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Doctor of Philosophy


Social and Behavioral Health

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Dr. Jessica Gokee LaRose


The overarching goal of the proposed work was to examine how racial discrimination contributes to disparities in adiposity and treatment response between non-Hispanic Black and non-Hispanic White emerging adult women, and to identify potential protective and risk factors that might moderate this association—all in service of improving lifestyle interventions for this high-risk population. Project aims were achieved across three studies. In Study 1, we extracted data for emerging adults (N=261, BMI=33.8+4.9 kg/m2, age=21.9+2.1 years) who recently completed a BWL program adapted specifically for emerging adults and compared treatment outcomes for non-Hispanic White and non-Hispanic Black women. In Study 2 (N=49), we examined the association between racial discrimination and treatment response, and we explored potential moderators of this association. In Study 3, we recruited a new sample of non-Hispanic Black emerging adult women (N=22, 18-25 years, BMI=25-45kg/m2), who completed a 14-day ecological momentary assessment (EMA) protocol. Results indicate racial discrimination could play a role in obesity treatment disparities among non-Hispanic Black emerging adult women.


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