Skip Navigation



sunZapp, KB's sun safety app, has surpassed 5,000 downloads. It has been a sun safe summer.


Dr. Dave Buller made a guest appearance on Sirius XM's Doctor Radio supported by NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Buller answered questions regarding KB's sun safety app, SunZapp.


Colorado Biz Magazine named Klein Buendel one of the top 100 Woman-Owned Companies in Colorado! KB was ranked #67 this year.


KB President Mary Buller and Drs. Barb Walkosz and Dave Buller attened the 65th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association held May 21-25 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.


KB Scientist Gill Woodall attends the Responsible Retailing Forum in Oklahoma City. The focus of the forum is reducing underage and high-risk drinking among college students.


KB Scientist Valerie Myers and KB Collaborators Alan Delamater and Cheryl Albright attend Society of Behavioral Medicine's 36th Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas.


At a recent Communications and Journalism research colloquium at the University of New Mexico (UNM), Dr. Gill Woodall presented the research that provided the foundation for the website. GoHealthyGirls is an interactive site designed to help parents and daughters better understand the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine. The site is a product of a collaboration between UNM and KB. For more information on Dr. Woodall’s presentation, check out the Daily Lobo.


SunZapp, KB’s sun safety smartphone app, is mentioned in the May 2015 issue of Popular Science Magazine! sunZapp is available in the App Store and Google Play.


Dr. Barbara Walkosz and colleagues have a new publication: Walkosz, B. J., Buller, D. B., Andersen, P. A., Scott, M. D., Liu, X., Cutter, G. R., Dignan, M. B. Translation of a Ski School Sun Safety Program to North American Ski and Snowboard Schools. Health Promot Pract, first published on March 11, 2015 as doi:10.1177/1524839915577081. The manuscript reports on the effectiveness of the Go Sun Smart program at disseminating sun safety information to parents/caregivers, who had children enrolled in ski and snowboard schools.


Drs. Barbara Walkosz and Robert Dellavalle (speaker) will present their research on the “Sun Safety Practices of Tattooed Individuals” at the American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting, March 20-24 in San Francisco, CA. Their presentation reports on the results on an online survey conducted with 162 tattooed individuals in the U.S.


Mary Buller, Erwin Bettinghaus, David Buller, Xia Liu, and Lyndsay Fluharty have a publication in the most recent issue of Preventing Chronic Disease. The paper focuses on the cultural and demographic diversity of photographs available for use by health educators.



KB along with Rocky Mountain Sunscreen and members of the Colorado Cancer Coalition’s Skin Cancer Task Force attended the SnowSports Industries America (SIA) Snow Show held at the Colorado Convention in Denver. Free ultraviolet camera photographs were offered to attendees to create awareness about skin damage from UV exposure and skin cancer prevention.



David Buller, Marianne Berwick, Kathy Lantz, Mary Buller, James Shane, Ilima Kane, and Xia Liu have two publications on a smartphone sun-safety mobile app in the most recent issue of JAMA Dermatology: “Evaluation of Immediate and 12-Week Effects of a Smartphone Sun-Safety Mobile Application: A Randomized Clinical Trial,” and “Smartphone Mobile Application Delivering Personalized, Real-Time Sun Protection Advice: A Randomized Clinical Trial".”

A summary of the articles can also be found on Live Science.


Klein Buendel is proud to announce that Dr. Gill Woodall has joined the KB team as a Senior Scientist. Welcome, Dr. Woodall!


KB collected toys for local children as a part of the 2014 Annual Denver Metro BOMA Gift & Toy Drive!



Klein Buendel is proud to announce its Fall 2014 graduates:

Katie Buller graduated from the University of Colorado Denver, earning a double B.A. degree in International Studies and French

Sophia Burris earned a graduate certificate in Instructional Design from the University of Wisconsin Stout

Allison Dietz graduated from the University of Colorado Denver, earning her M.A. in Communication and a certificate in Public Relations

Alishia Graham graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a B.S. in Human Nutrition – Dietetics

Yoolim Yang graduated from the University of Colorado Denver, earning her B.S. in Public Health

Congratulations to all!


Klein Beundel President Mary Buller and Project Coordinator Lyndsay Fluharty are attending the 2014 Minority Health & Health Disparities Conference in National Harbor, Maryland. This year’s conference theme is “Transdisciplinary Collaborations: Evolving Dimensions of US and Global Health Equity.” Ms. Buller and Ms. Fluharty are giving a poster presentation on Real Health Photos, a stock photography website dedicated to representing diverse, minority, desperate, and underrepresented populations.



On October 30, 2014, the National Cancer Institute's Behavioral Research Program will be hosting its inaugural Crosstalk Symposium: Leveraging Lessons Learned across Behavioral Domains . KB's Dr. David Buller will be presenting his work entitled "Personal Behavior, Program Implementation, and Policy Adoption: Diffusion of Innovations Theory Principles in Effective Interventions."


NIH Commercialization Assistance Program

Klein Buendel (KB) has been selected to participate in the National Institutes of Health’s 2014-2015 SBIR/STTR Commercialization Assistance Program for Phase II awardees. KB will be working directly with an advisor from the Larta Institute to develop a plan to commercialize a unique website of photographs of underrepresented, underserved and minority populations.


The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) hosts its 13th Annual AACR International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research, held September 28th-October 1st in New Orleans, Louisiana. The theme for this year’s conference will be “From Cells to Society.”

Dr. David Buller will be presenting his work, Research on Establishing Policies for Comprehensive UV Protection.



KB receives funding to work in collaboration with Dr. Christie Rizzo and Rhode Island Hospital on a Department of Justice grant to curb teen dating violence by targeting adolescent males through web-based games and videos.

Rhode Island Hospital study on teen dating violence gets $791,000 in federal funding.


Way To Serve launches in Texas!

