Amy Bucher, Ph.D.

Applied Behavior Science for Health and Happiness
Amy Bucher, Ph.D.

Amy Bucher, Ph.D.

Applied Behavior Science for Health and Happiness

Bio and Experience

About Me:

  • Amy_Bucher_005Applied behavior science, behavioral design, behavior change design, motivational psychology, behavioral psychology: All terms that have been used to describe the type of work I do.
  • I have a PhD in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and an AB from Harvard University in Psychology with a Certificate in Spanish language.
  • I am the author of Engaged: Designing for Behavior Change, published by Rosenfeld Media.
  • My research interests include motivational design and self-determination theory, social relationships/connections and their effect on well-being and performance, happiness and resilience, and health behaviors such as medication adherence and physical fitness.
  • Everything on this site represents me as an individual. My opinions are not necessarily the opinions of my employer or anyone else. Mistakes are my own.

Professional Experience

Lirio, Knoxville, TN & Franklin, TN
Vice President of Behavioral Design (5/2021 – present)

Mad*Pow, Boston, MA
Vice President of Behavior Change Design (1/2020 – 5/2021)
Behavior Change Design Director (4/2016 – 1/2020)

CVS Health, Boston, MA
Senior Manager, Specialty Digital Strategy (5/2015 – 4/2016)

Wellness & Prevention, Inc. (A Johnson & Johnson Company), Ann Arbor, MI; later renamed Johnson & Johnson Health and Wellness Solutions, New Brunswick, NJ
Associate Director, Behavioral Science (1/2011 – 4/2015)
Manager, Specialty Solutions Tailored Media Group  (5/2008 – 1/2011)

Big Communications, LLC, Ferndale, MI
Research Manager, Innovation Team  (8/2006 – 5/2008)

Haworth, Inc.Holland, MI
Freelance Consultant to the Ideation Group (4/2006 – 9/2006)

University of Michigan Department of PsychologyAnn Arbor, MI
Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) and Graduate Research Assistant (9/2002 – 4/2006)


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Ph.D. (2006) and M.A. (2003), Psychology (Organizational)

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
A.B. (2001), Psychology, magna cum laude; Foreign Language Certification in Spanish

Volunteer and Community Organizations