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Arnold School of Public Health

Current Projects

  • Promoting Physical Activity via Physical Therapist Following Knee Replacement – The PATH Study (PI: Christine Pellegrini, PhD; Co-I’s: Debbie Brown, MS, PT, OMT-C [Palmetto Health USC Orthopedic Center], Sara Wilcox, PhD)
    • The purpose of this proposed project is to conduct a pilot randomized controlled trial to examine the feasibility and preliminary efficacy of a physical therapist led physical activity intervention on physical activity levels in TKR patients after surgery.
    • Funded by USC ASPIRE-I (7/1/2018 – 9/30/2019)
  • Phone Coaching as a Rescue Strategy for Early Non-Responders Enrolled in an Internet-Delivered Weight Loss Program (PI: Jessica Unick, PhD [The Miriam Hospital]; Co-I: Christine Pellegrini, PhD)
    • The aim of this study is to compare weight outcomes among early non-responders randomized to Brief phone coaching, Extended phone coaching, and Control over the course of an internet-delivered weight loss intervention in overweight and obese adults.
    • Funded by NIH/NIDDK – R01 DK117843 (9/18/2018 - 6/30/2023)
  • Perspectives and Preferences for Weight Management After Spinal Cord Injury (PI: Sherri LaVela [Northwestern University & Hines Veterans Administration Hospital]; Co-I/Consultant: Christine Pellegrini, PhD)
    • The main purpose of this study is to better understand the concerns people with spinal cord injury face when they want to manage weight and incorporate healthy eating and physical activity into their lives.
    • Funded by Department of Defense Spinal Cord Injury Research Program SC160051 (10/01/2017 - 09/30/2020).
  • Function, Activity, and Sedentary Time in Adults with Disability (FAST-D) (PI’s: Christine Pellegrini, PhD, Stacy Fritz, PhD, Courtney Monroe, PhD)
    • The purpose of this study is to examine the concurrent validity of the GT9X Link Actigraph accelerometer step count function under a controlled condition, using manually counted steps as a criterion measure. Additionally, this study aims to measure and describe sedentary and physical activity behavioral patterns over a one-week time frame in those with a mobility disability.

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