Jonathan Bricker

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Jonathan Bricker, PhD

Affiliate Professor
(206) 667-5074
M4-B805 FHCC
Interests: Acceptance-based digital/telehealth for health behavior change; Health disparities


My lab develops and tests acceptance-based therapies delivered in digital and telehealth platforms, with a focus on addressing health disparities. The most preventable causes of premature death and human suffering are cigarette smoking and obesity. To this end, my research team focuses on designing, developing, and testing AI-based chatbot, smartphone app-delivered, and telephone coach-delivered contextual behavioral interventions for smoking cessation and for weight loss. Research aims include main outcome comparisons, mediators, moderators, intervention engagement, and therapeutic process predictors of outcome. This research is currently supported by four NIH R01-level grants. Our lab's latest grant focuses on testing a smartphone app for helping American Indians and Alaska Natives stop smoking commercial cigarettes.

Since 2008, I have I provided opportunities for current UW psychology graduate students to conduct research on these topics. Currently, eligible graduate students can apply for a special NIH diversity supplement that provides up to 3 years of full salary and tuition coverage plus $4000 per year in research supplies/travel support. The Fred Hutch Cancer Center also offers another year of full financial support to eligible graduate students in my lab--thus totaling a full four years of funding. Note: I only work with current, often more advanced, graduate students. Thus, I do not admit new graduate students.

For more information on graduate student diversity supplement funding, please closely read the information below :


University of Washington (2003)

  • Bricker JB, Mull KE, Sullivan BM, Forman EM, Lillis J, McTiernan A, Santiago-Torres M. Telehealth acceptance and commitment therapy for weight loss: Protocol of the WeLNES full scale randomized controlled trial. Contemp Clin Trials. 2023 Mar;126:107091. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2023.107091. Epub 2023 Jan 20. PMID: 36682490; PMCID: PMC9998365.
  • Santiago-Torres M, Mull KE, Sullivan BM, Kwon D, Nollen NL, Zvolensky MJ, Bricker JB. Efficacy and utilization of an acceptance and commitment therapy-based smartphone application for smoking cessation among Black adults: secondary analysis of the iCanQuit randomized trial. Addiction. 2022 Mar;117(3):760-771. doi: 10.1111/add.15721. Epub 2021 Dec 9. PMID: 34890104; PMCID: PMC9798432.
  • Santiago-Torres M, Mull KE, Sullivan BM, Kwon DM, Nez Henderson P, Nelson LA, Patten CA, Bricker JB. Efficacy and Utilization of Smartphone Applications for Smoking Cessation Among American Indians and Alaska Natives: Results From the iCanQuit Trial. Nicotine Tob Res. 2022 Mar 1;24(4):544-554. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntab213. PMID: 34644389; PMCID: PMC8887580.
  • Bricker JB, Watson NL, Mull KE, Sullivan BM, Heffner JL. Efficacy of Smartphone Applications for Smoking Cessation: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Intern Med. 2020 Nov 1;180(11):1472-1480. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2020.4055. PMID: 32955554; PMCID: PMC7506605.
  • 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)