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Families Being Supportive Together

This project studies the different ways that caregivers respond to their teens when teens ask for support. The study focuses on youth with and without a risk of developing depression and anxiety. We study how youth ask for help from their caregivers and how caregivers respond in their daily lives by observing family interactions at home. The ultimate goal of this study is to reveal how modern families support their teens and how communication among immediate family members can impact stress, mood, and mental health.
Sunny Bai at sub1164@psu.edu or 814-867-6488
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Family has youth between ages 12-15 yo
Parent and youth live together at least 5 days/week
Parent has an active driver's license
Family has car that they use regularly
Primary language spoken at home is English
Exclusion Criteria:
Youth or parent has current diagnosis of severe mental illness (ex: Bipolar, OCD, Alcohol/Substance use disorder, Eating disorder, Psychotic disorder)
Youth has developmental disability (Autism spectrum disorders)
Youth or parent has had a suicide attempt, or intensive care (inpatient, partial hospitalization, daily outpatient) care for emotional or behavior problems in the past 12-months
Other social (ex: homelessness) or medical conditions that make participation difficult
Children's Health, Prevention, Mental & Behavioral Health
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Harrisburg, PA
State College, PA

Raising a Child with T1D and Autism: Qualitative Thematic Analysis

We have utilized a previously completed forum and blog analysis conducted as STUDY00007977 to begin to identify to successes and challenges families raising a child with both T1D and autism experience. This study seeks to expand our knowledge through conducting interviews with families recruited both online and through the clinic. By using an Interview Guide created with our themes identified thus far, we will have a chance to expand on these themes through interviews, as well as hear from families that may not use the online community. We will recruit and interview families through the diabetes online community and through Penn State Hershey--6-8 of these families will have a child with optimal glycemic control and 6-8 of these families will have a child with suboptimal glycemic control. In addition to refining themes, this effort will help us assess the reliability, credibility, and validity of what was found via forum and blog analysis.
Jessica Wright at jwright3@pennstatehealth.psu.edu
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18 year(s) or older
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Able to read, write and communicate effectively in English
Caregiver (parent, grandparent, adult sibling, guardian) to a child age 5-18 years with both T1D and Autism
Telephone and internet access
Willing to consent and complete study requirements
Exclusion Criteria:
Unable to read, write and communicate effectively in English
Not a caregiver (parent, grandparent, adult sibling, guardian) to a child age 5-18 years with both T1D and Autism
No access to phone or internet
Unwilling to consent or complete study requirements
Children's Health, Mental & Behavioral Health, Diabetes & Hormones
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Participation in Rural Settings to Engage in Communities (PARSEC): A program to increase community participation for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

This is a longitudinal study that will examine the effectiveness of a program to increase community participation for adults with autism living in rural communities in Pennsylvania.
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18 year(s) or older
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Autism
Living in a rural community
English speaking
Able to self-report
High school graduate
Exclusion Criteria:
Inability to provide consent
Mental & Behavioral Health
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Barriers to Transgender Healthcare in Rural Communities

The purpose of this study is to comprehensively explore the barriers to healthcare among rural transgender or non-binary adults in rural Pennsylvania, using a convergent mixed-methods approach.
Oluwamuyiwa Adebayo at owa2@psu.edu or 814-867-4656
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18 year(s) or older
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Aged 18 years and older
Identify as transgender or non-binary or genderqueer
Fluent in English
Reside in Rural Pennsylvania County
Exclusion Criteria:
Younger than 18 years
Identify as cisgender
Men's Health, Prevention, Women's Health
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One Penn State : Connecting a Learning Community of Geographically Diverse Students

The community of remote learners is on the rise. With the trends of application and skill based knowledge, more and more people are migrating to the learn while you work paradigm. People value flexibility and comfort increasingly. Penn State is one of the few Universities propagating the cause of spreading knowledge via all modalities. The 33,302 students spread across its 19 commonwealth campuses are further a testimony to the prevalent trends. It is important that all these students receive an integrated and cohesive student experience. This also covers the need for the students to feel a sense of social belongingness. The work will focus on bringing together the Penn State community to achieve the true essence of it’s chant WeAre!
Sanjana Gautam at sqg5699@psu.edu
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18 year(s) or older
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Must be 18 years of age or older
Must be a student of Penn State
Exclusion Criteria:
Most not be younger than 18 years of age
Education
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Sharing healthy activities among family members: A lightweight photo journaling design experiment

