Jessica Cook, PhD

Publications by Dr. Jessica Cook

Jessica Cook, PhD, is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and is an investigator at UW-CTRI. Dr. Cook is a clinician 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 developing more effective tobacco dependence treatments and translating those treatments into clinical practice within large healthcare systems. This research involves conducting clinical trials to identify effective treatments for smokers both willing and unwilling to quit, evaluating the effects cessation treatment in smokers at increased risk for relapse (e.g., smokers with co-morbid psychiatric disorders), and using intensive longitudinal data to evaluate how changes in psychological processes undermine quitting. Dr. Cook’s research has been instrumental in establishing anhedonia as a motivationally significant symptom of the tobacco withdrawal syndrome.

Dr. Cook is Principal Investigator of a VA Merit-funded grant examining a chronic care intervention in veterans who are unwilling to quit smoking. She received a prior VA Merit Award that evaluated a cessation intervention tailored for smokers with posttraumatic stress disorder, a Mentored Clinical Research Scientist Career Development Award (K08) from NIDA, and the William Busse Women in Medicine Award. 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

VA/UW-CTRI Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Jessica Cook is accepting psychology postdoctoral fellows for the next academic year starting Summer/Fall 2021. In partnership with the UW Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention (UW-CTRI), the VA Interprofessional Advanced Fellowship in Addiction Treatment provides two years of postdoctoral research, clinical, and educational training at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital (Madison VA). The purpose of the Interprofessional Addiction Fellowship at the Madison VA is to train future generations of VA healthcare leaders to: 1) conduct innovative research in addictions, 2) provide evidence-based treatments for addictions and co-morbid conditions, and 3) effectively manage teams, services, or programs that serve Veterans with addictions.

The Interprofessional Addiction Fellowship is designed to provide a broad range of training experiences in research and evidence-based clinical service delivery related to addictions. Trainees spend at least 75% of their time in research, educational, and scholarly activities and up to 25% providing clinical care. Fellows develop competencies in the conduct of scholarly research, provision of clinical services, and leadership of clinical addiction programs, addiction training programs, or other components of the healthcare system that impact services for Veterans with substance use disorders. Clinical opportunities at the Madison VA are individualized to the fellows’ interests and may include tobacco treatment clinic, outpatient, intensive outpatient, and residential treatment for addictions, co-occurring PTSD and addiction treatment, health psychology, Whole Health, and integrated primary care mental health services. Fellows acquire knowledge and skills through implementation of an Individualized Development Plan jointly developed by the fellows and mentors. Graduates of the fellowship are expected to be role models in leading, developing, conducting, and evaluating innovative research, education, and clinical care in health issues pertaining to addiction treatment. Fellows may be eligible to apply for VA Career Development Awards (similar to NIH K-awards) during the fellowship to support their transition toward independent clinical research careers within the VA.

Fellowship training plans are tailored to the individual fellow and includes conducting an independent research project under the mentorship of Dr. Cook. Dr. Cook’s program of research focuses on developing more effective tobacco dependence treatments. Her research involves developing interventions for smokers initially unwilling to quit as well as for smokers at increased risk for relapse (e.g., smokers with psychiatric comorbidity), and identifying mechanisms of behavioral change in tobacco treatment. Fellows have the opportunity to develop novel research projects, participate in ongoing VA or UW research studies, and/or conduct secondary analyses of recently completed VA or UW clinical trials. Fellows participate in training opportunities at UW-CTRI including the opportunity to collaborate with additional UW-CTRI affiliated faculty members, participate in team science research meetings, and attend didactic seminars on tobacco research. UW-CTRI affords fellows the opportunity to learn smoking cessation clinical trials methodology, health systems-level interventions, ecological momentary assessment and intensive longitudinal data analysis, secondary analysis of large clinical trials, and psychosocial and pharmacological tobacco treatments.

To apply, please submit a letter of interest (maximum two pages), CV, and three letters of recommendation. The letter of interest should include: a brief summary of research, educational, and clinical experiences relevant to addictions and a statement of career goals. Application materials should be submitted to the Dr. Cook ( Applications are due January 1, 2021.

For additional information please visit the VA fellowship website and Dr. Jessica Cook’s Biography and representative Publications.