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Julie Gass, PhD

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Biography

Publications

Presentations

Grants

Biography

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Biography: Dr. Gass is a second year Psychology Fellow with the VA Advanced Fellowship in Mental Illness Research and Treatment program at the VISN 2 Center for Integrated Healthcare (CIH). Prior to joining CIH, she earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University at Buffalo, SUNY and completed an American Psychological Association accredited pre-doctoral psychology internship at the Ann
Arbor VA.

Research Interests: Dr. Gass’s research interest include substance abuse, particularly tobacco and alcohol use, in Veterans with co-occurring health conditions. She was trained primarily in tobacco research, with specific interests in craving, ecological momentary assessment, assessment of tobacco use, and behavioral economics. Dr. Gass is also interested in addictions treatment research, particularly
treatment for tobacco/alcohol abuse in multimorbid primary care Veterans.
She is developing a treatment to help Veterans with cardiovascular conditions
quit smoking and drinking.

Publications

Recent Publications:

Gass, J.C., Morris. D.H., Winters, J., VanderVeen, J. W., Chermack, S. (2018). Characteristics and clinical treatment of tobacco smokers enrolled in a VA substance use disorders clinic. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, Online First Edition.

Vair, C. L., King, P. R., Gass, J. C., Eaker, A., Kusche, A., & Wray, L. O. (In press). Chart documentation of driving safety in veterans with dementia. Clinical Gerontologist.

Gass, J.C., Dotson Bayley, K., Funderburk, J. S. (2017). Closing the gap between research and real-world clinical practices: Tips and resources. Society for Behavioral Medicine Outlook Articles, Summer 2017. http://www.sbm.org/about/special-interest-groups/integrated-primary-care/outlook-articles

Gass, J. C
., & Tiffany, S.T. (In press). Craving and tobacco-use: development of the Choice Behavior Under Cued Conditions (CBUCC) procedure. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.

Motschman, C. A., Gass, J. C., Wray, J. M., Germeroth, L. J., Schlienz, N. J., Hamilton, D. A., Moore, F.E., Rhodes, J. D., Tiffany, S. T., & Hawk Jr., L. W. (In press). Selection criteria limit generalizability of smoking pharmacotherapy studies differentially across clinical trials and laboratory studies: a systematic review on varenicline. Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

Beehler, G. P., King, P. R., Vair, C. L., Gass, J., & Funderburk, J. S. (2016). Measurement of common mental health conditions in VHA co-located, collaborative care. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 23, 378-388.

Wray, J. M., Gass, J. C., Miller, E. I., Wilkins, D.G., Rollins, D.E., & Tiffany, S. T. (2016). A comparative evaluation of self-report and biological measures of cigarette use in non-daily smokers. Psychological Assessment, 28, 1043-1050. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/pas000027

King, P. R., Beehler, G.P., Vair, C.L., Gass, J., Funderburk, J.S., Lilienthal, K.R., & Novi, J. (2015). Identifying measurement-based care practices of VHA co-located, collaborative care providers. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice.

Gass, J. C., Germeroth, L. J., Wray, J. M., & Tiffany, S. T. (2015). The reliability and stability of puff topography variables in non-daily smokers measured in the laboratory. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 18, 484-490. doi 10.1093/ntr/ntv045.

King, P. R., Vair, C. L., Wade, M., Gass, J. C., Wray, L. O., Kusche, A., Saludades, C., & Chang, J. (2014). Outpatient health care utilization in a sample of cognitively-impaired Veterans receiving care in VA Geriatric Evaluation and Management clinics. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 12(1). doi: 10.1037/ser0000015

Wray, J. M., Gass, J. C., & Tiffany, S. T. (2014). The reliability and correlates of cue-specific craving in nondaily smokers. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 134, 304-308. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2013.10.024

Gass, J.C., Motschman, C. A., & Tiffany, S. T. (2014). The relationship between craving and tobacco use behavior in laboratory studies: A meta-analysis. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors 28(4):1162-76. doi: 10.1037/a0036879

Germeroth, L. J., Wray, J. M., Gass, J. C., & Tiffany, S. T. (2013). The predictive performance of craving for categorizing nicotine dependence. Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 15(12), 1988-1995. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntt088

Wray, J. M., Gass, J. C., & Tiffany, S. T. (2013). A systematic review of the relationships between craving and smoking cessation outcome. Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 15(7), 1167-1182. doi: 10.1093/ntr/nts268