Way to serve logo


As part of their Be Healthy initiative, Mary Buller and the Skin Cancer Task Force give a workplace presentation about the importance of UV protection to Sandoz employees, a pharmaceutical company located in Broomfield, CO. BeHealthy logo


Dr. Barbara Walkosz and Rachel Eye attend The Great Erie Outdoor Adventure. This is an educational outdoor and nature-based event where participants enjoy overnight camping in the Erie Community Park, plus other activities such as a climbing wall, kayak tanks, mountain bike course / demo, and a variety of environmental education vendors. KB along with the Skin Cancer Task Force will be providing sunscreen at their booth along with sun safety educational materials. The Great Erie Outdoor Adventure


sunZapp Launches Labor Day Weekend!

KB attends the annual SNIAGRAB sale to promote the launch of sunZapp, a mobile app for real-time sun protection that is now available on the Android store and the App Store



The Office of the Surgeon General releases a new Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer

The report calls on all sectors of American society, including the business, health care, education, government and nonprofit sectors, as well as families and individuals, to do more. Examples include communities providing shade in outdoor settings, health care providers counseling patients on the importance of using sun protection, and educational institutions discouraging indoor tanning.

Dr. David Buller, KB’s Director of Research, was one of eight external reviewers of the Call to Action prior to its release today.

Skin cancer infographic


KB is looking for actors for an online health communication research program designed to teach communication skills between parents and teens in the areas of alcohol use and relationships.

We are hiring young adults to play the role of teens as well as adults to play the role of parents of teens (age 40-55). All hired must be age 18 or over.

The video shoot is taking place July 23rd – 25th in the Denver metro area. Teen actors will be hired for a two day shoot and parent actors will be hired for a half day. All have the potential to be hired for additional work. Actors will be compensated $15/hour and will sign a contract detailing the terms.

For more information, please email


Lyndsay Fluharty, KB Project Coordinator, attends the International Visual Sociology Association annual conference, taking place in Pittsburgh June 26-28th, where she will be leading a panel entitled Changing Health Behaviors Using Visual Images. She will also be presenting the findings of a content analysis assessing current stock photography libraries’ availability of diverse images for health promotion purposes.


Lyndsay Fluharty


KB supports Bike to Work Day by providing a shade tent and sun safety materials for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Bike to Work Day commuter station at Creekside Park (located at 600 S. Birch Street in Glendale, CO). Bike to Work Day is a statewide event promoting active transportation to reduce obesity and improve air quality. CDPHE will also promote summer sun protection. About 1,000 bike commuters are expected to ride through the Creekside station.

Mary and Dave Buller pose with their bikes during Bike to Work Day.


Dr. Valerie Myers is accepted for publication in the July/August 2014 issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion for her article, Five-Year Medical and Pharmacy Costs After a Medically Supervised Intensive Program for Obesity.


A research letter, Buying Indoor Tanning with University Debit Cards, written in part by KB's colleague, Dr. Robert Dellavalle, appears in the July issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. The letter points out an alarming discovery of universities supporting indoor tanning vendors for college students.


Dr. David Buller gives a presentation at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention titled Sun Safety Advice on a Mobile App: Results of Two Randomized Trials.


Courtney Fultineer, Project Coordinator, earns her Certificate in Public Health Sciences from the Colorado School of Public Health and will continue on the Master of Public Health program. Congratulations, Courtney!


Dr. David Buller presents over a decade of workplace sun safety research at the University of Otago in New Zealand with his talk, Work Sun Safe: Designing Effective Programs and Policies to Mitigate High UV Exposure.

Dr. David Buller with a vintage sun protection poster from New Zealand


KB attends the 35th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, held April 23-26 in Philadelphia.


KB Scientists present at the 2014 UV Workshop: UV Radiation: Effects on Human Health and the Environment, held April 15-17 in Auckland, New Zealand.

Dr. Barbara Walkosz will be presenting study findings from the Sun Safe Workplaces project, Sustained Impact of an Occupational Sun Safety Program 5-7 Years On.

Dr. David Buller will be presenting on his Solar Cell study, Effectiveness of a Mobile App Delivering Real-Time Tailored Sun Safety Advice in a Randomized Trial.

Mary Buller will be presenting a poster, A Multi-theoretic Approach to Promoting Occupational Sun Safety Policy at Public Employers.

They will also present alongside Dr. Suzanne Dobbinson from Cancer Council Victoria on their collaboration of the Shade study, Succesful Use of a Tablet Computer Mobile App to Observe Sun Protection Practices in Australia and the United States.

Mary at NZ Conference

Mary Buller disseminates workplace sun safety research at the 2014 UV Workshop in New Zealand.


KB is the winner of a Gold Star Certificate from BBB Denver / Boulder, 2013 - for having no complaints in a three-year period.

BBB Gold Star


Alice Shepro and Miranda Reilly, Proposal Coordinators, attend the SRA International Western/Southern Section Meeting, held March 30 - April 2 in Denver.


Julia Griffith, Project Coordinator, presents a poster at the 24th Annual Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference, being held this week in Colorado Springs. The poster, Mobile Technology, Cancer Prevention, and Health Status Among Diverse, Low-Income Adults, is based on a paper Julia co-authored with Dr. Jason Purnell, Dr. Katherine Eddens, and Dr. Matt Kreuter from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.


KB scientitsts Drs. David Buller and Erv Bettinghaus publish a book chapter, Tobacco Control Partners: A Website Providing Online Technical Assistance to Local Tobacco Control Coalitions. The chapter appears in Talking Tobacco: Interpersonal, Organizational, and Mediated Messages.

book cover


Myra Keeble, KB Business Development Director, along with the entire Edgewater City Council, receives the Public Health Champion award from Jefferson County.

The award recognizes Edgewater as the first Colorado community to address vaporization by prohibiting vaporizing of any substance in places that are designated smoke-free, including indoor workplaces and restaurant and bar patios in Edgewater. Keeble has been an Edgewater city council member since 2011.



Way to Serve©, the alcohol server training program developed by scientists at the University of New Mexico, KB, and the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation has just launched in California. With the addition of California, Way to Serve has taken the next step toward its goal of being able to offer online beverage server training on a national basis.



