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Jason D. Robinson, Ph.D.

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Assistant Professor, Department of Behavioral Science, Division of OVP, Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Bio Statement

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral Science at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and a member of its Tobacco Research and Treatment Program. As a clinical psychologist with over 15 years of experience as a human psychophysiologist, I am an expert in the use of ERP, EEG, cardiovascular, skin conductance, and EMG methodology to study affective and attentional processes impacted by nicotine dependence and withdrawal. My research interests are centered on identifying the neurobehavioral adaptations that result from smoking, identifying the individual, genetic, and developmental differences that influence these neurobehavioral adaptations, and modifying these neurobehavioral adaptations using novel pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches. Understanding the neurobehavioral adaptations to nicotine dependence is vital to developing more effective smoking cessation therapies and thus advancing the cause of cancer prevention. I have also pursued research in the use of genetics to identify nicotine dependence phenotypes, the stress hormone response to smoking, the treatment of nicotine dependence among at-risk populations, and new drug development for the treatment of nicotine dependence. I have extensive experience working within a multidisciplinary environment, an environment increasingly necessary for furthering our understanding of the complexities of nicotine dependence and to translating this understanding to more effective cessation treatments.

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

2002 Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, PHD, Clinical Psychology

Postgraduate Training

9/1998-8/1999 Clinical Internship, Clinical Psychology, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, Linn S. Laclave, PhD

