Warren Bickel, PhD
Professor, VTC Research Institute
Director, Addiction Recovery Research Center
Professor of Psychology, College of Science, Virginia Tech
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, VTC School of Medicine
Research Program Summary
Fundamental to solving the problem of addiction and other dysfunctional health behaviors is to understand how an individual continues to engage in a behavior despite recognizing that this behavior is both problematic and self-handicapping. The Addiction Recovery Research Center seeks to answer this and related questions by examining decision-making processes that support dysfunctional behaviors and seeks novel therapeutic means to repair those dysfunctional processes. Projects include the translational assessment of dysfunctional decision-making among the addicted and using that knowledge to explore of diverse interventions to treatment and improve the decision-making dysfunction. A central tenet of this research is that trans-disease processes undergird the expression of a variety of self-handicapping decisions and that successful treatments will be applicable across those diseases.
Education and Training
- Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine: Postdoctoral fellowship
- University of North Carolina Chapel Hill: Postdoctoral fellowship
- University of Kansas: Ph.D., Developmental and Child Psychology
- University of Kansas: M.A., Developmental and Child Psychology
- University of New York New Paltz: B.A., Psychology
- University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Wilbur D. Mills Professor of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Prevention, Department of Psychiatry
Professor, Department of Health Behavior
Director, Center for Addiction Research
Director, Interdisciplinary Tobacco Program
Awards and Honors
- Recipient, Brady-Schuster Award for outstanding behavioral science research in psychopharmacology and substance abuse, Division 28 of the American Psychological Association, 2012
- Selected as a Distinguished Scientist Lecturer by the American Psychological Association's Science Directorate and Board of Scientific Affairs, 2012
- APA International Don Hake Translational Research Distinguished Contributions to Basic Research Award, 2011
- Researcher of the Year, Arkansas Psychological Association Honors for Outstanding Contribution, 2006
- MERIT (Method to Extend Research in Time) Award Recipient, National Institute on Drug Abuse, 1997–2007
- Bickel WK, Landes RD, Christensen DR, Jackson L, Jones BA, Kurth-Nelson Z, Redish AD. (2011). Single- and cross-commodity discounting among cocaine addicts: the commodity and its temporal location determine discounting rate. Psychopharmacology.
- Bickel WK, Yi R, Landes RD, Hill P, Baxter C. (2011). Remember the future: Working memory training decreases temporal discounting among stimulant addicts. Biological Psychiatry, 69(3):260-65.
- Bickel WK, Pitcock JA, Yi R, Angtuaco E J. (2009). Congruence of BOLD response across intertemporal choice conditions: Fictive and real money gains and losses. Journal of Neuroscience, 29(27):8839-46.
- Bickel WK, Mueller ET. (2009). Toward the study of trans-disease processes: A novel approach with special reference to the study of co-morbidity. Journal of Dual Diagnosis, 5(2):131-138.
- Bickel WK, Marsch LA, Buchhalter AR, Badger GJ. (2008). Computerized Behavior Therapy for Opioid-Dependent Outpatients: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 16(2):132-143.
- Chambers RA, Bickel WK, Potenza, MN. (2007). A scale-free systems theory of motivation and addiction. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 31:1017-1045.