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Research Collaborations

In addition to leading research projects, the Klein Buendel (KB) research team collaborates with multiple research teams to create innovative interventions in the health education and health communication field.

Translation of District Sun Safe Policies to Schools

The objective of Translation of District Sun Safe Policies to Schools, funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (HD074416;K. Reynolds, D. Buller) in collaboration with Claremont Graduate University, is to better understand how individual elementary schools implement newly-adopted school district board-approved sun safety policies. The intervention, including various online resources, communications, and in-person visits, is expected to produce a change in the practice at school level and to improve sun safety behavior of students. Thirty school districts in Southern California have adopted a board policy for sun safety and will provide a sample of schools to be randomized in the study. The primary outcomes will be assessed by surveying the principal, one teacher, and parents of students, as well as by implementing a cost analysis plan to determine benefits versus expense.

Mama Move Project: Technology to Promote Moms Exercising with their Infants (MOMZING)

Now in Phase II with funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (DA031402; C. Albright), this project, in collaboration with the University of Hawaii's Cancer Research Center, will create and test an exercise program for new mothers who are looking to increase activity after giving birth. Using Internet-enabled television, the program allows mothers to create customized workouts to do with or without their babies. The workouts can be customized based on time, size of baby, and type of exercise a mother would like to do.

Conversations About Cancer

Through a theatrical production entitled Conversations About Cancer, this National Cancer Institute-funded project, now in Phase II (CA144235; W. Beach), hopes to help cancer patients, family members, and medical professionals communicate more effectively about the challenges of cancer. The play is drawn from actual recorded and transcribed phone calls between family members as they talk through their cancer journeys. After assessing the impacts and educational potential of this production through screenings and talkback sessions of the play, Phase II will include refining and developing a professionally edited DVD, creation of a program website, and conducting a multi-city effectiveness tiral. This project is being developed in partnership with San Diego State University.

Beach, W. A., Buller, M. K., Dozier, D. M., Buller, D. B., & Gutzmer, K. The conversations about cancer (CAC) project: Assessing feasibility and audience impacts from viewing the cancer play. Health Communication, 2013 Oct 7. [Epub ahead of print]

Beach, W.A., Gutzmer, K., Dozier, D., Buller, M.K., & Buller, D. Conversations about Cancer (CAC): A national and global strategy for impacting family and medical interactions. In D.K. Kim, A. Singhal, & G. Kreps (Eds.). Health Communication: Strategies for Developing Global Health Programs. 1st ed. Peter Lange Publishing Group; 2013:101-117.

Web-Based Family Intervention for Pediatric Obesity (FIPO)

This Phase II Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development-funded project (HD051244; A. Delamater) in collaboration with the University of Miami will fully develop, test, and evaluate a web program for pediatricians to use with their overweight patients and family members as part of routine primary care. The web program will include video components and interactive games to increase motivation for a lifestyle change by developing healthy dietary and physical activity habits. The web site will be accessed by both children and parents generating reports on usage, self-reported health behaviors, and weight changes to be sent electronically to the referring pediatricians.

Sun Safe Colorado

Sun Safe Colorado

Sun Safe Colorado is a program funded by the CDC and conducted in collaboration with the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment and the Colorado Department of Education. It was created to spread sun safety messages to schools, worksites, and at home. KB also visited schools and health fairs distributing sun safety materials to share with these groups to raise awareness about sun safety.

Deva Montgomery, David Buller, PhD, Mary Klein Buller, MA, Lori Crane, PhD, Barbara Walkosz, PhD, Dave Erikson, Robert Dellavalle, MD, Ilima Kane, MA. (2008). Promoting Sun Safety in Colorado: Initiatives of the Colorado Skin Cancer Task Force.

Poster Presentation at the Colorado Chronic Disease Conference, Colorado Springs, CO. See Poster

U Consider This - Binge Drinking Prevention

U Consider This

With the University of New Mexico as the lead research organization, the research and creative teams at Klein Buendel contributed to the creation of a comprehensive and interactive web site that aimed to prevent and reduce binge drinking episodes in college freshmen. This project was funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (AA014982; WG. Woodall). The site is now being used at Colorado State University as their required binge drinking prevention program. More

BReady4It - Sexually Transmitted Infection Prevention

Working with the University of New Mexico, Klein Buendel staff developed an interactive web site for students in grades 9 - 10 to help prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). This grant is funded by National Institute on Drug Abuse (DA018575; WG. Woodall). The site is based on a previously tested curriculum and features self-paced learning modules that emphasize role-playing and decision making skills to teach students about the transmission and dangers of STIs. The web site will be tested for effectiveness in high schools in New Mexico and Colorado.

Path Project

The PATH Project (DK067615) was led by investigators from the University of South Carolina. The purpose of the project is to combat minority and lower-income adults’ high obesity rates and low levels of regular physical activity by increasing environmental support for safe and convenient places for physical activity in their communities. The study tested the efficacy of an intervention that includes both patrolled-walking and social marketing elements to increase physical activity in low-income African Americans. KB investigators helped develop the intervention’s social marketing program and materials based on theories of behavior change and social marketing principles.