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Saul Shiffman, Ph.D.

Senior Scientific Advisor, Behavioral Science, Study Design, and Analysis

Saul Shiffman is a world-renowned researcher in the fields of behavior change and relapse, self-management and self-control, field research methodology, statistical analysis, and addiction and dependence.

At PinneyAssociates, Saul leads efforts on Rx-to-OTC switch strategy, development and testing of consumer communication including product labels, design and analysis of clinical and consumer research (including label comprehension, self-selection, and actual use studies), behavioral surveillance and risk management, and behavior-change program development and evaluation. He also counsels clients on the scientific and policy environment for OTC products, including directing strategic efforts to build and explain the benefit/risk profile of OTC products.

Since 1991, he has been a professor in the departments of psychology and pharmaceutical science at the University of Pittsburgh, positions he retains while working with PinneyAssociates. Saul has taught in the departments of psychology and psychiatry and behavioral medicine at various universities, including the University of South Florida, the University of Washington, and the University of Pittsburgh.

Saul has authored or co-authored over 300 published papers on a variety of topics related to psychopharmacology, substance abuse, dependence, relapse, coping, and computerized assessments of behavior, and has presented widely in medical and scientific forums.

A fellow of numerous professional societies, Saul has served as a scientific reviewer and editorial board member for several medical and scientific journals, and on grant review standing committees. In 2007, Saul was awarded Good Clinical Practice Journal’s inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his work on real-time, real-world data collection with eDiaries. In 2013, The Society of Behavioral Medicine selected Saul for their Research to Practice Award which “recognizes an individual’s contributions and exemplary work in translating or extending behavioral medicine from research into practical application, dissemination, or implementation.”