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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Selected Publications

* = Student Author

Correa*, J. B., Brandon, K. O., Meltzer, L. R., Hoehn, H. J., Piñeiro, B., Brandon, T. H., & Simmons, V. N. (2018). Electronic cigarette use among cancer patients: Reasons for use, beliefs, and patient-provider communication. Psycho-Oncology, 27, 1757-1764. PMID: 29671928

Palmer*, A. M. & Brandon, T. H. (2018). How do electronic cigarettes affect cravings to smoke or vape? Parsing the influences of nicotine and expectancies using the balanced-placebo design. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 86, 486-491. PMID: 29683704

Kovacs*, M. A., Palmer*, A. M., Correa*, J. B., & Brandon, T. H. (2018). Smoking by restrained eaters following a food prime in the context of an alternative distractor. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 26, 186-194. PMID: 29431452

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, 381-396. PMID: 28333537, PMCID: PMC5364802

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. PMID: 27816664, PMCID:PMC5140675

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. PMID: 27337026

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. PMID: 27393513

Palmer*, A. M., Correa*, J. B., Heckman*, B. W., Simmons, V. N., & Brandon, T. H. (2016). Health, stigma, and the burden of smoking: A thematic analysis. American Journal of Health Behavior, 40, 381-388. PMID: 27103417

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. PMID: 26868284

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. PMID: 26406973, PMCID: PMC4644488.

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. PMID: 26173651, PMCID: PMC4609252

Menzie*, N. S., Simmons, V. N., Quinn, G. P., Diaz, D. B., Piñeiro*, B., Jimenez, J., Castro, E., & Brandon, T. H. (2015). Acceptability and cultural appropriateness of self-help booklets for smoking cessation in Puerto Rico. Journal of Cancer Education, 30, 585-592. PMID: 25219544, PMCID: PMC4384999

Bloom*, E.L., Oliver*, J.A., Sutton*, S.K., Brandon, T.H., Jacobsen, P.B., & Simmons, V.N. (2015). Post-operative smoking status in lung and head and neck cancer patients: Association with depressive symptomatology, pain, and fatigue. Psycho-oncology, 24, 1012-1019. PMID: 25257853. PMCID: PMC4374041

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.

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. PMID: 25168035, PMCID: PMC4438353