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.
More information about eHealth/mHealth is available in our fact sheet.
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eHealth/mHealth Section Newsletter January 2017
eHealth/mHealth Section Newsletter September 2016
eHealth/mHealth Section Newsletter July 2016
eHealth/mHealth Section Newsletter March 2016
eHealth/mHealth Section Newsletter December 2015
eHealth/mHealth Section Newsletter August 2015
eHealth/mHealth Section Newsletter January 2015
Graham Thomas, PhD (Chair, 2016-2017)
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University/The Miriam Hospital, Providence, RI
Graham Thomas, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and the Weight Control & Diabetes Research Center of The Miriam Hospital. His research is focused on the use of technology for measuring and intervening on health behaviors, with an emphasis on obesity and related conditions. Dr. Thomas has been awarded grants from the NIH and industry sponsors to use a variety of electronic health (eHealth) and mobile health (mHealth) technologies in his research. Some examples of these technologies include virtual reality, mobile sensor networks, and mobile analytics, which are frequently applied within the contexts of Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA) and Just-in-time Adaptive Intervention (JITAI). Dr. Thomas most often conducts research with patients losing weight via behavioral lifestyle intervention or bariatric surgery. He is also a research mentor within the Brown University Clinical Psychology Training Consortium and the T32 in Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine research training at the Brown University Centers of Behavioral and Preventive Medicine (CBPM) and The Miriam Hospital.
David Garcia, PhD (Chair-Elect, 2016-2017)
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Dr. David O. Garcia is an Assistant Professor in the College of Public Health at the University of Arizona. He is a doctoral trained exercise physiologist with extensive experience in short and long-term intervention trials in the areas of physical activity and weight management, including mHealth technology-based approaches. Currently Dr. Garcia is a co-investigator of the largest diet and physical activity intervention conducted for ovarian cancer survivors (n=1070). This cooperative group trial employs a novel multimodal (telephone, SMS, blog, web) software program to promote lifestyle changes. The long-term vision of his research is to implement and evaluate large, multi-site trials incorporating mHealth technology support to improve weight management among Hispanic men. Currently, Dr. Garcia serves on the TOS Audit Committee and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Professional Education Committee. As the TOS eHealth/mHealth Chair-Elect, Dr. Garcia will continue to promote collaboration and dissemination of interventions using e-Health/m-Health strategies and highlight the advancement of evidence-based research.
Christine A. Pellegrini, PhD (Secretary/Treasurer, 2016-2017)
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
Christine Pellegrini, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at University of South Carolina in the Department of Exercise Science and Technology Center to Promote Healthy Lifestyles in the Arnold School of Public Health. She is an exercise physiologist, with a background in psychology and disability. Dr. Pellegrini’s research interests are in the development, implementation, and dissemination of cost-effective technology-supported interventions targeting diet, physical activity, sedentary behavior, and weight loss. She has worked with various forms of technology (i.e., wearables, smartphone applications, sensors, physical activity monitors) and populations including adults with obesity, diabetes, lupus, knee osteoarthritis, and knee replacement. She previously developed a smartphone application to interrupt sedentary behavior in adults with diabetes. Currently, she is examining a patient-centered technology-supported weight loss program for patients undergoing total knee replacement.
Lauren Bradley, PhD (Councilor, 2016-2018)
Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
I believe that I am well-suited to serve on the TOS ehealth/mhealth Section, given my research interests and experiences. My program of research has focused on examining the long-term challenges faced by bariatric surgery patients and developing interventions to target weight regain in these patients. Little is known about the experience of bariatric surgery patients after the initial weight loss phase. To better understand this, I conducted a large-scale survey of bariatric patients. Based on these data, I developed and evaluated an acceptance-based behavioral intervention, which provided patients with psychological skills to respond to long-term weight-control challenges. One barrier to providing this treatment was the difficulty of patients to attend regular, in-person meetings due to geographical and time constraints. Therefore, I translated the group treatment to an online, interactive platform. To evaluate this program, I conducted an open trial, which demonstrated the intervention’s preliminary feasibility, acceptability and effectiveness in stopping and reversing postoperative weight regain. I am currently developing a larger-scale study to further evaluate this remotely-delivered program.
Sridevi Krishnan, PhD (Councilor, 2016-2018)
University of California Davis, Davis, CA
Dr. Krishnan’s research focuses on characterizing human variability in macronutrient metabolism with specific impacts on energy intake and expenditure, body weight maintenance, obesity, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. She has a Bachelors’ and a Masters’ degree in Food Science, Nutrition and Dietetics from Madras University, India. She completed her PhD in Nutritional Biology from University of California Davis, followed postdoctoral training at Texas Tech and UC Davis. She has worked on understanding how dietary macronutrient challenges, exercise interventions and dietary fatty acids impact body weight, fuel utilization and insulin resistance, as well as phenotyping and characterizing the role of HDL in cardio-metabolic health. She has focused on understanding interactions between physiological, psychological, social, endocrine and health behaviors, as part of her work so far. She identified that intrinsic motivation is improved in group exercise activities, which increases compliance to the exercise program, thereby impacting body weight maintenance, as part of a Zumba intervention study done in over weight/ obese and type 2 diabetic women (Krishnan et al, 2015, AJHB, 39(1):109-120). She has also investigated the interaction between circulating steroid hormones estradiol, progesterone and leptin, and whether they are associated with craving behaviors in women across their menstrual cycle (The FASEB Journal 30 (1 Supplement), 418.6-418.6). She is a member of the American Society for Nutrition, as well as The Obesity Society, and recently won the Translational Research Award Competition for an oral talk presented at ASN’s Experimental Biology conference.
