SMART – Using Social Media and Mobile Technologies to Promote Improved Health Behaviors PDF Print E-mail

SMART, Social/Mobile Approach to Reduce Weight, is a 5-year research project funded by NIH's National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). SMART is one of a family of projects funded by NHLBI that is exploring how to prevent and/or reduce weight gain in young adults that leads to obesity in middle age.

SMART research will explore the use of applications that leverage mobile phone applications as well as applications on social media such as Facebook and Twitter. With a primary aim of weight outcomes at 2 years post-onset, one of the research challenges will be to keep intervention elements appealing and fun for users.

Collaborating with CWPHS, are researchers at Stanford University, led by Tom Robinson, and include BJ Fogg's Persuasive Technology group. We have also engaged corporate research partners at Nokia Research Center, Palo Alto and Qualcomm.

Principal Investigator: Kevin Patrick, MD, MS
Co-Investigators UCSD/SDSU: Greg Norman, PhD, Cheryl Rock, PhD, RD, Simon Marshall, PhD, William Griswold, PhD, Jeannie Huang, MD, MPH, Karen Calfas, PhD
Co-Investigators, Stanford University: Tom Robinson, MD, MPH, BJ Fogg, PhD, Fred Raab
Project Staff: Melanie Epstein-Corbin, Michelle Arenson, Christina Servetas
Program Manager: Anjali Gupta, MS, MBA