Healthy Weigh Study – Core Research Project

Research has shown that losing weight can improve risk factors and reduce the occurrence of chronic disease. In order to achieve these health outcomes, however, the weight loss has to be maintained; yet, successful strategies for long-term maintenance are lacking. To address this knowledge gap, we conducted a study to compare four different promising strategies to achieve weight loss and maintenance of weight loss in obese employee populations.

Principal Investigators: Kevin Volpp and Karen Glanz


Tips for Losing Weight and Keeping it Off
Strategies to help manage healthy eating and activity

Using Wireless Scales in Clinical Research
Strategies to connect clinicians and participants

(In progress)


Skin Cancer Communication Project

Effective health communication through media channels can contribute to skin cancer prevention in important ways, especially if the messages are targeted to specific groups. This research assessed the knowledge, attitudes and beliefs of adults aged 18 to 49 years in order to develop effective messages and communication strategies for two categories of skin cancer risk behaviors: indoor tanning and outdoor sun exposure. The messages were aimed at females aged 18-25 who frequently indoor tan, as well as all adults ages 18-49 who are exposed to the sun outdoors.

Principal Investigators: Karen Glanz and Amy Jordan


Reduce UV Exposure to Prevent Skin Cancer – indoor tanning
Insight into why young women indoor tan and tools to help them quit

Reduce UV Exposure to Prevent Skin Cancer – outdoor sun exposure
Tools to promote protection from harmful UV rays and reduce skin cancer risk


Collaborating Research Networks 2014 – 2019


Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network

The Cancer Prevention and Control Network (CPCRN) is a national network of academic, public health, and community partners who work together to reduce the burden of cancer, especially among those disproportionately affected. The objective of CPCRN is to manage a program of community-based intervention research in cancer prevention and control. We also facilitate dissemination of study tools, methods and findings to regional and national professional and community stakeholders. One of the main mission’s of the network is to address critical gaps in the uptake of evidence-based strategies to increase colorectal cancer screening by conducting implementation research to increase systematic and opportunistic screening for colorectal cancer in primary care settings, especially for disadvantaged and minority adults.

Principal Investigator: Karen Glanz


Healthy Brain Research Network

The goals of the UPenn Healthy Brain Research Network Collaborating Center were to establish and advance a research agenda in cognitive health and healthy brain aging by supporting doctoral and postdoctoral education and collaborating with the CDC network and its scientific collaborators. With a focus on translation from research to practice to policy, the Healthy Brain Research Network addressed areas critical to public health and healthy aging, with an emphasis on cognitive health and impairment.

Principal Investigator: Jason Karlawish