Current Awardees

Culturally Tailored - Cognitive Behavioral Intervention (CT-CB) for African American patients with Type-2 Diabetes A Pilot Study
Ambar Kulshreshtha, MD, PhD, FAHA, Principal Investigator

There is scarce data regarding the effectiveness of adapted and tailored cognitive-behavior change interventions and delivery in innovative low-cost formats for vulnerable population subgroups. The aim of this study is to test the feasibility and acceptability of a Culturally-Tailored, Cognitive Behavioral intervention (CT-CB) program (in group-based and phone-based formats), compared with usual care, and to determine if the intervention can improve diabetes self-management among African American patients. The study will also seek to determine whether a particular subset of patients is more likely to experience improvements.


Feasibility of a Soccer-based Adaptation of the Diabetes Prevention Program
Jennifer Frediani, PhD, RD, Principal Investigator

Hispanic males are difficult to engage in traditional lifestyle or non-communicable chronic disease (NCDs) prevention interventions, yet, they have high rates of obesity and are at high risk for NCDs, particularly T2DM. The goal of this study is to utilize the local Hispanic community’s interest in soccer as a vehicle to deliver an adapted Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) among male, overweight, Latino adults at high T2DM risk. Physical activity volume, sleep and sedentary time will be tracked objectively with wearable devices linked to an innovative research smartphone app that provides data to the researchers and tailored in-app notifications and surveys to the participant.


Intersection of Chronic Diseases: Understanding the Care Continuum for Patients Co-affected by HIV and Diabetes
Jonathan Colasanti, MD, Principal Investigator

Diabetes among HIV-positive individuals is emerging as a major comorbidity, fueling cardiovascular and renal disease ultimately resulting in increased morbidity and mortality in this population.  To identify gaps in diabetes care, this study aims to explore the diabetes care continuum among people living with HIV. In addition, this study can inform pragmatic interventions to improve regular clinical practice and reduce morbidity in people living with HIV and diabetes.


Adoption of New Lifestyles among Refugee Families: Health Implications of Integration
Solveig Cunningham, PhD, Principal Investigator

This project will inform programs to prevent obesity and diabetes among newly arrived people in the U.S. It will also provide scientifically and programmatically important information on how health and health behaviors change when people experience a change in their social and economic environments.


A Sleep Intervention (SLEEP-Extend) for Young Adults At-Risk for Type 2 Diabetes
Ashley Helvig, PhD, RN, CNE, Principal Investigator

The risk for developing diabetes in persons with difficulty in maintaining sleep is 1.84 times the risk of diabetes in those who do not have sleep issues which is very similar to the relative risk detected from another commonly recognized risk factor-- family history of diabetes (1.7-2.3) (Reutrakul & Van Cauter, 2014). This study will examine whether an intervention to extend sleep will result in behavior change to increase sleep duration and improve insulin resistance, providing evidence of the impacts in intervening with sleep duration to improve metabolic function. 


Mobile Health Based Type 2 Diabetes Management in South Asian Immigrants
Mary Beth Weber, PhD, MPH & Lauren Wilcox, PhD, Principal Investigators

Individuals from South Asia (SA) have higher prevalence of T2D compared to other U.S ethnic groups. Immigrants are more likely to have less access to optimal medical care due to language and cultural barriers. This study will examine the impact on diabetes control of adding the language based mheatlh application to usual medical care for diabetes in South Asian immigrants.