Meet @RowanCHASELab: Interview with Laura Travers

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Laura Travers is a first-year Ph.D. student in clinical psychology. She has a Master’s degree in health psychology from University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. She was interviewed by research assistant Emily Vendetta.

@RowanCHASELab: Let’s start off with the basics! Tell us about how you were introduced to the field of health psychology.

LT: It was an interesting turn of events. I didn’t actually know that health psychology existed as a field until my junior year of undergrad, when we had a guest speaker in one of our psychology courses. She was a health psychologist who helped initiate a health coaching program with one of the local hospitals. I participated in the program, and from then on I was hooked. 

@RowanCHASELab: Could you describe your previous research experience and what you think helps to make a good researcher? 

LT: I’m interested in so many topics, which can be both a good thing and a bad thing at times. My main projects during my Masters program were looking at the impact of the collaborative working relationship between a provider and pharmacist on patients receiving medication assisted treatment (MAT), examining the policy associated with implementing the Sugar Sweetened Beverage Tax in Philadelphia, and conducting a systematic review of the literature on comorbid chronic pain and PTSD.  I think what helps make a good researcher is acceptance of failure. Failing to support a hypothesis can still be a success within research, and it is always a learning experience.

@RowanCHASELab: What are your current research interests, and how have they changed from your undergraduate career to now? 

LT: It’s tough to narrow it down, but my main focus now is on chronic pain and PTSD. My interests changed dramatically from my undergraduate career until now. During my junior year of undergrad, I worked in a neurophysiology lab recording crayfish action potentials. My senior year, I examined the effect of increased levels of caffeine on anxiety and learning in rats. Through these experiences, I discovered animal research models are just not for me. Luckily, it was also during my senior year that I became a health coach, and this experience is what really solidified my desire to work in health psychology. 

@RowanCHASELab: What initially made you want to work with the CHASE lab and have Dr. Arigo as your mentor?

LT: I was interested in working with the CHASE team to learn more about social comparisons, and there is a wide array of research opportunities due to the multiple ongoing studies in the lab. I specifically wanted to have Dr. Arigo as my mentor because she is able to find opportunities for me to pursue my specific interests and to have much broader learning experiences. 

@RowanCHASELab: What are some goals you have for yourself while you’re pursuing your clinical psychology Ph.D.?

LT: I wanted to o learn how to effectively analyze research data and how to convey our findings to both the academic field and the general public. 

@RowanCHASELab: What do you want to do with your Ph.D. when you finish graduate school? 

LT: I’m hoping to continue conducting academic research, but I also want to work within a hospital setting practicing and promoting integrated care. I’d like to eventually achieve a balance between research and practice, where I will have the opportunity to apply the research I’m doing within the field, while also relaying its success, or failure, to the academic community. 

Meet @RowanCHASE Lab: Interview with Postdoctoral Fellow Cole Ainsworth

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Dr. Ainsworth has a Ph.D. in Health Promotion and Health Behavior (Public Health) from the University of Alabama, Birmingham. He was interviewed by Ph.D. student Kristen Pasko.

@RowanCHASELAB: Could we start with you telling us a bit about yourself? Where are you from? What are some hobbies you have?

CA: Sure! I come to the CHASE lab from the great state of Alabama, and I received my Ph.D. training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Earning that degree has been one of my only activities in the last few years, but I am looking forward to picking up where I left off with other hobbies like reading, roller skating, and the occasional online gaming shenanigans.

@RowanCHASELAB: How would you describe your undergraduate experience? How did that lead to your graduate experience?

CA: My undergraduate experience didn’t follow a single path. In fact, I started college as a vocal performance music major! After realizing that I probably would not become a world-famous vocalist in musical theater, I sought other professional interests and ended up majoring in psychology. It gave me a foundational understanding of human behavior, which is what really drew me to the field in the first place. Still unsure of what specific career to pursue, I took a couple of courses in public health and ended up loving it so much I applied to a related master’s program.

@RowanCHASELAB: Continuing with that theme, you received your Ph.D. in health education and promotion. Can you tell us about the perspective this field has regarding applications of research and how you believe your training within this field adds a different and new perspective to our lab?

