Roger Vilardaga

Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Roger Vilardaga
Roger Vilardaga


Roger Vilardaga Viera, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University. He is also Affiliate Professor a the Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering at the University of Washington. Dr. Vilardaga studied psychology at the Universitat de Barcelona in Spain and received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno. He has contributed to the study and development of several digital interventions, including Mindful Daily, SmartQuit, Tummy Trials, Eyes Free Yoga, Mindful Powers, and Pain Tracker Self Management. He created and designed Learn to Quit, the first NIH-funded digital therapeutic to deliver smoking cessation treatment for individuals with serious mental illness. This application won the Gold W3 Award in 2016 by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts and the Silver Davey International Award in 2016 for best wellness and health application. His work has been featured in FastCompany, The Drum, Seattle K5 News and Psychiatric News. His laboratory has been funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Cancer Institute, the University of Washington Innovation Award, Pfizer and Duke University.

He directs the Duke's Access to Behavioral Health for All (ABHA) Laboratory. The focus of the ABHA Lab is to ideate, develop, and test digital behavioral health interventions for underserved populations, such as individuals who experience persistent mental health symptoms, addiction, or chronic pain. The laboratory specializes in: (1) designing digital tools to foster behavioral health and psychological resilience, (2) the application of rigorous strategies to evaluate them, and (3) examining barriers and facilitators of digital health equity. The laboratory uses a multi-method approach that includes user-centered design research, small-n experimental designs, clinical trials methodology, digital phenotyping, and participatory research to better understand the behavior of digital therapeutics' users.

Dr. Vilardaga consults with Duke's Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) where he provides thought leadership about digital therapeutics and serves as an investigator in several industry funded digital therapeutic trials. Finally, Dr. Vilardaga has served as ad-hoc reviewer for more than 25 scientific journals and 9 granting institutions. Currently he is a standing member of a study section for NIH's Center for Scientific Review.


Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Medicine

2022 School of Medicine

Faculty Network Member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences in the Institutes and Provost's Academic Units

2019 Institutes and Provost's Academic Units

Member of the Duke Cancer Institute in the School of Medicine

2017 School of Medicine


Ph.D. 2012

2012 University of Nevada, Reno

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