KB needs families with older teens to participte in a usability testing session on Saturday, April 12.


Representatives from KB attend a Marijuana and Public Health Symposium sponsored by the Colorado School of Public Health.


Colorado Biz magazine ranks KB a Top 100 Woman Owned Company for 2014! KB has moved up the ranks landing at #41 – up from #45 in 2013.


Myra Keeble, KB Business Development Director and Edgewater City Council member, gives a talk on Edgewater's vaporizing ordinance (the first in the state) and history of the city's smoke-free legislation. The talk is part of a free community lunch and informational event aimed at community leaders, business owners, and health advocates to discuss e-cigarettes and marijuana vaporizers. The event is hosted by Jefferson County Public Health's Tobacco Prevention Initiative.

Vapor Lunch


Listen to Dr. Peter Andersen, a colleague on KB's Go Sun Smart research studies, discuss sun protection on WUFT Public Radio's Public Health Minute with Bill Latimer. Public Health Minute airs twelve new segments a month and reports on new research findings presented by expert guests in 60 seconds.


KB attends the SnowSports Industries America (SIA) Snow Show, held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, January 30 through February 2. KB, along with Rocky Mountain Sunscreen and the Skin Cancer Task Force are offering free UV camera photos to attendees to help combat skin cancer.


The New York Times published a letter on Sunday, Jan. 5 written by Klein Buendel colleague Dr. Michael Scott. In the letter, Dr. Scott corrects a myth that wearing helmets causes skiers and snowboarders to take greater risks. Dr. Scott is a co-author of a study that looked at helmet use in Alpine skiing and snowboarding. Dr. David Buller and Dr. Barbara Walkosz from Klein Buendel were also co-authors on the study along with Peter Andersen, Jennifer Voeks, Mark Dignan, and Gary Cutter.


KB participates in the 2013 Annual Denver Metro BOMA Gift & Toy Drive, helping to make it a great success!
Toy drive

Mary Buller, Rachel Eye, and Miranda Reilly pose in front of KB's Donation Station.


Dr. Barbara Walkosz and her colleagues present their project, Sun Safety INK!, at the 1st European Congress on Tattoo and Pigment Research (ECTP) in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The ECTP congress was organized to showcase cutting edge research on tattoos and industrial pigments ranging from basic research to clinical research including health aspects and social sciences. Dr. Anne Laumann from Northwestern Memorial Hospital presented the poster at the conference.





A paper co-authored by Julia Griffith, Project Coordinator, is accepted for publication in the Journal of Health Communication. The article is titled The Context of Collecting Family Health History: Examining Definitions of Family and Family Communication about Health among African American Women.


Dr. Valerie Myers attends Obesity Week, part of The Obesity Society's Annual Scientific Meeting. In its first year, Obesity Week aims to pool resources with the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery to create a comprehensive and educational week-long conference covering the full scope of the obesity issue.


Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) Position Statement: Ban Indoor Tanning for Minors

SBM, an interdisciplinary professional organization focused on the science of health behavior joins the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and a host of other national and international organizations in support of a total ban on indoor tanning for minors under the age of 18. The article is co-authored by Dr. David Buller.


Happy Halloween!


Halloween Group Shot



The American Journal of Preventive Medicine cites an article by Dr. Andrea Dunn as being the most highly downloaded article in 2013.

The article, Exercise Treatment for Depression - Efficacy and Dose Response, discusses the DOSE study, which looked at whether exercise is an effective treatment for mild to moderate major depressive disorder as well as the dose-response relation of exercise and reduction in depressive symptoms.


Dr. Valerie Myers is appointed to serve on the Ethics Committee for The Obesity Society, the leading scientific society dedicated to the study of obesity.



Steve Fullmer, Senior Graphic Designer, attends the User Interface Eighteen Conference, held October 21 - 23 in Boston, MA.


KB sponsors the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network's 5th Annual Colorado Research Breakfast, held today at the Denver Athletic Club. The breakfast brings together over 200 of Colorado’s key leaders and decision makers in business, medical research, cancer care, health policy, and government.



Dr. David Buller and Mary Buller, along with their colleagues Dr. Wayne Beach, Kyle Gutzmer, and David Dozier, are published in chapter six of Health Communication: Strategies for Developing Global Health Programs, which is released today.

The chapter, Conversations about Cancer (CAC): A National and Global Strategy for Impacting Family and Medical Interactions, discusses how communication has traditionally been conceived within public health interventions and how CAC overcomes these shortcomings.

book cover


Dr. Valerie Myers celebrates her 1st anniversary with KB this month. Dr. Myers, Scientist, came to KB from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, LA. 

Valerie Myers

Happy anniversary, Val!



KB has several programs listed on the Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T. (Plan, Link, Act, Network with Evidence-based Tools), a website from the National Cancer Institute offering resources and programs for users to move forward with cancer control efforts.

Go Sun Smart

Sunny Days Healthy Ways - Elementary School (Grades K-5)

Sunny Days Healthy Ways - Middle School (Grades 6-8)


An article co-authored by Drs. David Buller and Barbara Walkosz, Mary Buller, Lucia Liu and Rob Jenkins from KB along with Drs. Alan Wallis, Peter Andersen and Michael Scott, is accepted for publication in the Journal of Public Health Management & Practice. The article is titled Adoption of Sun Safe Work Place Practices by Local Governments.


Colorado Biz Magazine ranks Klein Buendel #137 on their list of Top 250 Private Companies, up from #184 the year before.


The Sun Safe Workplaces team wins 3rd place for their poster presented at the 2nd International Conference on UV and Skin Cancer Prevention.


Dr. Barbara Walkosz and her colleagues (Tessa Jolls and Dee Morganthaler) have a book chapter, The Voices of Media Literacy, in the forthcoming Media Education in Action:Theoretical and Pedagogical Perspectives, Belinha S. DeAbreau and Paul Mihailidis (eds), Taylor and Francis.


