Jeff Rudski, Ph.D.


Psychobiology and Learning
Moyer Hall - Room 223
Fax: 484.664.5627

D.E.C., Vanier College, B.Sc., McGill University, Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Dr. Rudski teaches Biological Psychology, Psychopharmacology, Learning & Behavior, Advanced Research in Psychology, Introduction to Psychology, and additional courses relating to his research interests.

My academic and research interests are quite eclectic. In the past few years, students and I have published papers or given conference presentations dealing with such disparate topics as addiction theory, risk perception, neuroethics, stigma and disability, psychology of superstition, behavioral endocrinology, and judgment and decision making. Several themes run through most of these projects. First, there is the tension between the rational and intuitive basis of human thought and behavior-stated another way as the tension between thinking with your head versus knowing with your heart. This interest goes back to my college days when I was deeply influenced by the English poet/philosopher William Blake's writings on how human nature is a balance of reason and passion/emotion, and pervades my research on superstition, judgment and decision making, and risk perception. Second, my background in and life experiences with disabilities advocacy has given me an appreciation of neurodiversity, which in turn is guiding my research on stigma. Finally, my graduate training in behavioral pharmacology has resulted in a career-long curiosity about acceptability, social influences, and ethics of drug use, including instances of recreational, psychiatric, and cosmetic usage.


Recent Publications

* Student Authors

  • Rudski, J.M., Sperber, J.F.*, & Ibrahim, D.* (2018). Addressing depression through psychotherapy, medication, or social change: an empirical investigation. Neuroethics. 11: 129-141.  DOI: 10.1007/s12152-016-9292-5

  • Rudski, J.M., Herbsman, B*., Quitter, E.D*., & Bilgram, N*. (2016). Mind Perception and Willingness to Withdraw Life Support. Neuroethics.  DOI: 10.1007/s1215016-9269-4.

  • Rudski, J.M. (2016). Public Perspectives on Expanding Naloxone Access to Reverse Opioid Overdoses. Substance Use and Misuse, 51, 1771-80

  • Rudski, J.M. (2014). A Comparison of Attitudes towards Pharmacological Treatment versus Enhancement under Competitive and Non-Competitive Conditions. American Journal of Bioethics Primary Research, 5, 80-90. DOI:10.1080/23294515.2013.850122

  • Rudski, J.M. (2014). Treatment Acceptability, Stigma, and Legal Concerns of Medical Marijuana are Affected by Method of Administration. Journal of Drug Issues, 44, 308-320. DOI: 10.1177/0022042613511441.


Recent Conference Presentations (all presented at APS, 2017 and in Boston, 2018 in San Francisco):

* Student Authors

  • Kieran G. Lorenz, K.G.*, Glass, A.S.*, Kantor, A.R.*, & Rudski, J.M. (2017). A Multidimensional Model of Addiction: Consequences, Outcomes, and Stigma.

  • Baker, C.*, Lewis, N.*, & Rudski, J.M. (2017). Poverty and Cognition: A “Seductive Allure” of Psychological Explanations, and a Preference for Group over Individual Assistance.

  • Lehmann, J.S.*, Montgomery, S.M.*, Strickberger. E.S*. & Rudski, J.M. (2017). Rationality, Irrationality, and Arationality: An Exploration of Unsubstantiated Beliefs.

  • Rudski, J.M., Orlin, D.J.*, & Boyle, E.J.* (2017). Academic Accommodations Following a Traumatic Brain Injury: A Survey of College Professors.

  • Siry, K.*, Geisler, S.*, Yale, G.*, Kronisch, B*., and Rudski, J. (2018) Perceptions of Medication Holidays: Less Competence, but Greater Happiness and Authenticity”.

  • Yale, G.*, Magaliff, L*., & Rudski, J.M. (2018) Best Person for the Job? Not the One Using Cognitive Enhancers.

  • Venneman, S., & Rudski, J.M. (2018). Narcissism, Grade Point Average , Electronic Use, and Academic Dishonesty.