Informatics Research Seminar: Mobile Contingency Management (mCM) as an Adjunctive Smoking Cessation Treatment for Smokers with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

October 23 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm


Speaker:  Jean Beckham, PhD
Presented from Duke University

Broadcast Link: Seminar



Smoking is highly prevalent among individuals with psychiatric disorders. An effective short-term treatment, contingency management, is limited by the need to have patients confirm their abstinence in the clinic setting. The purpose of this presentation is to discuss the use of a smart phone application to mobilize contingency management and improve patient quit rates.


Dr. Beckham is a Veterans Affairs Career Research Scientist stationed at the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center and a tenured Professor and Behavioral Medicine Division Director in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Beckham’s primary area of interest is the effect of chronic posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on health, with over 150 publications. She also serves as co-director of research and associate director of the Genetics Laboratory in the VA Mid-Atlantic Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center. She is the PI on several federally funded projects, including an investigation of optimal smoking cessation treatment strategies for PTSD, a study of genetic and metabolomic biomarkers of cardiovascular and metabolic health in early PTSD, and a project designed to utilize mobile technologies to enhance patient outcomes in smoking cessation. She currently serves as an ad hoc reviewer on several study sections, chairperson of the Neurobiology A study section of VA Clinical Sciences and Research Development, a member of the VA Tobacco Advisory Group, and as an associate editor for the Journal of Traumatic Stress.