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Laboratory for Innovations in Health-Related Behavior Change

Directors:

Meghan Butryn, PhD
Evan Forman, PhD
Adrienne Juarascio, PhD

Research Coordinators:

Cara Dochat: cld93@drexel.edu, 215.553.7114
Jerry Martin: gjm69@drexel.edu, 215.553.7104
Lexie Convertino: adc335@drexel.edu, 215.553.7161
Meg Clark: mhc59@drexel.edu, 215.553.7161
Arielle Wolinsky: asw76@drexel.edu, 215.553.7137

Welcome

The Laboratory for Innovations in Health-Related Behavior Change is a research group housed within the Department of Psychology at Drexel University under the direction of Evan Forman, Meghan Butryn, and Adrienne Juarascio. We specialize in developing and testing novel interventions for modifying eating and physical activity. In particular, we are developing or have developed novel behavioral and technology-based interventions for obesity, eating disorders (such as binge eating disorder and bulimia nervosa), and sedentary behavior. Our core research projects include five NIH-funded intervention studies for obesity and eating disorders, called Project DASH, INSPIRE, Mind Your Health, Project ENACT, and Project Impact. We also have been funded by The Obesity Society to create a smartphone app designed to predict and prevent dietary lapses. These projects seek to examine whether acceptance-based treatment components or technological (e.g., smartphone-delivery, gamified training) innovations can improve outcomes from standard treatments.

Our lab consists of approximately 20 members, including faculty, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, research coordinators, research assistants and undergraduates. Cross-collaboration among faculty and students is the norm, and trainees are encouraged to develop their own lines of research, publish and apply for external research awards.

Research Participation Opportunities

If you are interested in being a research participant, follow the instructions under the project that most interests you, below. Alternatively, complete this form and we will match you to a study for which you appear to be eligible. If you do not appear to be eligible for any study, we will keep your name on file and notify you when/if we start a study for which you appear to be well-matched.

CBT for Rumination Disorder

Researchers at Drexel University are looking for volunteers who are struggling with rumination disorder. If you experience food coming back up into your mouth repeatedly after eating, our outpatient treatment study may be able to help. Individuals with rumination may re-chew, re-swallow, or spit out the food after it comes back up. Participants must be ages 10 or older. The treatment will take place at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA and will involve 5-7 treatment sessions over the course of 3 months.

If you are interested, please call 215.895.1653 e-mail us at EDresearch@drexel.edu.

Project STEP - Now Recruiting

Project Step is recruiting participants for a 16-week study. Study participants will be asked to wear a FitBit (provided by the research team) for 16 weeks and must be able to receive text messages from study staff. Participants will be asked to deposit money with the study, some of which may be lost if goals are not met or doubled if goals are met.

If you are between 18 and 70 years old, are overweight, are not routinely physically active, and would like to get more information about Project Step, please call 215.553.7131 or email projectstep@drexel.edu.

iCAT+: A Smartphone Application for Patients Struggling with Binge Eating Spectrum Disorders - Now Recruiting

If you suffer from Binge Eating Disorder or Bulimia Nervosa and are interested in seeking treatment, Drexel University’s “iCAT+” Study: Outside the Therapy Office: Enhancing Integrative-Cognitive Affective Therapy with Ecological Momentary Interventions to Improve Treatment for Patients with Binge Eating Pathology is seeking volunteers to test a new smartphone application designed to enhance an evidence based outpatient therapy treatment for binge eating. The iCAT+ app provides patients with individually tailored, in-the-moment reminders to use the skills and tools they’ve learned in therapy when they need them most. Study participants must be 18 or over, meet criteria for a primary diagnosis of binge eating disorder or bulimia nervosa, and own and iPhone 5 device or later version to be eligible to participate. Treatment will take place at Drexel University and consists of 21 sessions over 5 months.

If you are interested in participating, please call 215.553.7186 or email EDresearch@drexel.edu.

Project BITE - Now Recruiting

Do you have or think you may have an eating disorder? You may be eligible for a research study at Drexel University if you experience binge eating. Project BITE is looking for individuals 18 years or older to participate in an outpatient treatment study. The treatment will take place at Drexel University and will involve treatment 7 sessions over 3 months.

