Shaw receives F31 National Research Service Award

September 19, 2010

Ryan Shaw, one of the doctoral students in the Duke University School of Nursing, has received a F31 NRSA award for his fellowship proposal entitled “A mixed methods RCT to sustain weight loss among persons with obesity using theoretically tailored mobile telephone short message service (SMS).” The award is for a three-year period, from December 1, 2010, to March 31, 2013, in the amount of $124,140. His fellowship sponsor is Constance Johnson, PhD, RN.

“Intervention strategies that generate successful sustainability and maintenance of health behaviors have proven elusive. The integration of emerging social and behavioral theories with informatics has the potential to advance the science of health maintenance. Technological mediums can be used as tools to deliver tailored information to persuade and transform health behaviors and promote maintenance. This study uses theoretically tailored messages sent via mobile telephones to promote sustainability of weight loss among people with obesity.”