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Jonathan Bricker, PhD

Affiliate Professor

Interests: Technology and tele-health interventions for health behavior change


Phone (206) 667-5074
Website(s) Lab Website


Do I accept and train new psychology graduate students in general?
Am I accepting new graduate students in the upcoming year?
I am POSSIBLY accepting graduate students in 2021-2022, please contact me directly with questions
Advising Areas:
Adult Clinical
Advising notes:
I mentor UW psychology students and early career research scientists who are passionate about acceptance and mindfulness therapies for improving health behavior. Currently, our Tobacco and Health Behavior Science Research Group conducts a wide variety of National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded randomized clinical trials testing Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for health behavior change—with an emphasis on smoking cessation. ACT is a new form of cognitive behavioral therapy that teaches skills in increasing openness to one’s feelings, urges, and thoughts while taking values-guided actions. Modalities of intervention delivery are individual-level face-to-face, group, phone, web, and smartphone. Within the context of these trials, I provide mentoring in developing research topics, scientific questions, analysis planning and interpretation, and writing up articles for publication in peer-reviewed journals. Past student research topics include: (1) acceptance-based theoretical mediators of web-delivered ACT for smoking cessation, (2) therapy fidelity of phone-delivered ACT, and (3) comparison of ACT with Motivational Interviewing. Past students have published first-authored papers in prestigious journals including Health Psychology and Addiction. Mentees become core members of our collaborative group of psychologists, research therapists, statistician, data collectors and coders, and program manager based at our state-of-the-art offices of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center at beautiful South Lake Union.


Advising notes:
I will be taking a student for Fall 2018. My primary faculty appointment and the location of my research lab is at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center—home to three Nobel Laureates. I will be accepting an adult clinical psychology doctoral student with my longtime colleague and core faculty member Ronald Smith.
Recent innovations in e-health and telephone-delivered technologies are fueling a renaissance in behavioral interventions for health behavior change. The potential wide reach of these interventions is allowing behavioral therapies to positively impact people who might not otherwise have access to traditional forms of face-to-face therapy that have been the mainstay of clinical training. One health behavior that is the single most preventable cause of premature death and human suffering is cigarette smoking. And a functionally related behavior that is now the third leading cause of premature death is obesity. To this end, my research team is focusing on designing and developing web-delivered, smartphone app-delivered, and telephone coach-delivered contextual behavioral interventions for smoking cessation and, soon, for weight loss. Following our agile iterative user-centered design processes, we test these interventions in pilot and then full scale randomized controlled trials funded by research grants from the National Institutes of Health. Research aims include main outcome comparisons, mediators, moderators, intervention engagement, and therapeutic process predictors of outcome. Students become members of my multi-disciplinary team of research clinical psychologists, user centered design researchers, statisticians, clinicians, and administrators.
Current NIH R01 grant-funded projects:
Randomized Trial of an Innovative Smartphone Intervention for Smoking Cessation (R01 CA192849)
Randomized Trial of Web-Delivered Acceptance Therapy for Smoking Cessation (R01 CA166646)
Telephone-Delivered Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Smoking Cessation (R01 DA038411)
Numerous pilot grants funded by foundations or philanthropic donations.

Selected Publications

  • Zeng, E.Y.*, Heffner, J.L., Copeland, W.K., Mull, K.E., & Bricker, J.B. (2016). Get with the program: Adherence to a smartphone app for smoking cessation. Addict Behav. 2016 Dec; 63:120-4. PMID: 27454354. (*Student collaboration)
  • Bricker, J.B., Bush, T., Zbikowski, S.M., Mercer, L.D., & Heffner, J.L. (2014). Randomized trial of telephone-delivered Acceptance and Commitment Therapy vs. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for smoking cessation: A pilot study. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 16:1446-54. PMID: 24935757.
  • Bricker, J.B., Mull, K., Vilardaga, R., Kientz, J.A., Mercer, L.D., Akioka, K., & Heffner, J.L. (2014). Randomized, controlled trial of a smartphone app for smoking cessation using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 143:87-94. PMID: 25085225.
  • Schimmel-Bristow, A.,* Bricker, J.B., & Comstock, B. (2012). Can Acceptance & Commitment Therapy be delivered with fidelity as a brief telephone intervention? Addictive Behaviors, 37:517-520. (*Student collaboration)
  • Bricker, J.B., & Tollison, S.* (2011). Comparison of Motivational Interviewing with Acceptance & Commitment Therapy: A conceptual and clinical review. Behavioral and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 39: 541-549. (*Student collaboration)
  • Bricker, J.B., Schiff, L.,* Comstock, B., Wyszynski, C., & Schimmel-Bristow, A. (2011). Avoidance coping as a predictor of young adult smoking behavior: A ten-year prospective study. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 13: 998-1002. (*Student collaboration)
  • Otten, R.,* Bricker, J.B., Liu, J.L., & Peterson, A.V. (2011). Adolescent psychological and social predictors of young adult smoking acquisition and cessation: A ten-year longitudinal study. Health Psychology, 30: 163-170. (*Student collaboration)
  • Wyszynski, C.,* Bricker, J.B., & Comstock, B. (2011). Parental smoking cessation and child daily smoking: A nine-year longitudinal study of mediation by child cognitions about smoking. Health Psychology, 30: 171-176. (*Student collaboration)

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