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Gary Bennett

Bishop-MacDermott Family Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience
Professor of Global Health and Medicine
Trinity College of Arts and Sciences
Psychology and Neuroscience

Trent 117
(919) 617-1020
gary.bennett@duke.edu

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Gary Bennett

Summary

My work is focused on developing strategies to prevent obesity in high risk populations. Our research program has three major themes: 1) use of new media technologies to deliver obesity interventions; 2) examining social and psychosocial determinants of obesity and physical inactivity, and; 3) exploring the dissemination of evidence-based interventions. Many of our ongoing research studies are based in the primary care setting, where efficacious obesity intervention approaches are particularly necessary. A major focus of our work is health disparities and we're heavily invested in understanding why rates of obesity vary by a range of demographic characteristics. Underlying all of our research is the goal of developing empirically supported solutions that can be used to reduce obesity in the US population.

Teaching

Title Number Level Semester Requirements Fulfilled
Changing Health Behaviors
Crosslisted as ICS 211 PSY 211

Major topics include the theory and practice of promoting healthful behavior change, use of mass, new, and social media strategies for health promotion, patient-provider communication, and the role of culture in health communication message design. Students should have basic understanding of social science research methods. Instructor: Bennett

Course Notes:
GLHLTH 261
Was: GLHLTH 4058
UG Only SPRING 2018 MAJOR: Focused Study
MINOR: Elective

Projects

Recent Publications

Greaney ML, Askew S, Foley P, Wallington SF, Bennett GG. Linking patients with community resources: Use of a free YMCA membership among low-income Black women. Translational Behavioral Medicine. 2016 Aug 2. [Epub ahead of print]. DOI: 10.1007/s13142-016-0431-7 View

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. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2016.03.006. Epub 2016 Mar 17. View

Ryan J Shaw, Dori M Steinberg, Jonathan Bonnet, Farhad Modarai, Aaron George, Traven Cunningham, Markedia Mason, Mohammad Shahsahebi, Steven C Grambow, Gary G Bennett, Hayden B Bosworth. Mobile health devices: will patients actually use them? Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association Jan 2016, DOI: 10.1093/jamia/ocv186 View

McVey M, Steinberg D, Askew S, Kaphingst K, Bennett GG. Genetic causal attributions for weight status and weight loss during a behavioral weight gain prevention intervention. Genetics in Medicine. 2016 May;18(5):476-82. doi: 10.1038/gim.2015.109. Epub 2015 Aug 20. View

Wolin KY, Steinberg DM, Lane IB, Askew S, Greaney ML, Colditz GA, et al. (2015) Engagement with eHealth Self-Monitoring in a Primary Care-Based Weight Management Intervention. PLoS ONE. 2015 Oct 15;10(10):e0140455. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0140455. eCollection 2015. View

Svetkey LP, Batch BC, Lin PH, Intille SS, Corsin L, Tyson CC, Bosworth HB, Grambow SC, Voils C, Loria C, Gallis JA, Schwager J, and Bennett G. Cell phone intervention for you (CITY): A randomized, controlled trial of behavioral weight loss intervention for young adults using mobile technology. Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.) 2015 Nov;23(11):2133-41. doi: 10.1002/oby.21226. View

Price S, Ferisin S, Sharifi M, Steinberg D, Bennett G, Wolin KY, Horan C, Koziol R, Marshall R, Taveras EM. Development and implementation of an interactive text messaging campaign to support behavior change in a childhood obesity randomized controlled trial. Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives. 2015;20(7):843-50. doi: 10.1080/10810730.2015.1018582. Epub 2015 May 21. View

Steinberg DM, Bennett GG, Askew S, Tate DF. Weighing every day 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. doi: 10.1016/j.jand.2014.12.011. Epub 2015 Feb 12. PubMed PMID: 25683820 [In process]; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4380831 View

Bennett GG, Steinberg DM*, Pagoto SL. Will obesity treatment reimbursement benefit those at highest risk? American Journal of Medicine. 2015 Feb 16. pii: S0002-9343(15)00101-1. doi: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2015.01.026. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed PMID: 25697968. View

