Current Projects

  


 

ACTIVATE

The ACTIVATE study is testing a lifestyle program designed for young men between 18-35 years old. Eligible participants will be randomized to 1 of 2 groups (immediate or delayed). Both groups will receive a self-guided lifestyle program entailing resources tailored to improve young men’s health. The immediate group will receive the program following enrollment, whereas the delayed group will receive the program 3 months following enrollment. If eligible, you will be asked to: 

  • Attend an orientation online via Zoom
  • Attend an online data collection visit where we will measure weight via video weigh-in with a study-issued scale and administer questionnaires
  • Participate in 1 of 2 groups

Recruitment for ACTIVATE is currently closed. Please contact us at optforhealth@vcuhealth.org if you have any questions. 

  


 

Ready SET Health

This study will provide our gold-standard lifestyle intervention to help improve health and well-being among emerging adults ages 18-25. In this study, we are interested in learning more about day-to-day barriers and facilitators of program engagement and weight loss. On select weeks of the program, participants will be asked to provide real-time information about their motivation, daily routine, mood, and life events. Eligible participants will be enrolled into a 4-month study and will receive:

  • Information and evidence-based strategies for making changes to eating and physical activity
  • Weekly feedback on your progress from your lifestyle coach
  • Feedback on physical measurements throughout the study

Compensation is provided to participants for their time spent completing data collection visits. This research is being conducted in the Department of Health Behavior and Policy within the School of Medicine and is funded by the Massey Cancer Center. Two in-person data collection visits (pre/post treatment) will be conducted at 500 Academic Center. All other research activities will be conducted virtually.

Recruitment for this study is currently open. Visit https://www.readysethealthvcu.com/ to learn more and take a screening survey to see if you might be eligible. Please contact us (optforhealth@vcuhealth.org | 804-827-2250) if you have any questions.

  


 

HER2

HER SQUARED is a research study with a goal of helping us understand the daily experiences of racism experienced by young African American women. Participants in this study will be asked to:

  • Attend 1 in-person orientation and training session in our lab at 830 East Main Street
  • Attend 1 in-person data collection visit in our lab where e will measure your height, weight, blood pressure, waist circumference, and body composition
  • Use their personal cell phones to answer brief survey questions about racism, eating behaviors, and how they deal with these experiences multiple times a day over a 14-day period

 You may be eligible for this study if you: 

  • Self-identify as African American or Black
  • Self-identify as a woman
  • Are between the ages of 18-25 
  • Live, work or go to school in the greater Richmond area
  • Have a body mass index (BMI) between 25-45 kg/m2

Compensation is available for eligible participants. Take our brief screening survey to see if you're eligible to participate.

  


 

Thinking Breast Cancer

After a diagnosis of breast cancer, some people might notice difficulties with thinking.

These difficulties are called "cancer-related cognitive impairment," and can include problems with memory, attention, and concentration. We are interested in learning more about what factors might be associated with the development of these thinking difficulties in addition to breast cancer survivors' preferences regarding treatment of these problems. This survey study will allow us to develop treatment programs that best meet the needs of breast cancer survivors who experience cancer-related cognitive impairment.

Recruitment for this study is currently closed. Please contact us (optforhealth@vcuhealth.org | 804-827-2250) if you have any questions.

  


 

VITAL

This trial will test the efficacy of a new WW digital weight loss and wellness program for individuals living with type 2 diabetes. Eligible participants will receive a 6-month program including:

  • A personalized food plan based on expert healthy eating and diabetes management guidelines
  • An activity plan designed to promote regular physical activity
  • Tips to help you shift towards a helpful mindset for lasting change
  • Digital tools in the WW app
  • Weekly hour-long virtual (Zoom) group meetings led by a trained WW coach​

Compensation is provided to participants for their time spent completing data collection visits. This research is being conducted in the Department of Health Behavior and Policy within the School of Medicine and is funded by WW International. Three in-person data collection visits will be conducted at VCU Health’s Pembrooke Plaza on Parham Rd. All other research activities will be conducted virtually.

Recruitment for this study is currently closed. Please contact us (optforhealth@vcuhealth.org | 804-827-2250) if you have any questions.

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