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Current Studies

Examining a Behavioral Family Lifestyle Intervention for Weight Management in Overweight or Obese Children with Asthma

The aim of this study is to design and conduct a pilot randomized controlled trial to test the effectiveness of a behavioral family-based intervention to promote successful weight and asthma management in overweight or obese children diagnosed with asthma. Families in CHAMP learn asthma management strategies and behavioral weight management skills tailored for overweight or obese children diagnosed with asthma. Changes in lung functioning, weight, quality of life, nutrition, and physical activity are monitored. Funding for this study is provided by the American Lung Association.

AIM2ACT: Applying Interactive Mobile health to Asthma Care in Teens

This longitudinal study aims to develop and test a mobile health (mHealth) tool, implemented via smartphones for early adolescents with persistent asthma. The goal of this tool is to foster helpful family support as adolescents develop and master asthma self-management behaviors. Funding for this study is provided by the National Institutes of Health.

Comparison of Smoking and Vaping in Families

This study seeks to compare health-related outcomes among youth who reside with non-smokers, cigarette-smokers and e-cigarette users. Assessed health outcomes include child lung function and nicotine biomarkers. Funding for this study is provided by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at the University of Florida.

Master’s and Dissertation Projects

Sleep Hygiene in Youth with Asthma (Casey Lawless)

This study aims to identify factors that are related to sleep hygiene in children and adolescents diagnosed with asthma. Associations between sleep hygiene, sleep quality, cognitive fatigue, asthma control and management and quality of life are examined.

Self-Management of Asthma During Adolescence (Mallory Netz)

This study seeks to better understand factors that contribute to successful independent self-management behaviors among adolescents with asthma. Specifically, the study aims to 1) examine the predictors of the division of responsibilities of asthma management tasks and 2) examine the impact of the division of responsibilities on poor outcomes.

Cystic Fibrosis and Families (Alyssa Fritz and Casey Lawless) 

The aim of this study is to evaluate the impact of parent mental health, coping ability, and lifestyle factors (e.g. sleep and physical activity)  on outcomes in children with cystic fibrosis. Longitudinal assessment of child morbidity, adherence, health-related quality of life, sleep and physical activity will be examined.