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Dori Steinberg

Research Scholar
Duke Global Health Institute

Trent 134
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Dori Steinberg


My work focuses on obesity prevention and treatment with particular emphasis on using technology to examine simple, sustainable behaviors for weight control. My dissertation examined an intervention that focused on daily self-weighing as a simple self-monitoring strategy for weight loss using e-scales that sent participant weights to a website. The intervention was found to be more effective than I expected and I hope to build on this work by examining the effectiveness with different populations in different settings.



Title Number Level Semester Requirements Fulfilled
Global Nutrition: Over and Under Nutrition in Developing Countries

Discusses the nutrition problems of developing countries. Reviews epidemiological, biological, and behavioral consequences of both overnutrition (e.g., obesity) and undernutrition (e.g., malnutrition). Emphasizes infectious disease (HIV, TB, malaria, diarrhea) of children and perinatal outcomes (e.g., fetal loss, low birth weight, HIV transmission, pre-eclampsia) of women and children. Strong focus on ethical and political issues relevant to the formulation of nutrition policy and programs in developing countries. Course is designed for graduate students or advanced undergraduates.

Course Notes:
Was: GLHLTH 220S - 01
UG/GRAD FALL 2016 MSC: Elective
MAJOR: Focused Study
MINOR: Elective
PhD: Elective


Recent Publications

Steinberg DM, Bennett GG, Svetkey LP. The DASH Diet-20 years later. Journal of the American Medical Association. (Under Review).

Steinberg DM, Christy J, Batch BB, Askew S, Moore RH, Parker P, Bennett GG. Preventing weight gain improves sleep quality among Black women: Results from a RCT. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. (In Press).

Foley PB, Steinberg DM, Levine EL, Askew S, Batch BC, Puleo E, Svetkey LP, Bosworth HB, DeVries A, Miranda H, Bennett GG. Track: A randomized controlled trial of a digital health obesity treatment intervention for medically vulnerable primary care patients. Contemporary Clinical Trials. 2016 May; 48: 12-20.

Steinberg DM. Authors response to Questions Regarding Weighing Every Day. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2016 Mar;116(3):405-6

Shaw RJ, Steinberg DM, Bonnet J, Modarai F, George A, Cunningham T, Mason M, Shahsahebi M, Grambow SC, Bennett GG, Bosworth HB. Mobile Health Devices: WillPatients Actually Use Them? Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. 2016 Jan 17. [Epub ahead of print].

Wolin KY, Steinberg DM, Lane IB, Askew S, Greaney ML, Colditz GA, Bennett GG. Engagement with eHealth self-monitoring in a primary care-based weight managementintervention. PLoS One. 2015;10(10):e0140455.

McVay MA, Steinberg DM, Askew S, Kaphingst KA, Bennett GG. Genetic causal attributions for weight status and weight loss during a behavioral weight gain prevention intervention. Genetics in Medicine. 2015 Aug 20. [Epub ahead of print].

Bennett GG, Steinberg DM, Pagoto S. Will obesity treatment reimbursement benefit thoseat highest risk? American Journal of Medicine. 2015 Jul;128(7):670-1.

Steinberg DM, Bennett GG, Askew S, Tate DF. Weighing everyday matters: Daily weighing improves weight loss and adoption of weight control behaviors. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 2015 Apr;115(4):511-8.

Bennett GG, Steinberg DM, Stoute C, Lanpher MG, Lane IB, Askew S, Foley PB, Baskin ML. Electronic health (eHealth) interventions for weight management among racial/ethnic minority adults: a systematic review. Obesity Reviews. 2014 Oct;15 Suppl 4:146-58

Steinberg DM, Askew S, Lanpher MG, Foley PB, Levine EL, Bennett GG. A "maintain, don't gain" approach toweight management reduces depression among Black women: Results from a randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Public Health. 2014 Sep;104(9):1766-73.

Shaw RJ, Steinberg DM, Zullig LL, Bosworth, HB, Johnson CM, Davis, LL. Treatment Fidelity of mHealthInterventions for Weight Loss. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. 2014 May 22. [Epubahead of print]

Steinberg DM, Bennett GG, Puleo E. Adherence to self-monitoring via interactive voice response technology in an eHealth intervention targeting weight gain prevention among Black women. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 2014;16(4):e114.

Steinberg DM, Tate DF, Bennett GG, Ennett S, Samuel-Hodge C, Ward DS. Daily self-weighing and adversepsychological outcomes: A randomized-controlled trial. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2014;46(1):24-29.