We want to develop and deploy alternative design solutions to examine how non-collocated families exchange support and collaborate on healthy living via online platform in their everyday life.
Jomara Sandbulte at jmb89@psu.edu
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18 year(s) or older
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Individuals should be 18 years or older, working adults, financially self-reliant
Individuals should have living family members who would be willing to take part on the study
Individuals should have a computer or tablet with internet access
Individuals should have Facebook account
Individuals should be living geographically distant from family members
Exclusion Criteria:
Non-English speakers
Elderly people cognitively impaired
Minors (age under 18)
Adult children who are not financially independent of their parents
Food & Nutrition, Education, Mental & Behavioral Health
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State College, PA

Dining with Diabetes in Pennsylvania

Penn State Extension's Dining with Diabetes program is an evidence-based community education program for people with or at risk for type 2 diabetes. The program teaches participants how to prevent or manage their disease by providing practical knowledge and strategies to make the necessary lifestyle changes that will lead to healthier living and reduction in the risk of complications. The overall goals and objectives of the program are as follows: Increasing knowledge of healthy food choices for families with or at risk for diabetes Promoting behavior changes by offering demonstrations and tasting of healthy food. Increasing knowledge of essential medical tests associated with diabetes management. Promoting physical activity as a component of diabetes control. Encouraging self-management and self-efficacy skill. Connecting participants to their healthcare providers for long-term follow-up. The program is designed to meet 4 consecutive weeks and then a 3 month follow-up. Classes consist of a nutrition lesson, physical activity, cooking demonstration and food tasting.
Debra Griffie at dab210@psu.edu or 610-489-4315
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18 year(s) or older
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NCT04080960
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Individulas with type 2 diabetes
individuals with pre-diabetes
individuals at risk of developing type 2 diabetes
healthy family members/caretakers
healthy volunteers
Exclusion Criteria:
under the age of 18
Diabetes & Hormones
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Altoona, PA
DuBois, PA
Erie, PA
Greater Pittsburgh Area, PA
Hazleton, PA
Reading, PA
State College, PA
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Area, PA

Developing a Recommendation System for Local Community Events

In this study, we investigate a recommender system for public, local events in Centre County, PA. Currently, there is no platform that aggregates all the events that take place in a community. The data is fragmented among many platforms and it can be difficult for people to find interesting things to do. Participants will interact with our software system and discuss their experiences through a survey and/or interview.
Tiffany Knearem at tak54@psu.edu
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18 year(s) or older
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Must be 18 years or older
Must be a University Park student or local resident of Centre County
Exclusion Criteria:
Persons under 18 years of age
Persons who do not live in Centre County, PA
Education
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State College, PA

Better Together: Understanding Family Engagement in Early Childcare Education Centers in Central Pennsylvania

The purpose of this study is to use a short survey to understand family involvement in early childcare education centers throughout central Pennsylvania (Dauphin, Lancaster, and Lebanon counties). This understanding will help to better engage families and promote child health and wellness.
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18 year(s) or older
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Adult parents/guardians of infants/toddlers that attend an ECEC.
The ECEC is located in either Dauphin, Lebanon, or Lancaster county.
Must have an email account.
Must have access to a mobile phone, tablet, desktop or laptop computer to complete survey.
Parent/guardian must be able to fluently read and understand English.
Exclusion Criteria:
Parents/guardians less than 18 years old.
Children's Health, Education, Mental & Behavioral Health
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The effectiveness of a community-based steps challenge on cardiovascular health outcomes in previously sedentary adults

The purpose of this study is to determine the effect of Blair County’s Active Living Steps Challenge on cardiovascular health in physically inactive adults participating in the intervention compared to a control group of adults also living in Blair county who are not participating in the Steps Challenge.
Nicole Gilbertson at nmg46@psu.edu or 814-949-5016
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18 year(s) or older
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Inclusion Criteria:
Males and Females
Ages 18-65 years old
Currently living and/or working in Blair County, Pennsylvania
Not currently participating in planned, structured physical activity at least 30 minutes at moderate intensity on at least 3 days/week for at least 3 months
Ability to walk for >10 minutes at a time
Exclusion Criteria:
Known cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cancer, diabetes, or renal disease
Conditions associated with cognitive impairment or medical instability that puts the subject at risk
Signs or symptoms suggestive of cardiovascular, metabolic, or renal disease
Females currently pregnant or breastfeeding
Currently involved in a program to gain or lose weight
Heart & Vascular, Prevention
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Altoona, PA

