Voils Awarded Grant to Examine Incentives for Self-Monitoring and Weight Loss

C. Voils

Corrine Voils, PhD

Congratulations to Corrine Voils, PhD, who, along with collaborators William Yancy, MD, Jennifer Gierisch, PhD, and Ryan Shaw, PhD, RN (Duke School of Nursing), was recently awarded an R34 planning grant. Voils’ grant, “Incentivizing behavior change skills to promote weight loss,” will examine how financial incentives influence patients’ dietary self-monitoring and weight loss. Researchers will develop an IT platform that collates dietary data, entered into a smartphone app, and weight from cellular scales, then feeds these data into algorithms to determine whether patients meet criteria for earning an incentive.