Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Workshop 1: Stress & Obesity: Basic, Translational & Clinical Perspectives

2:00 pm - 6:15 pm

Sponsored by National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Obesity-Related Behavioral Intervention Trials (ORBIT) Research Network and Society of Behavioral Medicine

Organized by: Elissa Epel, PhD, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Catherine Stoney, PhD, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), Susan M. Czajkowski, PhD, NHLBI & Christine Hunter, PhD, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders (NIDDK)


2:00 pm – 2:15 pm           Introduction & Overview:  What Do We Know about Stress & Obesity?                 

Elissa Epel, PhD, UCSF

2:15 pm – 4:00pm            Basic Science Perspectives

Moderator:   Elissa Epel, PhD, UCSF

Animal Models of Stress Eating
Mary Dallman, PhD, UCSF

Cognitive Function and Stress in Obesity: A Lifespan Approach
John Gunstad, PhD, Kent State University  

Stress, Neurobiology & Eating Behavior
Rajita Sinha, PhD, Yale School of Medicine

Discussion:  Catherine Stoney, PhD, NHLBI

4:00 pm – 4:15 pm           Break                            

4:15 pm – 6:00 pm           Translational & Clinical Perspectives

Moderator:  Susan Czajkowski , PhD, NHLBI

Stress, Eating Behavior, and Obesity in Low Income Children: Identifying Novel Targets for Intervention
Alison Miller, PhD, University of Michigan

The MAMAS Study:  Strategies to Improve Self-Regulation & Promote Healthy Weight Gain in Pregnancy
Barbara Laraia, PhD, UCSF

Stress, Positive Affect Induction, and Behavior Change 
Mary Charlson, MD, Weill Cornell Medical College

Discussion:  Christine Hunter, PhD, NIDDK

6:00 pm - 6:15 pm           Summary & Future Directions:
                                         What Do We Need to Know about Stress & Obesity?

Deborah Olster, PhD, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR)

Stress and Obesity: Basic, Translational, and Clinical Perspectives
Poster Abstracts

(to be presented during Poster Session A - Wednesday, March 20, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM, Golden Gate Room

Workshop 2: mHealth Brief Training Institute

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

An NIH sponsored Pre-Conference Session

Organized by: Wendy J. Nilsen, PhD, Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research (OBSSR) - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The NIH will host a NIH mHealth Training Institute as a satellite meeting  for the Society for Behavioral Medicine’s 34th Annual Meeting. The mHealth Institute is designed to provide behavioral and social scientists tools to successfully add mobile health technologies to their research in a collaborative team environment with mentorship from leaders in the fields of engineering, medicine and the behavioral and social sciences.

The one-day Institute provides participants with an overview of the central multidisciplinary aspects of mobile and wireless research. The training will follow a project from conception through analysis led by a panel of experts.  Participants will be involved in didactic sessions targeting major cross-cutting research issues and interdisciplinary team exercises developing a mHealth research project.

Using mobile technologies to more rapidly and accurately assess and modify behavior, biological states and contextual variables has great potential to transform health research. Recent advances in mobile technologies and the ubiquitous nature of these technologies in daily life (e.g., smart phones, sensors) have created opportunities for behavioral and social sciences research applications that were not previously possible (e.g., simultaneously assessing behavioral, physiological, and psychological states in the real world and in real-time). The use of mobile technology affords numerous methodological advantages over traditional methods, including reduced memory bias, the ability to capture time-intensive longitudinal data, date- and time-stamped data, and the potential for personalizing information in real-time. However, challenges in mobile health (or mHealth) research exist. Importantly, much of the work being done in mHealth arises from single disciplines without integration of the behavioral, social sciences and clinical research fields. Without integration, mobile technologies will not be maximally effective. The NIH mHealth Training Institute addresses these scientific silos by bring together scientists from diverse fields to enhance the quality of mHealth research.

The training will work with experts in mHealth to follow a project from conception through analysis. Topics include:

  • Development: What are the steps of development? Who is on your team, and what do they need to know to help you?
  • Design: Designing well so you can make something that people will use and it will be secure.
  • Assessment: How and when to sample? Balancing burden, battery life and data tsunamis.
  • Methodology: Designs to evaluate mHealth in the fast-paced world of technology.
  • Evaluation: Missing data, machine learning, longitudinal data analysis, modeling and visualization.


9:00 am - 10:15 am      Module 1: Defining the Problem

                                Donna Spruijt-Metz, PhD
                                University of Southern California

10:15 am - 10:30 am    Break

10:30 am - 12:00 pm   Module 2: User-Centered Design

                                Larry Suarez and Iana Simeonov
                                University of California-San Francisco

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm     Break for lunch

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm      Module 3: Technology and Assessment

                                Edmund Seto, PhD
                                University of California, Berkley

2:15 pm - 2:30 pm      Break

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm      Module 4: Research Methodology

                                William Riley, PhD
                                National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm       Bringing it All Together and Closing Discussion

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