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Sandra Japuntich, PhD


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Sandra Japuntich, PhD

Portrait of Sandra Japuntich

Clinical Research Psychologist

Women's Health Sciences Division

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Academic Appointment

  • Teaching Fellow, Boston University School of Medicine, Psychiatry Department


  • Massachusetts General Hospital, Mongan Institute for Health Policy, Behavioral Medicine Fellowship, 2011
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, Clinical Psychology, PhD, 2009
  • The Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Clinical Psychology Internship, 2009
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, Clinical Psychology, MS, 2005
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, Psychology & Spanish, BA, 2003

Expertise and Interests

  • Tobacco cessation treatments (behavioral and pharmacological)
  • Co-morbidity between tobacco dependence and psychopathology
  • PTSD treatment
  • Integrating tobacco treatment into healthcare settings
  • Predictors of relapse
  • Assessment

Membership in Professional Societies

  • Society for Nicotine and Tobacco Research

Awards and Honors

  • 2010 - SRNT Young Investigators Paper Session Travel Award
  • 2002 - Phi Beta Kappa
  • 2003 - Phi Kappa Phi

Selected Publications

Japuntich, S.J., Regan, S., Viana, J., Tymoszczuk, J., Reyen, M., Levy, D., Singer, D., Park, E.R., Chang, Y., Rigotti, N. (2012). Comparative effectiveness of post-discharge interventions for hospitalized smokers: the Helping HAND trial. Trials, 13, 124.

Japuntich, S.J., Leventhal, A.M., Piper, M.E., Bolt, D.M., Roberts, L.J., Fiore, M.C., & Baker, T.B. (2011). Relations between smoker characteristics and smoking cessation milestones. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 40, 284-294.

Japuntich, S.J., Piper, M.E. Leventhal, A.M., Bolt, D.M., & Baker, T.B. (2011). The effect of five smoking cessation pharmacotherapies on smoking cessation milestones. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 79, 34-42.

Leventhal, A.M., Japuntich, S.J., Piper, M.E., Jorenby, D.E., Schlam, T.R., & Baker, T.B. (2012). Isolating the role of psychological dysfunction in smoking cessation: relations of personality and psychopathology to attaining cessation milestones. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 26, 838-849.

Park, E.R., Japuntich, S.J., Rigotti, N.R., Traeger, L., He, Y., Wallace, R., Malin, J., Pandiscio, J., Keating, N.L. (2012). A snapshot of smokers following lung and colon cancer diagnosis. Cancer, 118, 3153-3164.

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