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Studies

Current Studies

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. Click here if you're interested in learning more. 

 

Heart Rate Variability Study

This complementary substudy of the Anxiety, Health, and Mood Study aims to learn more about the relationship between anxiety, health, and mood among young adults ages 18-35 by assessing heart rate variability (HRV).  HRV is assessed with a standard electrocardiogram and provides an indication of the activity of the autonomic nervous system. Eligible participants will be asked to complete 6 20-minute sessions over 2 weeks which will include walking briskly on a treadmill.

This study is not currently recruiting. If you're interested in more information, please contact Hannah Kotarski at 804-827-7259, or, kotarskih@vcu.edu, for more information.

Anxiety, Health, and Mood Study

This study aims to learn more about the relationship between anxiety, health, and mood among young adults ages 18-35. Eligible participants will be randomly assigned to 1 of 2 groups:

  • Group 1: You will be asked to complete 6 20-minute sessions over 2 weeks where you will be asked to walk briskly on a treadmill. You will also be asked to complete 4 rounds of brief questionnaires/interviews over a 2-month period.
  • Group 2: You will be asked to complete 4 rounds of brief questionnaires/interviews over a 2-month period. 

Compensation is provided to both groups. 

This research is being conducted in the Department of Health Behavior and Policy within the School of Medicine. All sessions will be conducted at the One Capitol Square Building. 

 This study is not currently recruiting. If you're interested in more information, please contact Autumn Lanoye (804-628-4648 / autumn.lanoye@vcuhealth.org).

Recently Completed Studies

Live Well RVA (enrollment currently closed)

 Live Well RVA was a 6-month research study testing a new weight loss program designed specifically for young adults between 18 and 25 years of age. The 12-week treatment program was designed to meet the unique needs of this age group and offered individual treatment with personalized goals and coaching specific to participants’ needs. Treatment involved a combination of individual in-person meetings and email and online contact. 


 SPARK RVA (enrollment currently closed)

SPARK RVA is a 6-month research study designed to determine the best approach to promote weight loss and healthy behaviors in 18-25 year olds. All groups receive gold standard behavioral weight loss information based on decades of research – the key difference is the format of the intervention, or how the program is delivered. This pilot study is based on the formative work we conducted in Project SPEAK and findings will help us to further tailor existing programs to meet the needs of this age group.


Project SPEAK (enrollment currently closed)
Project SPEAK was a two phase study consisting of an online survey and focus groups, both with 18-25 year olds. This is a high-risk time for weight gain and obesity, but very little is known about how best to adapt evidence-based programs for this unique developmental period. These studies provided important information about what individuals in this age group wanted in a healthy lifestyle program and how to deliver treatments in a way that works with their hectic lifestyles. Findings from Project SPEAK helped to inform the design of several of our ongoing treatment studies with this population.