CA: I find there is quite a bit of overlap between research conducted in the areas of public health education/health promotion and psychology. For one, both are interested in behaviors that affect human health and research generally seeks to improve health outcomes by helping people realize opportunities for behavior change. As you may have guessed, public health tends to place value on understanding how to affect change at both the individual and population levels. My training has reflected the art of balancing these two – sometimes competing – levels of influence, essentially maximizing the benefits for as many people as possible.

@RowanCHASELAB: You’ve had previous experience working at MD Anderson Cancer Center as a graduate intern. That sounds like an amazing opportunity. What are some of the more unique opportunities you got working at that facility?

CA: My time as an intern at MD Anderson Cancer Center was great. I assisted with projects focused on lifestyle medicine for women in remission for certain types of cancer. First, it allowed me to see for myself how a research lab with multiple related projects actually operates. It also gave me a chance to expand my understanding of the ways mental practices like mindfulness and other behaviors like physical activity and nutrition can be modified to improve cancer-related outcomes. Lastly, I got to take the initiative on several projects, such as developing a protocol for using new physical activity assessment software and creating a price breakdown of the dietary component for one of the studies.

@RowanCHASELAB: What initially got you excited to work in the CHASE lab as a postdoctoral fellow?

CA: Dr. Arigo is doing a lot of really cool research related to social comparison in the CHASE lab. I think social comparison is a powerful tool at the disposal of health professionals, but we need to better learn how to leverage it in order to create meaningful digital health programs and interventions. The CHASE lab is a trailblazer with respect to that belief, and I am already learning so much from the brief time I have been here.

@RowanCHASELAB: What is some valuable advice you would give to students at Rowan looking to pursue a career in research?

CA: Pursuing a career in research will challenge you in many ways as an individual, but I have never looked back and regretted the path it has led me down. Don’t be afraid to be wrong. Research is often about pursuing the unknown, and even our most informed guesses about a phenomenon can be off.  In addition, a healthy sense of skepticism can go a long way in a research setting if communicated appropriately. Finally, don’t limit yourself from the start. Take time to think about how your interests – while seemingly unrelated – can tell you something new about the world if you put them together.

@RowanCHASELAB: What is it you are hoping to get out of your experience here in the CHASE lab? Any specific projects you are excited to have a hand in?

CA: I hope to develop new skills during my time in the CHASE lab. My training to date has focused on physical activity and cancer prevention intervention, and I am excited to learn more about the process of developing digital health tools and how to improve the user experience to promote long-term engagement in positive health behaviors. Project WHADE (women’s health study) is definitely one that has my attention because of the way smartphones are being used to capture the effects of timing and social comparison on health behaviors like physical activity.

@RowanCHASELAB: Lastly, what are your plans for after you leave this lab, and how will the skills you learned in the CHASE lab help you in your future endeavors?

CA: I am never ever leaving this lab! Joking aside, I really want to take my experience and interest in communication, human behavior, and digital technology and develop solutions to the problems facing our world today. That plan could come to fruition in many ways, via institutional research, consulting, or even entrepreneurship. I am keeping an open mind about it. My appointment as a postdoctoral fellow in the CHASE lab has allowed me ample opportunities to hone the research skills I began learning during my graduate training. Even more, I am gaining exposure to the duties of an independent research scientist like mentorship and project management. I have no doubt that whatever the future holds, my time in the CHASE lab will serve as a momentous stepping stone in the right direction.

Meet @RowanCHASELab: Interview with Research Assistant Emily Vendetta

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Emily Vendetta is a senior Psychology major at Rowan University. She was interviewed by Laura Travers, a first-year Ph.D. student in Clinical Psychology.

@RowanChaseLab: Let’s start off with the basics! Would you mind telling us about your undergraduate experience and how you were introduced to psychology research?

EV: I have known throughout most of my undergraduate experience that I wanted to get a degree in psychology. But it wasn’t until the past two years that I was very dedicated in continuing my career and getting my masters in school psychology. Knowing I wanted to go into a masters program, I wanted to get the most experience and knowledge out of my undergrad that I could to help prepare me. That’s when I looked into joining a research lab. I thought, “what better way to expand my knowledge than getting a first hand look at how research is performed?” 

@RowanChaseLab: Continuing with that theme, since this is the first time you have worked in a research lab, what are some valuable skills you’ve learned? 

EV: There are so many valuable skills that I will carry with me throughout my career. Time management is an important one. Not only scheduling your time dedicated to the lab but also being able to manage more time-sensitive research tasks. Another one is being flexible and understanding that things change in the lab and being able to take direction well. I have definitely improved on my literature searches and getting the most out of literature databases. 

@RowanChaseLab: Since you are also interested in school psychology, how does this experience relate to your specific research interests? How have they changed since then?

EV: Health psychology, (CHASE lab’s main interest) can be used in so many aspects of our lives. Taking the information I’m learning about how we can help change behaviors and lifestyles can be applied to all ages. I hope to help children start healthy habits young and make good choices from a young age. This will help set the path to a healthier lifestyle as they grow up. I can also focus on their parents and help guide a healthier lifestyle for the whole family. 

@RowanChaseLab: What initially got you excited about working in the CHASE lab as a research assistant?

EV: I was thinking about joining a research lab when I came to Rowan and I remember getting an email from the psychology department about the CHASE lab taking applications. I knew it didn’t directly focus on what my specific research interests were, but I knew no matter what, I would learn valuable skills that can translate to any career. I was excited to have this opportunity to work with such intelligent women and learn from them. I was very eager to just help out in whatever way I could. 

@RowanChaseLab: What is some advice you would give to other students at Rowan looking to pursue a research assistant position?

EV I would say to definitely take the risk and apply to a lab even if you think you might not get it. It doesn’t hurt to try and you never know the people you will meet who are willing to help you. Also, make sure you are available and flexible. The professors and students running the research are counting on you and trusting in you. Believe me, you are very important to them and they value your work and time. 

@RowanChaseLab: What is something you want to do or are excited to learn about while working in the CHASE lab?

EVI am excited that I have the opportunity to take over one of our projects, #Fitspiration. I will be the one responsible for making sure this is running smoothly and keeping up with data management. I feel very honored to have this experience. I also can’t wait to see how we will keep expanding our studies and learning from the data collection. 

Emily presenting our pilot data for the #fitspiration study at Rowan Psychology Research Day (April 2019)

@RowanChaseLab: Lastly, what are your plans for after you graduate, and how will the skills you learned in the CHASE lab help you in your future endeavors? 

EVI plan to enroll in the School Psychology masters program here at Rowan University and become a school psychologist. My time with the CHASE lab has helped me to improve my knowledge and understanding in research which is definitely something I will be using in my masters program. I can use this information to help me understand new research within my field. 

Our New Paper: Perceptions of #Fitspiration Activity on Instagram

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By Sabrina DiBisceglie, B.S. and Dr. Dani Arigo

Our new paper in Journal of Health Psychology investigates perceptions of the Instagram trend #fitspiration, with the goal of better understanding its health potential for health promotion. This study is the first in our series that focuses on how best to use fitspiration to promote physical activity. This series began in 2016 at The University of Scranton, where it was funded by the Presidential Summer Research Fellowship to then-undergraduate Sabrina DiBisceglie. (See here for our the first of our blog posts on the topic, as well; five total.) Study design and data collection involved several additional undergraduate research assistants working with Dr. Arigo’s Clinical Health Psychology Research Team (now the CHASE Lab at Rowan University).

Fitspiration is a popular trend on Instagram (and other platforms) and is intended to inspire users to engage in healthy behaviors. Yet existing research has raised concerns about the possible negative effects of fitspiration exposure on body image or self-esteem, and little is known about how Instagram users perceive or respond to fitspiration posts. This study was designed clarify the intentions and perceptions of both individuals who host fitspiration accounts (fitstagrammers) and young adults who regularly follow such accounts (followers). Importantly, the bulk of existing research on fitspiration has focused only on women; this study included both men and women, which allowed us to examine gender differences. The following infographic gives a summary; read on below for more detail.

What did we do?

Using the Instagram direct message function, we recruited Instagram users who had recently posted fitspiration content and had over 300 followers. We also recruited young adult fitspiration followers from our university. Both groups were asked to complete a short online survey. A total of 65 fitstagrammers and 270 followers completed the survey, with 20% of the overall group identifying as men.

