Dr. LaRose is the Director of the OPT for health research center and a faculty member in the Department of Health Behavior and Policy at VCU. She is a clinical psychologist whose primary research interests lie in obesity prevention and treatment and developing behavioral interventions to mitigate future disease risk. Dr. LaRose is particularly interested in intervening with high-risk and/or underserved populations, and in identifying novel ways to translate evidence-based interventions into community and healthcare settings.
Megan Henderson, MS, CRC
Megan is the Lab Manager for the OPT for Health Research Center and coordinates all aspects of our ongoing randomized controlled trials, including participants’ screening and assessment visits. She has a background in rehabilitation counseling, and considerable experience managing large-scale clinical trials.
Autumn Lanoye, MS
Autumn has a background in clinical psychology and behavioral medicine, including specialized training to help individuals to make healthy lifestyle changes. She coordinates intervention implementation and serves as a lifestyle coach for our ongoing REACH Trial.
Brandi Galloway, MSN, MDiv
Brandi is a doctoral student in the Department of Health Behavior and Policy, working toward her PhD in Social and Behavioral Sciences. She also works full time as a women’s health nurse practitioner. Her research interests include health disparities among minority women, and the development of faith and community based interventions.
Kristal Brown, MSPH
Kristal is a doctoral student in the Department of Health Behavior and Policy, working toward her PhD in Social and Behavioral Sciences. Her research interests include the development of weight gain prevention programs for college students.