SpringLab, led by Bonnie Spring, PhD, develops and tests interventions to achieve weight loss, multiple healthy diet and physical activity changes, and smoking cessation using wearable devices and apps. We aim to reduce risk factors for chronic disease by optimizing innovative technology-supported interventions to catalyze healthy behavior change.
Dr. Spring is now accepting applications for the The Behavioral and Psychosocial Research Training Program in Cancer Prevention and Control for 2021.
New, Remote Weight-Loss Method Helped Slash Pounds
Read about the new Northwestern Opt-IN remote weight loss program that slashed pounds. You can also read the full publication here. For more information and to express an interest in signing up, visit the Opt-IN program website.
SMART is an adaptive (stepped care) trial to optimize obesity treatment by using both mHealth and traditional weight loss treatment components (read about the SMART study design). The study follows our Opt-IN factorial obesity treatment trial, designed to assemble components into a treatment package that achieves maximal weight loss attainable for least cost (read about the Opt-IN study). A trial expected to launch soon is an RCT of Opt-IN’s least resource-intensive treatment package. ENGAGED and +Mobile are prior obesity trials from SpringLab.
Make Better Choices 1 and 2 (MBC1, MBC2) were prior trials of mHealth-supported interventions to produce multiple behavior changes in diet and physical activity. A study expected to launch soon will trial the MBC2 intervention in Appalachia.
The Sense2Stop study, performed in collaboration with the 11-university NIH Center of Excellence on Mobile Sensor Data-to-Knowledge (MD2K), evaluates the use of an app and worn sensors to help smokers quit and not relapse. Tests are ongoing to evaluate predictive models and a Just-in-Time Adaptive Intervention (JITAI).
Team Science and its sister project Evidence-Based Behavioral Practice (EBBP) are free online learning modules. Teamscience.net offers experiential learning for interdisciplinary scientific teams (read about teamscience.net). EBBP.org offers didactic and experiential modules for health professionals from different disciplines about how to find, evaluate, and implement evidence-based interventions for health.
We are currently seeking volunteers to engage in a variety of research experiences within our multidisciplinary lab. Visit the Global & Research Opportunities page for the volunteer positions available, prerequisites and requirements and contact information.