Exploring Parental Influence in Youth Disability Sport Participation

We are conducting an online survey study for parents of children with disabilities that explores their perceptions of participation in disability sport within their communities.
Courtney Jasiulevicius at cmj5308@psu.edu or 813-846-4145
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18 year(s) or older
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has a child with a physical disability or sensory disability
has a child that is enrolled in a disability or adapted sport program
has a child between the ages of 10 and 17
Exclusion Criteria:
does not have a child with a physical or sensory disability
does not have a child with a disability between the ages of 10 and 17
does not have a child that plays a disability or adapted sport
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Understanding Information Needs and Challenges faced by International Spouses during Adjustment

The study examines ways in which technology can be designed to provide support and services to international spouses during their adjustment to a new host environment. In particular, we would like to investigate the needs of spouse’s communities, the challenges faced by this population during adjustment, and propose design implications for developing systems and services to improve their access to social services and to promote community development and civic engagement.
Jomara Binda at jmb89@psu.edu
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18 year(s) or older
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Inclusion Criteria:
Individuals who understand English
Individuals who hold a dependent (F-2/J-2) visa status
Exclusion Criteria:
Non-English speakers
Age under 18
Non-dependents (F-2/J-2) visa status
Anyone who cannot consent to participate in this study
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State College, PA

Coparenting, Infant Sleep, and Infant Development: An Intervention Study

This application proposes a randomized clinical trial (RCT) to evaluate the effects of a sleep-enhanced adaptation of an evidence-based transition-to-parenting coparenting intervention program [Family Foundations - FF). The study has three arms. In one arm, families will experience FF as originally formulated; in the second, families will receive an adapted FF that emphasizes coparenting in infant sleep contexts; the third arm will serve as controls. Assessments of coparenting and parenting in infant sleep contexts, parental adjustment to infant sleep behavior, choices about sleep arrangements, infant and parent sleep quality, and infant socio-emotional functioning, will serve as outcomes.
Morgan Loeffler at FF@psu.edu or 717-695-7050
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18 year(s) or older
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Parents must live together
Parents must be expecting their first baby together
We must start working with the couple before the baby is born
Parents must be 18 years or older
Families who can speak and understand English
Exclusion Criteria:
Single-parent families
Families with more than one-child
Familes who cannot speak or understand English
Families in which one parent is under the age of 18
Pregnancy & Infertility, Sleep Management, Women's Health
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Carlisle, PA
Harrisburg, PA
Hershey, PA

Invisible Sojourners: Second Language Socialization Among International Spouses

This study will examine how international spouses improve their English ability and form connections with the local community. Participants will be interviewed to learn about their experiences. Social events that are found to be positive will be recorded so that the interactions in that space can be analyzed to determine how they help international spouses.
Jade Sandbulte at jfs5644@psu.edu
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18 year(s) or older
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Inclusion Criteria:
Traveled to the U.S. with a spouse who was enrolled at Penn State
Understands spoken English
Exclusion Criteria:
Is not a student at Penn State OR was not a student when you first arrived
Education, Language & Linguistics
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State College, PA

Using Serious Game Technology to Improve Social Skills in Autism

The goal of this study is to help ASD adolescents improve social skills during face-to-face interactions. We have designed an immersive computer game to help them learn these skills in a fun way. Adolescents play the game at home 3 times a week for 3 months on a computer that we give you. In order to see how well the game is working to teach them, we have to test it against another game that is similar but teaches other skills. We measure your adolescent’s attention in the lab through computer games and by measuring their eye movements. We invite you to answer questions about their social behavior. We are flexible in how we work with families to accommodate busy schedules (e.g., weekend appointments). Families come to Penn State for three visits. We pay for all travel expenses (mileage, toll, hotel). Families are also compensated up to $450 for their time.
Dr. Suzy Scherf at suzyscherf@psu.edu or 814-204-2272
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NCT03690661
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10-18 years old
autism spectrum disorder
corrected vision and hearing at normal levels
can speak in full sentences
stable internet connection in the home
Exclusion Criteria:
active seizure disorder in last 2 years
non-native English speaker
Children's Health, Mental & Behavioral Health
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Altoona, PA
Harrisburg, PA
Hershey, PA
State College, PA

