Current Projects

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.

If you are interested in participating, see if you are eligible. Eligible participants who complete this brief survey will receive a $10 gift card.




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.



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 in-person 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 currently closed. Please contact us ( | 804-827-2250) if you have any questions.



The REACH Trial

The REACH Trial is a no-fee research study funded by NIH and brought to you by researchers in the VCU School of Medicine. The study is testing three unique weight loss programs for 18-25 year-olds in order to understand how we can best help Richmond Emerging Adults Choose Health! Individuals who enroll will be randomly assigned to one of these three treatments.

This study is not currently recruiting - we are in the final stages of data collection for this project and hope to be able to present results soon!