“I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Professor Dave Jarmolowicz, a dedicated researcher, colleague and teacher," said Chancellor Douglas A. Girod. "On behalf of the entire university, I express my deepest condolences to his family, his colleagues and collaborators and to all who knew him as a friend.”
Jarmolowicz came to the university in 2012 as an assistant professor in the Department of Applied Behavioral Science, becoming an associate professor in 2018. He directed the Center for Applied Neuroeconomics and the Problem Gambling Research and Education Support System.
He investigated pathological reinforcer valuation, present focus and risk sensitivity across a range of health behaviors, such as medication adherence, gambling, risky sexual choices and college alcohol and substance abuse. With enhanced understanding of the behavioral and neurobiological underpinnings of these behaviors, the long-term goal of his research was to develop novel therapeutic approaches.
"Dave’s work had impact, and it mattered," said Florence DiGennaro Reed, chair of the applied behavioral science department. "And, yet, if you spoke with him, you would never know how well respected or connected he was. He was humble, approachable and personable."
A celebration of life took place June 10 in Lawrence.