Warren K. Bickel, Ph.D.

Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Virginia Tech Carilion Behavioral Health Research Professor

Director, VTCRI Addiction Recovery Research Center

Co-Director, VTCRI 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.

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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

  • 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
  • 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
  • Fellow, Association for Behavior Analysis International, 2011
  • Dean's Distinguished Faculty Leadership Award, College of Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 2009
  • Researcher of the Year, Arkansas Psychological Association Honors for Outstanding Contribution, 2006
  • University Scholar Award, University of Vermont, 2000
  • MERIT (Method to Extend Research in Time) Award Recipient, National Institute on Drug Abuse, 1997–2007
  • Joseph Cochin Young Investigator Award, College on Problems of Drug Dependence, 1995
  • Young Psychopharmacologist Award, Division of Psychopharmacology, American Psychological Association, 1988
  • Graduate Student Travel Award, Office of Research and Graduate Studies, University of Kansas, 1980
  • Outstanding Senior Award, State University of New York at New Paltz, 1978
  • Gerald Lazar Memorial Award for Outstanding Senior, Psychology Department, State University of New York at New Paltz, 1978
  • New York State Regents Scholarship Award, 1974

Selected Publications

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