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  • Bess Marcus, Phd

    Bess Marcus, PhD
    Professor
    Director of the Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine

    1 Hoppin Street
    Providence, RI 02903
    Phone: 401-793-8003
    Fax: 401-793-8056
    bmarcus@lifespan.org

  • Current Active Grants

  • Achieving Physical Activity Guidelines through an Enhanced Print Intervention

    This study will determine the differential effect of the print-based individually-tailored intervention used in our parent trial (tailored print) vs. an enhanced print-based individually-tailored intervention (enhanced tailored print) on physical activity adoption and short-term maintenance in previously sedentary apparently healthy adults.

    Principal Investigator: Bess Marcus, PhD

    Co-Investigators: Beth Bock, PhD; Melissa Napolitano, PhD; George Papandonatos, PhD; Alfred Parisi, MD; David Williams, PhD; Anna Albrecht, RN, MS; Jessica Whiteley, PhD; Thomas Lasater, PhD

    Funding Agency: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

    Dates: 2006 - 2011


    A Lifestyle Intervention to Prevent Recurrent Gestational Diabetes Mellitus

     

    This study will test the ability of an exercise intervention to prevent recurrent gestational diabetes mellitus. This intervention can readily be translated into clinical practice in underserved and minority populations.

    Principal Investigators: Bess Marcus, PhD (Subcontract) and Lisa Chasan-Taber, ScD(Project PI)

    Co-Investigator: Charles Neighbors, PhD.

    Funding Agency: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases

    Dates: 2007 - 2011


    Using a YMCA Exercise Program to Enhance Nicotine Dependence Treatment for Women

    This is a Stage III study to test our Commit to Quit (CTQ) smoking cessation program in the community setting of the greater Providence YMCAs. This trial compares cognitive-behavioral smoking cessation treatment plus a program of regular exercise to cognitive-behavioral smoking cessation treatment plus contact control.

    Principal Investigator: Bess Marcus, PhD

    Co-Investigators: Jessica Whiteley, PhD; David Williams, PhD; Beth Bock, PhD; Joe Ciccolo, PhD; Ernestine Jennings, PhD; Alfred Parisi, MD; Anna Albrecht, RN,MS; Joseph Hogan, ScD

    Funding Agency: National Institute on Drug Abuse

    Dates: 2006 - 2011


    Culturally and Linguistically Adapted Physical Activity Intervention for Latinas
    The purpose of the study is to promote physical activity among this at-risk population using a high-reach, low-cost strategy, which has great potential for adoption on a larger scale and thus high potential for reducing existing health disparities in the U.S.

    Principal Investigator: Bess Marcus, PhD

    Funding Agency: National Institute of Nursing Research

    Dates: 2009 - 2013