Finlayson TL, Liu JX, Gansky SA. PMID: 33090505.
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    13. Political prioritization and the competing definitions of adolescent pregnancy in Kenya: An application of the Public Arenas Model. PLoS One. 2020; 15(9):e0238136. Onono MA, Rutherford GW, Bukusi EA, White JS, Goosby E, Brindis CD. PMID: 32925926.
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    14. Heterogeneity in the Effects of Food Vouchers on Nutrition Among Low-Income Adults: A Quantile Regression Analysis. Am J Health Promot. 2021 02; 35(2):279-283. White JS, Vasconcelos G, Harding M, Carroll MM, Gardner CD, Basu S, Seligman HK. PMID: 32878448.
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    15. Peer effects in smoking cessation: An instrumental variables analysis of a worksite intervention in Thailand. SSM Popul Health. 2020 Dec; 12:100659. Lowenstein C, Dow WH, White JS. PMID: 32964096.
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    16. Association of Neighborhood Disadvantage With Cardiovascular Risk Factors and Events Among Refugees in Denmark. JAMA Netw Open. 2020 08 03; 3(8):e2014196. Hamad R, Öztürk B, Foverskov E, Pedersen L, Sørensen HT, Bøtker HE, White JS. PMID: 32821923.
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    17. Monetary incentives for improving smartphone-measured oral hygiene behaviors in young children: A randomized pilot trial. PLoS One. 2020; 15(7):e0236692. White JS, Ramos-Gomez F, Liu JX, Jue B, Finlayson TL, Garza JR, Crawford AH, Helman S, Santo W, Cheng J, Kahn JG, Gansky SA. PMID: 32730310.
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    18. Cigarette Pack Prices and Sales Following Policy Changes in California, 2011-2018. Am J Public Health. 2020 07; 110(7):1002-1005. Boettiger DC, White JS. PMID: 32437272.
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    19. Neighborhood Deprivation and Mental Health Among Immigrants to Sweden. Epidemiology. 2020 05; 31(3):e25-e27. Raphael E, White JS, Li X, Cederin K, Glymour MM, Sundquist K, Sundquist J, Hamad R. PMID: 31977591.
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    20. Peer Mentoring and Automated Text Messages for Smoking Cessation: A Randomized Pilot Trial. Nicotine Tob Res. 2020 03 16; 22(3):371-380. White JS, Toussaert S, Thrul J, Bontemps-Jones J, Abroms L, Westmaas JL. PMID: 30892616.
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    21. The effect of California's paid family leave policy on parent health: A quasi-experimental study. Soc Sci Med. 2020 04; 251:112915. Lee BC, Modrek S, White JS, Batra A, Collin DF, Hamad R. PMID: 32179364.
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    22. Projected costs of single-payer healthcare financing in the United States: A systematic review of economic analyses. PLoS Med. 2020 01; 17(1):e1003013. Cai C, Runte J, Ostrer I, Berry K, Ponce N, Rodriguez M, Bertozzi S, White JS, Kahn JG. PMID: 31940342.
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    23. E-cigarette Product Preferences among Adult Smokers: A Discrete Choice Experiment. Tob Regul Sci. 2020 Jan; 6(1):66-80. Shang C, Weaver SR, White JS, Huang J, Nonnemaker J, Cheng KW, Chaloupka FJ. PMID: 32190716.
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    24. Capsule Commentary on Shapiro et al., Impact of a Patient-Centered Behavioral Economics Intervention on Hypertension Control in a Highly Disadvantaged Population: a Randomized Trial. J Gen Intern Med. 2020 01; 35(1):400. White JS. PMID: 31667738.
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    25. Challenges to generating political prioritization for adolescent sexual and reproductive health in Kenya: A qualitative study. PLoS One. 2019; 14(12):e0226426. Onono MA, Brindis CD, White JS, Goosby E, Okoro DO, Bukusi EA, Rutherford GW. PMID: 31856245.
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    26. Effects Of Alternative Food Voucher Delivery Strategies On Nutrition Among Low-Income Adults. Health Aff (Millwood). 2019 04; 38(4):577-584. Basu S, Gardner CD, White JS, Rigdon J, Carroll MM, Akers M, Seligman HK. PMID: 30933599.
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    27. Paid Family Leave Effects on Breastfeeding: A Quasi-Experimental Study of US Policies. Am J Public Health. 2019 01; 109(1):164-166. Hamad R, Modrek S, White JS. PMID: 30359107.
