Collaborators

 

Melanie Bean [View Image]

Melanie Bean, PhD, LCP
Co-Director, Healthy Lifestyles Center
Associate Professor, VCU Department of Pediatrics

Dr. Bean is a pediatric psychologist and Co-Director of the Healthy Lifestyles Center at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. She is a Co-Investigator on our recently-completed REACH trial and Dr. LaRose is a Co-Investigator on her ongoing TEENS+ trial, which is testing the comparative efficacy of two distinct approaches to parental involvement within the context of adolescent weight management.


 

Kristal Brown [View Image]

Kristal Lyn Brown, PhD, MSPH
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Brown is a T32 postdoctoral research fellow at The Johns Hopkins University and the trainee PI of our ongoing HER2 study.


 

Ron Evans [View Image]

Ronald Evans, PhD
Associate Professor, VCU Department of Kinesiology & Health Sciences

Dr. Evans is an exercise physiologist and associate professor of Kinesiology and Health Sciences at VCU. He is a Co-Investigator on our recently-completed REACH trial in addition to our ongoing Ready SET Health trial, and we collaborate as part of a workgroup focused on energy expenditure and long-term weight loss maintenance.


 

Anika Hines [View Image]

Anika Hines, PhD
Assistant Professor, VCU Department of Health Behavior and Policy

Dr. Hines is a health equity researcher focused on chronic stress within the context of neighborhoods and the broader social environment. She is a Co-Investigator on our ongoing HER2 and Ready SET Health trials.


 

Tricia Leahey [View Image]

Tricia Leahey, PhD
Associate Professor, University of Connecticut Department of Allied Health Sciences
Co-Director, UConn Weight Management Research Group

Dr. Leahey is a tenured faculty member at the University of Connecticut, where she co-directs the UConn Weight Management Group. She and Dr. LaRose have a longstanding history of collaboration. Dr. Leahey is a Co-Investigator on our ongoing REACH trial, and on Dr. LaRose is a Co-Investigator on her ongoing RISE trial, which is testing a novel behavioral economics mHealth intervention for long-term weight loss in economically disadvantaged adults.


 

Robert Perera [View Image]

Robert Perera, PhD
Associate Professor, VCU Department of Biostatistics

Dr. Perera is a biostatistican specializing in analysis and design of clinical trials, longitudinal data analysis, and psychological/behavioral measurement. He is a Co-Investigator on our ongoing HER 2 and Ready SET Health trials, and we collaborate as part of a workgroup focused on energy expenditure and long-term weight loss maintenance.


 

 Deborah Tate [View Image]

Deborah Tate, PhD
Director, Communication for Health Applications and Intervention (CHAI) Core
Professor, UNC Chapel Hill Departments of Health Behavior and Nutrition

Dr. Tate is a tenured faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she directs the CHAI core and UNC Weight Research Program. She and Dr. LaRose have a longstanding history of collaboration, including on the SNAP trial and our recently-completed REACH trial. They are also both collaborating investigators on Dr. Carmina Valle’s IMPACT trial and Dr. Tricia Leahey’s RISE trial.


 

Carmina Valle [View Image]

Carmina Valle, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor, UNC Chapel Hill Department of Nutrition

Dr. Valle is a faculty member in the Department of Nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a behavioral scientist whose program of research is focused on eliminating cancer disparities. Dr. LaRose is a collaborator on her ongoing IMPACT trial, which is testing a tailored mHealth intervention to promote physical activity among young adult cancer survivors.


 

Trey Wickham [View Image]

Edmond "Trey" Wickham, MD, MPH
Director of Research, Healthy Lifestyles Center
Associate Professor, VCU Department of Internal Medicine

Dr. Wickham is a board certified endocrinologist with expertise in the pathophysiology of obesity across the lifespan, and Co-Director of the Healthy Lifestyles Center at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. He is a Co-Investigator on two of our recently-completed trials, REACH and the BMI Project. In addition, he is a Co-Investigator and the Medically-Responsible Investigator on our ongoing VITAL Trial

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