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Joelle Ferron, PhD, MSW
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry


Dr. Ferron's research focuses on developing motivational and treatment interventions for people with severe mental illness and nicotine addiction. For the past four years, she has been developing, piloting, and testing a website that motivates and engages people with severe mental illness in smoking cessation treatment. Dr. Ferron received a George Bennett Fellowship from the Foundation for Informed Medical Decisions in order to test the usability, acceptability, and ease of use of the website. Since that time, she has been working closely with Dr. Brunette and others in order to pilot the effects of the site. She has conducted studies which suggest that a website can engage people with severe mental illness into evidence-based smoking cessation treatment. In future work, the website will be adapted, tested, and implemented among young adults, primary care patients, and pregnant women. Dr. Ferron has published over twenty articles in peer-reviewed journals and has received support from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, the West Foundation, and Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation. Dr. Ferron serves on the editorial board for the Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research.