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.
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
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