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Thomas  Brandon

Thomas Brandon

Thomas Brandon


Phone: 813/745-1750



My general research interest is in health psychology with a focus on addictive behaviors. Tobacco use and dependence is responsible annually for 6 million preventable deaths worldwide, and approximately one third of all cancer mortality. Therefore, our primary focus is in this area. Our laboratory uses two convergent research approaches. One is human laboratory research on addiction motivation, focusing on affective and cognitive variables involved in drug use and relapse. Variables studied include affective state, outcome expectancies, task persistence, cue reactivity, and self-control. We have also used laboratory models to examine the association between tobacco use and other constructs such as pain, body image, and racial discrimination. The second approach involves large-scale treatment-outcome studies in which basic theory and research are applied to smoking cessation and relapse prevention. Treatment strategies investigated include: cue exposure, coping skills training, supportive counseling, cognitive mood-management therapies, and pharmacotherapies. We have also been investigating cost-effective minimal interventions for relapse-prevention. We have developed a series of "Forever Quit" booklets that appear to produce substantial improvements in smoking cessation and reductions in smoking relapse, and we have begun to extend this research to special populations at particular risk for smoking relapse, such as pregnant/postpartum women and underserved populations. We have also recently been conducting descriptive, experimental, and intervention research on electronic cigarettes.

Our laboratory is the Tobacco Research & Intervention Program at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, where we also collaborate with other tobacco researchers. Our research has been funded by grants from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association, and other foundations.

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Recent Publications

* = Student Author

Heckman, B. W., MacQueen, D. A., Marquinez, N. S., MacKillop, J., Bickel, W. K., & Brandon, T. H. (2017). Self-control depletion and nicotine deprivation as precipitants of smoking cessation failure: A human laboratory model. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 85(4), 381–396.

Correa*, J. B., Ariel*, I., Menzie*, N. S., & Brandon, T. H. (2017). Documenting the emergence of electronic cigarettes as a disruptive technology in nicotine and tobacco science. Addictive Behaviors, 65, 179-184.

Correa*, J. B., & Brandon, T. H. (2016). Exposure to in-vivo stimuli and attentional bias among female smokers. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 24, 331-340.

Brandon, T. H., Simmons, V. N., Sutton, S. K., Unrod, M., Harrell, P. T., Meade, C. D., Craig, B. M., Lee, J. H., & Meltzer, L. R. (2016). Extended self-help for smoking cessation: A randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 51, 54-62.

Piñeiro*, B., Simmons, V. N., Palmer*, A. M., Correa*, J. B., & Brandon, T.H. (2016). Smoking cessation interventions within the context of low-dose computed tomography lung cancer screening: A systematic review. Lung Cancer, 98, 91-98.

Unrod, M., Simmons, V. N., Sutton, S. K., Cummings, K. M., Celestino, P., Craig, B. M., Lee, J. H., Meltzer, L. R., & Brandon, T. H. (2016). Relapse-prevention booklets as an adjunct to a tobacco quitline: A randomized controlled effectiveness trial. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 18, 298-305.

Piñeiro*, B., Correa*, J. B., Simmons, V. N., Harrell, P. T., Menzie*, N. S., Unrod, M., Meltzer, L. R., & Brandon, T. H. (2016). Gender differences in use and expectancies of e-cigarettes: Online survey results. Addictive Behaviors, 52, 91-97.

Harrell*, P. T., Simmons, V. N., Pineiro*, B., Menzie*, N. S., Correa*, J. B., Meltzer, L. R., Unrod, M., & Brandon, T. H. (2015). E-cigarettes and expectancies: Why do some users keep smoking? Addiction, 110, 1833-1843.

Heckman*, B. W., Carpenter, M. J., Correa*, J. B., Wray, J. M., Saladin, M. E., Froeliger, B. E., Drobes, D. J., & Brandon, T. H. (2015). Effects of experimental negative affect manipulations on ad lib smoking: A meta-analysis. Addiction, 110, 751–760. PMID: 25641624.

Brandon, T. H., Goniewicz, M. L., Hanna, N., Hatsukami, D. K., Herbst, R. S., Hobin, J. A., Ostroff, J. S., Shields, P. G., Toll, B. A., Tyne, C., Viswanath, K., & Warren, G. W. (2015). Electronic nicotine delivery systems: A policy statement from the American Association for Cancer Research and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Clinical Cancer Research, 21, 514-525, and Journal of Clinical Oncology, 33, 952-963.

Harrell*, P. T., Marquinez*, N. S., Correa*, J. B., Meltzer, L. R., Unrod, M., Sutton, S. K., Simmons, V. N., & Brandon, T. H. (2015). Expectancies for cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and nicotine replacement therapy among e-cigarette users ("vapers"). Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 17, 193-200.

Kovacs*, M. A., Correa*, J. B., & Brandon, T. H. (2014). Smoking as alternative to eating among restrained eaters: Effect of food prime on young adult female smokers. Health Psychology, 33, 1174-1184. PMID: 25243718.

Harrell*, P. T., Simmons, V. N., Correa*, J. B., Padhya, T. A., & Brandon, T. H. (2014). Electronic nicotine delivery systems ("e-cigarettes"): Review of safety and smoking cessation efficacy. Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, 151(3) , 381-393. PMID: 24898072.

Correa*, J. B., Heckman*, B. W., Marquinez*, N. S., Drobes, D. J., Unrod, M., Roetzheim, R. G., & Brandon, T. H. (2014). Perceived medication assignment during a placebo-controlled laboratory study of varenicline: Temporal associations of treatment expectancies with smoking-related outcomes. Psychopharmacology. 231, 2559-2566. PMID: 24408212.

Unrod, M., Drobes, D. J., Stasiewicz, P. R., Ditre*, J. W., Heckman*, B., Miller, R. R., Sutton, S. K., & Brandon, T. H. (2014). Decline in cue-provoked craving during cue-exposure therapy for smoking cessation. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 16, 306-315. PMID: 24078760.

Heckman*, B. W., Kovacs*, M. A., Marquinez*, N. S., Meltzer*, L. R., Tsambarlis*, M. E., Drobes, D. J. & Brandon, T. H. (2013). Effects of mood manipulations on cigarette craving: A meta-analysis. Addiction, 108, 2068-2078. PMID: 23795674.

Simmons, V. N., Heckman*, B. W., Fink*, A. C., Small, B. J., & Brandon, T. H. (2013). Efficacy of an experiential, dissonance-based smoking intervention for college students delivered via the Internet. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 81, 810-820. PMCID: PMC23668667.