KB heads to the 2013 Public Health in the Rockies Conference, hosted this week by the Colorado Public Health Association. KB will be there presenting a soft launch of its website, Real Health, which is a commercial stock art service depicting diverse and under-represented populations in various activities and health behaviors.

Real Health logo


KB receives funding for a new project: Location-based Smartphone Technology to Guide College Students’ Healthy Choices. This phase I project funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will test the feasibility of a smartphone application and companion web program, currently named Healthy Detours, that will help guide college students to healthier eating and exercise choices in their area by providing them with as-you-need-it, location-based decision support technology.

Healthy Detours logo


KB Project Coordinator Lynsday Fluharty, and KB Scientist II Dr. Valerie Myers, will be Multiple Principal Investigators on the project.


Dr. Barbara Walkosz gives a presentation, Go Sun Smart: Examining the Sustainability of an Occupational Sun Safety Program, at the 2nd International Conference on UV and Skin Cancer Prevention.

Dr. David Buller will also give a presentation titled, Lessons Learned When Conducting a Randomized Trial on the Effect of Built Shade on Park Goers' Use of Shade for Sun Protection.


Drs. David Buller, Barbara Walkosz, and Ms. Mary Buller present at the 2nd International Conference on UV and Skin Cancer Prevention held in Berlin September 10-13.

people looking at poster

Conference attendees check out KB's poster - Sun Safe Workplaces: Policy Adoption for Occupational Sun Safety.

conference program

Conference program


MomZing Logo


The 2013 NHLBI (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute) Innovation Conference selects KB to give a poster presentation on its product, MomZing, an exercise program for new mothers using Internet-enabled television.



Dr. David Buller is congratulated by the American Academy of Dermatology and Elsevier on his manuscript, Prevalence of sunburn, sun protection, and indoor tanning behaviors among Americans: Review from national surveys and case studies of 3 states, for being one of the most highly cited articles in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.


Dr. Valerie Myers is accepted for publication in Nutrition & Dietetics for a manuscript she co-authored titled, Pretreatment Correlates of Dietary Change Among Those Who Successfully Lost Weight in Phase 1 of the Weight Loss Maintenance Trial.


As fall approaches, three KB employees will be hitting the books in pursuit of advanced degrees:

Lyndsay Fluharty, Project Coordinator, will be starting in the Health and Behavioral Science Ph.D. program at the University of Colorado, Denver (UCD).

Courtney Fultineer, Research Assistant, will be continuing with UCD's Public Health Science certificate program leading into a M.P.H. in Community and Behavioral Health.

Heather Percy, Accounting Specialist, is currently working toward a M.B.A. in Marketing and Management.

KB applauds the efforts of these hard working employees and wishes them the best success in their academic endeavors.


The American Journal of Health Promotion accepts a manuscript co-authored by Julia Griffith, KB Project Coordinator, titled Mobile Technology, Cancer Prevention, and Health Status Among Diverse, Low-Income Adults. The paper characterizes mobile technology ownership, use, and relationship to self-reported cancer prevention behaviors and health status in a diverse, low-income sample of callers to United Way 2-1-1.


Xia "Lucia" Liu, KB's Biostastical Manager, attends the 2013 Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM2013) in Montreal Canda this week. JSM is the largest gathering of statisticians held in North America.



KB project coordinator Julia Griffith attends the 9th Annual Games for Health Conference held in Boston June 26-28.

According to their website, Games for Health is the leading professional community in the field of health games, bringing together the best minds in game development and health care to advance game technologies that improve health and the delivery of health care.

Games for Health 2013


KB scientists present data from the Go Sun Smart study at the International Communication Association's 63rd Annual Conference, Challenging Communication Research. The conference is held this week, June 17-21, in London.


Dr. Barbara Walkosz presents at ICA conference

ICA's 63rd Annual Conference: Challenging Communication Research


Focus group participants are needed for KB's Bystander project:

Participate in a focus group for a college-based education/bystander intervention research project. The purpose of the program is to shift focus from teaching personal alcohol abstinence to educating students on how to recognize the need to care for their friends and peers at social gatherings involving alcohol.

In order to participate, you must:

  • Be 18-21 years of age
  • A college student at a college or
    community college and show proof
    with your college ID.
  • Have internet access

You will be asked to use our Bystander Intervention Website prior to coming to the focus group.

2 focus group sessions will be conducted at Klein Buendel, Inc. in Lakewood, CO on:

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Thursday, June 13, 2013 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM

You’ll be compensated $60 for you participation.

Please contact the Project Coordinator if you have any questions and to sign up for a session at 303-565-4346.


The Journal of The North American Menopause Society accepts a manuscript co-authored by Dr. Andrea Dunn. The paper discusses the results of the MSI-Flash study (AG032669; B. Sternfeld), which compared the efficacy of two different doses of exercise against usual care for alleviating certain menopausal symptoms. The findings will be published in the April 2014 issue of the journal.


Dr. Valerie Myers is invited to participate in the 2013 Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health.

The 5-day training institute is hosted by Washington University in St. Louis June 3rd though 7th, with support from NIH and the VA. Faculty and guest lecturers will consist of leading experts (practitioners and teachers) in theory, implementation and evaluation approaches to D&I, creating partnerships and multi-level, transdisciplinary research teams, research design, methods and analyses appropriate for D&I investigations and conducting research at different and multiple levels of interventions (e.g., clinical, community, policy).

Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health


KB celebrates International Tiara Day...


... and looks good doing it!


KB recently participated in the National Innovation Summit and Showcase held near Washington, DC. After being reviewed, KB's Solar Cell project was accepted for a Showcase booth. Solar Cell is an evidence-based, GPS-enabled mobile application for iPhone and Android smartphones. It uses customized algorithms based on recent scientific information to evaluate the users' location, environmental conditions, skin type, clothing, sunscreen and shade use and NOAA's hour-by-hour UV Index forecast to provide real-time sun protection advice year round.

table display

KB's display booth at the 2013 Innovation Showcase

Hosted by Tech-Connect, the Innovation Showcase was co-located with the 2013 National Innovation Summit and the 2013 National Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Conference.


