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University of Washington (ACT; PhD; USA) - Jonathan Bricker


Students interested in UW adult clinical PHD program can include mention of interest Dr. Bricker's lab, as their co-mentor with core faculty, in their personal statement on the application. Selection is highly competitive.

From Dr. Brickers Faculty Page:

I provide University of Washington clinical psychology predoctoral mentoring as well as national-level postdoctoral/early career faculty mentoring in developing research topics and programs, grant writing, and paper writing and publications. As of November 2022, I have mentored ten predoctoral and nine postdoctoral/early career scientists, including six NIH K-awardees. Mentees usually become core members of our collaborative group of psychologists, research therapists, statistician, data collectors and coders, and program manager.

As background, I am a Full Professor of Public Health at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Affiliate Professor and Member of the Graduate Faculty in Psychology at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. I am a founder and leader of the Health and Behavioral Innovations in Technology (“HABIT”) Research Group. The HABIT research group focuses on developing and testing innovative theory-based behavioral interventions for tobacco cessation and weight loss, especially those delivered in widely disseminable technology platforms. Our team has developed a novel health behavior change intervention model based on the principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (“ACT”). The principal investigator of over $26 million US dollars in research grants, I have been leading seven NIH R01 randomized trial grants, as well as led or collaborated on multiple other Federal and private research grants. As of November 2022, my current grants focus on testing a machine learning natural language processing “chat bot” for quitting smoking, several smartphone applications for tobacco cessation in the general population, among cancer patients, and among adolescents, and a weight loss telephone coaching program based on ACT. Our “iCanQuit” smartphone app based on ACT was proven more effective than a leading National Cancer Institute smartphone app based on the US Clinical Practice Guidelines in a large randomized trial published in JAMA Internal Medicine. iCanQuit is now publicly available. I have published over 120 peer-reviewed research articles on addictions, behavioral interventions, and technologies. Currently, I serve as Senior Editor of the journal Addiction - the highest impact substance abuse journal. I have served as a regular member of several NIH Study Sections, including the IPTA addiction interventions study section, and have chaired several NIH special emphasis panels including the TCORS tobacco regulatory review panel. I have provided expert testimony to State legislators, including in support of the Washington State Tobacco 21 bill that was soon after signed into law. My TEDx talk, The Secret to Self Control, has been viewed over 7 million times and my work has been featured in popular books, documentaries, and news outlets across the world. A licensed clinical psychologist, I received my PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington.

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(This webpage was updated on November 8, 2022)

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