Jennifer McClure, PhD, is director of Investigative Science at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI). She is also a senior investigator and clinical psychologist whose research focuses on developing new interventions to reduce people’s risk of chronic disease and cancer or help them better manage existing chronic disease through:
Much of Dr. McClure’s research emphasizes creating highly individualized behavioral treatments that can be disseminated on a population level, through health care systems and tobacco quitlines or directly to individuals via digital health tools, such as mobile health (mHealth) apps. Her goal is to design programs that are effective, convenient, engaging, and cost-effective, understanding that to make the leap from research to real world, interventions should meet these criteria.
Dr. McClure is best known for her research creating novel treatments for nicotine dependence, particularly interventions targeted to smokers who are ambivalent about quitting. These individuals may want to quit smoking some day, but are not yet ready to give up tobacco. Most smokers fall into this category, but few interventions are targeted to this important group. Her research has demonstrated the effectiveness of using proactive counseling and online interventions to motivate and support smoking cessation among ambivalent smokers. Her work has also shed light on the potential risks and benefits of using biological indicators of disease or disease risk to motivate quitting. Now she is developing two new mHealth apps to help ambivalent smokers kick the habit: one designed for anyone who smokes and one designed specifically for smokers living with HIV.
Dr. McClure’s collaborative research covers a range of topics from reducing sedentary behavior to comparing the effectiveness of various strategies for assessing and diagnosing high blood pressure.
In recognition of her scientific contributions, Dr. McClure was named a fellow in the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) in 2013 and a fellow in the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco in 2018. In 2019 she joined the faculty of the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J Tyson School of Medicine as a professor in Health Systems Science. Dr. McClure is also an affiliate professor of health services at the University of Washington School of Public Health and an affiliate investigator in the Division of Public Health Sciences at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. She currently serves as the Secretary and Treasurer of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco.
Tobacco cessation; pharmocogenomics of nicotine addiction; treatment adherence; population-based behavior interventions; health risk communications; oral health promotion; dietary change; physical activity promotion; informed decision-making; psychoneuroimmunology; HIV
Development of eHealth and mHealth intervention tools
Depression treatment and development of behavior change interventions for people with serious mental illness
Prevention and treatment
Curry SJ, Ludman EJ, McClure J. Self-administered treatment for smoking cessation. J Clin Psychol. 2003;59(3):305-19. PubMed
Cinciripini PM, McClure JB, Tsoh JT, Wetter D, Cinciripini L. LifeCheq Smoking Cessation Program: Treatment Manual and Materials U.T. M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
Wetter DW, McClure JB, de Moor C, Cofta-Gunn L, Cummings S, Cinciripini PM, Gritz ER. Concomitant use of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco: prevalence, correlates, and predictors of tobacco cessation. Prev Med. 2002;34(6):638-48. PubMed
Catz SL, Gore-Felton C, McClure JB. Psychological distress among minority and low-income women living with HIV. Behav Med. 2002;28(2):53-60. PubMed
McClure JB, Wetter DW, de Moor C, Cinciripini PM, Gritz ER. The relation between alcohol consumption and smoking abstinence: results from the Working Well trial. Addict Behav. 2002;27(3):367-79. PubMed
McClure JB. Are biomarkers useful treatment aids for promoting health behavior change? An empirical review. Am J Prev Med. 2002;22(3):200-7. PubMed
McAfee T, Grossman R, Dacey S, McClure J. Capturing tobacco status using an automated billing system: steps toward a tobacco registry. Nicotine Tob Res. 2002;4 Suppl 1:31-7. PubMed
McClure JB, Wetter D, Fouladi R, Gritz ER. Smoking status and prospective weight gain. Ann Behav Med. 2002;24.
McClure JB. Are biomarkers a useful aid in smoking cessation? A review and analysis of the literature. Behav Med. 2001;27(1):37-47. PubMed
McClure JB, Curry SJ, Wetter DW. Cessation from tobacco use. G.S. Colditz & D. Hunter (Eds.): Cancer Prevention: The Causes and Prevention of Cancer, Vol.1, (193-204). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers.
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