KB is looking for extras to act as college party guests during production of its short film for the Bystander project. Extras must be available this Saturday from 8:30 am until 6:30 pm and will be compensated $100.

Extras Needed


KB employees participate in the American Academy of Dermatology's SPOT Orange campaign on Melanoma Monday in an effort to raise awareness of melanoma and other types of skin cancer.

group wearing orange

Check out the SPOT Orange photo gallery to see how the nation put an orange SPOTlight on skin cancer.


KB launches recruitment for the Solar Cell Supplemental study. We are recruiting adults (18+) across the country to take our online surveys and use our Solar Cell app for a couple months.

Participants who complete all parts of the study will receive $50 worth of Amazon gift cards.

Solar Cell Sun Protection App Research Study


Dr. David Buller gives a workshop on disseminating employee safety programs to The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). NIOSH is a branch of the CDC responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related injury and illness.



For the ninth consecutive year, KB makes ColoradoBiz Magazine's Top 100 Woman-Owned Companies list. KB landed at #45 for 2013, moving up several places from #47 in 2012. The list will be available through ColoradoBiz Magazine on May 1st.

ColoradoBiz Magazine


Dr. Valerie Myers attends the 29th Annual SCAN (Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition) Symposium: Tools & Techniques for Peak Professional Performance, being held this weekend in Chicago. SCAN brings together nutrition professionals with expertise in sports performance and physical activity, cardiovascular health, wellness, and disordered eating and eating disorders.

29th Annual SCAN Symposium


Mary Buller presents at the 26th Annual Spring Street Conference held April 17-19 in Grand Junction, CO. The conference is hosted by the West Slope branch of the Colorado American Public Works Association (APWA) and the Colorado Association for Roadway Maintenance (CARMA) for training and networking among transportation professionals from around the state. Ms. Buller will be presenting on the hazards of UV exposure in the work environment.

2013 APWA-CARMA Spring Street Conference


Annals of Behavioral Medicine accepts a manuscript co-authored by Dr. Valerie Myers titled Behavioral Mediators of Treatment Effects in the Weight Loss Maintenance Trial.


Dr. David Buller and Mary Buller will be presenting Solar Cell at the 31st Annual Dermatology Nurses' Association, being held this Sunday in New Orleans.

Screen shot of the Solar Cell smartphone application

31st Annual DNA Convention


The FITastic Health web site is officially launched. FITastic Health is an online nutrition and physical activity program for overweight 8 to 12-year-old children. The program is designed to help children and their families work together to set and accomplish incremental diet and exercise goals. The program is a collaboration with Dr. Alan Delamater, Director of the Psychology Division of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Miami.


junk food game shot

Interactive game from FITastic Health


Work begins on KB's latest project, Translation of District Sun Safe Policies to Schools (SSST), in collaboration with Claremont Graduate University. The objective of SSST is to better understand how individual elementary schools implement newly-adopted school district board-approved sun safety policies.


Conversations About Cancer receives a "Research Presentation of Distinction Award" at the 2nd biennial D.C. Health Communication Conference being held this week at George Mason University.

D.C. Health Communication Conference


Dr. Valerie Myers leads a presentation at The Society of Behavioral Medicine's annual meeting titled Psychosocial Functioning of Class III Obese Adults: Results from the HEADS UP Study.


Dr. David Buller presents on multiple topics at The Society of Behavioral Medicine's 34th annual meeting:

Overcoming Challenges in Developing and Implementing Technology-Based Tools to Improve Health-Related Decisions and Behaviors: Lessons Learned

eHealth Inverventions: Where We've Been and Where We're Going

Several other scientists will also be presenting on research done in collaboration with KB. Dr. Alan Delamater of the University of Miami will be speaking on research related to the FIPO project:

Mobile and Web-Based Serious Games for Behavior Change in Child and Adolescent Populations.

Dr. Cheryl Albright of the University of Hawaii will be speaking on research related to MomZing:

Obesity Interventions: Factors Associated with Weight Loss and Maintenance.

Klein Buendel Talks High-tech at SBM


Dr. Valerie Myers contributes to a poster session at The Society of Behavioral Medicine's 34th annual meeting titled The Heads Up Study: Self-Report Physical Activity as Predictors of Physical Function in Obese Adults.



The Society of Behavioral Medicine’s 34th annual meeting is being held this week in San Francisco. Klein Buendel, Inc. will be there in full force, as both a sponsor of the meeting and to present findings from some of our most recent research projects.

34th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine


Journal of Health Communication accepts a manuscript authored by Dr. Barbara Walkosz titled Dissemination of Go Sun Smart in Outdoor Recreation: Effect of Program Exposure on Sun Protection of Guests at High Altitude Ski Areas.


Dr. Andrea Dunn is published in Pediatric Blood & Cancer for a manuscript she co-authored titled Reduced Cardiorespiratory Fitness in Adult Survivors of Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

Pediatric Blood & Cancer


KB receives funding for a new project titled Sun Safety INK!: A Skin Cancer Prevention Program for the Tattoo Community. The R21 study will be led by Dr. Barbara Walksoz and aims to look at the potential role tattoo artists can play in disseminating skin cancer prevention information.

tattoo man


Contemporary Clinical Trials publishes a manuscript co-authored by Dr. Andrea Dunn titled Design and Methods of a Multi-Site, Multi-Behavioral Treatment Trial for Menopausal Symptoms: The MsFLASH Experience. The article discusses conducting a multi-site, multi-behavioral randomized trial for menopausal symptoms.

Contemporary Clinical Trials


In a presentation to the Colorado Association of Lawn Care Professionals, Dr. Barbara Walkosz discussed risk Strategies for Workplace Sun Safety with a focus on prevention strategies for outdoor workers.