Gass, J.C., Wray, J. M., Hawk, L. W., Mahoney, M. C., & Tiffany, S. T. (2012). The impact of varenicline on cue-specific craving assessed in the natural environment of treatment seeking smokers. Psychopharmacology, 223, 107-16. doi: 10.1007/s00213-012-2698-9

Hawk, L.W., Ashare, R.L., Fickling, S., Schlienz, N., Rhodes, J.D., Tiffany, S.T., Gass, J.C., Cummings, M.C., & Mahoney, M.C. (2012). The effects of extended pre-quit Varenicline on smoking behavior and short-term abstinence: Preliminary evidence from a randomized clinical trial. Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, 91, 172-180. doi: 10.1038/clpt.2011.317

Presentations

Recent Presentations:

Gass, J. C., Funderburk, J. S., Shepardson, R. L. (2017). Team-delivered behavioral interventions in primary care: a narrative review of processes, implementation, outcomes, and mechanisms. Presentation at the 2017 Collaborative Family Healthcare Association Annual Meeting, Houston, TX.,

Gass, J. C., Funderburk, J. S., & Acker, J. D. (2018). Opportunities to treat tobacco use in VA: Prevalence of tobacco users utilizing mental health services. Poster presented to the 2018 annual conference of the Society for Behavioral Medicine, New Orleans, LA.

Gass, J. C., Morris, D. J., Vanderveen, J. W., Winters, J., & Chermack, S. (2017). Examining characteristics and clinical treatment of smokers in a substance use disorder treatment clinic. Poster presented to the 2017 Society for Behavioral Medicine Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.

Wray, J. M., Funderburk, J. S., Gass, J. C., & Maisto, S. A. (2017). Willingness to engage in tobacco and alcohol interventions depends on focus but not format of the intervention. Poster presented to the 2017 Society for Behavioral Medicine Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.

Gass, J. C
., & Tiffany, S.T. (2016). Predicting tobacco-use behaviors measured during a laboratory choice procedure: The extension and replication of Choice Behavior Under Cued Conditions (CBUCC). Poster presented at the 2016 SRNT Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.

Gass, J., Epstein-Ngo, Q., Bonar, E., Winters, J., Rauch, S., Horvath, S., Walton, M., Ilgen, M., Cunningham, R., Booth, B., Blow, F., & Chermack, S. (2016) The relationships between craving, coping styles, and treatment indicators in a treatment-seeking veteran population. Poster  presented at the 2016 RSoA Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Motschman, C. A., Gass, J. C., Wray, J. M., Germeroth, L. J., Schlienz, N. J., Hamilton, D. A., Moore, F. E.,  Rhodes, J. D., Tiffany, S. T., & Hawk, L. W. (2016). Selection criteria limit generalizability of smoking cessation studies differentially across randomized-controlled trials and laboratory studies: A review on  varenicline. Paper presented at the 22nd annual international meeting of the Society for Research on  Nicotine and Tobacco, Chicago, IL.

Gass, J., Morris, D.H., Winters, J., & Chermack, S. (2016). Examining characteristics of smokers with  a co-morbid substance use disorder in a treatment-seeking sample. Paper presented at Mental  Health Grand Rounds, VHA Ann Arbor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

Beehler, G. P., King, P. R., Vair, C. L., Gass, J. C., Funderburk, J. S. (2015). Measurement of common mental health conditions in VHA Co-located, Collaborative Care. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 2015 Society for Behavioral Medicine (SBM) Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX.

Gass, J. C., & Tiffany, S.T. (2015). The relationship between craving and tobacco-use behaviors measure during a laboratory choice procedure: The development and initial validation of the novel Choice Behavior Under Cued Conditions (CBUCC) procedure. Poster presented at the 2015 SRNT Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

Lilienthal, K. R., Beehler, G. P., King, P. R., Vair, C. L., Gass, J., Funderburk, J. S., & Novi, J. (2015). Identifying Measurement-Based Care practices of VA Integrated Behavioral Health providers. Poster presented at the 2015 SBM Annual Meeting, San Antonio Texas.

Grants

Recent Grants:

Principal investigator. (2017). Assessing the need, feasibility, and content of a team-delivered primary care-based intervention for Veteran smokers and drinkers with related chronic health conditions. Center for Integrated Healthcare Pilot Award, $14,535.

Principal investigator.
(2015).  Relationships between craving, abstinence, and tobacco use behaviors measured in a laboratory cue-reactivity task: An extension of the Choice Behavior under Cued Conditions (CBUCC) paradigm. Bugalski Fellowship for Excellence in Dissertation Research Award. Total Costs: $600.

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