Jonathan Bricker, PhD
Interests: Technology and tele-health interventions for health behavior change
|Do I accept and train new psychology graduate students in general?|
|Am I accepting new graduate students in the upcoming year?|
|I am NOT accepting graduate students in 2020-2021|
|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.|
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.
- 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., 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.
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
In the News
- 01/26/2019 Fred Hutch doctors, including Jonathan Bricker, report in this MDLinx article that the US cancer death rate has declined 27% in the last 25 years.
- 12/12/2018 Jonathan Bricker’s Air Travel Stress Scale is mentioned in this Today article on how to fly budget airlines
- 01/11/2018 Jonathan Bricker was quoted in this Medical News Today article about fear of flying.
- 11/02/2017 Jonathan Bricker is quoted in this article about airplane seat choices and what they say about the passenger.
- 07/17/2017 Jonathan Bricker, from UW Psychology & Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, is part of team that developed the Smart-Quit non-smoking app. You can listen to their story on this GeekWire podcast.
- 01/19/2017 Jonathan Bricker offers tips on keeping new year resolutions in this Hutch News video.
- 11/23/2016 Jonathon Bricker’s research helped create a smart phone app that has proven to be highly effective in helping smokers quit.
- 08/03/2016 Congratulations to Vasundahara Sridharan who just received the inaugural Hutch United Fellowship.
- 04/10/2015 Jonathan Bricker gives an enlightening Ted Talk on how to beat bad behavior.
- 04/23/2014 Jonathan Bricker was interviewed by KOUW’s Ross Reynolds about apps for treating addictions.
- 05/09/2013 Helen Jones is being awarded a $4,000 Mary Gates Research Scholarship for her work on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
- 08/13/2012 Four Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center teams win Hartwell Innovation Fund awards
- 06/26/2010 NCI awards $3.2 million for smoking cessation efforts.
- 06/04/2009 Newsweek. Facing our Fears: Why we watch plane crash news. An interview with Dr. Jonathan Bricker:
- 04/11/2008 The UW Clinical Psychology program has received a number 1 ranking (tied with UCLA and Wisconsin) in the latest U.S. News and World Report ranking of more than 200 graduate programs.
- 03/02/2005 Seattle-PI. Study says quitting smoking now could help kids kick habit later: