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Actively Recruiting Projects

Project ACQUIRE

Actively Recruiting

This study aims to test a new smartphone application designed to enhance the gold-standard outpatient therapy treatment for bulimia nervosa. Participants will receive no-cost outpatient treatment, and will be compensated for their participation in research assessments. Study participants must be 18 or over and meet criteria for a primary diagnosis of bulimia nervosa to be eligible to participate.

If you are interested, please call 215.553.7130 or theacquireproject@drexel.edu

Project BEAT: Binge eating adolescent treatment

Actively Recruiting

Does your teen struggle with an eating disorder? We are recruiting adolescents with loss of control eating, binge eating, and/or purging for a study designed to help better understand the role of emotions in treatment. Adolescents must be between 12 and 18 years old and have parent permission to participate in an outpatient individual treatment study. Teens will receive 12 sessions of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) at the WELL Center over 3 months at no cost. Teens will undergo in-person assessments, during which they will complete surveys and wear non-invasive sensors that measure bodily responses like heart rate and skin sweating while completing computerized tasks. Participants will be enrolled in the study for about 6 months and can receive up to $140 in compensation.

To find out if your teen may be eligible, schedule a phone screen.

Project Health

Actively Recruiting

This study is recruiting young adults between the ages of 17 and 20 who have weight concerns. Project Health aims to evaluate a group-based intervention designed to help participants reduce current weight concerns and prevent unhealthy weight gain. Participants will receive 6 weeks of no-cost healthy lifestyle coaching and will be compensated for attending 6 study visits over the course of 36 months.

If you are interested in participating, please visit our website, email projecthealth@drexel.edu, or call 215.553.7161.

TakeControlVR

Actively Recruiting

Do you struggle with compulsive eating, emotional eating, or binge eating? You may be eligible to try out a new computer game meant to help take control of binge eating. The computer game will played at home for 15 minutes per day for two weeks. Participants will complete assessments before and after playing the game for two weeks. We are recruiting individuals 18 years or older who have difficulties with binge eating. If you are interested in learning more about the study or enrolling, call 215.553.7111, or complete an interest survey.

Project PICNIC: Parent coaching for children (ages 2-10) with diet and weight concerns

Actively Recruiting

Are you a parent of a child between ages 2-10 years old? Do you struggle to encourage your child to eat healthy foods, such as vegetables? Have you been told that your child is overweight, or would benefit from weight loss? You may be eligible for a research study teaching parents new skills to help their child eat a healthier diet. Participants will receive in-the-moment coaching to learn new skills and make mealtimes with children less problematic and more enjoyable. To find out more, schedule a call, send an email to projectpicnic@drexel.edu, or call 215.553.7125.

Project Clarity

Recruiting now for March 2019 start

Are you looking to lose weight? Have you found it challenging to stick to your weight loss goals in the long term? If you are overweight and are at least 18 years old, you may be eligible for a study starting soon that is designed to help participants make lasting changes to their diet. Participants will attend three workshops geared towards enhancing specialized, psychological skills to promote long-term weight loss goals. To find out more, email projectclarity@drexel.edu, call 215.553.7111, or complete the interest survey.

Improving Weight Loss for Individuals with Binge Eating Disorder

Actively Recruiting

This study compares an acceptance-based treatment that targets both binge eating and weight loss in patients with binge eating disorder (BED) to an existing treatment. Participants will receive 25 no-cost sessions of outpatient group therapy. Study participants must be 18 or over, meet criteria for a primary diagnosis of binge eating disorder, and be able to engage in physical activity. Participants will also receive compensation for participation in research assessments.

If you are interested, please call 267.359.6289, email EDResearch@drexel.edu or fill out our initial eligibility survey at bit.ly/EDResearch.

Using Continuous Glucose Monitoring to Track Eating Behavior

Actively Recruiting

This study aims to help us understand how eating affects people’s bodies. Participation in this study involves wearing a continuous glucose monitoring device, for 2 weeks and recording what you eat on your phone throughout the day. Study participants must have a diagnosis of bulimia nervosa or binge eating disorder.

If you are interested, please call 215.553.7186 or EDResearch@drexel.edu

Additional Projects

The Time is Now

No Longer Recruiting

Are you looking to lose weight? Do you find it hard to stick to a weight loss plan? We are looking for volunteers to participate in a study investigating ways to prevent slip ups from an innovative weight loss plan based around times of day.

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

No Longer 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 215.553.7186 or e-mail inspireproject@drexel.edu to receive more information.

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

No Longer 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.

Fitlink

No Longer 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 have questions, please call 215.553.7161 or e-mail fitlink@drexel.edu for more information.

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

No Longer 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 have questions, please call 215.553.7186 or email EDresearch@drexel.edu.

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

No Longer 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 have questions, please call 215.553.7186 or e-mail EDresearch@drexel.edu.

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

No Longer 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.

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.