Ongoing Research Studies
Dynamical Systems Modeling Study
The purpose of the Using Dynamical Systems Modeling to Understand Effects of an Individually Tailored Prenatal Weight Gain Intervention on Fetal Growth and Postnatal Obesity Risk research study is to examine the effect of the intrauterine environment on fetal growth. By using the existing Healthy Mom Zone infrastructure, prospective data collection on the fetal environment will help to clarify how the gestational weight gain intervention impacts fetal growth and development.
Evaluation of Responsive Feeding Online Modules
CCOR has developed a series of interactive Online Educational Modules to improve the feeding practices of low-income caregivers of young children. Planning is underway to evaluate these modules before making them available for use in a variety of community settings.
Facebook Project Pilot Study
The Facebook Project Pilot study examined Facebook as a platform to engage and provide nutrition education to parents of Head Start children.
Healthy Mom Zone Study
Conventional approaches to manage gestational weight gain (GWG) in overweight/ obese pregnant women (OW/OBPW) have been generally ineffective despite the critical need to control GWG for positive maternal/infant health outcomes. Control Systems Engineering for Optimizing a Prenatal Weight Gain Intervention research study uses dynamical modeling and control systems engineering to develop an individually-tailored (adaptive) behavioral intervention for managing GWG among overweight and obese pregnant women.
Preventing Obesity through Interventions during Infancy the "Intervention Nurses Start Infants Growing on Healthy Trajectories" research study (referred to as "INSIGHT") is an ongoing prospective, randomized, controlled trial evaluating the efficacy of an intervention designed to prevent rapid infant weight gain and childhood obesity among 276 first-born infants.
ONE PATH Study
The overall objective of the ONE PATH: Optimizing Nutrition Education for Parents and Teachers for Healthy Growth study is to design an optimized, scalable multi-component responsive feeding intervention that changes caregiver feeding practices (Head Start providers and parents) and the food environment (home and HEAD Start classroom) to promote child appetite self-regulation and healthy food among underserved preschoolers (age 3-5 years) living in rural poverty. ONE PATH will intervene on 816 families in 48 classrooms, divided into 3 cohorts with each cohort receiving the intervention throughout 1 school year (Sept through May).
Relative Reinforcing Value (RRV) Snack Study
The purpose of the RRV Snack Study is to assess the relative reinforcing value of food (RRV) in low-income preschool aged children enrolled in Head Start. RRV is an objective measure of how hard an individual is willing to work to obtain food and is a strong predictor of food intake. Food deprivation and hunger may increase the RRV of food, thus we are specifically interested in whether differences in RRV exist by food security status (food secure versus food insecure). This project will help improve future nutrition education programming for Head Start preschoolers.
Capitalizing on the infrastructure and extensive data collection occurring as part of INSIGHT, the Effects of Birth Order and Genetics on Infant Parenting and Obesity Risk research study (referred to as “SibSIGHT”) adds two major pieces by enrolling second born siblings and collecting genetic specimens from both siblings and their parents.
Wee Baby Study
The goal of the Evaluating Coordination of Care Between Pediatricians and WIC Nutritionists: Early Obesity Prevention for WIC Mothers and Children research study is to build and evaluate a Chronic Care Model for delivering consistent personalized messages to coordinate care across multiple settings- health care clinics and Women Infants and Children (WIC) clinics- to support mothers and children and their related health outcomes.