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Research

CORE researchers study behavioral health, children and adolescents, and women and minorities. Find more information about the research topics below. 

Behavioral Health

  • Psychosocial and Behavioral Predictors of Outcomes after Bariatric Surgery: This study is investigating the psychosocial and behavioral variables associated with outcomes of bariatric surgery. Funding source: NIH/NIDDK (Investigator(s) David B. Sarwer, …)
  • Impact evaluation of school start time changes: The purpose of this project is to determine, using a quasi-experimental research design, the impact of school start time changes on adolescents’ sleep, mood, self-regulation, health, safety, and school functioning. Funding source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Investigator(s) Robert Whitaker, …)
  • Pennsylvania Head Start Staff Wellness Survey: The purpose of this project is to describe the physical health and psychological well-being of Head Start/Early Head staff and examine how it is related to functioning at work. Funding source: None (Investigator(s) Robert Whitaker, …)
  • Early Risk Factors for Obesity: Parenting, Child Behavior, and Attachment: To determine how the emotional quality of early parent-child relationships affects the risk of childhood obesity. Funding source: NIDDK/NIH (Investigator(s) Robert Whitaker, …)
  • Reducing Solid Fat and Added Sugar Intakes in Low-Income Preschoolers through Environmental and Behavioral Portion Size Strategies: The primary objective research is to reducing excessive energy intakes among low-income preschoolers from foods high in solid fats and added sugars (SFAS) through authoritative portion size strategies. Funding source: USDA AFRI (Investigator(s) Robert Whitaker, …)

Children and Adolescents

  • Enhancing Sleep Duration: Effects on Children’s Eating and Activity Behaviors: The purpose of this grant is to determine whether an intervention to increase sleep duration in school-age children affects eating and activity behaviors, and zBMI. Funding source: NIH/NHLBI (Investigator(s) Chantelle Hart, …)
  • Food Choices in Overweight & Normal Weight Adolescents-Sleep & Circadian Rhythms: The proposed study uses a sophisticated experimental paradigm-forced desynchrony-to assess circadian and sleep-wake homeostatic parameters in normal weight and overweight adolescents, and to determine the relative contribution of circadian phase and time awake on eating behaviors and food choices. Funding source: NIH/NIDDK (Investigator(s) Chantelle Hart, …)
  • Mealtime Interactions and Risk of Obesity in Toddlers: This project aims to determine the role of maternal responsive feeding during toddlerhood on subsequent obesity risk. Funding Source: NIH/NIDDK (Investigator(s) Chantelle Hart, …)
  • Reducing Solid Fat and Added Sugar Intakes in Low-Income Preschoolers through Environmental and Behavioral Portion Size Strategies: The primary objective research is to reducing excessive energy intakes among low-income preschoolers from foods high in saturated fats and added sugars through authoritative portion size strategies. Funding source: USDA AFRI (Investigator(s) Jennifer Fisher, …) 
  • Parenting Contributions to Child Self-Regulation, Energy Intake, and Weight: The primary objective research is to understand the influence of parenting on children’s general and eating specific self-regulatory skills and weight. Funding source: NIH/NICHD (Investigator(s) Jennifer Fisher, …) 
  • Breakfast Consumption and Childhood Obesity Among Low Income, Ethnically Diverse Youth: The purpose of this study is to develop and evaluate the effects of a school breakfast policy initiative on the incidence of overweight and obesity as well as breakfast patterns among 4th-6th grade children in 16 K-8 schools over a 2-year period. Funding source: USDA AFRI (Investigator(s) Jennifer Fisher, …) 
  • Snacking in Young Children: Parental Definitions, Goals, and Feeding Practices: Focusing on low-income African American and Hispanic families with preschool-aged children, this study will: qualitatively describe parents' definitions of child snacking and their approaches to feeding children snacks; rigorously develop and test a quantitative measure of these constructs;  and evaluate relationships with child eating and weight outcomes. Funding source: NIH/NICHD (Investigator(s) Jennifer Fisher, …)
  • Impact evaluation of school start time changes: The purpose of this project is to determine, using a quasi-experimental research design, the impact of school start time changes on adolescents’ sleep, mood, self-regulation, health, safety, and school functioning. Funding source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Investigator(s) Robert Whitaker, …)
  • Early Risk Factors for Obesity: Parenting, Child Behavior, and Attachment: To determine how the emotional quality of early parent-child relationships affects the risk of childhood obesity. Funding source: NIDDK/NIH (Investigator(s) Robert Whitaker, …)
  • Reducing Solid Fat and Added Sugar Intakes in Low-Income Preschoolers through Environmental and Behavioral Portion Size Strategies: The primary objective research is to reducing excessive energy intakes among low-income preschoolers from foods high in solid fats and added sugars (SFAS) through authoritative portion size strategies. Funding source: USDA AFRI (Investigator(s) Robert Whitaker, …)

Women and Minorities 

  • Preventing Excessive Gestational Weight Gain in Obese Women: The purpose of this grant is to determine the efficacy of a multicomponent intervention to prevent excessive gestational weight gain in a multiethnic population. Funding source: NIH/NHLBI (Investigator(s) Chantelle Hart, …) 
  • Targeting Pregnancy-Related Weight Gain to Reduce Disparities in Obesity: The purpose of this randomized clinical trial is to evaluate the efficacy of an excessive gestational weight gain prevention intervention in low-income overweight/obese women. Funding source: HRSA (Investigator(s) Sharon Herring, ….)
  • Community-based obesity treatment in African American women after childbirth: This purpose of this randomized clinical trial is to implement and evaluate a novel community-based behavioral weight loss intervention in African American WIC participants during the first postpartum year. Funding source: NIH/NHLBI (Investigator(s) Sharon Herring, ….)
  • The Influence of Postpartum Sleep Duration on Adiposity and Cardiometabolic Risk Factors in Urban, Low-Income Mothers: The scientific goal of the proposed research is to use observational epidemiology to examine the influence of postpartum sleep duration on adiposity and cardiometabolic risk factors in a large cohort of urban, low-income mothers. Funding source: Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (Investigator(s) Sharon Herring, ….)
  • Early Risk Factors for Obesity: Parenting, Child Behavior, and Attachment: To determine how the emotional quality of early parent-child relationships affects the risk of childhood obesity. Funding source: NIDDK/NIH (Investigator(s) Robert Whitaker, …)