The February 2013 issue of Journal of Community Genetics has published an article co-authored by KB Project Coordinator, Julia Griffith, along with Tess Thompson, Joann Seo, Melanie Baxter, Dr. Aimee James, and Dr. Kimberly A. Kaphingst, ScD.

The article, You Don’t Have to Keep Everything on Paper: African American Women’s Use of Family Health History Tools, examined African American women‘s use of tools to collect family health history.

Journal of Community Genetics February 2013


We are looking for people who have an iPhone and can help us test our new iPhone sun protection app. Participants will receive $40 for their time. Dates are available from February 20th through April 19th. If you are over 18, have an iPhone, and are willing to travel to Golden, Denver, or Lakewood, please contact Kiley Floren.


KB receives copyright protection for its WayToServe© program. WayToServe© is an online program to train servers of alcoholic beverages in state-required responsible beverage server skills.

Way To Serve Homepage


KB attends the SIA Snow Show with Rocky Mountain Sunscreen. KB will be utilizing its UV camera to promote the importance of sun protection at high elevation ski resorts.

SIA Snow Show

SIA Snow Show: Chris Schneider


KB's project, Conversations About Cancer, gets it's first paper accepted for publication in Health Communication titled The Conversations About Cancer (CAC) Project: Assessing Feasibility and Audience Impacts From Viewing the Cancer Play.


Translational Behavioral Medicine accepts a manuscript authored by Dr. David Buller titled User-centered Development of a Smart Phone Mobile Application Delivering Personalized Real-time Advice on Sun Protection.


Dr. Kim Mallett of Penn State University visits KB and presents a talk on her current research interventions titled Pale and Sober: Reducing Problems Associated with High-Risk Drinking and UV Exposure.

Dr. Kimberely Mallett, Ph.D.


Happy Holidays!


Diabetes Care accepts a manuscript authored by Dr. Valerie Myers titled Exercise Training and Quality of Life in Individuals with Type 2 Diabetes: A Randomized Controlled Trial.


KB's genorosity abounds this year, helping to make the 2012 Annual Denver Metro BOMA Gift & Toy Drive a great success.

Mary Buller, President, exults over the piles of gifts in KB's Donation Station.


Rachel Burnett, Project Coordinator, along with Kiley Floren and Courtney Fultineer, Research Assistants, attend a training event held by the Colorado School of Public Health titled Introduction to Public Health Practice.

The day-long training covers the history of public health, current trends and issues, and also reviews the scientific disciplines that guide public health practice.

Center for Public Health Practice


The FDA's new sunscreen labeling regulations go into effect today:

  1. Only sunscreen products that pass the FDA's test for protection against both UVA and UVB rays will be labeled "Broad Spectrum".
  2. Only sunscreens labeled as both Broad Spectrum and SPF 15 (or higher) can state that they reduce the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging, when used as directed.
  3. Any product that is not Broad Spectrum, or is Broad Spectrum but below SPF 15, will be required to have a warning stating that the product has not been shown to help prevent skin cancer or early skin aging.

FDA - Sunscreen


An abstract from the FIPO project (HD051244; A. Delamater) has been accepted for the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. FIPO is a a current study in collaboration with University of Miami in hopes to create a web program for both children and parents that better educates them about dietary and physcial activity choices.


Mary Buller, President, discusses outdoor worker UV protection at the Winter Workshop of the Colorado Association for Roadway Maintenance.


Rachel Burnett, Project Coordinator, and Courtney Fultineer, Research Assistant, attend The Conference on Social Media in Golden CO. to better develop and utlilize social media for the "Resorts" project (CA152411; P. Andersen) study intervention.


Dr. Valerie Myers publishes in the Southern Medical Journal with an article titled Actual Medical and Pharmacy Costs for Bariatric Surgery:6-year Follow-Up.

Southern Medical Journal Publishes Article Authored by KB Scientist Dr. Valerie Myers

Southern Medical Journal 105(10)


KB celebrates Halloween in style...



Dr. Andrea Dunn attends Be Active 2012 held in Sydney, Australia. The conference encompasses the 4th International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health, the Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport, the Australian Physical Activity Conference, and the National Sports Injury Prevention Conference. Dr. Dunn will present a poster illustrating the effects of user input on the development of the Internet-enabled television program, Momzing (DA031402; C. Albright).

Be Active 2012


Dr. David Buller attends the American Publich Health Association's 140th Annual Meeting and Exposition held in San Francisco, CA. Dr. Buller will speak on sun safety for children in outdoor recreation as part of a symposium titled Skin Cancer Prevention Across the Lifespan.

American Public Health Association Annual Meeting


Ilima Kane, Program Manager, and Julia Griffith, Intern, attend the 3rd annual CityCamp Colorado to share and discuss ideas to bring about significant and positive change to Colorado communnities. CityCamp Colorado touts itself as an unconference, where content is generated and organized by participants in an active, crative, open exchange.

CityCamp Colorado


Dr. David Buller, Mary Buller, and Dr. Barbara Walkosz attend the Latin America UC-ICA Conference in Santiago, Chile. The conference, organized by the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile’s School of Communications and the International Communication Asssociation, aims to develop international research partnerships, allow interaction between various fields of research who share a common interest in communication processes, and to stimulate dialogue regarding communication research in Latin America and around the world.

Outside the UC-ICA conference

UC-ICA Latin America Conference

Mary Buller listens to an English translation of a presentation at the UC-ICA conference


The July/August 2012 issue of American Journal of Health Promotion has published Enhancing Industry-Based Dissemination of an Occupational Sun Protection Program With Theory-Based Strategies Employing Personal Contact, an article co-authored by KB researchers Dr. David B. Buller, Dr. Barbara J. Walkosz, and Ms. Ilima Kane along with Dr. Peter Andersen, Dr. Michael D. Scott, Dr. Gary R. Cutter, Dr. Mark B. Dignan, and Dr. Xiao Zhang. The manuscript examines the effectiveness of two dissemination strategies used to distribute an occupational sun protection program called Go Sun Smart to employees and guests of the North American ski industry.

