Jillian Rung, PhD

Jillian Rung

T32 Postdoctoral Fellow

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Carbondale, IL, 2013
Doctor of Philosophy, Psychology, Utah State University, Logan, UT, 2018

Hometown: Tonawanda, NY
Research interests: Environmental determinants of substance use and dependence, behavioral prevention and intervention methods for substance use, behavioral economics.
Long-term career goals: We have a wealth of knowledge about basic principles of behavior and are increasingly developing our understanding of how to effectively nudge behavior toward better long-term outcomes. To this end, I aim toward bringing our discoveries from basic behavioral science into field and clinical settings so that we can better address and ameliorate the development and maintenance of substance abuse. Within this pursuit, I am intertwining my theoretical background in processes relevant to substance abuse with behavioral pharmacology and larger-scale observational research to understand substance use and abuse across different levels of analysis.
What philosophy guides your education? We build confidence with success and new understanding from our failure. Both of these are critical for our ability to grow be it intellectually, inter-, or intra-personally; and all of these facets are inherently intertwined in our ability to foster a productive scientific community.
What do you see as the most pressing public health problems facing the world today? Disparities in economic and educational resources and opportunities. These rifts cause great, long-lasting disadvantages and harm to both physical and mental health, and they are too often among the roots of the public health issues we hope to address.