Assessing the Feasibility of Implementing a Storytelling Intervention among African Americans with Hypertension: A Pilot Study

Personal narratives or storytelling is an approach that has been used to promote healthy behaviors among people with diabetes, breast cancer, and high blood pressure. There is a need for low-cost, culturally-tailored interventions that promote healthy behaviors and improve health outcomes in the African American community. The objective of this project is to develop a storytelling intervention for African Americans with high blood pressure. Participants will be filmed sharing their experiences living with high blood pressure, and the videos will be shared with other African Americans with high blood pressure. We are recruiting 6-8 African American adults with high blood pressure, age 18-80, that have been diagnosed with high blood pressure and are taking medications to manage high blood pressure.
Yendelela Cuffee at ycuffee@phs.psu.edu or 717-531-7178
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Inclusion Criteria:
Diagnosis of hypertension
Prescribed anti-hypertensive medication
Age greater than or equal to 18 years
African American
Exclusion Criteria:
Pregnancy
Unable to speak or read English
Mental status precluding ability to provide informed consent
Heart & Vascular
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Harrisburg, PA
Hershey, PA

Pennsylvania Adoptees Longitudinal Study (PALS)

This study will examine various factors within the home of children adopted from the child welfare system between the ages of 4 and 10 that may impact their development. At the current time, there are two planned home visits, each 1-year apart. The children and parents will not be required to travel for sessions as all visits will occur in the home. This research will help understand the factors that impact the development of children adopted from the child welfare system and how we may better serve these children and their families.
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Child age between 4 and 10
Child legally adopted by the caregiver
The same caregiver will participate in each of 2 in-home assessment sessions
Exclusion Criteria:
Child diagnosed with intellectual disability
A legally adoptive caregiver is a biological relative of the child
Children's Health, Mental & Behavioral Health
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Altoona, PA
Carlisle, PA
DuBois, PA
Erie, PA
Greater Philadelphia Area, PA
Greater Pittsburgh Area, PA
Harrisburg, PA
Hazleton, PA
Hershey, PA
Mont Alto, PA
Reading, PA
Schuylkill Haven, PA
Sharon, PA
State College, PA
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Area, PA
Williamsport, PA
York, PA

Diet and stress responses in low-income rural adults under the dynamics of food insecurity

The study is recruiting adults in rural Central Pennsylvania to understand how their food environment in fall and winter predicts diet, stress, mood, and health in everyday life. Participants will use a provided survey phone to answer the survey questions and will use a provided chest belt to measure heart rate for 5 mins every day in the morning during the study period. There will be up to 2 training session in State College, PA or a community center in Woodland, PA. Data collection will take place at participant's home. Study compensation and travel compensation will be provided.
Muzi Na at muzi.na@psu.edu or 814-865-2919
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Adults between 20-50 years
In general good health
If female, prior to menopause
Household income <= 185% of the poverty level
Exclusion Criteria:
Has any physical, mental or emotional disabilities
Is pregnant
Non-English speaking
Food & Nutrition, Heart & Vascular, Mental & Behavioral Health
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DuBois, PA
State College, PA

Preadolescent Stress and Health Study

This study will examine the effects of stress on physical and mental health during early adolescence. We are recruiting 11- and 12-year old boys and girls to participate in three yearly visits at the PennStateHealth Pediatric Clinical Research Center. At the visits, a youth and one of their parents or guardians will participate in interviews related to stress, coping, and everyday life. They will also complete some puzzles and cooperative activities both together and separately.Youths will also provide blood, urine, and saliva samples to measure stress hormones and other health indicators such as cholesterol and glucose levels. Participating families will receive compensation for completing surveys at the three timepoints.
Martha Wadsworth at mew27@psu.edu or 814-865-2878
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NCT03436706
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Medical assistance or low-income
child age 11 or 12 years
able to commit to two year study
able to read and write English
Exclusion Criteria:
intellectual disability
cancer or congestive heart failure
Children's Health, Mental & Behavioral Health
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Hershey, PA

