Dr. Maxim (Max) Polonsky is an interdisciplinary researcher at the interface of marketing, decision science, and public health. Prior to joining KGI in 2022, Polonsky was a research scientist at Yale School of Medicine, working on applying marketing strategies and consumer insights to promote evidence-based approaches in public health policy.
Polonsky completed his PhD in Marketing at the University of Connecticut School of Business, where he was the AMA-Sheth Doctoral Consortium Fellow and was named the University of Connecticut, School of Business Outstanding PhD Student Scholar.
Polonsky went on to complete postdoctoral training in Decision and Implementation Sciences at Yale School of Medicine and was the recipient of the NIH Fogarty Global Health Equity Fellowship. His research informs marketing strategies for biotech companies, as well as public health policy, intervention design, and implementation.
Polonsky is a co-investigator on a large NIH-funded experimental study of medical decision-making that aims to evaluate shared decision-making among healthcare providers and clients as it occurs within a dyadic nested data structure. As an expert on research design and analysis, he serves as a consultant for a diverse set of companies and organizations.
Polonsky loves teaching and believes that interacting with students makes him a better researcher, a more engaged colleague, and an active and informed citizen. Polonsky’s graduate-level teaching portfolio includes business decision analysis, marketing management, marketing research, digital marketing, and marketing analytics.
Paschenko, Oleksandra, Daniel Bromberg, Kostyantyn Dumchev, Katherine LaMonaca, Iryna Pykalo, Myroslava Filippovych, Denise Esserman, Maxim Polonsky et al. (2022), “Preliminary analysis of self-reported quality health indicators of patients on opioid agonist therapy at specialty and primary care clinics in Ukraine: A randomized control trial,” PLOS Global Public Health 2(11). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pgph.0000344
Sprong, Matthew, Andres Chamarro, Maxim Polonsky, Ashley Pechek, Cindy Pilcher, Mark Griffiths, and Frank D. Buono (2022), “The Spanish Version of the Video Game Functional Assessment-Revised.” Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/cyber.2021.0325
Garakani, Amir, Frank D. Buono, Kaitlyn Larkin, Maxim Polonsky, and Joseph F. Goldberg (2022), “Development and validation of a new scale to measure chronic suicidal ideation: The Chronic Suicidal Ideation Inventory-5 (CSI-5),” Journal of Psychiatric Research, 150: 160-164. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022395622001509
O’Hara, George, Amanda Liberman, Maxim Polonsky, Lyuba Azbel, Ruthanne Marcus, Svetlana Doltu, Sergiu Cugut, Frederick Altice (2022), “Multi-level Implementation Factors that Influence Scale-up of Methadone Maintenance Treatment in Moldovan Prisons: A Qualitative Study,” Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 136, 108660. https://www.journalofsubstanceabusetreatment.com/article/S0740-5472(21)00386-X/fulltext
Polonsky, Maxim (2021),”Brief Intervention For Changing Negative Attitudes Toward Opioid Agonist Treatment Within Criminal Justice System: Results From a Pilot Study in Ukraine.”, in Advances in Consumer Research, Vol. 49, eds. Tonya Williams Bradford, Anat Keinan, and Matthew Matthew Thomson, Duluth, MN : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 933-935.
Norberg, Patricia, and Maxim Polonsky (2021), “Helping Others Help Me: The Impact of Disaster Response on Military Veteran Well-being,” in 2021 AMA Summer Academic Conference Proceedings, Vol. 32, American Marketing Association, 60-62.
Ranjit, Yerina, Alex Dubov, Maxim Polonsky, Liana Fraenkel, Adedotun Ogunbajo, Kenneth Mayer, Frederick L. Altice (2019), “Pre-exposure Prophylaxis Among Men Who have Sex with Men: Dual Motivational Model of Intention to Use Pre-exposure Prophylaxis,” AIDS and Behavior, 23 (2), 534-543. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10461-018-2214-2
Marcus, Ruthanne, Iuliia Makarenko, Alyona Mazhnaya, Alexei Zelenev, Maxim Polonsky, Lynn Madden, Sergii Filippovych, Sergii Dvoriak, Sandra A Springer, Frederick L Altice (2017), “Patient Preferences and Extended-release Naltrexone: A New Opportunity to Treat Opioid Use Disorders in Ukraine,” Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 179, 213-219. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2017.07.010
Polonsky, Maxim, Julia Rozanova, Lyuba Azbel, Chethan Bachireddy, Jacob M Izenberg, Tatiana Kiriazova, Sergii Dvoriak, Frederick L Altice (2016), “Attitudes toward Addiction, Methadone Treatment, and Recovery among HIV-infected Ukrainian Prisoners Who Inject Drugs: Incarceration Effects and Exploration of Mediators,” AIDS and Behavior, 20 (12), 2950-2960. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10461-016-1375-0
Polonsky, Maxim, Lyuba Azbel, Jeffrey A Wickersham, Ruthanne Marcus, Svetlana Doltu, Evgeny Grishaev, Sergii Dvoriak, Frederick L Altice (2016), “Accessing Methadone within Prison: Prejudice and Myths Amplified by Peers,” International Journal of Drug Policy, 29, 91-95. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2015.12.016
Polonsky, Maxim, Lyuba Azbel, Jeffrey A Wickersham, Faye S Taxman, Evgeny Grishaev, Sergii Dvoriak, Frederick L Altice (2015), “Challenges to Implementing Opioid Substitution Therapy in Ukrainian Prisons: Personnel Attitudes toward Addiction, Treatment, and People with HIV/AIDS,” Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 148, 47-55. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2014.12.008
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