Position title: Professor of Surgery
My research program involves development and testing of behavioral interventions for cardiovascular disease risk reduction. These interventions have been delivered in person, by telephone, and by video and have targeted patients and the patient/partner dyad. Relevant patient populations have included people with obesity, type 2 diabetes, or dyslipidemia. Currently funded studies focus on identifying effective behavioral strategies for promoting long-term weight loss. In an ongoing R01, I am comparing a participant-only to partner-assisted intervention for long-term weight loss. The dyadic intervention involves training couples in communication skills to increase joint problem solving around weight-related behaviors. In an ongoing UG3/UH3, I am evaluating the individual and joint effects on long-term weight loss of small, variable incentives weekly for dietary self-monitoring and/or interim weight loss. I also conduct studies on medication nonadherence. I am currently validating my self-report measure for oral and injectable diabetes agents.