Conditional Cash Transfers – Contingency Management: Applications to Substance Abuse Treatment and HIV
Date(s) - May 1, 2012
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Steve Shoptaw, PhD.
UCLA Geffen School of Medicine
UCLA Departments of Family Medicine and Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences.
Abstract: The operant conditioning principles that are the foundation for conditional cash transfers (behavioral economics) and for contingency management (behavioral therapy) are identical. Yet, there are vast differences in the acceptability by policymakers, with positive support for conditional cash transfers and active disapproval for contingency management. I review the two concepts and the principles that are the mechanisms of action. This will lead to a general discussion about what kinds of data are necessary and sufficient to guide evidence-informed public health policy.