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Waters AJ, H Szeto E, Wetter DW, Cinciripini PM, Robinson JD, Li Y. Cognition and craving during smoking cessation: An ecological momentary assessment study. Nicotine Tob Res 16(Supplement 2):S111-S118, 5/2014. PMID: 23901053.
2. Karam-Hage M, Robinson JD, Lodhi A, Brower KJ. Bupropion-SR for smoking reduction and cessation in alcohol-dependent outpatients: A naturalistic, open-label study. Curr Clin Pharmacol 9:123-129, 2014. PMCID: PMC4056335.
3. Versace F, Engelmann JM, Robinson JD, Jackson EF, Green CE, Lam CY, Minnix JA, Karam-Hage M, Brown VL, Wetter DW, Cinciripini, PM. Pre-quit fMRI responses to pleasant cues and cigarette-related cues predict smoking cessation outcome. Nicotine Tob Res 16(6):697-708, 2014. PMID: 24376278.
4. Robinson JD, Versace F, Lam CY, Minnix JA, Engelmann JM, Cui Y, Karam-Hage M, Shete SS, Tomlinson GE, Chen TT, Wetter DW, Green CE, Cinciripini PM. The CHRNA3 rs578776 variant is associated with an intrinsic reward sensitivity deficit in smokers. Frontiers in Psychiatry 4:114, 9/2013. e-Pub 9/2013. PMCID: PMCPMC3779859.
5. Cinciripini PM, Robinson JD, Karam-Hage M, Minnix JA, Lam C, Versace F, Brown VL, Engelmann JM, Wetter DW. The effects of varenicline and bupropion-SR plus intensive counseling on prolonged abstinence from smoking, depression, negative affect and other symptoms of nicotine withdrawal. JAMA Psychiatry 70(5):522-533, 5/2013. e-Pub 3/2013. PMID: 23536105.
6. Lam CY, Robinson JD, Versace F, Minnix JA, Cui Y, Carter BL, Wetter DW, Cinciripini PM. Affective reactivity during smoking cessation of never-quitters as compared with that of abstainers, relapsers, and continuing smokers. Exp Clin Psychopharmacol 20(2):139-150, 4/2012. e-Pub 10/2011. PMCID: PMC3381955.
7. Engelmann JM, Versace F, Robinson JD, Minnix JA, Lam CY, Cui Y, Brown VL, Cinciripini PM. Neural substrates of smoking cue reactivity: A meta-analysis of fMRI studies. Neuroimage 60(1):252-262, 3/2012. e-Pub 12/2011. PMCID: PMC3288122.
8. Robinson JD, Lam CY, Carter BL, Wetter DW, Cinciripini PM. Negative reinforcement smoking outcome expectancies are associated with affective response to acute nicotine administration and abstinence. Drug Alcohol Depend 120(1):196-201, 1/2012. e-Pub 8/2011. PMCID: PMC3242897.
9. Versace F, Engelmann JM, Jackson EF, Costa VD, Robinson JD, Lam CY, Minnix JA, Brown VL, Wetter DW, Cinciripini PM. Do brain responses to emotional images and cigarette cues differ? An fMRI study in smokers. Eur J Neurosci 34(12):2054-2063, 12/2011. e-Pub 11/2011. PMCID: PMC3237919.
10. Karam-Hage M, Strobbe S, Robinson JD, Brower KJ. Bupropion-SR for smoking cessation in early recovery from alcohol dependence: A placebo-controlled, double-blind pilot study. Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse 37(6):487-490, 11/2011. e-Pub 7/2011. PMCID: PMC4048722.
11. Versace F, Minnix JA, Robinson JD, Lam CY, Brown VL, Cinciripini PM. Brain reactivity to emotional, neutral, and cigarette-related stimuli in smokers. Addict Biol 16(2):296-307, 4/2011. e-Pub 12/23/2010. PMCID: PMC3058803.
12. Robinson JD, Lam CY, Carter BL, Minnix JA, Cui Y, Versace F, Wetter DW, Cinciripini PM. A multimodal approach to assessing the impact of nicotine dependence, nicotine abstinence, and craving on negative affect in smokers. Exp Clin Psychopharmacol 19(1):40-52, 2/2011. PMID: 21341922.
13. Minnix JA, Robinson JD, Lam CY, Carter BL, Foreman JE, Vandenbergh DJ, Tomlinson GE, Wetter DW, Cinciripini PM. The serotonin transporter gene and startle response during nicotine deprivation. Biol Psychol 86(1):1-8, 1/2011. PMID: 20888887.
14. Blalock JA, Minnix JA, Karam-Hage M, Gritz ER, Robinson JD, Cinciripini PM. The effect of mood, anxiety and alcohol use disorders on smoking cessation in cancer patients. J Cogn Psychother 25(1):82-96, 2011.
15. Versace F, Robinson JD, Lam CY, Minnix JA, Brown VL, Carter BL, Wetter DW, Cinciripini PM. Cigarette cues capture smokers' attention: Evidence from event-related potentials. Psychophysiology 47(3):435-441, 5/2010. e-Pub 1/2010. PMCID: PMC4037813.
16. Carter BL, Paris MM, Lam CY, Robinson JD, Traylor AC, Waters AJ, Wetter DW, Cinciripini PM. Real-time craving differences between black and white smokers. Am J Addict 19(2):136-140, Mar-Apr, 3/2010. PMID: 20163385.
17. Cinciripini PM, Blalock JA, Minnix JA, Robinson JD, Brown VL, Lam C, Wetter DW, Schreindorfer L, McCullough JP, Dolan-Mullen P, Stotts AL, Karam-Hage M. Effects of an intensive depression-focused intervention for smoking cessation in pregnancy. J Consult Clin Psychol 78(1):44-54, 2/2010. PMCID: PMC2881321.
18. Waters AJ, Carter BL, Robinson JD, Wetter DW, Lam CY, Kerst W, Cinciripini PM. Attentional bias is associated with incentive-related physiological and subjective measures. Exp Clin Psychopharmacol 17(4):247-257, 8/2009. PMID: 19653790.
19. Lam CY, Robinson JD, Carter BL, Wetter DW, Minnix JA, Cinciripini PM. Nicotine differentially inhibits the acoustic startle reflex in African American and Caucasian American smokers. Addict Behav 33(12):1521-8, 12/2008. e-Pub 7/23/2008. PMCID: PMC2612003.
20. Carter BL, Lam CY, Robinson JD, Paris MM, Waters AJ, Wetter DW, Cinciripini PM. Real-time craving and mood assessments before and after smoking. Nicotine Tob Res 10(7):1165–1169, 7/2008. PMID: 18629726.
21. Blalock JA, Robinson JD, Wetter DW, Schreindorfer LS, Cinciripini PM. Nicotine withdrawal in smokers with current depressive disorders undergoing intensive smoking cessation treatment. Psychol Addict Behav 22(1):122-128, 3/2008. PMID: 18298238.
22. Waters AJ, Carter BL, Robinson JD, Wetter DW, Lam CY, Cinciripini PM. Implicit attitudes to smoking are associated with craving and dependence. Drug Alcohol Depend 91(2-3):178-186, 12/2007. e-Pub 7/2007. PMID: 17658701.
23. Robinson JD, Cinciripini PM, Carter BL, Lam CY, Wetter DW. Facial EMG as an index of affective response to nicotine. Exp Clin Psychopharmacol 15(4):390-399, 8/2007. PMID: 17696686.
24. Robinson JD, Cinciripini PM, Tiffany ST, Carter BL, Lam CY, Wetter DW. Gender differences in affective response to acute nicotine administration and deprivation. Addict Behav 32(3):543-561, 3/2007. e-Pub 7/12/2006. PMID: 16842931.
25. Robinson JD, Lam CY, Minnix JA, Wetter DW, Tomlinson GE, Minna JD, Chen TT, Cinciripini PM. The DRD2 TaqI-B polymorphism and its relationship to smoking abstinence and withdrawal symptoms. Pharmacogenomics J 7(4):266-274, 2007. PMID: 17189962.
26. Blalock JA, Robinson JD, Wetter DW, Cinciripini PM. Relationship of DSM-IV-based depressive disorders to smoking cessation and smoking reduction in pregnant smokers. Am J Addict 15(4):268-277, Jul-Aug, 7/2006. PMID: 16867921.
27. Carter BL, Robinson JD, Lam CY, Wetter DW, Tsan JY, Day SX, Cinciripini PM. A psychometric evaluation of cigarette stimuli used in a cue reactivity study. Nicotine Tob Res 8(3):361-369, 6/2006. PMID: 16801294.
28. Cinciripini PM, Robinson JD, Carter BL, Lam C, Wu X, de Moor CA, Baile WF, Wetter DW. The effects of smoking deprivation and nicotine administration on emotional reactivity. Nicotine Tob Res 54(3):137, 6/2006. PMID: 16801296.
29. Robinson JD, Cinciripini PM. The effects of stress and smoking on catecholaminergic and cardiovascular response. Behav Med 32(1):13-18, 2006. PMID: 16637258.