If you are interested in participating, please call 215.553.7186 or email EDresearch@drexel.edu.

Emote Study - Now Recruiting

Do you struggle with Emotional Eating? The EMOTE study is currently recruiting participants for a six-week study examining the physiological changes related to Emotional Eating. Participants will be asked to wear a wristband sensor and fill out several brief surveys daily on their smartphones daily, related to emotions and emotional eating in order to assess these relationships. You must be 18 years or older to participate and eat in response to emotions on a regular basis. You will be compensated up to $150 for participation.

If you are interested in participating, please call 215.553.7186 or email EDresearch@drexel.edu.

INSPIRE - Now Recruiting

If you suffer from bulimia nervosa and are interested in seeking treatment, Drexel University's INSPIRE project is looking for volunteers to participate in their free treatment outcome study. The INSPIRE project compares a novel, acceptance-based behavioral treatment for bulimia nervosa to an existing behavioral treatment. Study participants must be 18 or over, meet criteria for a primary diagnosis of bulimia nervosa, and receive medical clearance from their PCP for participation in an outpatient treatment study.

If you are interested, please call 215.553.7137 or e-mail inspireproject@drexel.edu to receive more information.

Project DASH - Now Recruiting

If you are overweight and are seeking to lose weight and improve your diet, Project DASH is recruiting participants for a 10-week study which compares different types of computer trainings designed to help users to follow a more healthful diet plan, reduce consumption of high-sugar foods, and lose weight. Study participants will be asked to complete 10 minutes of computer training every day for 6 weeks, and attend 4 in-lab visits for additional training and assessment.

If you are interested in participating, please complete this online form.

If you have questions, please call 215.553.7100 or e-mail projectdash@drexel.edu for more information.

DietAlert - Now Recruiting 

DietAlert is a therapeutic smartphone app for individuals who are on a weight loss diet. DietAlert allows users to track behaviors that could cause them to lapse from their diets, and subsequently providing customized assistance in moments of need. The app is designed to analyze relationships between triggers and lapses, and predict when an individual might be at risk for going off of their diet. We are currently recruiting for test users.

If you are looking to lose weight, and are interested in participating, please complete this online form.

If you have questions, please call 215.553.7100 or e-mail dietalert@drexel.edu for more information.

Project ADAPT, Undergraduates – Now Recruiting

We are looking for female psychology student volunteers to participate in Project ADAPT. Researchers are interested in finding out more about the relationship between emotions and eating behavior. Participants in this study will come to Drexel University to complete a single 3-hour assessment visit to complete interviews, tasks of emotional responding, and surveys about your mood and experiences. If you are eligible and interested in participating, we would then contact you to set up a time to come in for your visit. Student volunteers will receive 4 SONA extra credit points for completion of the study assessments.

Find out if you are eligible to participate.

If you would prefer to get in touch with us directly, call 215.553.7100 or e-mail ProjectADAPT@drexel.edu.

Project ADAPT, Uncontrolled Eating Workshop – Now Recruiting

We are providing a new treatment workshop at no-cost for individuals who regularly experience loss-of-control or binge eating. We are also interested in examining the relationship between emotions and binge eating. The workshop teaches strategies for managing your eating and emotions. If you choose to participate, you would be asked to come in to Drexel for a total of two sessions. In Visit 1, Part 1, you will talk to study staff about your eating to find out if this study is a good fit for the difficulties you experience. If you are eligible based on part 1 of the visit, you will complete a 3-hour assessment visit with tasks of emotional responding and surveys about your mood and experiences. In visit 2, you will receive the treatment provided through the workshop. The workshop will focus on strategies for normalizing your eating patterns and giving you new ways to cope with emotions. After Visit 2, you will be asked to speak with an assessor over the phone for about 20 minutes, and to fill out online surveys. Participants will be paid for participation.

If you are interested, call 215.553.7100 or e-mail ProjectADAPT@drexel.edu.

Contact Us

Research Coordinators: Cara Dochat, Arielle Wolinsky, Meg Clark, and Lexie Convertino

Laboratory for Innovations in Health-Related Behavior Change
Department of Psychology
Drexel University
3201 Chestnut Street, Stratton 119
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: 215.553.7161; 215.553.7114
Fax: 215.762.8706
Email: impact@drexel.edu