What did we find?

The most common reasons for posting fitspiration among fitstagrammers were to inspire others and to keep themselves motivated and accountable. Followers reported that their most common reasons for following fitspiration were to learn exercises and tips that they could use for themselves, and to be inspired to exercise. Followers who said they had more frequent exposure to fitspiration content also reported exercising more often.

The largest subsets of fitstagrammers reported feeling negative at least sometimes (50%) when viewing fitspiration images, followed by feeling mostly positive (42%). The largest subsets of followers reported feeling negative at least sometimes (64%) and feeling mostly positive (11%) when viewing fitspiration posts. Followers were more likely than fitstagrammers to feel negative after viewing fitspiration posts, and women were more likely than men to feel negative after viewing posts.

When given an option to choose the most motivating post from six available images, fitstagrammers and men were most likely to select a post with the underlying message of “fitness is earned and not given.” However, followers and women were most likely to select a post that emphasized not quitting or the benefits of effort.

What does this mean?

Fitstagrammers’ intentions to motivate and inspire others are appealing to many followers, and fitspiration may offer opportunities for positive health communication and physical activity promotion. However, this study shows that fitspiration can have negative consequences (for both women and men), which may stem from social comparison processes. Users may compare their physical fitness or body shape to that of fitstagrammers, who typically are muscular and attractive, and feel discouraged or inadequate. This study also indicates that content preferences differ between users. Repeated exposure to nonpreferred content may increase the likelihood of experiencing negative consequences. 

What was it like to run this study?

“This study was a great learning experience for me as a student, but also as a fitspiration follower. Through this research process, I became more aware of my experience as a follower, and in turn have continued to question what types of posts and messaging motivate me (and ultimately, get me to exercise). Our findings show that what works for one user doesn’t necessarily work for others. Understanding these individual differences will be helpful for health professionals and other consumers like me as we try to determine how to tailor fitspiration content to meet different motivational needs and preferences.”

— Sabrina DiBisceglie

“Sabrina and I started working together when she was a second-year undergraduate. She approached me with the idea of studying fitspiration and has been the driving force behind our growing interest in this topic. This was an important first step for us, toward understanding who and under what circumstances fitspiration is helpful versus harmful. Social comparison theory can help us understand these nuances and we’ll continue to look for other perspectives that can contribute. And this was the first time our group has attempted to use Instagram to recruit participants – this is a unique and challenging process!”

— Dr. Dani Arigo

Next steps

We’re working on an experimental study to understand group and individual differences in response to distinct fitspiration messages. Understanding the effects of these message types will improve our ability to use and tailor fitspiration content to promote physical activity.

A Look at Our Latest Paper: Social Predictors of Change in Physical Activity among College Women

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Our new paper in Psychology of Sport and Exercise takes a look at associations between within-person change in perceptions of the social environment and physical activity in college women. This project began in 2016 at The University of Scranton and involved several undergraduate research assistants, including current CHASE Lab Ph.D. student Kristen Pasko (who went on to coordinate data collection). The final product represents a collaboration with Dr. Jacqueline Mogle of Penn State’s ReMind Lab.

Based on our previous work with college women (see here, for example), we were interested in how daily changes in these women’s appraisals of their social experiences (i.e., positive vs. negative social interactions and social comparisons) might be associated with changes in their activity (i.e., steps and moderate-to-vigorous intensity activity, or MVPA). College women who were not student athletes and did not use technology to track their activity were asked to complete a baseline survey and attend an initial face-to-face training session. For the following 7 days, they wore Fitbit Flex wristbands to allow for activity monitoring and completed a survey online each night to assess their social experiences. See our infographic for description of social interactions and social comparisons:

What Was It Like to Run This Study?

“Working on this study provided me the opportunity to contribute to the evolution of a study from recruitment to dissemination, as I worked on various pieces as an undergraduate research assistant, research coordinator, and now Ph.D. student. One of the most rewarding aspects was the clinical research experience gained through interacting with participants, discussing their physical activity and setting them up with an activity monitor. This prepared me for my current work in integrated healthcare settings, which includes recruiting participants from a primary care clinic and working with them in our new studies.”