Chandler PD, Scott JB, Drake BF, Ng K, Chan AT, Hollis BW, Emmons KM, Giovannucci EL, Fuchs CS, Bennett GG. Impact of vitamin D supplementation on adiposity in African-Americans. Nutrition & Diabetes. 2015 Jan 19;5:e147. doi: 10.1038/nutd.2014.44. PubMed PMID: 25599559; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4314577. View

Pollak KI, Alexander SC, Bennett, G, Lyna P, Coffman, CJ, Bilheimer, A, Farrell, D, Bodner, ME, Swamy, GK, Østbye T. Weight-related SMS texts promoting appropriate pregnancyweight gain: A pilot study. Patient Education & Counseling. 2014 Nov;97(2):256-60. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2014.07.030. Epub 2014 Aug 8. View

Chandler PD, Giovannucci EL, Scott JB, Bennett GG, Ng K, Chan AT, Hollis B, Emmons KM, Fuchs CS, Drake BF. Null Association Between Vitamin D and PSA Levels Among Black Men in a Vitamin D Supplementation Trial. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention. 2014 Sep;23(9):1944-7. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-14-0522. Epub 2014 Jun 28. View

Herring SJ, Cruice JF, Bennett GG, Davey A, Foster GD. Using technology to promote postpartum weight loss in urban, low-income mothers: a pilot randomized controlled trial. Journal of Nutrition Education & Behavior. 2014 Nov-Dec;46(6):610-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2014.06.002. Epub 2014 Jul 26. View

Steinberg DM*, Levine EL, Lane I, Askew S, Foley PB, Puleo E, Bennett GG. Adherence to Self-Monitoring via Interactive Voice Response Technology in an eHealth Intervention Targeting Weight Gain Prevention Among Black Women: Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 2014 Apr 29;16(4):e114. doi: 10.2196/jmir.2996. View

Camacho-Rivera M*, Kawachi I, Bennett GG, Subramanian SV. Associations of Neighborhood Concentrated Poverty, Neighborhood Racial/Ethnic Composition, andIndoor Allergen Exposures: a Cross-Sectional Analysis of Los Angeles Households, 2006-2008. Journal of Urban Health. 2014 Aug;91(4):661-76. doi: 10.1007/s11524-014-9872-9. View

Price S, Ferisin S, Sharifi M, Steinberg D, Bennett G, Wolin KY, Horan C, Koziol R, MarshallR, Taveras EM. Development and Implementation of an Interactive Text Messaging Campaign to Support Behavior Change in a Childhood Obesity Randomized ControlledTrial. Journal of Health Communication. 2015;20(7):843-50. doi: 10.1080/10810730.2015.1018582. Epub 2015 May 21. View

Steinberg DM*, Askew S, Lanpher MG, Foley PB, Levine EL, Bennett GG. A "maintain, don't gain" approach to weight management reduces depression among Black women: Results from a randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Public Health. 2014 Sep;104(9):1766-73. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2014.302004. Epub 2014 Jul 17. View

Chandler PD, Scott JB, Drake BF, Ng K, Forman JP, Chat AT, Bennett GG, Hollis B, Giovannucci EL, Emmons KM, Fuchs CS. Risk of Hypercalcemia in Blacks Taking Hydrochlorothiazide and Vitamin D. American Journal of Medicine. 2014 Aug;127(8):772-8. doi: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2014.02.044. Epub 2014 Mar 20. View

Emmons KM, Puelo E, Greaney ML, Gillman MW, Bennett GG, Haines J, Sprunck-Harrild K,Viswanath KV. A randomized comparative effectiveness study of Healthy Directions 2- Amultiple risk behavior intervention for primary care. Preventive Medicine. 2014 Jul;64:96-102. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2014.03.011. Epub 2014 Mar 16. View

Bennett GG, Steinberg DM, Stoute C, Lanpher M, Lane I, Askew S, Foley PB, Baskin ML. Electronic health (eHealth) interventions for weight management among racial/ethnicminority adults: a systematic review. Obesity Reviews. 2014 Oct;15 Suppl 4:146-58. doi: 10.1111/obr.12218. View

