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Florida: Faculty Member Receives Grant from NIDDK to Study Long-term Weight Loss Maintenance

Dr. Kathryn Ross, an assistant professor of clinical and health psychology at the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions, has received a five-year R01 award from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) to evaluate innovative methods of extended-care support to promote long-term weight loss maintenance.

As part of the study, participants will be provided an initial weight loss program and will then be randomly assigned to receive one of two smartphone-based extended-care maintenance programs. During the two-year trial period, the study will also closely track participants’ mood and thoughts/behaviors that have been hypothesized to predict weight change.

The results of this study may have important treatment implications for preventing weight regain after initial weight loss, and will further contribute foundational knowledge regarding which predictors of weight change might be used to aid the development of personalizable weight management programs.

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