Warren Bickel

Warren Bickel, PhD

Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Director, Addiction Recovery Research Center

Professor of Psychology, College of Science, Virginia Tech

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Virginia Tech Carilion 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.

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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

Previous Positions

  • 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

  • Fellow, Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, 2014
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Kansas, 2014
  • Service as Past President Recognition, Division 50, Society of Addiction Psychology, American Psychological Association, 2013
  • Scholar of the Week, Virginia Tech, 2012
  • 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

Selected Publications

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