Ng K, Scott JB, Drake BF, Chan AT, Hollis BW, Chandler PD, Bennett GG, Giovannucci EL, Gonzalez-Suarez E, Meyerhardt JA, Emmons KM, Fuchs CS. Dose response to vitamin Dsupplementation in African Americans: results of a 4-arm, randomized, placebo controlledtrial. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2014 Mar;99(3):587-98. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.113.067777. Epub 2013 Dec 24. View

Lin P, Wang Y, Levine E, Askew S, Lin S, Foley P, Wang H, Bennett GG. A text messagingassistedrandomized weight loss clinical trial among overweight adults in Beijing. Obesity. 2014 May;22(5):E29-37. doi: 10.1002/oby.20686. Epub 2014 Jan 9. View

Greaney ML, Puleo E, Bennett, GG, Haines J, Viswanath K, Gillman MW, Sprunck-Harrild K, Coeling M, Rusinak D, Emmons KM. Factors associated with choice of web or print intervention materials in the healthy directions 2 study. Health Education and Behavior. 2014 Feb;41(1):52-62. doi: 10.1177/1090198113486803. Epub 2013 May 29. View

Chandler PD, Scott JB, Drake BF, Ng K, Manson JE, Rifai N, Chan AT, Bennett GG, Hollis BW, Giovannucci EL, Emmons KM, Fuchs CS. Impact of Vitamin D Supplementation onInflammatory Markers in African-Americans: Results of a Four-Arm, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial. Cancer Prevention Research. 2014 Feb;7(2):218-25. doi: 10.1158/1940-6207.CAPR-13-0338-T. Epub 2013 Dec 10. View

Newton RL, Griffith DM, Kearney W, Bennett GG. A systematic review of weight loss, physical activity, and dietary interventions involving African American men. Obesity Reviews. 2014 Oct;15 Suppl 4:93-106. doi: 10.1111/obr.12209. View

Bennett GG, Foley PB, Levine E, Whiteley J, Askew S, Steinberg D, Batch B, Greaney M, Miranda H, Wroth T, Holder M, Emmons KM, Puleo E. Behavioral treatment for weight gain prevention among black women in primary care practice: A randomized controlled trial. JAMA Internal Medicine. 2013 Oct 28;173(19):1770-7. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.9263. View

Invited commentary: Benjamin RM, Yanovski SZ, Simons-Morton DG. Can primary care physician driven community programs address the obesity epidemic among high-risk populations? JAMA Internal Medicine. 2013 Oct 28;173(19):1778-9. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.7776. View

Krieger N, Waterman PD, Kosheleva A, Chen JT, Smith KS, Carney DR, Bennett G, Williams DR, Thornhill G, Freeman E. Racial discrimination & cardiovascular disease risk: My Body My Story study of 1005 US-born black and white community health center participants (US). PLoS One. 2013 Oct 18;8(10):e77174. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0077174. eCollection 2013. View

Mowafi M, Khadr Z, Kawachi I, Subramanian SV, Bennett GG. Socioeconomic status and obesity in Cairo, Egypt: A heavy burden for all. Journal of Epidemiology and Global Health. 2014 Mar;4(1):13-21. doi: 10.1016/j.jegh.2013.09.001. Epub 2013 Oct 16. View

Pagoto S, Bennett GG. How behavioral science can advance digital health. Translational Behavioral Medicine. 2013 Sep; 3(3): 271—276. View

Steinberg DM, Tate DF, Bennett GG, Ennett S, Samuel-Hodge C, Ward DS. Daily weighing and adverse psychological outcomes: A randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2014 Jan;46(1):24-9. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2013.08.006. View

Bennett GG, Steinberg DM, Lanpher MG, Askew S, Lane IB, Levine EL, Goodman MS, Foley PB. Availability of and Ease of Access to Calorie Information on Restaurant Websites. PLoS ONE. 2013 Aug 20;8(8):e72009. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0072009. eCollection 2013. View

