Webinar: Development and Testing of Digital Health Approaches to Promote Health Behavior Change

Title: Development and Testing of Digital Health Approaches to Promote Health Behavior Change Guest Speaker: Jylana L. Sheats, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Nutrition at Tulane University
Date: Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Time: 10am CT / 9am MT

Description: Dr. Sheats will provide an overview on how mobile technologies can be used to improve individual obesity and chronic disease-related health behaviors. To complement this work she will also share how technology can be used to identify and assess features of the environment that promote or hinder healthy behaviors. The research presented will specifically focus on two studies conducted in New Orleans, Louisiana with African American adults. Findings from the studies highlight: 1) the development and feasibility of using mobile health technologies to promote healthy behaviors among this population; and 2) the utility of mobile technology-based assessments of the built environment in New Orleans, LA.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Jylana L. Sheats is an Assistant Professor at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine’s Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Science’s Nutrition Section. Over the past decade, a major thrust of her work has been identifying the channels through which psychosocial, community, environmental (built, policy) and contextual factors influence obesity-related behaviors (i.e., eating, physical activity). Research findings have subsequently been used to 1) develop and test theoretically-grounded, digital health behavior change interventions; and 2) utilize technology-driven approaches to assess environmental (built, food, policy) determinants of healthy behaviors. The implications of her work span the life-course—with an emphasis on racial/ethnic minorities, as well as low-income and other vulnerable populations. In 2018 Dr. Sheats completed two NIH-funded fellowships: BIRCWH (Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health, K12) and the Obesity Health Disparities PRIDE (Programs to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research) program. Prior to Tulane, Dr. Sheats completed a cardiovascular disease prevention post-doctoral research fellowship and subsequent research associate position at the Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford Prevention Research Center, Healthy Aging Research and Technology Solutions Lab. Dr. Sheats received her doctoral degree in health behavior from Indiana University School of Public Health-Blooming; Master of Public Health degree from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine; and Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Spelman College.

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