Mobile Health Boot Camp for Pediatric Obesity

Register now for the Mobile Health Boot Camp for Pediatric Obesity! It is a full-day workshop on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at The Obesity Society 2013 Annual Meeting (Obesity Week) in Atlanta, GA, Nov. 11-16, 2013. This workshop will offer participants a primer on mHealth from the ground up, including sessions on developing a transdisciplinary team, sensor systems designed to capture energy balance behaviors, collecting and storing "big data," analyzing large datasets, and using real- and near-time data to customize interventions on the fly. Sponsored by TOS eHealth/mHealth Section (EMS), TOS Pediatric Section (POS), & the National Collaborative for Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) Strategic Partnership, this workshop will explain tools, techniques, measurement, and collaborations to further their mHealth work. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to inform the next generation of tools and research directions, and learn about relevant funding announcements and funding agency interests in mHealth.

Purpose of the Section

Rapid advancements in the capabilities of mobile technology and electronic media have greatly increased the possibilities for enhancing the treatment and prevention of obesity. The section will leverage the expertise within The Obesity Society to improve the lives of those affected by obesity by realizing the potential from these new technologies.


  • Form a core of investigators and clinicians whose interests focus on the use of mobile technologies, social media, web-based interventions, and other new technologies for obesity research, prevention and treatment.
  • Foster collaboration between researchers, developers, and clinicians with interests in eHealth/mHealth.
  • Advance the development of an evidence base to guide the use of new technologies in clinical and public health interventions.
  • Promote dissemination of promising eHealth/mHealth initiatives.

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Brie Turner-McGrievy, PhD, MS, RD (Chair, 2014-2015)Brie Turner-McGrievy

Assistant Professor, Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina

Dr. Turner-McGrievy's research focuses on behavioral interventions for weight loss and the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. Dr. Turner-McGrievy has published research on the use of emerging technologies for weight loss and health promotion. In particular, her research has focused on the use of podcasting and social media to deliver behavioral weight loss interventions. Her research has combined this audio delivery method with other mobile enhancements including prompting and social support delivered via Twitter and use of diet monitoring apps for internet-capable mobile devices.



Melanie Hingle, PhD, MPH, RD (Chair-elect, 2014-2015)

Assistant Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of ArizonaHingle

Dr. Hingle’s research focuses on identifying and understanding the determinants of behavioral and weight-related outcomes in children, adolescents, and families, and discovering and testing novel approaches to promoting healthy lifestyle changes in diverse populations.


Graham Thomas, PhD (Secretary/Treasurer, 2014-2015)Thomas

Assistant Professor (Research), Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center, Alpert Medical School of Brown University & The Miriam Hospital

Dr. Thomas’s research is focused on the use of technology for the assessment and treatment of health behaviors, with an emphasis on obesity and related health conditions. Dr. Thomas has been awarded grants from the NIH and other institutions to use the Internet, smartphones, and virtual reality technology to facilitate weight control.


Sunil Daniel, MD (Councilor, 2013-2015)Daniel

Assistant Professor, Departments of Nutrition Sciences and Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Dr. Daniel is an Obesity Medicine Physician at UAB Medicine’s Weight Loss Medicine, where he practices patient tailored obesity management. His research interests focus on weight maintenance, technology innovation to promote behavior modification for weight loss, and obesity in the developing world. Dr. Daniel has extensive work experience as a software developer and analyst in the information technology sector where his projects included decision support systems and web based programming. He is particularly interested in patient tailored mobile app development. His current research includes studying the effect of diet macro-composition on metabolic parameters post weight loss as a determinant of long term success, assessing overeating patters in patients seeking treatment for obesity, and development of a complications based medical model for staging and management of obesity.


Jon K. Moon, PhD (Councilor, 2012-2015)

susan woolford ii

President, MEI Research, Ltd.

