Melanie R. Jay

Melanie R. Jay, MD

Associate Professor, Department of Medicine

Associate Professor, Department of Population Health


The focus of my research is to improve the treatment and prevention of obesity, especially in primary care settings. Over a third of adults in the U.S. have obesity, and people with obesity are at higher risk for diabetes, heart disease, and many cancers. Modest weight loss through lifestyle change can significantly improve health, but physicians and other health care practitioners often do not adequately treat patients with obesity. 

Through rigorous formative work with patients and providers, we developed two technology-assisted health coaching interventions. These interventions address the need to improve the frequency and quality of obesity-related counseling by adding trained health coaches to primary care teams within the patient centered medical home model of care. They also help to link patients to effective weight management programs that are underutilized. We received NIH R01 funding and Veterans Affairs funding to do cluster randomized trials of these interventions within both the Veterans Affairs and Montefiore Medical Center healthcare systems.  The first, called Goals for Eating and Moving (GEM), uses non-clinician health coaches. The second, called MOVE! Towards your Goals, adds peer coaches to primary care teams.

We also have another R01 grant with Dr. Joseph Ladapo (MPI) on a study entitled the Financial Incentives for Weight Reduction Study (FIreWoRkS).  For this project, we are comparing goal-directed financial incentives to outcome directed financial incentives for low income, primary care patients with obesity.

In my role as Co-Director of the NYU Langone Comprehensive Program on Obesity, our goal is to foster obesity- related collaborative basic science, clinical, and population health research. Please click here: Comprehensive Program on Obesity for more information. 

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Associate Professor, Department of Medicine

Associate Professor, Department of Population Health

Co-Director, NYU Langone Comprehensive Program on Obesity

Director, Research Collaboration and Mentoring

MD from New York University

Sturgiss, Elizabeth; Jay, Melanie; Campbell-Scherer, Denise; van Weel, Chris

British medical journal. BMJ (Clinical research ed.). 2017 Nov 22; 359:j5303-j5303

Weissman, Judith; Russell, David; Jay, Melanie; Beasley, Jeannette M; Malaspina, Dolores; Pegus, Cheryl

Psychiatric services. 2017 Apr 17; 68(7):653-659appips201600260

Dognin, Joanna; Sedlander, Erica; Jay, Melanie; Ades, Veronica

Families, systems, & health. 2017 Apr 17; 35(3):360-372


Sedlander, Erica; Ades, Veronica; Jay, Melanie; Zephyrin, Laurie; Dognin, Joanna

Journal of women's health (Larchmont, N.Y. : 2002). 2017 APR; 26(4):A49-A49

Food insecurity in veterans recruited for a pilot weight management study for veterans in primary care: An exploratory analysis [Meeting Abstract]

Viglione, C M; Rahman, N; Sanon, O; Chowdhury, A; Fang, Y; Sherman, S; Kalet, A; Dognin, J; Jay, M

Journal of general internal medicine. 2017 April; Conference:(40th):S195

Pilot RCT of a technology-assisted weight management intervention within primary care at the VA Newyork Harbor healthcare system [Meeting Abstract]

Viglione, C M; Amarnani, S; Bouwman, D; Lazar, K; Fang, Y; Sherman, S; Kalet, A; Tenner, C; Jay, M

Journal of general internal medicine. 2017 April; Conference:(40th):S275-S276

Weissman, Judith D; Russell, David; Beasley, Jeannette; Jay, Melanie; Malaspina, Dolores

Journal of psychosomatic research. 2016 Dec; 91:75-81