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Dr. Danielle E. McCarthy Awarded NIH Challenge Grant on Smoking Cessation

September 24, 2009

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Dr. Danielle E. McCarthy

Dr. Danielle E. McCarthy, assistant professor of Psychology at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey-New Brunswick, has been awarded a research grant from the National Institutes of Health's Challenge Grant Program for her proposal, “Phenotypic Markers for Smoking Cessation: Impulsive Choice and Impulsive Action,” to study impulsive decision-making and impulsive behavior as markers of difficulty quitting smoking.

Dr. McCarthy's NIH Challenge Grant proposal was one of only a few hundred awarded nationally from over 20,000 applications. With collaborators Dr. Gretchen Chapman (Rutgers-New Brunswick Department of Psychology) and Dr. Andrew Waters (Uniformed Services, University of the Health Sciences), Dr. McCarthy intends to identify individual characteristics and situations that increase the risk of relapse among those trying to quit smoking so that these can be targeted in future treatments. Cigarette smoking remains the leading preventable cause of death among American adults, despite high levels of motivation to quit among smokers. Dr. McCarthy's project combines clinical and cognitive psychology with behavioral economics to track changes in impulsivity across time and situations to enhance understanding of relapse.

About Danielle E. McCarthy

Dr. McCarthy obtained a B.A. in Psychology from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison before joining the faculty at Rutgers in 2006 as an assistant professor of Psychology. Dr. McCarthy's Smoking Cessation Laboratory at Rutgers focuses on generating new knowledge about the affective and cognitive processes that lead to relapse, identifying treatments that effectively alter these risk processes, and translating these findings into treatment delivery and dissemination.

In fiscal year 2009, more than $391 million of research at Rutgers was sponsored by the federal government, state government, corporations, and foundations, providing research experiences for undergraduates, support for graduate assistants and postdoctoral researchers, and bringing state-of-the-art equipment and facilities to our campuses.

This article originally appeared on the Rutgers and Federal Recovery Funding website. Reposted with permission.

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