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    28. Monetary incentives for smoking cessation in workplaces. Lancet Public Health. 2018 11; 3(11):e511-e512. White JS. PMID: 30342874.
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    29. Incentives in workplace wellness programmes. Lancet Diabetes Endocrinol. 2016 12; 4(12):967-969. White JS. PMID: 27515529.
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    30. Does breastfeeding duration decrease child obesity? An instrumental variables analysis. Pediatr Obes. 2017 08; 12(4):304-311. Modrek S, Basu S, Harding M, White JS, Bartick MC, Rodriguez E, Rosenberg KD. PMID: 27161761.
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    31. Long-term effects of neighbourhood deprivation on diabetes risk: quasi-experimental evidence from a refugee dispersal policy in Sweden. Lancet Diabetes Endocrinol. 2016 06; 4(6):517-24. White JS, Hamad R, Li X, Basu S, Ohlsson H, Sundquist J, Sundquist K. PMID: 27131930.
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    32. Does the benefits schedule of cash assistance programs affect the purchase of temptation goods? Evidence from Peru. J Health Econ. 2016 Mar; 46:70-89. White JS, Basu S. PMID: 26874596.
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    33. Incentivizing health care utilization and health outcomes. In Handbook of Global Health Economics and Public Policy, Volume 1, edited by R. Scheffler. London, UK: World Scientific Publishing. 2016. Dow WH, White JS, Bertozzi SM. View Publication.
    34. The EARN-Health Trial: protocol for a randomised controlled trial to identify health effects of a financial savings programme among low-income US adults. BMJ Open. 2015 Oct 06; 5(10):e009366. Basu S, Hamad R, White JS, Modrek S, Rehkopf DH, Cullen MR. PMID: 26443663.
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    35. The heterogeneous effects of cigarette prices on brand choice in China: implications for tobacco control policy. Tob Control. 2015 Jul; 24 Suppl 3:iii25-iii32. Li J, White JS, Hu TW, Fong GT, Yuan J. PMID: 25855642.
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    36. Intertemporal choices for health. In Behavioral Economics and Public Health, edited by C.A. Roberto and I. Kawachi. Boston, MA: Oxford University Press. 2015; 27-68. White JS, Dow WH. View Publication.
    37. Commitment contracts and team incentives: a randomized controlled trial for smoking cessation in Thailand. Am J Prev Med. 2013 Nov; 45(5):533-42. White JS, Dow WH, Rungruanghiranya S. PMID: 24139765.
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    38. Smokers' strategic responses to sin taxes: evidence from panel data in Thailand. Health Econ. 2015 Feb; 24(2):127-41. White JS, Ross H. PMID: 24677731.
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    39. The effect of cigarette prices on brand-switching in China: a longitudinal analysis of data from the ITC China Survey. Tob Control. 2014 Mar; 23 Suppl 1:i54-60. White JS, Li J, Hu TW, Fong GT, Jiang Y. PMID: 23697645.
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    40. The unintended consequences of intended pregnancies: youth, condom use, and HIV transmission in Mozambique. AIDS Educ Prev. 2008 Dec; 20(6):531-46. Speizer IS, White JS. PMID: 19072528.
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    41. Association between contraceptive discontinuation and pregnancy intentions in Guatemala. Rev Panam Salud Publica. 2008 Jun; 23(6):410-7. Barden-O'Fallon JL, Speizer IS, White JS. PMID: 18644209.
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    42. Can family planning outreach bridge the urban-rural divide in Zambia? BMC Health Serv Res. 2007 Sep 05; 7:143. White JS, Speizer IS. PMID: 17803805.
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    43. Managed care rebound? Recent changes in health plans' cost containment strategies. Health Aff (Millwood). 2004 Jul-Dec; Suppl Web Exclusives:W4-427-36. Mays GP, Claxton G, White J. PMID: 15451964.
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    44. The puzzling popularity of the PPO. Health Aff (Millwood). 2004 Mar-Apr; 23(2):56-68. Hurley RE, Strunk BC, White JS. PMID: 15046131.
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    45. Getting along or going along? Health plan-provider contract showdowns subside. Issue Brief Cent Stud Health Syst Change. 2004 Jan; (74):1-4. White JS, Hurley RE, Strunk BC. PMID: 14974498.
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