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John F. Dickerson, PhD

John Dickerson, PhD, is a health economist and biostatistician interested in modeling patient and provider behavior related to adherence as part of observational and controlled research studies.

Dr. Dickerson, who has worked in several roles at CHR for the past 12 years, joined CHR’s Biostatistics Core in 2015. He is currently working on several projects using instrumental variable (IV) methodology and other novel techniques to attempt to isolate the causal effects of patient adherence on targeted outcomes as part of controlled trials. These trials include studies evaluating the effect of internet delivered cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) for depression and the effect of augmenting usual care with CBT for insomnia among depressed youth.

Dr. Dickerson earned a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University, a master’s in economics from Oregon State University, and a PhD in health services research at the University of Washington with dual concentrations in health economics and statistics. His dissertation research focused on the role of patient adherence in the treatment and prevention of depression.

Selected Publications

  • Dickerson, JF, Lynch FL, Leo MC, DeBar LL, Pearson J, Clarke GN. Cost-effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depressed Youth Declining Antidepressants. Pediatrics 2018 Feb;141(2). pii: e2017 1969. PMCID: PMC5810604 [Available on 2019-02-01]
  • Dickerson JF, Feeny DH, Clarke GN, MacMillan AL, Lynch FL. Evidence on the longitudinal construct validity of major generic and utility measures of health-related quality of life in teens with depression. Qual Life Res 2018 Feb;27(2):447-454. PMID: 29149441
  • Clarke G, Kelleher C, Hornbrook M, Debar L, Dickerson J, Gullion C. Randomized effectiveness trial of an internet, pure self-help, cognitive behavioral intervention for depressive symptoms in young adults. Cogn Behav Ther 2009 Dec;38(4):222-34. PMCID: PMC2829099
  • DeBar L, Dickerson J, Clarke G, Stevens VJ, Ritenbaugh C, Aickin M. Using a website to build community and enhance outcomes in a group, multi-component intervention promoting healthy diet and exercise in adolescents. J Pediatr Psychol 2009 Jun;34(5):539-50. PMCID: PMC2722139
  • Lynch FL, Dickerson JF, Saldana L, Fisher PA. Incremental net benefit of early intervention for preschool-aged children with emotional and behavioral problems in foster care. Child Youth Serv Rev. 2014 January;36:213–219.
  • Lynch FL, Dickerson JF, Clarke G, Vitiello B, Porta G, Wagner KD, Emslie G, Asarnow JR, Keller M, Birmaher B, Ryan ND, Kenard B, Mayes T, DeBar L, McCracken JT, Strober M, Suddath R, Spirito A, Onorato M, Zelazny J, Iyengar S, Brent D. Incremental cost-effectiveness of combined therapy versus medication only for youth with SSRI resistant depression: Findings from the TORDIA trial. Arch Gen Psychiatry 2011 Mar;68(3):253-62. PMCID: PMC3679348
  • Lynch FL, Striegel-Moore R, Dickerson J, Perrin N, DeBar L, Wilson GT, Kraemer HC. Cost-effectiveness of guided self-help treatment for recurrent binge eating. J Consult Clin Psychol 2010 Jun;78(3):322-33. PMCID: PMC2880825

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