ReACH/IIMS Announce 2019-2020 Population Health Pilot Grants Program

The ReACH Center, in conjunction with the Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science (IIMS) have announced the 2019-2020 ReACH/IIMS Population Health Pilot Grants Program.  Applications are due January 13, 2020 by 5:00 pm.  To learn more about this RFA please visit our ReACH/IIMS Popultion Health Pilot Grants page! 

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The ReACH Center is recruiting for a Research Area Specialist-Associate position.  For more information about this opening, please visit our Staff Opportunites page.  

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New ReACH Core Scholar Publication Explores Body Image in Adult Women


A new publication authored by ReACH Core Scholar Lisa Smith Kilpela, PhD and collaborators at Trinity University and Pennington Biomedical Research Center explores body image in adult women along with probable connections in health/ wellness behaviors, health-related quality of life and functional impairment. The study used data from an online survey that was tageted at women 25 years or older and found that adult women of all ages shared similar body images concerns.  The study also found that negative body image was linked with poorer wellness behaviors.  The study indicated that additional reserch is needed in this area.  

Dr. Kilpela is the recipient of Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award from the National Institute on Aging that will allow her to continue to collect data in this area.  The research that is a part of Dr. Kilpela's Beeson Career Development Award will expand the preliminary research conducted during her Pepper Center RL5 which found that the most common form of disordered eating in older women is binge eating.  Binge eating is closely linked with obesity and depression and is assocaited with metabolic dysfuction, sleep problems, disabilty and poorer quality of life.  Through her Beeson Career Development Award, Dr. Kilpela will work to tailor evidence-based treatments for binge eating for older women in order to address aging-related factors not present in younger women. 

Citation: Becker CB, Verzijl CL, Kilpela LS, Wilfred SA, Stewart T. Body image in adult women: Associations with health behaviors, quality of life, and functional impairment.  J Health Psychol. 2019; 24(11):1536-47.