Ongoing Studies

Weight Management, Sleep, Emotions, & Exercise (WMSEE)

This study examines emotional responses during exercise and the influence of emotions on sleep and eating behavior. Participants will schedule two visits to complete study measures. Eligible individuals must be 18 years or older and have a body mass index equal to or greater than 30. Participants will be compensated for their time. If you would like more information or are interested in participating, please contact the Cardiopulmonary Behavioral Medicine Lab at 614-688-3895 or by email at stressstudies@osu.edu.

 

Insomnia and Cognitive Function in Patients with Heart Failure

Sleep complaints, including insomnia, are common among those with heart failure and can have a negative effect on quality of life and mood. The purpose of this study is to evaluate brief behavioral treatments for reducing insomnia and improving sleep quality among adults with heart failure. We are also interested in understanding the relationship of sleep difficulties with memory, attention, and the ability to make decisions. Eligible individuals must be at least 18 years or older, have a diagnosis of heart failure, and have difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking too early. If you would like more information or are interested in participating, please contact the Cardiopulmonary Behavioral Medicine Lab at 614-688-3895 or by email at stressstudies@osu.edu.

Recently Completed Studies

Delay discounting, perceived disease risk, health behavior, and health behavior intentions among men and women with and without a family history of cardiovascular disease.

The primary aims of this study are to identify differences in decision making, perceptions of health risk, diet, and exercise between men and women with and without a genetic risk for cardiovascular disease. Participants will complete measures at three time-points and will participate in either an experimental group or a control group.If you would like more information or are interested in participating, please contact the Cardiopulmonary Behavioral Medicine Lab at 614-383-9887.

 

Logging Exercise And Nutrition (LEAN) into Health

The purpose of the study is to examine the impact of two programs focused on healthy eating and physical activity on body image, health, weight-loss and well-being. Eligible individuals must be female, over the age of 25, feel dissatisfied with their body shape or weight, and desiring to lose weight. Eligible participants will be randomized to one of two healthy lifestyle interventions, each lasting a total of eight weeks. If you are interested in the study please call the Cardiopulmonary Behavioral Medicine Lab at 614-688-3895 or email at stressstudies@osu.edu.

 

Decision Making and Health

This study was designed to examine decision making and its association with eating, coping style, quality of life, and health. The goal is to identify factors that affect body weight, health, and well-being. Eligible participants completed one, one-hour assessment at the OSU Wexner Medical Center. During the assessment participants had their height and weight measured, completed computerized tasks, and completed a packet of self-report questionnaires about health, coping, and quality of life.

 

Cholesterol, Health, Eating, Food, and Stress (CHEFS) at Home

This study was designed to identify factors associated with food choices and eating behaviors in the home environment that affect weight and health. Adults from the community were recruited and compared on the following factors: access to calorie dense foods and other foods in the home environment, structural features of the home environment relevant to eating and leisure activity, psychosocial functioning including quality of life and distress, food choices, and physical activity. NPR featured the study in an article online, read about it here.

 

INSPIRE

The purpose of this study was to examine more effective ways for patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) to cope with problematic symptoms commonly experienced by those with the disease. Eligible participants received a free 16-week telephone intervention by a health professional. Participants could receive up to $100 for completing 2 assessments during the course of the study. The option for caregivers of patients to participate was also included.


Stress, Activity, and Wound healing (SAW) study for older adults

This study examined the relationship of exercise and stress to wound healing rates in older adults. Participants were adults between the ages of 55 and 85, who were experiencing stress. Participants were in good health, had no prior history of heart disease, or uncontrolled blood pressure. Eligible participants received a free 12-week, 36-session supervised activity program at the OSU Center for Wellness and Prevention. Participants could receive up to $300 for completing four assessments during the course of the study.