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Roger M Vilardaga, PhD

Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
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Addiction
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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

Publications

Vilardaga, Roger, Javier Rizo, Paige E. Palenski, Paolo Mannelli, Jason A. Oliver, and Francis J. Mcclernon. “Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial of a Novel Smoking Cessation App Designed for Individuals With Co-Occurring Tobacco Use Disorder and Serious Mental Illness.” Nicotine Tob Res 22, no. 9 (August 24, 2020): 1533–42. https://doi.org/10.1093/ntr/ntz202.

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Ashare, Rebecca L., Steven L. Bernstein, Robert Schnoll, Robert Gross, Sheryl L. Catz, Patricia Cioe, Kristina Crothers, et al. “The United States National Cancer Institute's Coordinated Research Effort on Tobacco Use as a Major Cause of Morbidity and Mortality among People with HIV.” Nicotine Tob Res, August 17, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1093/ntr/ntaa155.

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Vilardaga, Roger, Pamela Stitzlein Davies, Kevin E. Vowles, and Mark D. Sullivan. “Theoretical Grounds of Pain Tracker Self Manager: An Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Digital Intervention for Patients with Chronic Pain.” J Contextual Behav Sci 15 (January 2020): 172–80. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcbs.2020.01.001.

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Vilardaga, Roger, Javier Rizo, Richard K. Ries, Julie A. Kientz, Douglas M. Ziedonis, Kayla Hernandez, and Francis J. McClernon. “Formative, multimethod case studies of learn to quit, an acceptance and commitment therapy smoking cessation app designed for people with serious mental illness.” Transl Behav Med 9, no. 6 (November 25, 2019): 1076–86. https://doi.org/10.1093/tbm/iby097.

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Vilardaga, R., and J. P. Vilardaga. “Marching our values forward: Progressing contextual behavioral science in line with its core epistemic assumptions.” Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science 14 (October 1, 2019): 108–10. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcbs.2019.10.002.

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Vilardaga, Roger, Elisabet Casellas-Pujol, Joseph F. McClernon, and Kathleen A. Garrison. “Mobile Applications for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence.” Curr Addict Rep 6, no. 2 (June 2019): 86–97. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40429-019-00248-0.

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Oliver, Jason A., Matthew B. Hallyburton, Lauren R. Pacek, John T. Mitchell, Roger Vilardaga, Bernard F. Fuemmeler, and F Joseph McClernon. “What Do Smokers Want in A Smartphone-Based Cessation Application?” Nicotine Tob Res 20, no. 12 (November 15, 2018): 1507–14. https://doi.org/10.1093/ntr/ntx171.

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Sullivan, Mark, Dale J. Langford, Pamela Stitzlein Davies, Christine Tran, Roger Vilardaga, Gifford Cheung, Daisy Yoo, et al. “A Controlled Pilot Trial of PainTracker Self-Manager, a Web-Based Platform Combined With Patient Coaching, to Support Patients' Self-Management of Chronic Pain.” J Pain 19, no. 9 (September 2018): 996–1005. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpain.2018.03.009.

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Luoma, Jason B., Paul M. Guinther, Nicole M. Lawless DesJardins, and Roger Vilardaga. “Is shame a proximal trigger for drinking? A daily process study with a community sample.” Exp Clin Psychopharmacol 26, no. 3 (June 2018): 290–301. https://doi.org/10.1037/pha0000189.

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Vilardaga, Roger, Javier Rizo, Emily Zeng, Julie A. Kientz, Richard Ries, Chad Otis, and Kayla Hernandez. “User-Centered Design of Learn to Quit, a Smoking Cessation Smartphone App for People With Serious Mental Illness.” Jmir Serious Games 6, no. 1 (January 16, 2018): e2. https://doi.org/10.2196/games.8881.

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