American Journal of Health Promotion Publishes Article Authored by KB Researchers

Go Sun Smart Poster


KB moves up the ranks of ColoradoBiz Magazine's list of Top 250 Private Companies for 2012, landing at #184.



Dr. Valerie Myers, a nationally recognized scientist specializing in the behavioral factors affecting obesity, weight loss and maintenance, has joined the KB team!

Prior to joining Klein Buendel, Myers, a licensed psychologist, served as an instructor and behavioral consultant at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, LA. and as a clinical faculty instructor in the Department of Psychology at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. Myers is currently a principal investigator on two obesity/weight loss –related studies and is a co-investigator or investigator on nine other obesity-related studies. Since 1999, Myers has published more than 27 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and presented at 52 conferences.


Myers received her B.S. from Louisiana State University in 1995 and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Drexel University in 2003. She completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in 2005. Since 2008 she has served as the board president of the Louisiana/Mississippi Chapter of the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association.

Nationally Recognized Scientist in Obesity Research Joins Klein Buendel.


KB accepts the AddONE challenge by pledging to hire at least one new employee this October. AddONE is a Jefferson County initiative to improve the local economy - one job at a time.

AddONE Challenge


This Saturday, Sun Safe Colorado will attend the Family Fire Muster, a free event held by the West Metro Fire Rescue in Lakewood, CO. The event features hands-on activites and games aimed to entertain kids while teaching them fire safety skills. Sun Safe Colorado will be handing out sunscreen donated by Rocky Mountain Sunscreen as well as other prevention materials for both kids and adults.

Family Fire Muster


Mary Buller, President, represents Sun Safe Colorado by speaking about workplace UV exposure at the annual Special Districts Association conference in Keystone, CO

Sun Safe CO logo

Sun Safe Colorado


Dr. Barbara Walkosz attends Medicine 2.0 at Harvard Medical School in Boston. The conference discusses emerging technologies in health and medicine, with an emphasis on Internet-based technologies, social media, and mobile technologies. Dr. Walkosz also contributes a poster evaluating online tools to promote sun safety policy for outdoor workers.

Medicine 2.0

Dr. Walkosz' poster

Med 2.0 Program Cover

All images (c) Gunther Eysenbach,, licensed under cc-by 3.0 (Creative Commons Attribution license 3.0)


Dr. David Buller and Dr. Barbara Walkosz are invited to speak to the Colorado Ski Association on 12 successful years of the Go Sun Smart program.

Go Sun Smart Logo


James Shane, Programming Manager, attends the 360|iDev conference in Lone Tree, CO. 360|iDev claims to be the first and best iPhone developer conference in the world.

Joe Pezzillo signs copies of his book, iPhone Advanced Projects, at 360|iDev.



Dr. Andrea Dunn heads to Tokyo, Japan as an invited speaker at the 10th Annual Conference of the Japanese Association of Sport Psychiatry where she gives a presentation titled Exercise Therapy for Depression in the United States. The conference was held at Waseda University in Tokyo.

Research on Depression and Exercise Crosses International Borders.

View of Tokyo

Dr. Dunn's view of Tokyo.


Dr. David Buller speaks on KB's SHADE study (CA140367) at the Good Sun, Bad Sun Training Session in Golden, CO. The event, sponsored by the American Planning Association, Colorado chapter, discusses the risks and rewards of being a sunshine state and how planners are responding.

David Buller presents at Good Sun Bad Sun Training Event


Phase II gets underway for Conversations About Cancer (CA144235), a theatrical production produced in collaboration with San Diego State University. The play is drawn from actual recorded and transcribed phone calls between family members as they talk through their cancer journeys and hopes to help cancer patients, family members, and medical professionals communicate more effectively. Phase II will include developing a DVD version of the play, creation of a program website, and conducting a multi-city effectiveness trial.

Klein Buendel Partners with San Diego State Universtiy on Cancer-Related Theater Research Project


Filming continues on Momzing (Choose to Move; DA031402), a customizable exercise program for new moms to do with or without their babies.

exercising docotr


The Center for Media Literacy holds a three day workshop at KB. Educators and community leaders from around the country attend to look at strategies and practices for teaching media literacy.


For more information on Center for Media Literacy, click here!


Klein Buendel, Inc. celebrates its 10th anniversary!



Dr. Andrea Dunn gives a presentation on physical activity research titled Achieving Outcomes at the YMCA of the USA 2012 Healthier Communities Learning Institute, held June 18-20 here in Denver.


KB welcomes new Data Manager Christi Kasmann. Christi comes to us from Novus Biologicals and has a B.A. in Psychology as well as a M.S. in Neuroscience from USC. She also completed an Intramural Research Training Program at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Welcome Christi!


Katie Carlson and Rob Jenkins give a presentation titled Workplace Sun Safety Training: Effective Strategies for Reducing Outdoor Workers’ Exposure to UV Radiation at a CIRSA safety meeting in Breckenridge.



KB works on a photo shoot for the phase II project Web-Based Family Intervention for Pediactric Obesity...

health ... And has a little fun while doing it


Dr. Barbara Walkosz returns from a visit to China where she gave a lecture on Health Communication to the students at the International College of Beijing, and conducted research on a post-Olympic study with her Beijing and Denver based collaborators.

Barb china

Dr. Walkosz with Dave Fox at the Bejiing University of Aerospace and Aeronautics.

Barb lecture

Dr. Walkosz lecturing in Bejing.


At this year’s annual ICA conference, Communication and Community, held May 24th through May 28th in Phoenix, AZ., Dr. David Buller speaks at a preconference workshop titled: Social/New Media and Health Disparities Interventions.


Work begins on KB's newest project - College Bystanders: Coaching Students with Technology to Help Intoxicated Peers. The project will test the feasibility of producing an intervention program for college students that normalizes helping behavior and teaches students intervention skills. Because so many students experience negative effects of alcohol use, the project has the potential to have great impact on public health by better equipping students with the skills they will need to overcome intervention-related anxiety and take care of their friends and peers at social gatherings involving alcohol consumption.


