Jennifer McClure, PhD
Associate Director of Faculty, Research, & Development
Research interests and experience
- Behavior change: developing and implementing action-oriented and motivational interventions for smoking cessation; dietary change; physical activity promotion; health communications and informed medical decision making to promote behavior
- Behavioral health: comorbid psychological and behavioral risk factors
- Cancer control: preventive behaviors
- Chronic illness management: prevention; disease management; treatment adherence
- Health informatics: Web-based and other computer‑delivered interventions
- Population-based behavioral interventions
- Pharmacogenomics: nicotine addiction
Jennifer McClure's research aims to promote healthy behaviors in a way that real people can relate to. Her comprehensive approach focuses on forging meaningful connections with people to help them identify and overcome individual barriers and make healthy, long-term lifestyle choices. She also strives to create treatment programs that augment standard medical care and are accessible and acceptable to the public.
Known for key research in smoking cessation treatment, Dr. McClure is a clinical psychologist with particular interest in finding ways to motivate smokers to start treatment, stop smoking, and stay abstinent. Her research has emphasized use of phone counseling and Internet-delivered interventions, with a focus on treatment tailoring and identifying the most effective messages for promoting behavior change. Dr. McClure's practical intervention approach is strengthened by her attention to comorbid risk factors, as reflected in recent work in the "Step Up" study to develop a program designed to simultaneously treat depression, smoking, and sedentary behavior.
Dr. McClure frequently collaborates with other institutions in the HMO Research Network, SRI International, and the University of Michigan Center for Health Communications Research. She has led GHRI's participation in many multisite projects with these partners addressing smoking cessation treatment, healthy eating, online informed-decision aids for breast cancer chemoprevention, and the pharmacogenomics of nicotine addiction.
Dr. McClure's proven record of innovative science and effective leadership led to her appointment as GHRI Associate Director for Research, Internal in 2008. This follows her long-time tenure on the GHRI Scientific Policy Committee. Dr. McClure is a member of several professional organizations, including the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, Society of Behavioral Medicine, and Division 38 (Health Psychology) of the American Psychological Association. She serves on Group Health's Tobacco and Alcohol Prevention Team and is an associate editor for Nicotine and Tobacco Research.
Dr. McClure is an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Health Services in the University of Washington's School of Public Health, and an Affiliate Investigator in the Division of Public Health Sciences at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
- HMO Research Network (HMORN)
- SRI International
- University of Michigan Center for Health Communications Research
- Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
- Society of Behavioral Medicine
- American Psychological Association (APA) Health Psychology/Division 38
- Nicotine & Tobacco Research
McClure JB, Riggs KR, St John J, Catz SL. [More] evidence to support oral health promotion services targeted to smokers calling tobacco quitlines. BMC Public Health. 2013 Apr 11;13(1):336. [Epub ahead of print].
McClure JB, Shortreed SM, Bogart A, Derry H, Riggs K, St John J, Nair V, An L. The effect of program design on engagement with an internet-based smoking intervention: randomized factorial trial. J Med Internet Res. 2013 Mar 25;15(3):e69. doi: 10.2196/jmir.2508. PubMed
Banegas MP, McClure JB, Barlow WE, Ubel PA, Smith DM, Zikmund-Fisher BJ, Greene SM, Fagerlin A. Results from a randomized trial of a web-based, tailored decision aid for women at high risk for breast cancer. Patient Educ Couns. 2013 Feb 7. pii: S0738-3991(13)00007-4. doi [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed
Businelle MS, Lam CY, Kendzor DE, Cofta-Woerpel L, McClure JB, Cinciripini PM, Wetter DW. Alcohol consumption and urges to smoke among women during a smoking cessation attempt. Exp Clin Psychopharmacol. 2013;21(1):29-37. doi: 10.1037/a0031009. PubMed
Dillard AJ, Scherer L, Ubel PA, Smith DM, Zikmund-Fisher BJ, McClure JB, Greene S, Stark A, Fagerlin A. Breast cancer anxiety's associations with responses to a chemoprevention decision aid. Soc Sci Med. 2012 Nov 2. pii: S0277-9536(12)00731-9. doi [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed
McClure JB, Swan GE, St John J, Fauver R, Javitz H, Bergen A, Nishita D, Niaura R, Munafo M, David S. Original investigation: Pharmacogenetic smoking cessation intervention in a health care setting: a pilot feasibility study. Nicotine Tob Res. 2012 Sep 4. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed
McClure JB, Derry H, Riggs KR, Westbrook EW, St John J, Shortreed SM, Bogart A, An L. Questions about quitting (Q(2)): design and methods of a Multiphase Optimization Strategy (MOST) randomized screening experiment for an online, motivational smoking cessation intervention. Contemp Clin Trials. 2012 Sep;33(5):1094-102. Epub 2012 Jul 4. PubMed
Swan GE, Javitz HS, Jack LM, Wessel J, Michel M, Hinds DA, Stokowksi RP, McClure JB, Catz SL, Richards J, Zbikowski SM, Deprey M, McAfee T, Conti DV, Bergen AW. Varenicline for smoking cessation: nausea severity and variation in nicotinic receptor genes. Pharmacogenomics J. 2012 Aug;12(4):349-58. doi: 10.1038/tpj.2011.19. Epub 2011 May 24. PubMed
McClure JB, Riggs KR, St John J, Cerutti B, Zbikowski S. Understanding oral health promotion needs and opportunities of tobacco quitline callers. Public Health Rep. 2012;127(4):401-6. PubMed
To view more publications, please see Dr. McClure's CV.