Jennifer McClure, PhD

Director of Research, Faculty, & Development  
Senior Investigator


Recent publications

Curriculum vitae (CV)


Research interests and experience

For nearly 20 years Jennifer McClure has sought to help people lead healthier lives. Her goal is to develop new interventions which reduce people’s risk of chronic disease and cancer or help them better manage existing disease. Her work includes interventions to promote smoking cessation, dietary improvement, increased physical activity, treatment adherence, better oral health, and informed decision making.

A unique feature of much of Dr. McClure’s work is the emphasis on creating highly-individualized treatment programs that can be disseminated on a population level, through health care systems, tobacco quitlines, the internet, or smart phones. Her goal is to design programs which are effective, convenient to use, attractive to real people, and cost-effective to deliver. She understands that interventions which do not meet these criteria will have a harder time making the leap from research to real world.

Dr. McClure is best known for her research on treatment for nicotine dependence. This work established the effectiveness of proactively counseling women by phone to motivate and support smoking cessation, the effectiveness of Web-based treatment programs, and the potential risks of screening smokers’ lung functioning to motivate quitting when individuals do not have demonstrable lung impairment.

Dr. McClure’s current research is identifying key content and design features which improve the effectiveness of online smoking cessation programs, evaluating the effectiveness of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for smoking cessation, and designing eHealth and mHealth tools to help smokers better manage nicotine withdrawal symptoms and medication side-effects which can contribute to relapse and treatment failure.

Dr. McClure frequently collaborates with colleagues at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the University of Michigan Center for Health Communications Research, and Alere Wellbeing.

In recognition of her contributions to the field of behavioral medicine, Dr. McClure was named a fellow in the Society of Behavioral Medicine in 2013. She is also Associate Editor of Nicotine & Tobacco Research and co-chair of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco’s Treatment Network.

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. In 2008 she was named Associate Director of Research, Internal at GHRI, and in 2013 named Director of Research, Faculty, & Development.


Recent publications

Cano MA, Lam CY, Chen M, Adams CE, Correa-Fernandez V, Stewart DW, McClure JB, Cinciripini PM, Wetter DW. Positive smoking outcome expectancies mediate the association between negative affect and smoking urge among women during a quit attempt. Exp Clin Psychopharmacol. 2014 May 5 [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

McClure JB, Peterson D, Derry H, Riggs K, Saint-Johnson J, Nair V, An L, Shortreed SM. Exploring the "active ingredients" of an online smoking intervention: a randomized factorial trial. Nicotine Tob Res. 2014 Apr 11 [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Green BB, Anderson ML, Cook AJ, Catz SL, Fishman PA, McClure JB, Reid RJ. E-care for heart wellness: a feasibility trial to decrease blood pressure and cardiovascular risk. Am J Prev Med. 2014;46(4):368-77. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2013.11.009. PubMed

Williams EC, Bradley KA, Balderson BH, McClure JB, Grothaus L, McCoy K, Rittmueller SE, Catz SL. Alcohol and associated characteristics among older persons living with HIV on antiretroviral therapy. Subst Abus. 2014 Mar 13 [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

McClure JB. Leveraging the US tobacco quitline infrastructure to promote oral health: feedback from key stakeholders. Prev Med. 2014 Mar;60C:134-135. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2013.12.025. Epub 2013 Dec 28. PubMed

Lam CY, Businelle MS, Cofta-Woerpel L, McClure JB, Cinciripini PM, Wetter DW. Positive smoking outcome expectancies mediate the relationship between alcohol consumption and smoking urge. Psychol Addict Behav. 2014 Mar;28(1):163-72. doi: 10.1037/a0034816. PubMed

McClure JB, Catz SL. Do smartphones = smart treatment for nicotine dependence? The Addictions Newsletter. 2014 Spring:14-6.

Lam CY, Businelle MS, Aigner CJ, McClure JB, Cofta-Woerpel L, Cinciripini PM, Wetter DW. Individual and combined effects of multiple high-risk triggers on postcessation smoking urge and lapse. Nicotine Tob Res. 2013 Dec 9. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Shortreed SM, Bogart A, McClure J. Using multiple imputations to accommodate time-outs in online interventions. J Med Internet Res. 2013 Nov 21;15(11):e252. doi: 10.2196/jmir.2781. PubMed

Korfage IJ, Fuhrel-Forbis A, Ubel PA, Zikmund-Fisher BJ, Greene SM, McClure JB, Smith DM, Hensly Alford S, Fagerlin A. Informed choice about breast cancer prevention: randomized controlled trial of an online decision aid intervention. Breast Cancer Res. 2013 Sep 3;15(5):R74 [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

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