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Technology and Behavioral Intervention Lab

Our lab’s goal is to develop effective technology-supported behavioral programs to help adults increase physical activity, decrease sedentary time, improve diet, and lose weight.



Discover USC Day 2024!!

The Pellegrini Lab was well represented at Discover USC Day this year!

















Congratulations Scott Jamieson!

Scott was awarded a 2023 Emerging Investigator Excellence Award this year at ACR Convergence! Congrats Scott!

Dr. Pellegrini in the Technology and Behavioral Interventions Lab was awarded an ASPIRE grant!

Dr. Pellegrini was awarded an ASPIRE grant for $14,953 from the Office of the Vice President for Research. The project, "Energize! Internet-Delivered Physical Activity Program for Adults with Knee Replacement", will begin in July 2023! Congrats, team!


Tyson Ansani is awarded a Magellan Scholar Research Grant!

Tyson was awarded a Magellan Scholar Research Grant for $2,990 from the Office of the Vice President for Research! This funding will his project entitled "Human-Dog Co-Sleeping and Results Effects on Sleep Duration and Quality". Congrats, Tyson!


Katherine DeVivo is awarded a SPARC Graduate Research Grant!

KD was awarded a SPARC Graduate Research Grant for $4,635 from the Office of the Vice President for Research! This funding will support KD's dissertation examining factors influencing movement behaviors and affect among dog owners. Congrats KD!


Team members celebrate Diwali!

Diwali  symbolizes the spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. Pellegrini Lab team members celebrated by lighting a lamp, traditionally called "Diya"!


Fall Festival 2022

Katty, Scott, Krystal and Tyson (pictured left to right) attended the Lexington Police Department Foundation Fall Festival on October 25, 2022 to recruit participants for our ongoing CDC Project!


Katherine DeVivo has completed Entering Mentoring!

Entering Mentoring training is an evidence-based, interactive approach to becoming an effective mentor that will help develop the skills for engaging in productive, culturally responsive mentoring relationships, relationships that optimize success for the mentor and the mentee.  KD completed the training through the Center for Teaching Excellence at UofSC.


Congratulations Hao Lei!

Hao Lei completed the master of science degree in exercise science and graduated in May 2022! She plans to continue her studies at Virginia Commonwealth University pursuing a PhD. Congratulations to Hao and best of luck in the future!!


May is Arthritis Awareness Month!

Krystal, Scott, and Kaitlyn (left to right) attended the 2022 Senior Jamboree on May 19th to share information and recruit adults with arthritis for the Walk with Ease study!


We Escaped!!!

To celebrate the end of another great semester, Dr. Pellegrini and her team went to an escape room! They worked on communication and camaraderie and had a lot of fun!

Check out Dr. Pellegrini on WIS News 10

Dr. Pellegrini talks about the new Walk with Ease study on Soda City Live!

Christine Pellegrini

Dr. Christine Pellegrini named Breakthrough Star by Office of the Vice President for Research

Rising Star Alert! Dr. Christine Pellegrini is one of just 13 early-career faculty to receive the 2022 Breakthrough Star Award from the Office of the Vice President for Research!

UofSC Prevention Research Center wins grant to test phone-based walking program to improve arthritis

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have awarded $1.2 million to Dr. Christine Pellegrini and Dr. Sara Wilcox to lead a three-year special interest project to improve arthritis through a phone-based walking program.


Students Present for the 2021 Summer Program for Research Interns

Anne-Hackett Little and Savannah Scruggs from the South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics completed the six week Summer Program for Research Interns within the Technology and Behavioral Intervention Lab.


Congratulations Katherine DeVivo

KD was the first place award winner for session 2 of the three-minute thesis competition at Discover UofSC 2021. Her presentation is titled "Exploring the Barriers and Facilitators to Physical Activity in Adults with Overweight and Obesity During the Coronavirus Pandemic" and can be found here. 


Graduate Scholars in Aging 2020 Recipient - Katherine DeVivo

The Graduate Scholar in Aging Research Awards program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who exemplify the highest standards of scholarship focused on aging. KD will use her Graduate Scholar in Aging Award to support her research on examining the agreement between accelerometers used to measure sedentary behavior and physical activity among older adults who have had knee replacement surgery. 


Congratulations Katherine DeVivo

KD completed a Master of Public Health in Physical Activity and Public Health, where she was an AFLAC Fellow and received the Outstanding MPH Student Achievement Award.  KD will be continuing her studies in the Exercise Science Doctoral Program in Fall 2020. Congratulations KD!!

Courtnee Harpine

Congratulations Courtnee Harpine

Courtnee graduated in May 2020 with a degree in Exercise Science.  She received the Outstanding Exercise Science Student Award from the Department of Exercise Science.  Additionally, she received the Outstanding Senior Award and the President's Award.  Congratulations Courtnee!!


Currently Recruiting Participants


Healthy Living After Knee Replacement


Want to manage your health and lifestyle after a knee replacement?

We are offering free participation in a research program designed specifically for people after knee replacement!

Participants will:

  • Attend 5 assessment visits over 18 months and will receive $50 after each assessment
  • Receive 12 months of telephone calls with a coach who will help you set goals and build confidence for managing your health and behaviors after knee replacement

You may be eligible if you:

  • Recently had a knee replacement (>3 month ago)
  • Have a computer, tablet, or smartphone with internet
  • Have a body mass index between 27-45 kg/m
  • Are willing to attend 5 research study visits (Columbia or Greenville locations)

Visit to find out more. Or contact us at 803-777-1889 or

Technology Interventions to Improve Outcomes after Knee Replacement

The purpose of this research study is to examine the effects of two technology interventions on health outcomes after knee replacement.

Participants will be asked to attend 3 study visits (30 minutes/session) and will be randomly assigned to one of two technology programs designed for adults after knee replacement.

You may be eligible if you:

  • Are 40-79 years old
  • Have had a primary unilateral knee replacement within the last year
  • Have an iPhone or Android smartphone that is near you a majority of the days
  • Are willing to download the study smartphone app
  • Spend at least 7 hours/day sitting

Visit to find out more. Or contact us at 803-777-1889 or

Walk With Ease

The University of South Carolina Prevention Research Center is looking for adults diagnosed with arthritis to participate in a research study to test a new phone-based Walk with Ease Program.

Participants will be asked to take part in 6 weeks of telephone calls to learn how to build walking into your life.

Participants will also be asked to complete 4 visits over 12 months - they will include physical tests, completing surveys and wearing a small physical activity monitor for 7 days. You can earn up to $140 for completing the visits.

If you're interested or want more details, please call a research study team member today at 803-576-7836 or visit our website

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