April 6, 2023 | 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Topic: Behavioral Interventions and Obesity
Dr. Fitzpatrick is an Associate Professor in the Institute of Health System Science and Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research at Northwell Health. Her background is in clinical health psychology and behavioral medicine. Dr. Fitzpatrick has over a decade of experience developing, implementing, and evaluating behavioral interventions for obesity and chronic disease prevention and management in clinical and community-based settings. Her work particularly focuses on strategies to combine behavioral and social health interventions to address social needs and promote health equity. She has served as the Pl or Co-I on several NIH and PCORl-funded grants. Her most recent work, funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), included a natural experiment with a mixed methods approach to evaluate the implementation of the Diabetes Prevention Program in a large, integrated health system as well as Bridge to Health/ Puente a la Salud, a randomized trial to test the effectiveness of a combined behavioral and social health intervention led by community health workers to improve diabetes management and related outcomes among a racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic marginalized patient population. Dr. Fitzpatrick is the Director of Research, Evaluation, and Strategic Implementation for the ADA-recognized DECIDE diabetes self-management support program. She also currently serves on the Oregon Health Authority’s Metrics and Scoring Committee, determining statewide population health quality measures, and serves on the boards for Society of Behavioral Medicine and Society for Health Psychology.