Jessica Burris

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  • Assistant Professor, Clinical
  • Psychology
  • Health, Society and Populations
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Developmental, Social, and Health Psychology
207K Kastle Hall
(859) 257-9612
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Education

B.A., Marquette University, 2006
Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 2012

Research

My research spans the continuum from cancer prevention to cancer control, all with a focus on the health risk behavior of tobacco use. A particular area of scientific inquiry involves identification and modification of psychological variables that are germane to the process of smoking cessation (e.g., distress, motivation, confidence, causal attributions, risk perception, fatalism, and posttraumatic growth). Funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), my Career Development Award sought to uncover the manner in which cancer diagnosis functions as a “teachable moment” for smokers. In a sample of newly diagnosed head/neck and cervical cancer patients, this longitudinal study investigated day-to-day changes in smoking behavior and the cognitive and affective processes that underlie these changes. Other recent studies include a mixed-methods study with cervical cancer survivors and their supporters, the goal of which was to test a conceptual model whereby low social resources and socioeconomic disadvantage function as a moderator between the "teachable moment" of cancer diagnosis and smoking cessation. With a grant from the KY Lung Cancer Research Fund, I built upon the mixed-method study and conducted a pilot randomized clinical trial to test the adaptation of a proven strategy for smoking cessation induction (that is, prompting quit attempts among smokers across the continuum of readiness to quit) for cancer survivors who live in rural or Appalachian regions. Funded by a NCI P30 administrative supplement to UK's Cancer Center Support Grant, I lead an implementation science project that involves development, launch, and evaluation of a center-wide, evidence-based tobacco treatment program for all adult outpatients at Markey Cancer Center (https://ukhealthcare.uky.edu/markey-cancer-center/cancer-support-service...). Finally, another implementation science project involved a partnership with Kentucky Homeplace, a network of community health workers who serve residents of Appalachian Kentucky, and provided an avenue whereby they could become tobacco treatment specialists. As a strong proponent of the scientist-practitioner model, my research program is complemented by work as a licensed psychologist who specializes in the delivery and supervision of psychological services within medical settings.

The Markey CARES Tobacco Treatment Program was highlighted in Markey's 2019 Annual Report:

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Graduate Training

Clinical Psychology

Selected Publications: 

Burris, J. L. & Andrykowski, M. A. (2010). Disparities in mental health between rural and nonrural cancer survivors: A preliminary study. Psycho-Oncology, 19, 637–645. PMC2880195.

Sterba, K. R., Burris, J. L., Heiney, S., Baker Ruppel, M., Ford, M. E., & Zapka, J. (2014). “We both just trusted and leaned on the Lord”: A qualitative study of religiousness and spirituality among African American breast cancer survivors and their caregivers. Quality of Life Research, 23, 1909–1920. PMC4141026.

Burris, J. L., Heckman, B. W., Mathew, A. R., & Carpenter, M. J. (2015). A mechanistic test of nicotine replacement therapy sampling for smoking cessation induction. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 29, 392–399. PMC4411194.

Burris, J. L., Studts, J. L., DeRosa, A. P., & Ostroff, J. S. (2015). Systematic review of tobacco use after lung or head/neck cancer diagnosis: Results and recommendations for future research. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, 24, 1450–1461. PMC4592460.

Puleo, G. E., Borger, T., Rivera-Rivera, J. N., Montgomery, D., & Burris, J. L. (2020). A qualitative study of smoking-related causal attributions and risk perceptions in cervical cancer survivors. Psycho-Oncology, 29, 500–506. PMC7054153.

Rivera-Rivera, J. N. & Burris, J. L. (2020). A systematic literature review and head-to-head comparison of social support and social constraint in relation to the psychological functioning of cancer survivors. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 54, 176–192. PMC7455805.

Borger, T., Puleo, G. E., Rivera-Rivera, J. N., Montgomery, D., Bowling, W., & Burris, J. L. (In press). A descriptive study of cervical cancer survivors’ persistent smoking behavior and perceived barriers to quitting. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. NIHMS1646187. PMCID in progress.

Borger, T., Puleo, G. E., Rivera-Rivera, J. N., Montgomery, D., Bowling, W., & Burris, J. L. (In press). A descriptive study of cervical cancer survivors’ persistent smoking behavior and perceived barriers to quitting. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. NIHMS1646187. PMCID in progress.

Rivera-Rivera, J. N., Badour, C. L., & Burris, J. L. (In press). The association between psychological functioning and social support and social constraint after cancer diagnosis: A 30-day daily diary study. Journal of Behavioral Medicine. NIHMS in progress. PMCID in progress.

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