Dr. Moon received his Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, followed by Masters and Doctorate degrees from The University of Texas at Austin in Biomedical Engineering. In 2004 Dr. Moon and three other engineers founded the medical device design engineering services company Devicix, LLC which ultimately led to the creation of MEI Research an applied engineering research firm that creates technologies and services to support research and clinical applications in energy balance measurement and interventions. Projects focus on designing, building and renovating whole-body respiration calorimeters for laboratory based measurements, and in for free-living settings, creating sensors and algorithms around mobile smartphones to measure energy expenditure and dietary intake, along with related social / environment context, in close to real time.


Evan Forman, PhD (Councilor, 2014-2016)Evan Forman

Professor, Drexel University

Dr. Forman is a professor of psychology and co-director of the Laboratory for Innovations in Health-Related Behavior Change at Drexel University.  His research focuses on technological and behavioral innovations to improve health behavior change outcomes.  Currently he serves as principle investigator of Mind Your Health (an NIH-funded randomized controlled trial comparing standard behavioral intervention to an acceptance-based behavior intervention for obesity), TakeControl (a smartphone-based system for treating binge eating disorder) and DietAlert (a smartphone-based system for improving dietary adherence) and co-investigator of three NIH-funded trials comparing alternate forms of cognitive-behavioral interventions for obesity.

Dale S. Bond, PhD (Councilor, 2014-2016)
Dale Bond

Associate Professor (Research), Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Alpert Medical School of Brown University/The Miriam Hospital Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center

Dr. Bond's research interests involve use of technology to measure and modify physical activity and sedentary behaviors in overweight and obese populations, and the effects of weight loss and physical activity on pain syndromes in individuals with obesity.




Danielle E. Schoffman (Early-Career Representative, 2014-2015)Danielle Schoffman

Doctoral Student, Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina

Danielle's research interests include family obesity prevention/treatment and the use of mobile technology to enhance parent-child communication about health behaviors (healthy eating and physical activity).  ​





Donna Spruijt-Metz, MFA, PhD (Past-Chair, 2014-2015)

Director, USC-CESR Mobile and Connected Health ProgramSpruijtMetz

Dr. Spruijt-Metz recently joined the USC Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research as Director of the new Mobile and Connected Health Program after 14 years at the Keck School of Medicine, Department of Preventive Medicine. She retains an Adjunct Associate Professorship at the USC Department of Preventive Medicine and is Director of Responsible Conduct in Research at the Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Spruijt-Metz's research focuses on using new mobile and connected health technologies to understand and change health-related behavior, particularly in the area of childhood obesity. Recent and current research includes: the KNOWME Networks project, developing Wireless Body Area Networks specifically for minority youth for non-intrusive monitoring of metabolic health, vital signs such as heart rate, and physical activity and other obesity-related behaviors, and real-time interventions to treat and prevent obesity, Virtual Sprouts, a virtual, multiplatform gardening game designed to change dietary knowledge and behavior and prevent obesity in minority youth. She is Co-Investigator for Socially Assistive Robotics: An NSF Expedition in Computing, where she is working with a team of experts to engage robots to help overweight children exercise and adopt healthy eating habits. She is also PI of the Active NAO! project, which is using socially assistive robots and remote sensing to help overweight children to be more physically active. She recently led an NSF/EU/NIH-funded workshop in Brussels on building new computationally-enabled theoretical models to support health behavior change and maintenance. Her work meshes 21st century technologies with transdisciplinary metabolic, behavioral and environmental research in order to facilitate the development of dynamic, personalized, contextualized behavioral interventions that can be adapted on the fly. She has a deep interest in harnessing mobile health and new media modalities to bring researchers and researched systems into interaction, to engage people in their own data, and to bring about lasting change in obesity through changes in societal norms, built and perceived environments, and behavior.


Steering Committee:

Susan J. Woolford, MD, MPH

Donna Spruijt-Metz, MFA, PhD

Brie Turner-McGrievy, PhD, MS, RD

Monica L. Baskin, PhD

Jon K. Moon, PhD

Thomas Baranowski, PhD

Elsie M. Taveras, MD, MP



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