Current Research

Linking Active Transportation Use and Neighborhood Walkability to Cardiometabolic Risk Factors among Hispanic Mothers
Research Duration:
2018 to 2019
Principal Investigator: Elizabeth Lorenzo
CHPDP Collaborator: Rebecca Lee and Colleen Keller
Funding: NIH/NINR

This study will inform physical activity interventions for Hispanic and Latina mothers, who are among the least physically active and at high risk of poor cardiometabolic health, to decrease cardiometabolic risk factors, inform best practice, and advocate for policy changes to enhance the health of undeserved communities.

Metabolic Tracking during Pregnancy to Promote Adequate Gestational Weight Gain
Research Duration: 2017
Principal Investigator: Elizabeth Reifsnider
Funding: ASU Biodesign Pathfinder Center

Early detection and prevention of disease can improve health outcomes and decrease healthcare costs. This research will use a metabolic tracking device with pregnant women to promote adequate gestational weight gain. The results of this project will be used to inform how clinical patient monitoring data can be effectively managed and utilized through the use of wearable devices.

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Follow-up of a Culturally-Grounded Diabetes Prevention Program for Obese Latino Adolescents
Research Duration:
2017 to 2022
Principal Investigator: Gabe Shaibi
Funding: NIH/NIMHD

Community partners (St. Vincent de Paul Family Wellness Program and Lincoln Family YMCA) and SIRC  tested the efficacy of a  culturally-grounded diabetes prevention intervention, Every Little Step Counts (ELSC) for obese Latino adolescents from 2012-2017. This NIMHD award includes a five-year continuation study, Follow-up of a Culturally-Grounded Diabetes Prevention Program for Obese Latino Adolescents, led by Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (CHPDP) director Dr. Gabe Shaibi. The study will describe long-term health trajectories Latino adolescents following completion of ELSC and examine how family, home, and neighborhood factors are associated with individual diabetes risk profiles over time. The ELSC intervention focuses on sustaining healthy behavior changes through nutrition and fitness classes delivered to obese Latino adolescents and their families.

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Improving Diabetes Management and Quality of Life in Latino and Latina Patients with Type 2 Diabetes
Research Duration:
2017 to 2018
Principal Investigator: Felipe González Castro
Funding: Mayo Clinic/ASU Obesity Solutions

The goal of this project is to conduct a proposed Integrative Mixed Methods study on culturally-relevant approaches for promoting effective diabetes management among elder Latino and Latina patients with type 2 diabetes.

Development of a Psychoeducational Intervention to Address Financial Distress in Cancer Patients
Research Duration: 2017
Principal Investigator: Nandita Khera, MD (Mayo Clinic AZ Cancer Center)
CHPDP Collaborator: Shelby Langer
Funding: Mayo Clinic/AZ-CSHCD

With increasing costs of cancer treatment, financial hardship is a growing challenge for patients, their families, and healthcare providers. Aims are: (1) To understand the stakeholder (non-physician healthcare provider and patient/ caregiver) perspective regarding the need for interventions for financial distress and preferred mode of delivery, and (2) To develop and validate a psycho-educational intervention to address financial distress due to cancer treatment.

Exploring Oxytocin Response to Meditative Movement
Research Duration: 2017
Principal Investigator: Linda Larkey
Funding: ASU Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR)

This research will examine the ability of a mind-body intervention, Meditative Movement, to stimulate oxytocin production in older adults and potentially decrease their risk for cardiovascular disease. 


Increasing EBI Effectiveness: Systems Factors within Community Settings
Research Duration: 2017
Principal Investigator: Felipe Gonzalez Castro
Funding: ASU Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR)

The aim of this research is to conduct an international study with prevention scientists and professionals from 12 different nations. The study will examine international similarities and differences in approaches to the dissemination and implementation of preventive care interventions. Results of this pilot study will aid in understanding worldwide variations in the "culture of prevention." The long-term goal of this research is to identify best policies and practices for the dissemination and implementation of efficacious prevention and health promotion interventions. 


Alcohol-Related Sexual Aggression: An Emotion Regulation Intervention
Research Duration:
2016 to 2018
Principal Investigator: Kelly Cue Davis
Funding: National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

 Rates of sexual assault are alarmingly high, and alcohol is consistently implicated in the majority of these assaults. Despite well-intentioned prevention efforts, this pandemic continues unabated, warranting the development of novel and innovative approaches to the reduction of sexual aggression. The objective of the proposed research is to evaluate the efficacy of two brief online emotion regulation (ER) interventions for reducing alcohol-related sexual aggression (SA) in heavy episodic drinking (HED) young men with an SA history.

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Partnering for PA in Early Childhood: Sustainability via Active Garden Education
Research Duration:
2016 to 2021
Principal Investigator: Rebecca Lee, PhD
CHPDP Collaborator: Gabriel Shaibi, PhD
Funding: NIH/National Institute on Minority Health and Healthy Disparities 1U01MD010667-01

Sustainability via Active Garden Education (SAGE) is a garden based physical activity and nutrition intervention for preschool-aged children. The SAGE curriculum uses a school garden as a metaphor for child development and engages children in interactive games, songs, and learning activities. The SAGE curriculum focuses on improving physical activity, sedentary behaviors, fruit, and vegetable consumption, reducing eating in the absence of hunger, and also encourages healthy behavior changes and parenting practices in parents. The SAGE study incorporates community-based participatory research strategies into an ecologic approach to investigate factors needed to initiate and maintain PA and healthy dietary habits in the preschool setting while exploring the potential for sustainability for broad scale implementation and informing policy enactment and enforcement. 

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Enhancing Culturally-Informed Health Care Services for Women Affected by Female Genital Cutting in Arizona
Research Duration:
2016 to 2019
Principal Investigator: Crista Johnson=Agbakwu
CHPDP Collaborator: Colleen Keller
Funding: U. S. Department of Health and Human Services

Designed to build greater capacity among health and social service providers acrosee Arizona to care for Femal Genitalia Cutting affected populations and build community knowledge and awareness of FGC-related health issues and available services.

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