Using Technology to Change Behavior

The UNC Nutrition Obesity Research Center's Communication for Health Applications and Interventions (CHAI) Core welcomes Deborah Thompson, PhD, RD, to present the lecture, "Using Technology to Change Behavior."

When Nov 22, 2013
from 09:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Where 133 Rosenau Hall, Gillings School of Global Public Health
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Contact Phone (919) 843-7830
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Deborah Thompson, PhD, RD, is an associate profession of Pediatrics, USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center at the Baylor College of Medicine and will be presenting at the event. 
Dr. Thompson’s primary research interest is the prevention of obesity and related diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, among children and adolescents. Her research, which promotes healthy nutrition and physical activity behaviors, can be placed into three categories: theory and measurement, health message design, and intervention research focusing on the use of digital media to promote behavior change. Dr. Thompson’s current research includes the evaluation of an online program promoting healthy nutrition and physical activity to African American girls; development and validation of a model of youth physical activity behavior; a study to assess the feasibility of self- representational avatars on physical activity; and a pilot study to assess the feasibility of using text messages to promote physical activity to teenagers. Dr. Thompson will be sharing with us the results and the developmental process of working with kids and teens in these projects.

Join us to find out how we are using technology to change behaviors.