Justin White, PhD

Assistant Professor
Institute for Health Policy Studies
+1 415 476-8045

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.


Paid Family Leave and Mental Health in the U.S.: A Quasi-Experimental Study of State Policies.

American journal of preventive medicine

Irish AM, White JS, Modrek S, Hamad R

Mixed-methods economic evaluation of the implementation of tobacco treatment programs in National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers.

Implementation science communications

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

The effects of state earned income tax credits on mental health and health behaviors: A quasi-experimental study.

Social science & medicine (1982)

Collin DF, Shields-Zeeman LS, Batra A, White JS, Tong M, Hamad R

Beverage Advertisement Receptivity Associated With Sugary Drink Intake and Harm Perceptions Among California Adolescents.

American journal of health promotion : AJHP

Chaffee BW, Werts M, White JS, Couch ET, Urata J, Cheng J, Kearns C

Incentive programmes for smoking cessation: cluster randomized trial in workplaces in Thailand.

BMJ (Clinical research ed.)

White JS, Lowenstein C, Srivirojana N, Jampaklay A, Dow WH

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.

Journal of public health dentistry

Ramos-Gomez F, White JS, Lindau HE, Lin TK, Finlayson TL, Liu JX, Gansky SA

Heterogeneity in the Effects of Food Vouchers on Nutrition Among Low-Income Adults: A Quantile Regression Analysis.

American journal of health promotion : AJHP

White JS, Vasconcelos G, Harding M, Carroll MM, Gardner CD, Basu S, Seligman HK

Association of Neighborhood Disadvantage With Cardiovascular Risk Factors and Events Among Refugees in Denmark.

JAMA network open

Hamad R, Öztürk B, Foverskov E, Pedersen L, Sørensen HT, Bøtker HE, White JS

Monetary incentives for improving smartphone-measured oral hygiene behaviors in young children: A randomized pilot trial.

PloS one

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

Cigarette Pack Prices and Sales Following Policy Changes in California, 2011-2018.

American Journal of Public Health

Boettiger DC, White JS

Neighborhood deprivation and mental health among immigrants to Sweden.

Epidemiology (Cambridge, Mass.)

Raphael E, White JS, Li X, Cederin K, Glymour MM, Sundquist K, Sundquist J, Hamad R

Peer Mentoring and Automated Text Messages for Smoking Cessation: A Randomized Pilot Trial.

Nicotine & tobacco research : official journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco

White JS, Toussaert S, Thrul J, Bontemps-Jones J, Abroms L, Westmaas JL

The effect of California's paid family leave policy on parent health: A quasi-experimental study.

Social science & medicine (1982)

Lee BC, Modrek S, White JS, Batra A, Collin DF, Hamad R

Projected costs of single-payer healthcare financing in the United States: A systematic review of economic analyses.

PLos Medicine

Cai C, Runte J, Ostrer I, Berry K, Ponce N, Rodriguez M, Bertozzi S, White JS, Kahn JG

E-cigarette Product Preferences among Adult Smokers: A Discrete Choice Experiment.

Tobacco regulatory science

Shang C, Weaver SR, White JS, Huang J, Nonnemaker J, Cheng KW, Chaloupka FJ

Challenges to generating political prioritization for adolescent sexual and reproductive health in Kenya: A qualitative study.

PloS one

Onono MA, Brindis CD, White JS, Goosby E, Okoro DO, Bukusi EA, Rutherford GW

Effects Of Alternative Food Voucher Delivery Strategies On Nutrition Among Low-Income Adults.

Health affairs (Project Hope)

Basu S, Gardner CD, White JS, Rigdon J, Carroll MM, Akers M, Seligman HK

Paid Family Leave Effects on Breastfeeding: A Quasi-Experimental Study of US Policies.

American Journal of Public Health

Hamad R, Modrek S, White JS

Incentives in workplace wellness programmes.

The lancet. Diabetes & endocrinology

White JS

Does breastfeeding duration decrease child obesity? An instrumental variables analysis.

Pediatric obesity

Modrek S, Basu S, Harding M, White JS, Bartick MC, Rodriguez E, Rosenberg KD

Long-term effects of neighbourhood deprivation on diabetes risk: quasi-experimental evidence from a refugee dispersal policy in Sweden.

The lancet. Diabetes & endocrinology

White JS, Hamad R, Li X, Basu S, Ohlsson H, Sundquist J, Sundquist K

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

Dow WH, White JS, Bertozzi SM

Intertemporal choices for health

In Behavioral Economics and Public Health, edited by C.A. Roberto and I. Kawachi. Boston, MA: Oxford University Press

White JS, Dow WH

Commitment contracts and team incentives: a randomized controlled trial for smoking cessation in Thailand.

American journal of preventive medicine

White JS, Dow WH, Rungruanghiranya S

The unintended consequences of intended pregnancies: youth, condom use, and HIV transmission in Mozambique.

AIDS education and prevention : official publication of the International Society for AIDS Education

Speizer IS, White JS

Association between contraceptive discontinuation and pregnancy intentions in Guatemala.

Revista panamericana de salud publica = Pan American journal of public health

Barden-O'Fallon JL, Speizer IS, White JS

Can family planning outreach bridge the urban-rural divide in Zambia?

BMC health services research

White JS, Speizer IS

Managed care rebound? Recent changes in health plans' cost containment strategies.

Health affairs (Project Hope)

Mays GP, Claxton G, White J

The puzzling popularity of the PPO.

Health affairs (Project Hope)

Hurley RE, Strunk BC, White JS

Getting along or going along? Health plan-provider contract showdowns subside.

Issue brief (Center for Studying Health System Change)

White JS, Hurley RE, Strunk BC