Julie Kientz and Jonathan Bricker Receive Hartwell Innovation Award

Monday, August 20, 2012

Julie Kientz, Assistant Professor in Human Centered Design & Engineering. Photo by Alisha LaPlante.Julie Kientz, Assistant Professor Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE), is working as a human-centered design consultant on a project with Jonathan Bricker at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The project, "Innovative Smartphone Application of a New Behavioral Method to Quit Smoking: Development & Usability Testing," recently received an $80,000 Hartwell Innovation Award.

From the Bricker has developed smoking cessation protocols based on acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) practices that show double the quit rate of traditional smoking interventions. Bricker and Kientz will develop and test a smartphone ACT-based application to help users quit smoking. They hope to run a feasibility study on the initial application by the end of the year.