Courtney Monroe, PhD (Councilor, 2015-2017)
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
Dr. Monroe's research focuses on eHealth/mHealth approaches to effectively promote and assess physical activity, as well as to deliver weight control. Her doctoral degree is in Kinesiology (Exercise Physiology) from the University of Tennessee, and she is an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Exercise Physiologist and member. She is currently a fellow in the Technology Center to Promote Healthy Lifestyles, in the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Monroe has developed, administered, and assessed theory-based, technology-mediated (web; advanced self-monitoring devices; smartphone apps) walking interventions for adults. She has also collaborated with other investigators to design, implement, and evaluate an internet-based weight gain prevention program for college students that utilized social media and technological self-monitoring tools. Currently, Dr. Monroe is the lead investigator for a pilot study that is designed to examine a novel, weight loss intervention for adults that leverages the influence of existing social networks through the provision of advanced technologies.
Renee J. Rogers, Ph.D (Councilor, 2015-2017)
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Renee J. Rogers, Ph.D. is an assistant professor at the Physical Activity and Weight Management Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Rogers has expertise in the delivery of behavioral interventions for weight loss with focus on physical activity and technology. Dr. Rogers has been the PI of a pilot study that applied wearable technology combined with telephone contact for weight loss in adults with severe obesity. A poster for this study received recognition from the EMS section of TOS in 2013. Additionally, she has assisted with managing the application of technology for weight loss as part of a large NIH funded trial in young adults. Dr. Rogers has been a co-investigator validating activity monitors, and has been a part of a study using wearable technology to reduce sedentary time in older adults. She is currently funded as a PI to look at applying a minimal contact technology-based intervention to post-bariatric surgical patients to improve long-term weight outcomes. Beyond her research work, Dr. Rogers’ has used technology through ecological momentary intervention in a large-scale health promotion campaign at PITT. Dr. Rogers’ extensive experience and interest in these areas makes her a qualified candidate to serve the EMS steering committee.
Carly M. Goldstein, PhD (Early-Career Representative, 2016-2017)
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RI
Carly Goldstein is a postdoctoral research fellow on the Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine T32 at Brown Medical School under Dr. Graham Thomas’s mentorship (incoming TOS EMS President). She earned a PhD in clinical psychology from Kent State University in 2015 where she specialized in technological interventions for improving heart failure patients’ medication adherence. Her research focuses on eHealth/mHealth for weight management in adults with excess weight and cardiovascular disease. She is developing a mobile intervention for adults and families targeting food selection, and she is beginning a project using the Multiphase Optimization Strategy to optimize an eHealth behavioral weight loss intervention for patients in cardiac rehabilitation programs. Dr. Goldstein has demonstrated an ability to make positive contributions to the leadership of professional societies: she is a member of the Society for Behavioral Medicine’s (SBM) Digital Health Council, and she is an invited member of the American Association for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation’s Psychosocial and Nutrition Expert Group and Student Engagement Task Force. She previously served as the Membership Director and Annual Meeting Events Coordinator for SBM’s Student Special Interest Group. She would be eager and honored to contribute to the TOS EMS section as the Early Career Representative.
Melanie Hingle, PhD, MPH, RD (Past Chair, 2016-2017)
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Dr. Hingle is a nutritional scientist, public health researcher, and Registered Dietitian with training in intervention design and conduct, and the assessment of dietary intake, physical activity, and body composition in diverse populations. Her postdoctoral training in behavioral nutrition included the application of behavioral theory and formative research methodologies to inform the design and conduct of behavior change interventions. Since 2008, Dr. Hingle's research has been focused on understanding how and why energy balance behaviors are initiated and sustained, and applying this knowledge to the development of novel approaches to behavior change in youth and adults.
Deanna M. Hoelscher, PhD, RD, LD, CNS, FISBNPA (Council Liaison 2015-2017)
University of Texas, School of Public Health, Austin, TX
I am delighted to serve as the TOS Council Liaison for the Obesity & Cancer Section. On behalf of the TOS Council, I would like to welcome you all to this Section. I also encourage you to become involved in TOS and to take advantage of the opportunities to share your science, network, gain leadership skills, and help address one of the most pressing public health issues of our time.
My research interests focus on the upstream prevention of cancer through my research on child obesity and obesity-related behaviors, specifically diet and physical activity. Our research team has developed, evaluated and disseminated several behaviorally-based programs for prevention of child obesity; these programs have focused on individual determinants as well as policy, system and environmental approaches. In addition, I have conducted several obesity epidemiology studies, including a statewide surveillance of child obesity in Texas. In 2012, I was a workgroup and committee member for the Texas Cancer Plan for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), which set goals for cancer research and prevention for the state.