OPT for Health Collaborators

 

Melanie Bean

Melanie Bean, PhD, LCP
Co-Director, Healthy Lifestyles Center
Associate Professor, VCU Department of Pediatrics

Dr. Bean is a pediatric psychologist and Co-Director of the Healthy Lifestyles Center at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. She is a Co-Investigator on our ongoing REACH trial and Dr. LaRose is a Co-Investigator on her ongoing TEENS+ trial, which is testing the comparative efficacy of two distinct approaches to parental involvement within the context of adolescent weight management.


 

Ron Evans

Ronald Evans, PhD
Associate Professor, VCU Department of Kinesiology & Health Sciences

Dr. Evans is an exercise physiologist and associate professor of Kinesiology and Health Sciences at VCU. He is a Co-Investigator on our ongoing REACH trial, and we collaborate as part of a workgroup focused on energy expenditure and long-term weight loss maintenance.


 

Tricia Leahey

Tricia Leahey, PhD
Associate Professor, University of Connecticut Department of Allied Health Sciences
Co-Director, UConn Weight Management Research Group

Dr. Leahey is a tenured faculty member at the University of Connecticut, where she co-directs the UConn Weight Management Group. She and Dr. LaRose have a longstanding history of collaboration. Dr. Leahey is a Co-Investigator on our ongoing REACH trial, and on Dr. LaRose is a Co-Investigator on her ongoing RISE trial, which is testing a novel behavioral economics mHealth intervention for long-term weight loss in economically disadvantaged adults.


 

 Deborah Tate

Deborah Tate, PhD
Director, Communication for Health Applications and Intervention (CHAI) Core
Professor, UNC Chapel Hill Departments of Health Behavior and Nutrition

Dr. Tate is a tenured faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she directs the CHAI core and UNC Weight Research Program. She and Dr. LaRose have a longstanding history of collaboration, including on the SNAP trial and our REACH trial. They are also both collaborating investigators on Dr. Carmina Valle’s IMPACT trial and Dr. Tricia Leahey’s RISE trial.


 

Carmina Valle

Carmina Valle, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor, UNC Chapel Hill Department of Nutrition

Dr. Valle is a faculty member in the Department of Nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a behavioral scientist whose program of research is focused on eliminating cancer disparities. Dr. LaRose is a collaborator on her ongoing IMPACT trial, which is testing a tailored mHealth intervention to promote physical activity among young adult cancer survivors.


 

Trey Wickham

Edmond "Trey" Wickham, MD, MPH
Director of Research, Healthy Lifestyles Center
Associate Professor, VCU Department of Internal Medicine

Dr. Wickham is a board certified endocrinologist with expertise in the pathophysiology of obesity across the lifespan, and Co-Director of the Healthy Lifestyles Center at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. He is a Co-Investigator on two of our ongoing trials, REACH and the BMI Project.