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Kathryn Ross

Congratulations to Umelo Ugwoaba, MS MPH!

Congratulations to UF Health Promotion Lab PhD student Umelo Ugwoaba, who just completed his MPH in epidemiology! Umelo worked on this degree in addition to his coursework/training for his PhD in clinical psychology; his work is a great example of our lab’s focus on the intersection between clinical psychology…

Congratulations, Dr. Dixon!

Congratulations to HPL graduate student Brittney Dixon, who just successfully defended her dissertation, entitled "The Association Between the Built Environment and Intervention-Related Weight Loss Outcomes for Rural Adults with Obesity."

Welcome, Dr. Chelsea Larsen!

We are excited to announce that Dr. Chelsea Larson has joined the Health Promotion Lab as a Postdoctoral Associate! Dr. Larsen received her Bachelors of Education from the University of Tennessee Knoxville and both her MPH and PhD from the University of South Carolina. Her research centers on the utilization of technology for the dissemination of evidence-based behavior change interventions and how different technologies, specifically wearable devices, smartphones, and online networking platforms, can be used to prevent and treat chronic disease. In particular, she is interested in technology-based interventions focused on physical activity promotion and sedentary behavior reduction. Outside of work, Chelsea enjoys eating good food, cuddling with her cats and traveling to as many places as possible.

Brittney Dixon and Abe Eastman win Meritorious Student Abstract Awards from the Society of Behavioral Medicine

HPL Ph.D. students Brittney Dixon, M.P.H., and Abe Eastman, M.A. M.S., both earned Meritorious Student Abstract Awards at the 2020 annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine (previously scheduled for April 1-4, 2020, in San Francisco, CA. While the conference itself was cancelled due to COVID19, both abstracts have been published in theĀ Annals of Behavioral Medicine:

Congratulations to Umelo Ugwoaba, M.S.!

Congratulations to HPL graduate student Umelo Ugwoaba for graduating with his masters degree in psychology! Umelo's masters thesis, which he defended earlier this spring, was entitled "Association between Hunger, Temptation, and Making Eating Choices Consistent with Weight Loss." We are excited to continue to work with Umelo as he advances through his PhD studies!

Andrea Brockmann, M.S. wins the “Top Student Abstract Award” from the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s Obesity and Eating Disorders Special Interest Group

At the 2019 annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Andrea Brockmann, M.S., a first-year Ph.D. student in the Health Promotion Lab, was awarded the "Top Student Abstract Award" by the Obesity and Eating Disorders Special Interest Group. Andrea presented this abstract, entitled "Is it really a two-way street? Bidirectional association between exercise and stress in adults with overweight and obesity" as an oral presentation at this meeting.

HPL presents at SBM 2019

HPL PI Dr. Kathryn Ross and Ph.D. students Brittney Dixon, M.P.H., Abe Eastman, M.A., Andrea Brockmann, M.A., and Umelo Ugwoaba presented their research this week at the 2019 annual meeting of the society of behavioral medicine

Congratulations, Dr. Islam!

Congratulations to graduating HPL graduate student Dr. Sabrina Islam, who just graduated with her Ph.D. in Public Health, with a concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences. Sabrina's dissertation was entitled "Evaluating the Relationship between Sexual Minority Stigma and Attitudes of Tolerance Toward Psychological Intimate Partner Violence among Lesbian and Bisexual Women."

Brittney Dixon invited to the Rising Stars in Health-Related Sciences Symposium

Brittney Dixon, MPH, a public health Ph.D. student in the HPL lab, was accepted into the Rising Stars in Health-Related Sciences symposium to be held July 16-18 in Bloomington, Indiana. This symposium is hosted by David B. Allison, Ph.D., dean of the Indiana University School of Public Health, along with Michelle Cardel, Ph.D., M.S., R.D., from the University of Florida. The symposium will focus on networking, science, mentoring, and career development for underrepresented minority scholars in health-related sciences. Brittney was awarded up to $1,500 in costs to attend this symposium.