In Memoriam: Martin Y. Iguchi

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Senior Behavioral Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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Ph.D. and M.A. in experimental psychology, Boston University; A.B. in liberal arts, Vassar College


Martin Y. Iguchi, a senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation and a professor at Pardee RAND Graduate School, died June 5, 2021.

Most recently he was lead professor for assessment at Pardee RAND and the program director for the school's redesign. At RAND he worked on the use of smart phones to provide remote delivery of contingency management, cognitive behavioral therapy, and coaching to persons with alcohol use disorder and on Medicaid in Vermont.

His other recent work examined quality of life and retirement/legacy planning in aging performing artists; sexual transmission of HIV from and among drug users to non-drug users; barriers to drug abuse treatment entry among Asian and Pacific Islanders; low-frequency injection drug users; and HIV-related risk behaviors in men who have sex with men (MSM).

Iguchi was a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and recipient of the APA Presidential Citation (2019); elected member of APA's Board of Scientific Affairs and APA's Board of Professional Affairs; BOD for APA's Division 50; member of the National Institute on Drug Abuse's Center Grant Research Review Committee; member, BOD, College on Problems of Drug Dependence; co-chair, Scientific Working Group on MSM and Sexual Minorities, District of Columbia Developmental Center for AIDS Research; and program area co-director, Barriers to Care, UCLA AIDS Institute.

Iguchi was a senior editor for Addiction and on the following editorial boards: Journal of Drug Issues; Drug and Alcohol Dependence; Journal of Drug Policy Analysis; Retrovirology: Research and Treatment; Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice; and Journal of Cannabis Research.

His former leadership roles included director of the RAND Drug Policy Research Center; chair of Community Health Sciences, UCLA School of Public Health; and Dean, Nursing and Health Studies, Georgetown University.

Iguchi earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in experimental psychology from Boston University.

Previous Positions

Director, RAND Drug Policy Research Center

Recent Projects

  • Technology-Enabled Contingency Management for Alcohol Use Disorder Among Persons on Medicaid in Vermont
  • Four-city study on the sexual transmission of HIV from drug users and men who have sex with men to heterosexual non-drug-using populations
  • Improving treatment and prevention for drug users
  • Examining the impact of incarceration on minority drug offenders and their families

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: Atlantic Monthly; KPPC; New York Times; Sacramento Bee; San Diego Union-Tribune; United Press International

Commentary: San Diego Union-Tribune