HABIT Group Members

Jonathan Bricker, PhD
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 Member (equivalent to 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.

Dr. Jonathan Bricker

Noreen Watson, PhD

Noreen Watson, PhD, is a NIDA-funded Postdoctoral Research Fellow Researcher for the HABIT Group. During her graduate training, her research focused on examining the mechanisms by which social anxiety is a risk factor for risky health behaviors—particularly cigarette smoking. She was awarded an NRSA F32 to develop a web-based smoking cessation intervention for smokers with social anxiety that is founded in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She is also collaborating on several HABIT projects to develop expertise in designing, tailoring, and empirically testing technology-based smoking interventions for the general population of adult smokers as well as for smokers with co-occurring psychiatric disorders. Dr. Watson completed her clinical internship at the University of Washington Medical School in Behavioral Medicine/Neuropsychology and received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Texas Tech University in 2015.

Noreen Watson

Vasundhara Sridharan, MS
Research Assistant

Vasundhara Sridharan is a Hutch United Fellow and Doctoral Candidate at the University of Washington pursuing a PhD in Social & Personality Psychology. She was awarded the Hutch United Fellowship for her research exploring addiction mindsets. She is currently investigating the effects of a technology-based growth mindset intervention to boost user engagement and motivation in SmartQuit, an ACT-based smoking cessation app developed by the HABIT group. Her research focuses on exploring engagement with web- and smartphone- based smoking cessation programs created by the HABIT Group at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Vasundhara Sridharan

Brie Sullivan, MS, PMP
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.

Brie Sullivan

Sarah Brauneis, BS, CHES
Project Coordinator

Sarah Brauneis, BS, CHES, is a project coordinator for the HABIT Group. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Community Health and Minor in Psychology from Western Washington University. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist whose interests lie in health education and the ways in which psychology and public health interact. As a project coordinator, Sarah serves as a project liaison and coordinates research and administrative activities.

Sarah Brauneis

Madelon Bolling, PhD
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Trainer

Madelon Y. Bolling, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist who serves as Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) Trainer for Bricker Studies projects researching adult smoking cessation. She works with Dr. Bricker to train smoking cessation 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. 

Madelon Bolling

Kristin Mull, MS

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.

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Jessica Harris, MA, LMHC
Research Therapist

Jessica Harris, MA, LMHC, is a Research Therapist who provides Acceptance & Commitment Therapy interventions in several ongoing randomized trials for 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.

Jessica Harris

Victoria Sanborn, LICSW
Research Therapist

Victoria Sanborn, LICSW, is a Research Therapist in the Tobacco and Health Behavior Science Research Group using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in a randomized clinical trial (the telephone study) for smoking cessation. A licensed clinical social worker, she has a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University. 


Julie Packard, MSW
Research Therapist

Juie Packard, MSW, is a Research Therapist in the HABIT Group using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in a randomized clinical trial (the telephone study) for smoking cessation. She received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Washington.

Julie Packad

Barbara Monsey, MPH
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. 

Barbara Monsey

Margaret Olsen, BA
Program Assistant

Margaret Olsen, BA, is a coder for the HABIT Group conducting fidelity assessments for an ACT-based smoking cessation intervention. She assists in the refinement of the treatment adherence manual and contributes to calibration meetings, which aim to match levels of sensitivity between coders. Her bachelor’s degree is in Social Work from The Evergreen State College.

Margaret Olsen

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