Proeschold-Bell RJ, Swift R, Bennett G, Moore HE, Li X, Blouin R, Williams V, Williams R, Toole D. Use of a randomized multiple baseline design: Rationale and design of the Spirited Life holistic health intervention study. Contemporary Clinical Trials. 2013 Jul;35(2):138-52. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2013.05.005. Epub 2013 May 16. View

Corsino L, Pao-Hwa L, Batch BC, Intille S, Grambow SC, Bosworth HB, Bennett GG, Tyson C, Svetkey LP, Voils CI. Recruiting young adults into a weight loss trial: Report of protocol development and recruitment results. Contemporary Clinical Trials. 2013 Jul;35(2):1-7. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2013.04.002. Epub 2013 Apr 13. View

Ritzwoller DP, Glasgow RE, Sukhanova AY, Bennett GG, Warner ET, Greaney ML, Askew S, Goldman J, Emmons KM, Colditz GA. Economic analyses of the Be Fit Be Well program: A weight loss program for community health centers. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2013 Dec;28(12):1581-8. doi: 10.1007/s11606-013-2492-3. Epub 2013 Jun 4.3 View

Warner ET, Glasgow RE, Emmons KM, Bennett GG, Askew S, Rosner BA, Colditz GA. Recruitment and retention of participants in a pragmatic randomized interventiontrial at three community health clinics: Results and lessons learned. BMC Public Health. 2013 Mar 6;13:192. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-13-192. View

Forman J, Scott J, Ng K, Drake B, Gonzalez Suarez E, Hayden D, Bennett G, Chandler P, Hollis B, Emmons E, Giovannucci E, Fuchs C, Chan A. Effect of vitamin D supplementation on blood pressure in blacks. Hypertension. 2013 Apr;61(4):779-85. doi: 10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.111.00659. View

Glasgow RE, Askew S, Purcell P, Levine E, Warner E, Stange KC, Colditz GA, Bennett GG.Use of RE-AIM to Address Health Inequities: Application in a low-income community health center based weight loss and hypertension self-management program. Translational Behavioral Medicine. 2013 Jun 1;3(2):200-210. View

Greaney ML, Puleo E, Bennett GG, Haines J, Viswanath K, Gillman MW, Sprunck-Harrild K, Coeling M, Rusinak D, Emmons KM. Factors Associated with Choice of Intervention Modality in the Healthy Directions 2 Study. Health Education and Behavior. 2014 Feb;41(1):52-62. doi: 10.1177/1090198113486803. Epub 2013 May 29. View

Steinberg DM, Tate DF, Bennett GG, Ennett S, Samuel-Hodge C, Ward DS. The efficacy of a daily self-weighing weight loss intervention using smart scales and e-mail. Obesity. 2013Mar 20. doi: 10.1002/oby.20396. View

Napolitano M, Ives A, Bennett GG, Hayes S, Foster G. Using Facebook and text messaging to deliver a weight loss program to college students. Obesity. 2013 Jan;21(1):25-31. doi: 10.1002/oby.20232. View

Whitt-Glover, M, Bennett GG, Sallis, JF. Disparities in Environments and Policies that Support Active Living. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. (2013) 45 (Suppl 1):S1—S5DOI 10.1007/s12160-012-9456-4 View

Glasgow RE, Askew S, Purcell P, Levine E, Warner E, Stange KC, Colditz GA, Bennett GG. Use of RE-AIM to Address Health Inequities: Application in a low-income community health center based weight loss and hypertension self-management program. Translational Behavioral Medicine. 2013 Jun 1;3(2):200-210. View

Forman J, Scott J, Ng K, Drake B, Gonzalez Suarez E, Hayden D, Bennett G, Chandler P, Hollis B, Emmons E, Giovannucci E, Fuchs C, Chan A. Effect of vitamin D supplementation on blood pressure in African-Americans. Hypertension. 2013 Apr;61(4):779-85. doi: 10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.111.00659. View

Warner E.T., Glasgow R.E., Emmons K.M., Bennett G.G., Askew S., Rosner B.A., Colditz G.A. Recruitment and retention of participants in a pragmatic randomized intervention trial at three community health clinics: Results and lessons learned. BMC Public Health. View

