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The Secret to Self Control

Watch Dr Jonathan Bricker explain the scientifically sound approach to behavior change that is twice as effective as most currently practiced methods. His new methods are driving new norms and ew apps for how people quit smoking and decrease obesity, saving people from an early death.

Dr. Jonathan Bricker develops and tests innovative ways to help people change behaviors that affect health, such as smoking. He’s particularly interested in the delivery of interventions via platforms such as the web, smartphone apps and telephone counseling. His team conducts randomized clinical trials that compare the effectiveness of acceptance and commitment therapy, or ACT, with traditional cognitive behavioral therapy for smoking cessation. (ACT encourages people to notice and accept their urges to smoke with the understanding that those urges will subside.) Dr. Bricker plans to expand this ACT approach to treat obesity and alcohol addiction.

Dr. Bricker’s research focuses on the development and testing of innovative interventions for health behavior change. With over $14 million in NIH research funding, he and his team are conducting randomized clinical trials of acceptance and commitment therapy interventions for smoking cessation. Technology-based platforms of intervention delivery include telephone coaching, websites, and smartphone apps. He is also developing a separate line of research focusing on innovative behavioral approaches to weight loss.


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