Jonathan Bricker

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Jonathan Bricker, PhD

Affiliate Professor
(206) 667-5074
Advising: Possibly accepting new graduate students in 2023-2024, please email with questions.
Interests: Technology and tele-health interventions for health behavior change


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.


University of Washington (2003)

  • 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)