The Spring Lab, led by principal investigator Bonnie J. Spring, PhD, conducts research to test approaches to weight loss, smoking cessation, multiple behavior change and treatment adherence using wearable devices and apps. Our work seeks to foster healthy lifestyles and optimize interventions to reduce risk factors for disease.
Our mission is to to design and optimize innovative technology-supported interventions that catalyze healthy behavior change.
Opt-In and the current clinical trial SMART are part of the lab's work in intervention development to reduce unhealthy diet and activity behaviors related to obesity. Although employing different methodologies, both studies aim to determine the optimal combination of treatment components that will maximize weight loss while minimizing resource consumption. Our work explores the efficacy of interventions on diet, exercise and sedentary behaviors using feedback supplied via mobile technologies, including inexpensive, widely available mHealth tools.
The NUYou Study, an mHealth Intervention to Preserve and Promote Ideal Health is funded by the American Heart Association. This trial asks if we can develop a mobile health application that freshman and sophomore college students will use, and that will help them to maintain or adopt healthy behaviors. This social behavioral study is now in its second year. If you would like to learn more or participate, please follow this link: NUYou.
The Sense2Stop study evaluates whether an app and worn sensors can help smokers quit smoking and not relapse. On Oct. 9, 2014, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced awards for 11 Big Data Centers of Excellence. We're proud to be part of a team of researchers from 11 universities (Cornell Tech, Georgia Tech, Memphis, Michigan, Ohio State, Northwestern, Utah, UCLA, UCSD, UCSF, UMass) and Open mHealth that has been awarded a grant for an NIH Center of Excellence on Mobile Sensor Data-to-Knowledge (MD2K). The study evaluates the effects of a just-in-time adaptive intervention (JITAI) to manage stress and to prevent smoking relapse and overeating. You can find more details on our research agenda and learn about participating for this study and the team on the MD2K website.
Team Science and its sister project EBBP (evidence-based behavioral practices) help bridge gaps among research, policy, and health care practice in the U.S. and internationally and encourage needed cross-talk among diverse stakeholders. Thanks to support from the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Science Institute, a team of faculty and staff at the Spring Lab are now involved in building and disseminating our expertise in the science of team science by creating and evaluating practical tools and workshops that catalyze and empower high-functioning, multi-disciplinary teams.
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.