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 ORBIT-Funded Research Sites

This FOA has funded 7 Centers for Behavioral Intervention Development (CBID).  Each CBID supports interdisciplinary project teams that include basic and applied biological, clinical, behavioral and social scientists who will adapt findings from basic behavioral and social science research to develop behavioral interventions aimed at improving obesity-related behaviors.  The interventions being developed are based on basic behavioral and social science research findings from studies of individuals (e.g., studies of cognition, memory, language, perception, attitude formation and change, emotion regulation, motivation); social groups (e.g., research on the structure and dynamics of small groups such as couples and families, or social networks); and/or demographic, economic, environmental and cultural systems that have a significant role in obesity-related behaviors of interest.  The proposed interventions target one or more of these levels (i.e., individuals, social groups, environments or systems), and several age groups.  Populations include healthy individuals, pregnant women, and those at high risk for a particular disease or condition.  See the full RFA (click here).

 Wayne State University

 Miriam Hospital (Brown University)

 University of Buffalo

 Weill Medical College of Cornell

 Claremont Graduate University

 Univer. of California, San Francisco

 Rush University Medical Center

 Northwestern University

 Site Projects

Interventionist Procedures for Adherence to Weight Loss Recommendations in Black Adolescents 


Principal Investigators:  Sylvie Naar-King, Ph.D. & Kai-Lin Catherine Jen, Ph.D., Wayne State University, Detroit, Mich.,

Sponsor:  NHLBI, co-funded by the NICHD
This project will develop and refine a home and community-based intervention using findings from basic behavioral research on human motivation to improve adherence to weight loss strategies in African-American adolescents.


Increasing Sleep Duration: A Novel Approach to Weight Control


Principal Investigator:  Rena R. Wing, Ph.D., Miriam Hospital, Providence, R.I.

Sponsor: NCI
Summary:  This project will translate basic research on sleep duration into a unique method to reduce obesity and obesity-related conditions in young and middle-aged overweight or obese adults.


Translating Habituation Research to Interventions for Pediatric Obesity


Principal Investigator:  Leonard H. Epstein, Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo

Sponsor:  NIDDK
Summary:  This project will translate basic research on the reduced response to food after repeated exposure over time to identify and test strategies for reducing the intake of high-calorie foods while increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables that children consume.


SCALE: Small Changes and Lasting Effects


Principal Investigator:  Mary E. Charlson, M.D., Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York City, New York

Sponsor:  NHLBI
Summary:  This project will develop and refine a mindful eating intervention aimed at producing small, sustainable changes in eating behavior in overweight or obese African-American and Latino adults with a goal of achieving at least a 7 percent weight reduction in each participant.


Habitual and Neurocognitive Processes in Adolescent Obesity Prevention


Principal Investigator:  Kim Daniel Reynolds, Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University, Calif.

Sponsor:   NHLBI, co-funded by the NICHD
Summary:  This project will develop intervention strategies to improve nutrition behaviors in adolescents based on basic behavioral research on the formation of habits, self-regulation of eating behaviors, and the influence of neurocognitive processes on dietary behavior.


Novel Interventions to Reduce Stress-induced Non-homeostatic Eating


Principal Investigator:  Elissa S. Epel, Ph.D., Barbara A. Laraia, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D. and, Nancy E. Adler, Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco

Sponsor:  NHLBI
Summary:  This project will develop intervention strategies to reduce stress-induced eating in lower-income pregnant women, focusing on the reward and stress response systems that may influence eating behaviors and lead to unhealthy weight gain during pregnancy.


Developing an Intervention to Prevent Visceral Fat in Premenopausal Women


Principal Investigator:  Lynda H. Powell, M.Ed., Ph.D., Rush University Medical Center, Chicago

Sponsor: NHLBI
Summary:  This project will develop a multi-level intervention targeting the individual, her social network, and the community to increase physical activity and reduce chronic stress and depression in order to reduce unhealthy patterns of weight gain in women in the menopausal transition. This project focuses on reducing visceral fat
because this is the type of fat most strongly correlated with health risks.


Resource and Coordination Unit (RCU)


Principal Investigator:  David Cella, Ph.D. of Northwestern University, Chicago, IL

Sponsor:  OBSSR
Summary:  A Resource and Coordination Unit (RCU) will facilitate collaboration across the studies. As part of this program, the RCU will also organize an OBSSR-funded conference in 2010 addressing methods in behavioral intervention development.