Warren K. Bickel


Office phone: 540-526-2088

Office location: R-3113

Email address: wkbickel@vtc.vt.edu

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Warren K. Bickel, Ph.D.

Virginia Tech Carilion Behavioral Health Research Professor, Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC

Director, Addiction Recovery Research Center

Co-Director, Center for Transformative Research on Health Behaviors

Professor of Psychology, College of Science, Virginia Tech

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

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.

For a more complete listing of Warren Bickel's publications, visit PubMed.

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
  • University of Vermont College of Medicine
    Inaugural Director, Chittenden Center, An Addictions Treatment Program; Program of the Howard Center for Human Services in Alliance with Fletcher Allen Health Care and the University of Vermont's College of Medicine
    Interim Chair, Department of Psychiatry
    Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology
    Vice-Chair for Research, Department of Psychiatry
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
    Assistant Director for Clinical Research, Division of Substance Abuse
    Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Awards and Honors

  • Nathan B. Eddy Award, College on Problems of Drug Dependence, 2016
  • 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

Selected Publications

Koffarnus MK, Johnson MW, Thompson-Lake DGY, Wesley MJ, Lohrenz T, Montague PR, Bickel WK. (2016). Cocaine-Dependent Adults and Recreational Cocaine Users Are More Likely Than Controls to Choose Immediate Unsafe Sex Over Delayed Safer Sex. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology 24(4): 297-304. doi: 10.1037/pha0000080.

Bickel WK, Quisenberry AJ, Snider SE. (2016). Does impulsivity change rate dependently following stimulant administration? A translational selective review and re-analysis. Psychopharmacology 233(1): 1-18.

Wilson AG, Franck CT, Mueller ET, Landes RD, Kowal BP, Yi R, Bickel WK. (2015). AddictiveBehaviors .