Ciccolo, Joseph T. (jc4102)

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Ciccolo, Joseph
Assistant Professor of Applied Physiology
Biobehavioral Sciences

525 West 120th St.

Educational Background

B.S., Northeastern University (Exercise Physiology)
M.A., The University of Texas at Austin (Exercise Physiology)
Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin (Exercise Psychology)
Postdoctoral Fellow, Brown Medical School (Behavioral Medicine)

Scholarly Interests

Biobehavioral aspects of exercise, with a specific focus on resistance training. Using resistance training as a treatment for chronic disease: addiction, mental illness, HIV. The interaction between physiological and psychological responses to exercise.

Selected Publications

Principal Investigator


2013-2018       Efficacy of Resistance Training as an Aid to Smoking Cessation. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute #R01 HL117345. $1,912,971.


2008-2011       Resistance Training as an Aid to Standard Smoking Cessation Treatment. National Cancer Institute #R03 CA132475. $100,000




2011-2016       Efficacy of Exercise Videogames for Physical Activity Adoption and Maintenance. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute #R01 HL109116. $2,586,342. PI: B. Bock


2008-2013       Expert System Based Feedback in Sedentary Overweight Veterans. Department of Veterans Affairs #VA IIR 07-154. $1,526,232. PI: M. Sevick


2007-2011       A Lifestyle Intervention to Prevent Recurrent Gestational Diabetes Mellitus. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases #R01 DK074876. $1,931,766. PI. L. Chasan-Taber


2006-2011       Using a YMCA Exercise Program to Enhance Nicotine Dependence Treatment for Women. National Institute on Drug Abuse #R01 DA021729. $1,772,555. PI: B. Marcus




2013-2018       Initiate and Maintain Physical Activity in Clinics: The IMPACT Diabetes Study. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases #R18 DK096394. $2,478,045. PI: L. Palaniappan.


2013-2018       Development of a Tai Chi program to overcome barriers to cardiac rehabilitation. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine #R34 AT007569. $784,813. PI: E. Salmoirago-Blotcher


2012-2017       Effect of Exercise and Wellness Interventions on Preventing Postpartum Depression. National Institute of Mental Health #R01 MH096748. $1,428,118. PI: B. Lewis

Ciccolo JT, Williams DM, Dunsiger SI, Whitworth JW, McCullough AK, Bock BC, Marcus BH, Myerson M. (in press). Efficacy of resistance training as an aid to smoking cessation: rationale and design of the Strength To Quit study. Mental Health and Physical Activity.

Ciccolo JT, Busch AM. (in press). Behavioral interventions to enhance smoking cessation: a summary of the current evidence. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine.

Ciccolo JT, Kraemer WJ. (Co-Editors). Resistance Training for the Prevention and Treatment of Chronic Disease (2013). Taylor Francis Publications.

Whiteley JA, Williams DM, Dunsiger SI, Jennings EG, Ciccolo JT, Bock BC, Albrecht A, Parisi A, Linke SE, Marcus BH. (2012). Outcomes from the randomized trial of Commit to Quit in the YMCAs. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 43, 256-262.

Ciccolo JT, Dunsiger SI, Williams DM, Bartholomew JB, Jennings EG, Ussher M, Kraemer WJ, Marcus BH. (2011). Resistance training as an aid to standard smoking cessation treatment: A pilot study. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 13, 756-760.


Ciccolo JT, Pettee KK, Macera CA, Ainsworth BA. (2010). Association between self-reported resistance training and self-rated health. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 7, 289-298.


Ciccolo JT, Carr LJ, Krupel KL, Longval JL. (2010). The role of resistance training for the prevention and treatment of chronic disease. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, 4, 293-308.


Williams DM, Dunsiger S, Ciccolo JT, Lewis BA, Albrecht AE, Marcus BH. (2008). Acute affective response to a moderate-intensity exercise stimulus predicts physical activity participation 6 and 12 months later. Psychology of Sport & Exercise, 9, 241-245.


Bartholomew JB, Morrison D, Ciccolo JT. (2005). Effects of acute exercise on mood and well-being in patients with Major Depressive Disorder. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 37, 2032-2037.


Ciccolo JT, Jowers EM, Bartholomew JB. (2004). The benefits of exercise training for quality of life in HIV/AIDS in the post-HAART era: review and recommendations. Sports Medicine, 34, 487-499.


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