Richard A. Brown, PhD, is a Research Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Texas at Austin.
For over 30 years, Dr. Brown's research has been focused across a variety of areas related to health behavior change, including the development of efficacious tobacco cessation treatments, specialized tobacco cessation treatments for smokers with psychiatric and substance use disorders, the efficacy of aerobic exercise in the treatment of substance dependence and obsessive-compulsive disorder, and intervention approaches to adult and adolescent alcohol and drug abuse. Social learning theory has guided much of this work, with primary modalities utilized being cognitive-behavioral treatment (CBT), motivational interviewing (MI) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). He is currently involved in developing technology-based and social media interventions, often incorporating these modalities.