Recent Press & Announcements

12/11/2021: Dr. Kristal Brown and Dr. Brandi Galloway walk at commencement

11/20/2021: Jean Reading presents her dissertation results at the Commonwealth of Virginia Cancer Research Conference and wins 2nd place in the Cancer Prevention and Control Abstract Awards

09/14/2021: Dr. Autumn Lanoye gives a talk on Cancer-Related Cognitive Changes via Massey's Facebook Live

06/29/2021: Dr. Autumn Lanoye gives a talk on Sleep Throughout the Cancer Experience via Massey's Facebook Live

06/01/2021: Dr. Autumn Lanoye accepts a Research Scientist position in VCU Massey's Survivorship Program

05/25/2021: Clinical trial tests new lifestyle program aimed at addressing obesity in young men

08/25/2020: OPT for Health welcomes its newest lab member, Justin Guan!

08/24/2020: Congratulations to Dr. Kristal Brown and Dr. Brandi Galloway on their graduation!

05/03/2020: Brown Girl Narratives is an Ode to Black Women

04/27/2020: VCU News coverage of Kristal Brown's dissertation and community project

04/05/2020: Jean Reading is selected as a predoctoral fellow for the NCI-funded T32 training program in cancer prevention and control

11/01/2019: Recruitment begins for our next cohort of BMI Project participants

10/25/2019: Brown Girl Narratives project gains steam

10/14/2019: Autumn Lanoye Receives Independent Research Award

10/04/2019: Richmond Women's Experiences are Inspiration for New Southside Mural

01/23/2019: Kristal Brown Selected as a 2019 Initiative of Change USA Weaver

OPT for health Events

Moose from VCU Dogs on Call visits the OPT for health lab
Moose from VCU Dogs on Call visits the OPT for health lab
Autumn presents a poster at The Obesity Society Conference
Kristal presents a poster at the Society of Behavioral Medicine Conference
Jean presents a poster at the Society of Behavioral Medicine Conference
Kristal presents a poster at Graduate Student Research Day
Autumn successfully defends her dissertation
Kristal and Dr. LaRose work on Kristal's community mural
Megan and Autumn: accidental twins for a day
OPT for health team in sync with color coordination
Kristal successfully proposes her dissertation
The OPT team participants in the Petersburg Wellness Engagement Project
Congratuations to Dr. Kristal Brown on her successful dissertation defense!
Dr. Brandi Galloway's dissertation committee following her successful defense!
Dr. Kristal Brown's dissertation committee following her successful defense!
OPT Virtual Happy Hour 2020
Dr. Galloway and Dr. LaRose at 2021 commencement
Dr. Brown and Dr. LaRose at 2021 commencement

Representative Publications

Bolded names represent current or past OPT for health lab members. 

LaRose JG, Leahey TM, Lanoye A, Bean MK, Tate DF, Fava JL, Evans RK, Wickham EP, Henderson MM, Hatley K, Diamond M. Behavioral weight loss in emerging adults: Design and rationale for the Richmond Emerging Adults Choosing Health (REACH) randomized clinical trial. Contemp Clin Trials. 2021. 107:106426. DOI: 10.1016/j.cct.2021.106426

LaRose JG, Lanoye A, Ferrell D, Lu J, Mosavel M. Translating evidence-based behavioral weight loss into a multi-level, community intervention within a community-based participatory research framework: The Wellness Engagement (WE) Project Petersburg. Transl Behav Med. 2021; epub ahead of print. DOI: 10.1093/tbm/ibaa140.

Brown KL, Hines AL, Hagiwara N, Utsey S, Perera R, LaRose JG. The weight of racial discrimination: Examining the association between racial discrimination and change in adiposity among emerging adult women enrolled in a behavioral weight loss program. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2021; epub ahead of print. DOI: 10.1007/s40615-021-01030-7.

Lanoye A, Evans RK, Leahey TM, LaRose JG. Using measured resting metabolic rate to derive calorie prescriptions in a behavioral weight loss program. Obes Sci Pract. 2021; epub ahead of print. DOI: 10.1002/osp4.489.

Lanoye A, LaRose JG. Social jetlag and emerging adults’ performance in a behavioral weight loss trial. Emerg Adult. 2020; epub ahead of print. DOI: 10.1177/2167696820982439.

LaRose JG, Gorin AA, Fava, JL, Bean MK, Lanoye A, Robinson E, Carey KB. Using motivational interviewing to enhance emerging adults’ engagement in weight loss: The Live Well RVA pilot randomized clinical trial. Obes Sci Pract. 2020;6(5):460-472. DOI: 10.1002/osp4.435.

Reading JM, Snell L, LaRose JG. A systematic review of weight-related communication training for physicians. Transl Beha Med. 2020;10(5): 1110-1119. DOI: 10.1093/tbm/ibaa014. 

Wing RR, Espeland MA, Tate DF, Perdue LH, Bahnson J, Polzien K, Robichaud EF, LaRose JG, Gorin AA, Lewis CE, Jelalian E for the Study of Novel Approaches to Weight Gain Prevention (SNAP) Research Group. Weight gain prevention over 6 years in young adults: The Study of Novel Approaches to Weight Gain Prevention (SNAP) Clinical Trial. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2020;28(1): 80-88. DOI: 10.1002/oby.22661.

