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Bonnie Spring

Bonnie J Spring, PhD, ABBP

Dr. Spring is a Professor of Preventive Medicine, Psychology, & Psychiatry and also the Director of Northwestern University’s Center for Behavior and Health.  She also serves as the Chief of Behavioral Medicine in Preventive Medicine, Co-Program Leader for Cancer Prevention and Director of Team Science, NUCATS.  For more information, visit www.springteam.org

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Our Team

(Left to right) Gleb Iakovlev, David Conroy, PhD, Miriam Davidson, MSCS, Angela Pfammatter, PhD, Jennifer Warnick, Ginne Meyers, Gene McFadden, Steven Driver, MD, MPH, Bonnie Spring, PhD, Elyse Daly, Tiara Adams, RD, LDN, Christine Pellegrini, PhD, Sara Hoffman, Claire Maby, Jeremy Steglitz, MPH, MS, Elena Garza

 

Our Research

Current trials Make Better Choices 2 and Opt-In are part of the lab's work in the intervention development to reduce unhealthy diet and activity behaviors related to obesity. Given expenses associated with traditional behavioral coaching, our work explores the efficacy of interventions on diet, exercise, and sedentary behaviors using feedback supplied via handheld technology. EBBP, along with its sister project, Team Science, aims to help bridge gaps among research, policy, and clinical practice, both in the US and internationally.  Collaborative work with Erie Family Health Center in Chicago is securing physician input in order to improve provider tools for obesity intervention in electronic health records nation-wide.

Major funding comes via grants from the National Institutes of Health, particularly NIDDK, OBSSR, and NHLBI, as well as foundations, such as the American Heart Association and American Cancer Society.

For an overview of the ongoing research and work within Bonnie Spring’s Center for Behavior and Health, visit www.springteam.org.

Spring Lab in the News:

July 2014 Dr. Bonnie Spring is interviewed by Healthy Day News for "Change Bad Habits Early, Save Your Heart Later".

July 2014 Dr. Bonnie Spring is interviewed by the Feinberg School of Medicine News for Adopting Healthy Habits.

June 2014 Dr. Bonnie Spring is interviewed by NPR.org for "A Misspent Youth Doesn't Doom You to Heart Disease".

May 2014 Listen to an NIH "The Connector" podcast with Bonnie Spring as she discusses the major challenges of integrating technology into intervention development. 

April 2014 Bonnie Spring quoted by Fox News in a piece about the benefit of adding tech to weight-loss programs.

January 2014 A mobile messaging software company seeking an outside evidence-base for describing the "power and potential of mHealth technology", cited Spring Lab's research as published in JAMA Integrating Technology Into Standard Weight Loss Treatment: A Randomized Controlled Trial.

April 2013 Spring Lab is hiring postdoctoral fellows and research assistants in preparation for launching our new Opt-In trial.  For more information, please see the departmental employment page.

February 2013 Bonnie Spring interviewed by Chicago Magazine.

December 2012 Interview with Bonnie Spring on smartphones and weightloss in Boston Globe.  Also read Bonnie Spring's comments on the intersection between mobile health and RCTs "Is the RCT Too Slow for Mobile Health?" and "mHealth Developers Point to Need for Better, Faster Testing"

November 2012 Tribune article about holiday eating in the office.  Bonnie Spring is interviewed.

August 2012  Make Better Choices 2 has begun to make headlines.  Bonnie Spring was interviewed by Fox News on 8/15.  See the video here.

July 2012   The original Make Better Choices study has garnered significant media attention.  A selection includes this ABC interview aired on 27 July 2012.  A US News & World Report piece can be read here, the Chicago Sun Times reported on the study here.   Other pieces can be found here, here, and here.

This page last updated Sep 26, 2014

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