Invited Articles

1. Lam CY, Minnix JA, Robinson JD, Cinciripini PM. A brief review of pharmacotherapies for smoking cessation. J Natl Compr Canc Netw 4(6):583-589, 7/2006. PMID: 16813725.


1. Robinson JD, Versace F, Cui Y, Engelmann JM, Gilbert DG, Waters AJ, Gritz ER, Cincirpini, PM. The impact of anticipated dose and nicotine dose on attentional distraction in overnight-deprived smokers. Psychophysiology 50(Suppl 1):S128, 10/2013.
2. Robinson JD, Lam CY, Carter BL, Minnix JA, Versace F, Wetter DW, Cinciripini PM. The impact of nicotine dependence and withdrawal on somatic and autonomic nervous system measures of affective response to emotional and cigarette-related images in smokers. Psychophysiology 47(Suppl 1):S61, 2010.
3. Versace F, Robinson JD, Minnix JA, Lam CY, Carter BL, Wetter DW, Cinciripini PM. Startle Probe P3 amplitude when viewing cigarette cues. Psychophysiology 45(Suppl 1):s105, 2008.
4. Carter BL, Lam CY, Robinson JD, Wetter DW, Cinciripini PM. Deprived smokers with low baseline positive affect show reduced startle responding following nicotine administration. Psychophysiology 42(Suppl 1):S42, 2005.
5. Robinson JD, Carter BL, Cinciripini PM, Long TY, Lam CY, Wetter DW, Sanders, CA, Benjamin RH. Relationship between expectancy for negative affect reduction and startle responding to nicotine. Psychophysiology 38(Suppl 1):S81, 2001.
6. Carter BL, Cinciripini PM, Long, TY, Robinson JD, Lam CY, Wetter DW, Sanders CA, Benjamin RH. Startle responses to emotional stimuli in abstaining smokers. Psychophysiology 38(Suppl 1):S32, 2001.

Book Chapters

1. Karam-Hage M, Rabius V, Cinciripini PM, Robinson JD, Gritz ER. Nicotine dependence: Current treatments and future directions. In: Abeloff's Clinical Oncology, 5. Ed(s) Niederhuber JE, Armitage JO, Doroshow JH, Kastan MB, Tepper JE. Elsevier Churchill Livingstone: Philadelphia, 360-371, 2013.

Grant & Contract Support

Title: Smartphone delivered attentional bias modification training for smokers
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 8/1/2014 - 3/31/2017
Title: Anxiety Sensitivity and Smoking Topography: A Laboratory Test
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Mentor
Principal Investigator: Shine Chang
Duration: 2/25/2013 - 5/31/2013
Title: Identifying topiramate's therapeutic mechanisms through motivational salience
Funding Source: NIH/NIDA
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 9/1/2012 - 8/31/2017
Title: Identifying neurocognitive risk markers that differentiate smokers from never-smokers and ex-smokers
Funding Source: Duncan Family Institute
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 8/1/2011 - 7/31/2013
Title: The Role of Affect in Smoking Cessation for Depressed Smokers
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Mentor
Principal Investigator: Shine Chang
Duration: 10/1/2010 - 9/30/2011

Last updated: 7/17/2014