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Tuesday, April 27 - 12 PM ET

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The Evolution of Technology Use in Behavioral Treatment of Overweight and Obesity
Lora E. Burk, PhD, MPH, FAHA, FAAN
Professor of Nursing and Epidemiology
School of Nursing and Clinica Translation Science Institute
University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Burke will summarize over 20 years using technology as part of behavioral weight loss treatment, both for assessment and intervention, starting with the first study using somewhat primitive technology, e.g., an Instrumented Paper Diary -- which permitted objective documentation of the association between self-monitoring of diet and weight loss outcomes -- and building up to current research, such as testing strategies for delivering real-time feedback based on self-monitoring information and studying triggers of dietary lapses using ecological momentary assessment (EMA). Dr. Burke will also address the role of engagement as we increase the use of technology in our trials.

Dr. Burke was the founding Director of the Hub for Excellence in eHealth Research in the School of Nursing. She has a long-standing record of NIH research funding, including a series of clinical trials focused on behavioral strategies to improve adherence to cardiovascular disease risk reduction interventions and promote long-term weight loss. She incorporates mobile technology to validate self-report measures and currently, her team is testing an algorithm for the delivery of personalized, real-time feedback in response to self-monitoring lifestyle behaviors in a NIH funded trial that aims to improve sustained engagement and long-term maintenance of behavior change. Her work has been recognized by The Obesity Society’s mHealth Interest Group’s Pioneer Award for Excellence in eHealth/mHealth Research.  Dr. Burke has also served as the Chair of the Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health and the Council Operations Committee for the American Heart Association. Currently, she is a member of the AHA’s Health Technology Advisory Group.


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