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Fitlink

Actively Recruiting

If you are at least 20 pounds overweight you may be eligible to participate in a research study at Drexel University funded by the National Institutes of Health. The study is designed to help overweight and obese adults lose weight and maintain healthy habits long-term. All participants will attend state-of-the-art, weekly group meetings led by a weight control specialist for 3 months. After these meetings conclude, participants will complete monthly phone calls with their coach and received weekly text messages for ongoing support.

If you are interested in participating, please complete our online form. If you have questions, please call 215.553.7161 or e-mail fitlink@drexel.edu for more information.

Project DASH: A Computerized Brain-Training Program to Help Reduce Sugar Intake

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

OnTrack: An Intelligent Smartphone App Designed to Help Participants Adhere to a Diet

Actively Recruiting

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

If you are looking to lose weight, and are interested in participating in a research study of new tools for weight loss, please complete this online form. If you have questions, please call 215.553.7100 or e-mail ontrack@drexel.edu.

Project ADAPT, Uncontrolled Eating Workshop: A New Treatment Workshop for Those Who Regularly Experience Loss-of-Control or Binge Eating

Actively 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.

Project BITE: An individual, outpatient treatment study for adults struggling with binge eating

Actively 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.

CBT for Rumination Disorder; A Treatment Study for Rumination Disorder

Actively Recruiting

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 or e-mail EDresearch@drexel.edu.

Emote Study: A Six-Week Study Examining Physiological Changes Related to Emotional Eating

Actively 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.

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

Actively 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, please call 215.553.7186 or e-mail EDresearch@drexel.edu.

The INSPIRE Project: A Psychological Treatment for Adults Suffering from Bulimia Nervosa

Actively 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 Step: A FitBit-Based Program for Promoting Physical Activity

Actively Recruiting

Project Step is recruiting participants for an 8-week study. Study participants will be asked to wear a FitBit (provided by the research team) for 8 weeks, and participants must be able to receive text messages from study staff. All participants will earn approximately $20 for participating. 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 complete this brief survey of eligibility or email projectstep@drexel.edu.

Additional Projects

Kitchen Coaching: A short-term behavioral weight loss treatment study to help participants increase healthy foods and decrease tempting foods in their home

No Longer Recruiting

Kitchen Coaching is a study investigating how to best help you increase healthy foods and decrease the foods that tempt you in your home. You will be enrolled in the study for 1 month and will participate in 2 research assessments. Included in participation are 4 lifestyle modification sessions, which will teach skills to help you lose weight and eat healthier. Your lifestyle coach will come to your home for two visits and will conduct a video-chat with you for two visits.

Mind Your Health: A Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing Two Behavioral Treatments for Obesity

No Longer Recruiting

This project is an NIH-funded randomized controlled trial designed to compare the gold standard behavioral treatment for obesity with a behavioral approach that incorporates acceptance-based principles drawn from Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Marlatt's mindfulness-based relapse prevention, and especially Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Overweight participants are randomly assigned to group-based standard behavioral treatment (SBT) or acceptance-based behavioral treatment (ABT). The project has a special interest in real-time measurement of factors leading to dietary lapses throughout the day, and in the success of treatments in long-term weight maintenance.

Project Impact: A Randomized Control Trial Investigating Behavioral Approaches to Weight Loss

No Longer Recruiting

Project Impact is an NIH-funded randomized controlled trial (PI: Butryn) investigating behavioral approaches to weight loss. Over the course of 18 months, participants in Project Impact will attend 30 groups sessions led by weight-control specialists. During these sessions, they will learn skills related to nutrition, physical activity, and lifestyle modification to help them lose weight and keep this weight off.

ReLearn: A Personalized Weight Loss Intervention

No Longer Recruiting

ReLearn is a new, adaptive weight loss intervention that allows you to track your behaviors through commercially available technology (FitBit) and receive personalized weight loss coaching. ReLearn is recruiting participants for a 16-week study that compares whether all coaching through phone calls only, or through a mix of phone calls and text messages, helps people to better make changes to their eating and activity and lose weight. Study participants will be asked to attend 4 weekly, in-person, group-based weight loss coaching sessions, and then to be able to receive a phone call or text message twice per week for 12 weeks. Participants will also be asked to complete assessment questionnaires at 4 time points.

Project HEALTHY

No Longer Recruiting

Are you an active, healthy, young adult? Project HEALTHY is a Drexel University-based research study that examines the relationships among several health-related behaviors, including eating, physical activity, and weight change, in healthy, active young adults.

Participants will complete online questionnaires, come to Drexel University for one 45-minute study visit, and wear an activity tracker for 1 week. Participants will receive $50 compensation for completing all study tasks. You may be eligible to participate if you are between the ages of 21-30 years, have consistently exercised or been active (for at least 150 minutes/week) over the past 3 years, and have a body mass index between 18.5-24.9. Please fill out our online screener, or contact 215.553.7131 or ProjectHEALTHY@drexel.edu for additional information.