— Kristen Pasko, CHASE Lab Ph.D. student

“We’re really grateful to the women who participated. They were incredibly diligent, which means that we ended up with very little missing data! This is so helpful when it comes time to run statistical tests, and we can be much more confident in our conclusions if we aren’t missing a lot of information.

One of the things we learned through recruitment and data collection is that the college women who participated are getting a good amount of physical activity overall – during the weeks that they were in the study, at least. This is encouraging, though we need to do more to learn about college women who are less active, and how we can help them get more activity. And our findings show that even among college women who get a good bit of activity overall, there is important day-to-day fluctuation in their activity, and their social experiences may help explain why.”

— Dr. Dani Arigo, CHASE Lab director

What Did We Find?

Using multilevel modeling techniques, we found that increases in positive interactions per day (above a woman’s typical level of positive interactions) were associated with increases in steps per day. However, increases in negative interactions per day – particularly those with friends – were more strongly and consistently associated with decreases in activity (steps and MVPA). Days with health-based social comparisons, such as perceiving someone else to be healthier than they were, were days with decreases in activity, but only for women with low interest in comparisons – for those with high interest in comparisons, days with health-based comparisons were days in increases in activity. Contrary to previous research among college women with body image concerns, there was no association between appearance-based comparisons and activity.

What Does This Tell Us?

  • Days with negative interactions and health-based comparisons (for some women) are days when college women are at risk of decreasing their activity.
  • These decreases may be due to negative emotions or demotivation for activity prompted by negative social experiences.
  • Days with these experiences are opportunities for intervention, to prevent decreases in activity.

Next Steps

Dr. Arigo presenting our new preliminary findings at SBM 2019

We’re now on our second study designed to learn more about the temporal relations between social experiences and physical activity. To do this, we ask our participants to wear research-grade activity monitors and complete 5 surveys per day for 10 days. In these studies, however, we recruit adult women with elevated risk for cardiovascular disease; our goal is to identify key moments of opportunity for intervention among these women, and to design a smartphone app to deliver this intervention. We presented preliminary findings from data collected at The University of Scranton at this year’s Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) annual meeting, and we’re now collecting data at Rowan University. An important observation from this preliminary work is that we see some of the same relations between social experiences and physical activity among adult women with cardiovascular risk!

We’re still working to learn more about these relations in college women, and we hope to be able to compare their experiences to those of college men in the near future. Our current work in this area focuses on responses to #fitspiration images on Instagram.

Stay tuned for more on this and our other research!

Reflections on #SBM2019

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We’re back from a busy and invigorating week at the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) 2019 annual meeting in Washington, D.C.! Read on for our lab members’ reflections on their experience.

Megan M. Brown, B.S., CHASE Lab Research Coordinator (First-Time Attendee)
Brown SBM2019Attending the 2019 SBM conference was an inspiring and motivating experience. Before SBM I had never attended a large, four-day long professional conference. The thought of this was intimidating, and despite our preparations on campus, I was unsure of what to expect. However, as soon as I walked into the first poster session I felt welcomed and surrounded by individuals who appreciate research as much as I do. I enjoyed knowing there was a mix of peers attending SBM, from students to early-, mid-, and senior career health professionals. I knew I had so much to learn from peers at all different levels. As the days went on, I experienced many firsts: attending symposia, keynotes, breakfast roundtables, and paper sessions, and presenting two posters.

After observing how experts in the field communicated their research and findings, it made me think of ways to improve how I convey my research, and the types of questions I want to develop. Being a research coordinator with clinical psychology Ph.D. aspirations, I had a broad idea of the research I wanted to pursue in a clinical psychology program. But after being exposed to the vast amounts of research at SBM, I found myself beginning to mold my general interests into specific questions. With that being said, there is something truly motivating about watching other people get passionate about their research, and this experience made me eager to go back home and further mine. An observation I noticed during the conference was the excitement I felt getting to pick talks that sparked my interest, and getting to sit in rooms filled with people who have similar passions as I do (e.g., mental and physical health).

