Jessica Cook, PhD

Publications by Dr. Jessica Cook

Jessica Cook, PhD, is a Professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and is an investigator at UW-CTRI. Dr. Cook is also an investigator at the William S. Middleton Memorial VA, where she directs the Veterans Tobacco Research Group and co-directs the VA Interprofessional Advanced Fellowship in Addictions Treatment.

Dr. Cook’s research program focuses on evaluating innovative smoking treatments, increasing the reach of evidence-based smoking treatment, and exploring the nature of tobacco dependence and motivation, particularly in affectively vulnerable populations. Her treatment research has focused on developing effective treatment for individuals who are unwilling to quit smoking (i.e., motivation-phase treatment). Her research has shown that motivation-phase treatment increases quit attempts and abstinence in those initially unwilling to quit while increasing the reach of tobacco treatment. Dr. Cook has also conducted a series of studies that have been instrumental in establishing anhedonia as a motivationally significant symptom of the tobacco withdrawal syndrome.

Dr. Cook is currently Principal Investigator of a VA Merit-funded grant examining a chronic care tobacco intervention in veterans who are unwilling to quit smoking. Dr. Cook obtained her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Illinois-Chicago and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in Seattle at the VA Northwest Network Mental Illness Research, Education & Clinical Center.

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Dr. Jessica Cook