Health and Behavioral Innovations in Technology

Health and Behavioral Innovations in Technology

Our Research

Welcome to the Health and Behavioral Innovations in Technology (HABIT) research group. We design, develop, test, and disseminate technology-delivered interventions for health behavior change. Our goals are to develop and test technologies to help one million people quit smoking, eat healthy and lose weight.


Translational Behavioral Medicine 2021

Bricker, J.B., Mull, K.E., Sullivan, B.M., Forman, E.M. 
Efficacy of telehealth acceptance and commitment therapy for weight loss: a pilot randomized clinical trial.

JAMA Internal Medicine 2020

Bricker, J.B., Watson, N.L., Mull, K.E., Sullivan, B.M., Heffner J.L. Efficacy of Smartphone Applications for Smoking Cessation: A Randomized Clinical Trial.

JMIR Formative Research 2019

Bricker, J.B., Watson, N.L., Heffner, J.L., Sullivan, B.M., Mull, K.E., Kwon, D., Westmaas, J.L., Ostroff, J.  A Smartphone App Designed to Help Cancer Patients Stop Smoking: Results From a Pilot Randomized Trial on Feasibility, Acceptability, and Effectiveness.


News & Features

Dr. Jonathan Bricker testifies for Washington House Bill 1074 Tobacco and vaping products purchase age

How to quit smoking: 5 actions you can take now 5 actions you can take now to end the addiction

CNN | By Megan Marples | July 21, 2021
Five actions to take when you want to quit smoking. Read the full article in CNN here to see Dr. Bricker's interview. 

Fred Hutch eyes the future of weight loss

Hutch News Stories | By Diane Mapes | March 31, 2021
Successful pilot study uses acceptance and commitment phone therapy to help people lose weight; new $3.7M grant will launch full-scale trial. Learn more about the WeLNES program.

New Research from Fred Hutch shows that an app can dramatically help smokers quit

GeekWire | By Lisa Stiffler | Sept. 28, 2020
The iCanQuit app developed by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is nearly four times more effective at helping smokers quit than the average success rate for those trying to kick cigarettes. Read the full article in Geekwire here.

Still having trouble quitting smoking? There's an app for that

KUOW NPR| By Kim Malcom & Andy Hurst | Oct. 5, 2020
If you're among the nearly 14% of Americans who smoke, but haven't yet been successful at quitting, the iCanQuit app study says smokers using the app had 1.5 times more success in quitting compared to another popular app called QuitGuide.

Improving Apps to Help Cancer Patients Quit Smoking

Cancer Health | By Diane Mapes | July 17, 2020
Smoking can be a source of shame and treatment complications for cancer patients, but Dr. Bricker's HABIT Group researchers can help them quit with new app Quit2Heal. Read about the Quit2Heal app study.

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