SBM not only exposed me to novel and innovative research, but it also allowed me the opportunity to network and introduce myself to experts in the field of behavioral medicine. From the personal one-on-one conversations I had at poster sessions, to the information I learned during research talks, SBM 2019 was an overwhelmingly positive experience, and I look forward to attending next year’s conference.

Kristen Pasko, B.S., First-Year Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Student (Second-Time Attendee)
The 40th Annual Society of Behavioral Medicine Conference was a powerful illustration of the need to increase the scope of influence in addressing healthcare barriers. The evolution of our communication and behavior through social media is considerable. In the opening keynote, Duke University Researcher Susannah Fox spoke about Health and Technology Megatrends: How You Can Anticipate the Future. Through various health psychology research findings, she demonstrated the power of a bottom-up approach with social resources in a healthcare system that prioritizes top-down policy and treatment. This allows patients and their families/friends to be the experts of their own bodies and treatment. It promoted more attention on training and equipping our caregivers who are often the first responders in our healthcare. In addition, this does not have to stop at in-person social interaction. Individuals are increasingly turning to social media to get the latest health information and advice. We need to better capitalize on these built-in resources, especially when research dissemination to the public can be as simple as a tweet.

Pasko SBM2019However, it is important to note that we are not all as lucky to have these caregivers, or an environment conducive to accurate health information and resources. This was demonstrated in a keynote, Heroes Tackling the Social Determinants of Health, presented by Mindi Knebel (Kaizen Health) and Khali Sweeney (Detroit Boxing Gym Youth Program). Transportation access alone is associated with medical appointment adherence and likelihood of more effective treatment. Further, growing up in a “bad neighborhood” without sufficient social support and resources can put a child at extreme economic, educational and medical disadvantage. For many who enter the behavioral medicine field without this background, it could be easy to forget or take for granted how these environments and resources affect our health. We were reminded through this presentation that as healthcare professionals, we need to be culturally and socioeconomically sensitive to health disparities. Anything can be a barrier within healthcare, especially social influence and resources.

By attending SBM, I increased my general knowledge about healthcare and further specified my own research questions was related to social influences. We rarely experience health in a vacuum. Therefore, as we move forward in our navigation and advancement in behavioral medicine, we must not forget social influence.

Dr. Dani Arigo, Lab Director (Multi-Time Attendee)
Arigo SBM2019.2I’ve attended SBM annual meetings nearly every year for more than 10 years – ever since my Ph.D. mentor introduced me to the Society in 2007. Even after all this time, I still experienced some firsts at #SBM2019. In my time with SBM, this organization has increased its focus on science communication (#scicomm; i.e., getting our science and message to the public). I have embraced this notion both within and outside of SBM, running Twitter and LinkedIn accounts for my professional work (@DrDaniArigo, @RowanCHASELab) and for SBM entities such as the Behavioral Informatics and Technology Special Interest Group (@SBMDigitalHlth, BIT SIG LinkedIn Group). This year, I served as a speaker for two science communication sessions* and contributed to dissemination of SBM content via Twitter throughout the week.

“First” #1 – Leadership Activities
As I’ve become more involved in SBM, I’ve started to take on leadership responsibilities. Just before last year’s annual meeting, I was elected co-chair of the SBM Behavioral Informatics and Technology SIG; I assumed that role after the meeting and began a very full year of administration for the SIG. This was my first year planning for the annual meeting as a SIG leader, which came with a number of organizational tasks – helping to decide which sessions to sponsor, which abstracts to select for awards, coordinating our Tech Madness data blitz preview, and facilitating our business meeting. I also helped to initiate our new leaders. I’ve now started my one-year term as SIG chair, and I serve in collaboration with our new co-chair and student co-chair. It will be a busy and exciting year for the SIG.

“First” #2 – K23 Check-In and Disclosures
Arigo SBM2019.1Technically this wasn’t my *first* check-in, as my NHLBI K23 award started on 3/1/2018. But it was the first year that I scheduled specific times to meet with mentors who are not at my institution, to give them updates on my progress and plan for Year 2. But it was the first time that I got to disclose my K23 for its support of my time, and for its funding to continue the lines of research I presented in symposia and poster sessions (see below). It’s an honor to be able to describe our CHASE work as NIH-funded.