KB welcomes new Project Coordinator Luis Parra! Luis comes to us from the CU Boulder Social Neuroscience Lab where he worked on a NIDA funded project regarding adolescent marijuana use.


Klein Buendel moves up the ranks of Colorado Business Magazine's list of Top 100 Woman-Owned Companies, landing at #47.


Klein Buendel hosts the 2011-2012 class of Digital Connectors for a night of hands-on education. Students were involved in multiple activities including IT strategies, game programming, tablet computer data collection, UV camera usage, and filmmaking.

Digital Connectors is a nine-month afterschool technology training program for youth aged 14-20 and is run through the Mi Casa Resource Center.

micasa students make a film

Digital Connectors produce a film in KB's studio.

For more information on Digital Connectors, or to view their KB film click here!


Dr. David Buller receives the 2012 Kentucky Conference on Health Communication Lewis Donohew Outstanding Scholar in Health Communication Award and delivers a corresponding lecture.

Dave recieves plaque in Kentucky

Dr. Buller with Nancy Harrington.


Klein Buendel scientists publish multiple book chapters:

Buller DB, Walkosz BJ, et al. The Go Sun Smart campaign: achieving individual and organizational change for occupational sun protection. In: Rice RE, Atkin CK eds. Public Communication Campaigns. 4th ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE; 2012:191-203

Buller DB, Floyd AHL. Internet-based interventions for health behavior change. In: Noar SM, Harrington NG eds. eHealth Applications: Promising Strategies for Behavior Change. 1st ed. New York, NY: Routledge; 2012:56-78

Kwan BM, Davis KJ, Dunn AL. Physical activity for the prevention of depression. In: Gullotta, Thomas P, Walberg, Herbert J, Weissberg, Roger P eds. Issues in Children’s and Families’ Lives. Springer Science and Business Media New York 2012 (forthcoming)


Dr. David Buller attends the 33rd Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions for the Society of Behavioral Medicine in New Orleans. Dr. Buller led discussions on the topics of theory-driven occupational sun protection and adoption of public school sun protection policy. He also presented a poster session on the use of smart phone applications for health interventions.


At the 18th Annual Meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco in Houston, Texas, Dr. David Buller presents two poster sessions:

Results of a Randomized Trial Comparing an Online Smoking Cessation Program to a Self-Help Booklet and Telephone Quit Line Among Young Adults

Effect of Nicotine Replacement Therapy on Quitting by Young Adults and Predictors of Use From a Trial Comparing Smoking Cessation Services


Dr. Andrea Dunn is selected as the 2012 Dorothy V. Harris Memorial Lecture Scholar in Sport and Exercise Psychology by Penn State University and delivers a lecture on "Pioneering Opportunities in Sport and Exercise Psychology in the 21st Century".

Read more here...


Myra Armon Keeble (left), M.A. Business Development Director at Klein Buendel, at the Digital Health Communication Extravaganza in Orlando, FloridaKlein Buendel attends the Digital Health Communication Extravaganza in Orlando, Florida, to promote its research and multimedia capabilities in an ever-changing digital world. This first-of-its-kind event is designed for health, medical, and communication professionals to discover, discuss, and develop new methods to effectively and efficiently apply digital resources in community and healthcare settings to obtain optimal behavior changes and health outcomes.



Dr. David Buller was named Chairperson for the Community Influences on Health Behavior (CIHB) Study Section in the Center for Scientific Review (CSR) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The CIHB Study Section reviews grant applications submitted to the NIH for scientific merit. These applications examine social, cultural, and other environmental factors and processes and their inter-relationships with a broad range of outcomes, including mental and physical health, illness and disorder, risk and protective behaviors and behavior change, health beliefs and attitudes, and normal development and functioning across the lifespan.

CSR organizes around 18,000 external experts to peer review almost 88,000 grant applications each year. Since 1946, this peer review system has enabled the NIH to fund cutting-edge health research.

Dr. Buller is the Research Director at Klein Buendel, Inc.

7-12-2011 (updated)

Dr. David Buller, Research Director at Klein Buendel, Inc., was a keynote speaker at the 1st International Conference on UV and Skin Cancer Prevention in Copenhagen, Denmark. Dr. Buller spoke about evidence-based school interventions and effective sun safety interventions for children. He also spoke about the principals of program evaluation. From May 3 to May 5, over 125 UV professionals from around the world gathered in Copenhagen. The conference was sponsored by The Danish Cancer Society; TrygFonden, an organization that works to create a healthier and safer daily life for the Danish; the Cancer Council Victoria; and the World Health Organization.


Klein Buendel, Inc. is pleased to welcome Senior Research Scientist, Dr. Barbara Walkosz, Ph.D.!

Dr. Walkosz is a Multiple Principal Investigator with Dr. David Buller, Ph.D. on KB's Sun Safe Workplaces, a study funded by the National Cancer Institute which focuses on skin cancer prevention in outdoor workers. She has a long-standing history of research collaborations with KB, specifically in skin cancer prevention, tobacco control and cessation, and health disparities. Dr. Walkosz served as a Co-Investigator on the Sun Safe Colorado and Go Sun Smart studies. Go Sun Smart focused on sun safety and skin cancer prevention education for employees and guests at high altitude ski areas. In the next few months, she, along with other KB scientists will collaborate with Dr. Peter Andersen, Ph.D., Professor of Communication on a San Diego State University-funded study from the National Cancer Institute to adapt and evaluate an Advanced Go Sun Smart program and its impact on sun protection practices of guests who visit U.S. resorts in the summertime.

Prior to joining KB, Dr. Walkosz was a Professor of Communication and the Associate Chair of the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado Denver. She began teaching at the University in 1997 and retired in December 2010. While Dr. Walkosz's main focus is skin cancer prevention, her scholarship also focuses on health communication and education, social marketing, media literacy and civility.

Dr. Walkosz received her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona and her Master's degree from the University of Colorado Denver.