Current Research Projects

Read our latest publication "Adolescents’ Perspectives on Personalized E-Feedback in the Context of Health Risk Behavior Screening for Primary Care: Qualitative Study" in the Journal of Medical Internet Research

Check Yourself Study: Promoting Adolescent Health through Personalized Feedback

Health risk screenings for teens are not performed as often as is recommended, and are rarely followed by targeted risk reduction interventions. To address this gap in preventive care, we are studying personalized feedback as a way to impact teen risk and improve clinical care. Specifically, we are studying whether or not Check Yourself:

  1. Helps increase conversations between teens and healthcare providers during appointments
  2. Reduces high-risk behaviors for youth.
Funding Source: Health Resources and Services Administration

Delivering Patient-Centered Adolescent Preventive Care with Training and Technology

Together with patients, caregivers, and primary care providers, we will develop a training module to help providers meaningfully reinforce healthy behaviors and address risky ones with teen patients. Over the course of a year we will test this training, along with our Check Yourself app, in improving teen health outcomes and primary care health risk screening.

Funding Source: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute


Improving Teen Care with Health Information Technology (HIT)

This study aims to further develop the Check Yourself app by taking a User-Centered Design approach. We have already conducted usability testing with teens and primary care providers to optimize the Check Yourself app’s design and content. We will conduct a randomized, controlled trial to examine:

  1. How the revised app impacts prevention and risk reduction counseling during a teen’s healthcare visit
  2. How the revised app reduces teen health risk behaviors by checking in with teens one month and six months after their appointment
Funding Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


Web-Supported Adolescent Motivational Enhancement to Reduce Alcohol Use

This study tests how well the Check Yourself App works as a brief intervention strategy to reduce alcohol use among students getting care at school-based health clinics.

Funding Source: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism