Current Projects

The BMI Project

This study will test a new treatment program to help improve health and well-being among emerging adults ages 18-25. Eligible participants will be enrolled into a 4-month study and will receive:

  • A total of 12 virtual group treatment sessions over a 4-month period
  • Information and evidence-based strategies for making changes to eating patterns, sleep and physical activity
  • Guidance and training in evidence-based strategies to enhance stress management and emotional well-being
  • Feedback on physical measurements throughout the study

Compensation is provided to participants for their time spent completing data collection visits. This research is being conducted in the Department of Health Behavior and Policy within the School of Medicine and is funded by the Massey Cancer Center. All sessions will be conducted at the One Capitol Square Building.

Recruitment for this study is ongoing beginning January 2021; visit http://www.vcubmiproject.com/ for more information. Please contact us (optforhealth@vcuhealth.org | 804-827-2250) if you have any questions.

  


 

ACTIVATE

The ACTIVATE study is testing a lifestyle program designed for young men between 18-35 years old. Eligible participants will be randomized to 1 of 2 groups (immediate or delayed). Both groups will receive a self-guided lifestyle program entailing resources tailored to improve young men’s health. The immediate group will receive the program following enrollment, whereas the delayed group will receive the program 3 months following enrollment. If eligible, you will be asked to: 

  • Attend an orientation online via Zoom
  • Attend an online data collection visit where we will measure weight via video weigh-in with a study-issued scale and administer questionnaires
  • Participate in 1 of 2 groups

Visit activateyoungmen.com for more information or to complete a survey to see if you’re eligible.

  


 

Ready SET Health

This study will provide our gold-standard lifestyle intervention to help improve health and well-being among emerging adults ages 18-25. In this study, we are interested in learning more about day-to-day barriers and facilitators of program engagement and weight loss. On select weeks of the program, participants will be asked to provide real-time information about their motivation, daily routine, mood, and life events. Eligible participants will be enrolled into a 4-month study and will receive:

  • Information and evidence-based strategies for making changes to eating and physical activity
  • Weekly feedback on your progress from your lifestyle coach
  • Feedback on physical measurements throughout the study

Compensation is provided to participants for their time spent completing data collection visits. This research is being conducted in the Department of Health Behavior and Policy within the School of Medicine and is funded by the Massey Cancer Center. Two in-person data collection visits (pre/post treatment) will be conducted at 500 Academic Center. All other research activities will be conducted virtually.

Recruitment for this study is currently closed. Please contact us (optforhealth@vcuhealth.org | 804-827-2250) if you have any questions.

  


 

HER2

HER SQUARED is a research study with a goal of helping us understand the daily experiences of racism experienced by young African American women. Participants in this study will be asked to:

  • Attend 1 in-person orientation and training session in our lab at 830 East Main Street
  • Attend 1 in-person data collection visit in our lab where e will measure your height, weight, blood pressure, waist circumference, and body composition
  • Use their personal cell phones to answer brief survey questions about racism, eating behaviors, and how they deal with these experiences multiple times a day over a 14-day period

 You may be eligible for this study if you: 

  • Self-identify as African American or Black
  • Self-identify as a woman
  • Are between the ages of 18-25 
  • Live, work or go to school in the greater Richmond area
  • Have a body mass index (BMI) between 25-45 kg/m2

Compensation is available for eligible participants. Take our brief screening survey to see if you're eligible to participate.

  


 

Thinking Breast Cancer

After a diagnosis of breast cancer, some people might notice difficulties with thinking.

These difficulties are called "cancer-related cognitive impairment," and can include problems with memory, attention, and concentration. We are interested in learning more about what factors might be associated with the development of these thinking difficulties in addition to breast cancer survivors' preferences regarding treatment of these problems. This survey study will allow us to develop treatment programs that best meet the needs of breast cancer survivors who experience cancer-related cognitive impairment.

Recruitment for this study is currently closed. Please contact us (optforhealth@vcuhealth.org | 804-827-2250) if you have any questions.