Greaney M, Sprunck-Harrild K, Bennett GG, Puleo E, Haines J, Viswanath V, Emmons K. Use of email and telephone prompts to increase self-monitoring in a web-based intervention. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 2012 Jul 27;14(4):e96. doi: 10.2196/jmir.1981. View

Slopen N, Dutra LM, Williams DR, Mujahid MS, Lewis TT, Bennett GG, Ryff CD, Albert MA. Psychosocial stressors and cigarette smoking among African American adults in mid-life. Nicotine and Tobacco Research. 2012 February 24. View

Mowafi M, Khadr Z, Bennett G, Hill A, Kawachi I, Subramanian SV. Is access to neighborhood green space associated with BMI among Egyptians? A multilevel study of Cairo neighborhoods. Health & Place. 2012 Mar;18(2):385-90. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2011.12.002. Epub 2011 Dec 17. View

Warner ET, Wolin KY, Duncan DT, Heil DP, Askew S, Bennett GG. Differential accuracy of physical activity self-report by body mass index. American Journal of Health Behavior. 2012 Mar;36(2):168-78. doi: 10.5993/AJHB.36.2.3. View

Duncan D, Castro MC, Gortmaker SL, Aldstadt J, Melly SJ, Bennett GG. Racial differences in the built environment body mass index relationship? A geospatial analysis of adolescents in urban neighborhoods. International Journal of Health Geographics. 2012 Apr 26;11:11. doi: 10.1186/1476-072X-11-11. View

Foley P, Levine E, Askew S, Puleo E, Whiteley J, Batch B, Heil D, Dix D, Lett V, Lanpher M, Miller J, Emmons K, Bennett GG. Weight gain prevention among black women in the rural community health center setting: The Shape Program. BMC Public Health. 2012 Jun 15;12:305. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-12-305. View

Belsky DW, Moffitt TE, Houts RH, Bennett GG, Biddle AK, Blumenthal JA, Evans JP, Harrington HL, Sugden K, Williams B, Poulton R, Caspi A. Polygenic risk, rapid childhood growth, and the development of obesity: Evidence from a 4-decade longitudinal study. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. 2012 Jun 1;166(6):515-21. doi: 10.1001/archpediatrics.2012.131. View

Bennett GG, Warner E, Glasgow R, Askew S, Goldman J, Ritzwoller D, Emmons K, Rosner B, Colditz G. Obesity treatment for socioeconomically disadvantaged patients in primary care practice. Archives of Internal Medicine. 2012 Apr 9;172(7):565-74. doi: 10.1001/archinternmed.2012.1. Epub 2012 Mar 12. View

Greaney ML, Sprunck-Harrild K, Bennett GG, Puleo E, Haines J, Viswanath KV, Emmons KM. Use of email and telephone prompts to increase self-monitoring in a Web-based intervention: randomized controlled trial. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 2012 Jul 27;14(4):e96. doi: 10.2196/jmir.1981. View

Greaney ML, Puleo E, Sprunck-Harrild K, Bennett GG, Cunningham M A, Gillman MW, Coeling M, and Emmons KM. Electronic reminders for cancer prevention: Factors associated with preference for automated voice reminders or text messages. Preventive Medicine. 2012 Aug;55(2):151-4. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2012.05.014. Epub 2012 May 30. View

Lewis KH, Gillman MW, Greaney ML, Puleo E, Bennett GG, Emmons KM. Relationships between social resources and healthful behaviors across the age spectrum. Journal of Aging Research. 2012;2012:501072. doi: 10.1155/2012/501072. Epub 2012 Aug 30. View

McNeill LH, Stoddard A, Bennett GG, Wolin KY, Sorensen GG. Influence of individual and social contextual factors on changes in leisure-time physical activity in working-class populations: results of the Healthy Directions-Small Businesses Study. Cancer Causes and Control. 2012 Sep;23(9):1475-87. doi: 10.1007/s10552-012-0021-z. Epub 2012 Jul 18. View

Bennett GG. Connecting eHealth with 2-1-1 to Reduce Health Disparities. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2012 Dec;43(6 Suppl 5):S509-11. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2012.09.022. View