Group Members

Jonathan Bricker, PhD

Jonathan Bricker, PhD

Title: Principal Investigator

Jonathan Bricker, PhD, is founder and leader of the Health And Behavioral Innovations in Technology (HABIT) Group. A licensed clinical psychologist, he is a Full Professor in the Division of Public Health Sciences at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. He is also an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington. His research currently focuses on developing and testing innovative interventions for health behavior change, especially those delivered in technology platforms. He has been applying this expertise to smoking cessation and plans to expand to other key health behaviors. He has served as principal investigator or co-investigator on a variety of NIH research projects. Among his current research grants, he has a total of $14 million in NIH grants for the “WebQuit”, "iCanQuit", and "TALK" study of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for adult smoking cessation, comparing Acceptance & Commitment Therapy with traditional Cognitive Behavioral Therapy via web, smartphone app, and telephone. He has published over 70 peer-reviewed research articles in major scientific journals. Currently, he serves as Senior Editor of the journal Addiction - the highest impact substance abuse journal and was recently a regular member of NIH Community Level Health Promotion (CLHP) Study Section. Dr. Bricker received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington.


Margarita Santiago-Torres, PhD

Margarita Santiago-Torres, PhD

Title: Staff Scientist

Margarita Santiago-Torres, PhD, is a nutrition and health disparities researcher with knowledge and expertise in energy balance, lifestyle behavioral interventions, community intervention research, and observational studies. Margarita studied Human Biology at the University of Puerto Rico and obtained a PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She then completed an NCI-funded postdoctoral fellowship at the Fred Hutch before transitioning into a Staff Scientist position. Margarita’s current research focuses on the development, implementation and dissemination of lifestyle behavioral interventions that are scalable and culturally appropriate among underserved populations. As a Latina who grew up in an underserved community, Margarita is dedicated to promoting health related research that addresses health disparities in underserved populations.


Diana Kwon, BS

Diana Kwon, BS

Title: Pre-Doctoral Research Assistant

Diana Kwon is a Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Washington. She is interested in smoking cessation for cancer patients, based on previous work at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Her research focuses on web- and smartphone- based smoking cessation programs created by the HABIT Group at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.


Brie Sullivan, MS, PMP

Brie Sullivan, MS, PMP

Title: Project Manager

Brie Sullivan is the Project Manager for the HABIT Group.  She manages the group’s research administration, operating procedures, and randomized clinical trial development and execution. She received her masters degree in Cognitive Psychology from Pennsylvania State University and her Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute.


Sarah Hwang, BS

Sarah Hwang, BS

Title: Project Coordinator

Sarah Hwang, BS, is the project coordinator for the HABIT Group. She serves as a project liaison and coordinates research and administrative activities, and is the main point of contact for all study participants. Her bachelor’s degree is in Physiology, with a Minor in Nutrition, from the Univeristy of Washington.

 


Christeine Terry, PhD

Christeine Terry, PhD

Title: Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Clinical Supervisor

Christeine Terry, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist who serves as Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) Clinical Supervisor for HABIT Group projects researching smoking cessation and weight loss interventions. She works with Dr. Bricker to train the health behavior counselors and treatment adherence coders and to formulate adherence manuals for each project.  She supervises counselors to assure treatment quality and fidelity, and conducts calibration sessions with coders to assure consistent levels of sensitivity. 


Kristen Mull, MS

Kristen Mull, MS

Title: Biostatistician

Kristin Mull, MS, is a biostatistician who serves as a Statistical Research Associate for the HABIT Group. She received a masters degree in Statistics from Oregon State University, and enjoys statistical programming and data visualization. An expert in general biostatistical methods and data analysis, she conducts the statistical design and analysis of the research group’s randomized clinical trials.


Jessica Harris, MA, LMHC

Jessica Harris, MA, LMHC

Title: Health Behavior Counselor

Jessica Harris, MA, LMHC, is a Health Behavior Counselor in the HABIT Group's randomized clinical trials of telephone counseling for weight loss and smoking cessation. She holds a masters degree in Mental Health Counseling from Antioch University. She is originally trained in Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) and is a mindfulness-based psychotherapist.


Victoria Sanborn, LICSW

Victoria Sanborn, LICSW

Title: Health Behavior Counselor

Victoria Sanborn, LICSW, is a Health Behavior Counselor in the HABIT Group in randomized clinical trials of telephone counseling for weight loss and smoking cessation. A licensed clinical social worker, she has a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University.


Julie Packard, MSW

Julie Packard, MSW

Title: Health Behavior Counselor

Juie Packard, MSW, is a Health Behavior Counselor in the HABIT Group's randomized clinical trials of telephone counseling for weight loss and smoking cessation.. She received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Washington.


Barbara Monsey, MPH

Barbara Monsey, MPH

Title: Program Assistant

Barbara Monsey, MPH is a coder with the HABIT Group.  She assists in refining the Treatment Adherence Manual and contributes to calibration meetings, intended to match levels of sensitivity between coders.  Other support she provides includes literature reviews and recruitment for UX studies. She has a masters in public health education  from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 


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