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

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Students interested in UW adult clinical PHD program can include mention of interest Dr. Bircker'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 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."

Click here to learn more about the Tobacco & Health Behavior Science Research Group.