CHIP 2013-2014 Seed Grant Winners: Obesity, eHealth/mHealth and Graduate Student Competitions

CHIP is delighted to announce and congratulate the winners of the 2013-2014 CHIP Seed Grant Competitions in Obesity Research, eHealth/mHealth Research, and Graduate Student Research.

The purpose of these competitions is to provide pilot and seed grant resources to investigators to stimulate new research in health behavior change at UConn of the type and quality likely to lead to additional external funding. Winners were selected through an NIH-style review process, and all qualifying applicants were provided with feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of their proposals.

We wish to thank all applicants for their time, and we thank the review committee members for their contributions to this core CHIP program. Information on the 2014-2015 round of CHIP seed grants will be announced in the fall.

Awardees: CHIP Seed Grants for eHealth/mHealth Research

Awards of $15,000 were made to the following CHIP Faculty/Researcher Affiliates:

Hart Blanton, Department of Psychology
“Proof of Concept of Videogame Delivery of Graphic Health Warnings”

Deborah Cornman, CHIP
“Development of Mobile Phone Application to Address Recurrent Binge Eating”

Awardees: CHIP Seed Grants for Obesity Research

An award of $15,000 was made to the following CHIP Faculty/Research Affiliate:

Linda Pescatello, Department of Kinesiology
“A Firefighter Physical Test & Training Program for Cardiovascular Health”

Awardees: CHIP Seed Grants for Graduate Student Research

Awards of $1,500 were made to the following CHIP Graduate Student Affiliates:

Maninderjit Kaur, Department of Kinesiology
“Yoga intervention in children with autism spectrum disorders”
Advisor: Anjana Bhat

Hayley MacDonald, Department of Kinesiology
“Evaluating the effectiveness of the current exercise prescription recommendations for hypertension: A meta-analysis”
Advisors: Linda Pescatello and Blair Johnson

J. Luke Pryor, Department of Kinesiology
“Effectiveness of intermittent heat exposure to maintain heat acclimation”
Advisor: Carl Maresh

Roman Shrestha, Department of Community Medicine and Health Care
“Developing an evidence-based intervention targeting high-risk migrant workers”
Advisor: Michael Copenhaver

Emily Tuthill, School of Nursing
“Exclusive breastfeeding promotion among HIV-positive women: A theory-based approach”
Advisor: Jeffrey Fisher