Pilot Study to Assess Medication Adherence, Health Literacy, and Technological Literacy among African Americans and Latinos with Hypertension

This pilot study aims explore the health literacy and medication adherence found among African Americans and Latinos with hypertension receiving care at Hamilton Health Center in Harrisburg PA. We also aim to determine the feasibility of the iPad or smartphone as a tool for accessing health related information among African American and Latino patients with hypertension receiving care at clinics at Hamilton Health Center in Harrisburg PA. The expected outcomes of this project are to obtain a better understand of the literacy levels and adherence behaviors of African Americans and Latinos in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The findings from this study will provide valuable insights into the health management behaviors of this community and determine if there is a need to develop a mobile health application for the management of hypertension.
Yendelela Cuffee at ycuffee@phs.psu.edu or 717-531-2044
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Diagnosed with high blood pressure
Prescribed medication for high blood pressure
African American/Black (Hispanic or Non-Hispanic) or White (Hispanic)
21 years and older
Able to speak and read English
Exclusion Criteria:
Unable to provide consent to participate in the study
Heart & Vascular, Diabetes & Hormones
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Hershey, PA

Centre County COVID-19 Data 4 Action Study

The purpose of this research is to evaluate the extent of COVID-19 risk and perceived risk among Centre County residents and students, and how those risks evolve from the time isolation guidelines were implemented through a return to normal functioning. Participants in this research will complete an electronic survey with questions about their demographic, about their exposure to COVID-19, and about how COVID-19 has affected their health and work/education. Data from this research will be used to inform Centre County planning authorities and the Pennsylvania State University about the needs of communities, including needs for information dissemination and for potentially actionable, local interventions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Susan McHale at src-ssri@psu.edu
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At least 18 years of age.
Currently living in Centre County, PA.
Expect to continue living in Centre County, PA (through at least Sept 2020)
Capable of providing your own informed consent.
Exclusion Criteria:
No additional exclusion criteria beyond those required for inclusion.
Infectious Diseases & Immune System, Men's Health, Women's Health
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Brain Mechanisms of Overeating in Children

Reducing intake from large portions is of critical importance to preventing obesity. People consistently eat more when they are served larger portions, a phenomenon known as the portion size effect. The mechanisms of the portion size effect are not well understood, and investigating the underlying neurobiology that drives this phenomenon may inform the development of more effective obesity prevention programs. The proposed research will follow healthy weight children who vary by family risk for obesity to identify the neurobiological and appetitive traits that are implicated in overeating and weight gain during the critical pre-adolescent period. We expect results to confirm the hypothesis that reduced function of brain inhibitory pathways and increased activity in brain reward pathways in response to portion size cues contributes to excess intake with large portions and greater weight gain over time, particularly in children who have higher risk for obesity. The proposed studies will characterize the relationship between brain response to portion size and eating behavior and will allow us to determine whether brain and behavioral responses predict body fat gain during pre-adolescence. These studies will contribute essential information to our understanding of the pathways implicated in overeating and obesity and will facilitate the characterization of “at risk” phenotypes that can be targeted by prevention programs.
Kara Hickok at kih5334@psu.edu or 814-865-5169
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The child must be age 7-8 when the first study visit is completed
The child must not have any food allergies to foods used in the study, learning disabilities, psychological diagnoses, red/green color blindness, or claustrophobia.
The child must not be taking any medications known to influence cognitive function, taste, appetite or blood flow
The child's BMI must be below the 90th percentile at the first visit
The biological mother and father must have a BMI between 18.5-25 kg/m2 (low-risk group) or greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 for mothers and greater than or equal to 25 kg/m2 for fathers (high-risk group) and 1 parent must attend all visits.
Exclusion Criteria:
Children will be excluded if they are not within the age requirements (< than 7 years old or > than 8 years-old at the first visit).
Children will be excluded if they have any food allergies, learning disabilities, psychological diagnoses, red/green color blindness, or claustrophobia
Children will be excluded if they are taking cold or allergy medication, or other medications known to influence cognitive function, taste, appetite, or blood flow
Children will be excluded if their BMI is above the 90th percentile at the first visit
Families will be excluded if the biological mother or father do not fit the BMI requirements
Food & Nutrition, Prevention, Neurology
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State College, PA