Scholarly Presentations
Arigo SBM2019.3In addition to co-leading two BIT SIG meetings, I also gave research talks in two symposia and led a poster presentation (expertly taken over by Kristen when I had to leave for a meet-and-greet session). All three of these submissions were based on preliminary data for our now-funded NHLBI women’s health study. Findings demonstrated that: 1) accelerometer cut points for moderate-to-vigorous physical activity need to be carefully considered and selected when applied to activity data from midlife women with elevated cardiovascular risk (see open access poster here), 2) among these women, increases in certain social experiences (such as the quality of social interactions and social comparisons) are associated with changes in food intake recording and objectively assessed physical activity. To Kristen’s point above, we still have much to learn about how the social environment influences health behavior, and how we can harness these influences in tailored interventions.

Stay tuned for more updates on our work toward these goals!

*I was supposed to give only one of these talks; a speaker for a session I chaired didn’t make it to the conference, and I subbed for her as best I could.

Rowan’s Clinical Health And Social Experiences (CHASE) Lab at #SBM2019

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SBM2019Our newest research findings will be on display at #SBM2019, and we’re involved in additional sessions focused on science communication and digital health. Come check it out and talk with us!

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6th
Preconference Workshop: Learning How to Effectively Communicate Your Science
Location: Monroe
Date: Wednesday March 6, 2019
Time: 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Chairs: Dr. Dani Arigo and Dr. Jennifer Funderburk

Poster: The Effect of #Fitspiration Messaging on College Students’ Fitness Center Use: An Experimental Pilot Study
Poster Number: A200
Time: 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Presenters: Megan Brown and Dr. Dani Arigo

Poster: Examining Differences between Accelerometer Cut Point Methods among Midlife Women with Cardiovascular Risk Markers: A Two-Study Approach
Poster Number: A308
Time: 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Presenters: Kristen Pasko and Dr. Dani Arigo

THURSDAY, MARCH 7th
Breakfast Roundtable: Behavioral Informatics and Technology (BIT) SIG Presents ‘Tech Madness’ (Data Blitz)
Location: Jefferson East
Date: Thursday March 7, 2019
Time: 7:00 AM to 7:50 AM
Chairs: Dr. Dani Arigo and Dr. Lisa Cadmus-Bertram

Symposium: Measuring Proximal Factors Associated with Change in Weight-related Behaviors Using Advanced Technology
Location: Columbia 8
Date: Thursday March 7, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM to 9:15 AM
Presenters: Dr. Dani Arigo, Dr. Kat Ross, and Becca Crochiere (Discussant: Dr. Graham Thomas) – Dr. Arigo presenting “Social Influences on Midlife Women’s Food Intake Recording in Daily Life: A Pilot Ecological Momentary Assessment Study”

Poster: Do Gender, Anxiety, or Sleep Quality Predict Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Outcomes?
Poster Number: B160
Time: 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Presenter: Megan Brown

FRIDAY, MARCH 8th
Breakfast Roundtable: Women’s Health SIG (Science Communication)
Location: Columbia 4
Time: 7:00 AM to 7:50 AM
Presenters: Dr. Dani Arigo and Dr. Becca Krukowski

Midday Meeting: Behavioral Informatics and Technology (BIT) SIG Business and Networking Meeting
Location: Columbia 10
Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Chairs: Dr. Dani Arigo and Dr. Lisa Cadmus-Bertram

Poster: Does Social Support Buffer against the Influence of Depressive Symptoms on Motivation for Illness Management in Prediabetes?
Poster Number: C170
Time: 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Presenter: Kristen Pasko

SATURDAY, MARCH 9th
Symposium: Social Processes in Daily Life: What Do They Mean for Women’s Weight Control Behaviors?
Location: Georgetown East
Time: 8:00 AM to 9:15 AM
Presenters: Dr. Dani Arigo, Dr. Tyler Mason, and Rachel MacIntyre (Discussant: Dr. Genevieve Dunton) – Dr. Arigo presenting “Daily Social Experiences and Physical Activity Among Midlife Women with CVD Risk: A Pilot Ecological Momentary Assessment Study”