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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