LaRose JG, Leahey TM, Lanoye A, Reading JM. A secondary data analysis examining young adults' performance in an Internet weight loss program with financial incentives. Obesity(Silver Spring). 2020;28(6):1062-1067. DOI: 10.1002/oby.22797.

LaRose JG, Neiberg RH, Evans EW, Tate DF, Espeland MA, Gorin AA, Perdue L, Hatley K, Lewis CE, Robichaud E, Wing RR; Study of Novel Approaches to Weight Gain Prevention (SNAP) Research Group. Dietary outcomes within the study of novel approaches to weight gain prevention (SNAP) randomized controlled trial. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2019;16(1):14. DOI: 10.1186/s12966-019-0771-z.

LaRose JG, Tate DF, Lanoye A, Fava JL, Jelalian E, Blumenthal M, Caccavale LJ, Wing RR. Adapting evidence-based behavioral weight loss programs for emerging adults: A pilot randomized controlled trial. J Health Psychol. 2019;24(7):870-887. DOI: 10.1177/1359105316688951.

LaRose JG, Fava JL, Lanoye A, Caccavale LJ. Early engagement is associated with better weight loss in emerging adults. Am J Health Behav. 2019;43(4):795-801. DOI: 10.5993/AJHB.43.4.12.

Gorin AA, LaRose JG, Espeland MA, Tate DF, Jelalian E, Robichaud E, Coward P, Wiliams S, Hatley KE, Garcia KR, Lang W, Bahnson J, Lewis CE, Wing RR. Eating pathology and psychological outcomes in young adults in self-regulation interventions using daily self-weighing. Health Psychol. 2019;38(2):143-150. DOI: 10.1037/hea0000689.

Lanoye A, Grenga A, Leahey TM, LaRose JG. Motivation for weight loss and association with outcomes in a lifestyle intervention: Comparing emerging adults to middle aged adults. Obes Sci Pract. 2018;5(1):15-20. DOI: 10.1002/osp4.313.

Leahey TM, LaRose JG, Mitchel M, Gilder C, Wing RR. Small incentives improve weight loss in women from disadvantaged backgrounds. Am J Prev Med. 2018;54(3):e41-e47. DOI: 10.1016/j.amepre.2017.11.007.

Lanoye A, Brown KL, LaRose JG. The transition into young adulthood: A critical period for weight control. Curr Diab Rep. 2017;17(11):114. DOI: 10.1007/s11892-017-0938-4.

Wing RR, Tate DF, Espeland MA, Lewis CE, LaRose JG, Gorin AA, Bahnson J, Perdue LH, Hatley KE, Ferguson E, Garcia KR, Lang W. Innovative self-regulation strategies reduce weight gain in young adults: The Study of Novel Approaches to Weight Gain Prevention (SNAP) randomized controlled trial. JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(6):755-62. DOI: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.1236.

LaRose JG, Morrow Guthrie K, Lanoye A, Tate DF, Robichaud E, Caccavale LJ, Wing RR. A mixed methods approach to improving recruitment and engagement of emerging adults in behavioral weight loss programs. Obes Sci Pract. 2016;2(4):341-354. DOI: 10.1002/osp4.71.

LaRose JG, Lanoye A, Tate DF, Wing, RR. Frequency of self-weighing and weight loss outcomes within a brief lifestyle intervention targeting emerging adults. Obes Sci Pract. 2016;2(1):88-92. DOI: 10.1002/osp4.24.

Lanoye A, Gorin AA, LaRose JG. Young adults' attitudes and perceptions of obesity and weight management: Implications for treatment development. Curr Obes Rep. 2016;5(1):14-22. DOI: 10.1007/s13679-016-0188-9

LaRose JG, Fava J, Steeves E, Hecht J, Wing RR, Raynor HA. Daily self-weighing within a behavioral weight loss program: Impact on disordered eating symptoms. Health Psychol. 2014;33(3):297-300. DOI: 10.1037/a0034218.

LaRose JG, Leahey TM, Hill JO, Wing RR. Differences in motivations and weight loss behaviors in young adults and older adults in the National Weight Control Registry. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2013;21(3):449-53. DOI: 10.1002/oby.20053.

Hart CN, LaRose JG, Fava J, James B, Wing RR. The association between time in bed and obesity risk in young adults. Behav Sleep Med. 2013;11(5):321-327. DOI: 10.1080/15402002.2012.700289.

Leahey TM, LaRose JG, Fava J, Wing RR. Social influences are associated with BMI and weight loss intentions in young adults. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2011;19(6):1157-1162. DOI: 10.1038/oby.2010.301.

LaRose JG, Gorin AA, Clarke MM, Wing RR. Beliefs about weight gain among young adults: Potential challenges to prevention. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2011;19(9):1901-1904. DOI: 10.1038/oby.2011.203.

LaRose JG, Tate DF, Gorin AA, Wing RR. Preventing weight gain in young adults: A randomized controlled pilot study. Am J Prev Med. 2010;39(1):63-68. DOI: 10.1016/j.amepre.2010.03.011.

Gokee-LaRose J, Gorin A, Wing RR. Behavioral self-regulation for weight loss in young adults: A randomized controlled trial.  Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2009;6(10). DOI: 10.1186/1479-5868-6-10.

Gokee-LaRose J, Gorin AA, Raynor HA, Laska MN, Jeffery RW, Levy RL, Wing RR. Are standard behavioral weight loss programs effective for young adults? Int J Obes (Lond). 2009;33(12):1374-1380. DOI: 10.1038/ijo.2009.185.