Arthur V. Peterson

Appointments and Affiliations

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Public Health Sciences Division
Full Member
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Youth & Adult Smoking Research Group
University of Washington
School of Public Health and Community Medicine
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Mailing Address

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
1100 Fairview Ave. N.
Seattle, Washington 98109-1024
United States


Phone: (206) 667-5131
Fax: (206) 667-6184


Ph.D., Stanford University, 1976.

Research Interests

Quantitative methods; precision enhancement
Longitudinal analysis and projection
Etiology, prevention, and cessation of smoking

Additional Experience

During 1984-2000 I served as biostatistician and director of the Hutchinson Smoking Prevention Project (HSPP) group-randomized trial in youth smoking prevention.

Two subsequent studies, Parent Protective Factors on Youth Smoking (PPF, 1999-2002) and Role of Social Environments on Youth Smoking (SE, 2003-2007), have made use of the well-followed HSPP cohort to investigate the extent to which various child social environments, e.g., parents' tobacco use behaviors and attitudes, can influence child smoking acquisition. Using a statistical model for epidemic transmission of smoking, these studies have produced findings with respect to the roles of parents', siblings', friends', and classmates' smoking on the predictive risk of child/adolescent subsequent acquisition of smoking.

A recent (2004) grant award (percentile = 2.2) for the Tobacco and Life Events Study (TALES, 2004 - 2008) provides for 20-year follow-up of the HSPP cohort to age 28. To our knowledge, this will be the first truly population-based longitudinally followed cohort of young adults. This rare cohort, together with its childhood, adolescent and young-adult data, will be used to investigate risk factors for young adult smoking acquisition and cessation during the important and understudied life period of young adulthood.

The Hutchinson Study of High School Smoking (HS trial, 2000-2007), an ongoing group randomized trial in adolescent smoking cessation, is evaluating the effectiveness of an individually tailored telephone counseling intervention that incorporates both Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Participants are 2,147 high school senior smokers from 50 Washington high schools. Intervention implementation has been completed with high recruitment and retention; final outcome data collection is underway, with publication of results scheduled for 2007.

Future Research

  1. Evaluating intervention effectiveness of the Hutchinson Study of High School Smoking trial
  2. Longitudinal research in smoking acquisition and cessation
  3. Additional group randomized trials, as promising interventions are identified


American Statistical Association
Biometric Society
Institute of Mathematical Statistics


  • National Institutes of Health (NIH): Proactive Smoking Cessation for Adolescents, $1,216,193, 2005 to 2007.
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH): Smoking Acquisition and Cessation During Young Adulthood, $2,073,859, 2004 to 2008.
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH): Role of Social Environments on Youth Smoking Acquisition, $880,873, 2003 to 2006.
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH): Proactive Smoking Cessation for Adolescents, $4,262,975, 2000 to 2005.
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH): Parent Protective Factors for Youth Smoking, $510,304, 1999 to 2002.
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH): Ripple Effects of School-Based Smoking Prevention, $604,528, 1992 to 1998.
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH): Prevention of Smokeless Tobacco Use in Children (Project #9 of Cancer Prevention Research Unit Renewal), $403,365, 1988 to 1993.
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH): Hutchinson Smoking Prevention Project (incl. 2 competitive renewals), $9,835,757, 1984 to 2000.
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH): Cancer Prevention Research Unit, $1,667,278 (annual), 1983 to 1988.
  • National Science Foundation (NSF): Efficient Generation of Random Variables, $71,714, 1980 to 1983.
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH): Statistical Development/Low-dose Extrapolation, $127,257, 1978 to 1980.
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH): Statistical Methods for Disease Prevention Trials, $53,915, 1978 to 1990.

Recent Publications

Otten R, Bricker JB, Liu J, Comstock BA, Peterson AV.  2011.  Adolescent psychological and social predictors of young adult smoking acquisition and cessation: A 10-year longitudinal study.. Health psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association. 30(2):163-70. Abstract
Bricker JB, Liu J, Comstock BA, Peterson AV, Kealey KA, Marek PM.  2010.  Social cognitive mediators of adolescent smoking cessation: results from a large randomized intervention trial.. Psychology of addictive behaviors : journal of the Society of Psychologists in Addictive Behaviors. 24(3):436-45. Abstract
Bricker JB, Mann SL, Marek PM, Liu J, Peterson AV.  2010.  Telephone-delivered Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for adult smoking cessation: a feasibility study.. Nicotine & tobacco research : official journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco. 12(4):454-8. Abstract

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