Roger Vilardaga, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University. He is also Affiliate Professor a the Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering at the University of Washington. Roger studied psychology at the Universitat de Barcelona and received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno. In 2014 he received a 5-Year Pathway to Independence Award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. This Award provided training in user-centered design and funded the first NIH-funded smartphone app to deliver smoking cessation treatment for individuals with serious mental illness. From 2010 to 2015 he served as Associate Editor of the Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science.
Roger is passionate about the potential of digital technologies for the advancement of behavioral science, and the development of cost-effective and higher-reaching behavioral interventions. He directs the 'Access to Behavioral Health for All' (ABHA) lab, at Duke's Center for Addition Science and Technology. The focus of the ABHA lab is to ideate, develop, and test digital behavioral health interventions for underserved populations, such as individuals who experience persistent mental health symptoms, addiction, or chronic pain. It specializes in: (1) designing digital tools to foster behavioral health and psychological resilience, and (2) the application of rigorous strategies to evaluate them. Using a multi-method approach that includes the use of user-centered design research, small-n experimental designs, and clinical trials methodology, the lab combines data from qualitative interviews, app background analytics, clinical interviews, and self-reports to better understand the behavior of digital health users.
Roger has served as ad-hoc reviewer for more than 25 scientific journals and 4 granting institutions (including the US's Center for Scientific Review), and has received grant funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the University of Washington Innovation Award, Pfizer, the National Cancer Institute, and Duke University.
Education and Training
- Ph.D., University of Nevada, Reno, 2012
In the News
- So many health and wellness apps haven't done research to back up their claimsJune 18, 2019
- Die Vermessung der Psyche - Ein Feature über digitale TherapeutenApril 24, 2019
- Mindful Powers app the latest way Seattle’s Smashing Ideas is doing good on the digital frontJanuary 31, 2017
- App helps smokers quitApril 20, 2016
- Better Living Through Apps?April 19, 2016
- Upcoming App Makes Quitting Easier for Smokers with Severe Mental Health IssuesMarch 18, 2016
- Designing An App For People With Severe Mental IllnessMarch 17, 2016
- Giving Patients With Serious Mental Illness Mobile Boost to Quit SmokingJanuary 29, 2016
- Entrevista Roger VilardagaFebruary 28, 2015
- Randomized Controlled Trial of a Novel Smoking Cessation Application Tailored to Individuals with Serious Mental Illness
- Early-phase Studies of a Tailored Evidence-Based Smoking Cessation mHealth App for Persons Living with HIV
- Innovative Smartphone Application for Quitting Smoking among Seriously Mentally Ill
- Duke Cancer Institute Application for Administrative Supplement for the P30 Cancer Center Support Grant to Develop Tobacco Cessation Treatment Capacity and Infrastructure for Cancer Patients
- PainTracker Sel-Manager: a web-based platform to promote and track chronic pain self-management and other treatment outcomes