Gary G. Bennett
Bishop-MacDermott Family Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
Education & Training
Ph.D., Duke University 2002
M.A., Duke University 1999
B.A., Morehouse College 1997
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Gary G. Bennett is the Bishop-MacDermott Family Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience, Global Health, and Medicine at Duke University. He directs Duke’s Global Digital Health Science Center (Duke Digital Health), which leverages digital health technologies to improve health outcomes in medically vulnerable populations. Dr. Bennett also leads the Duke Obesity Prevention Program and holds an appointment in the Duke Cancer Institute.
Dr. Bennett’s research program designs, tests, and disseminates digital health obesity treatments for primary care settings that serve medically vulnerable populations. Dr. Bennett developed the interactive obesity treatment approach (iOTA), which has been evaluated in several trials, both domestically and abroad. His recent work has demonstrated the effectiveness of coach-led, digital health weight loss and hypertension control interventions delivered via web, smartphone, and interactive voice response systems. His recent intervention trials in medically vulnerable communities have been the focus of numerous invited addresses for professional and lay audiences alike. He has authored more than 125 scientific papers in the past decade and his research program has been continuously supported by the National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Bennett has served on numerous NIH committees, grant review panels, editorial boards, and guidelines councils. Dr. Bennett is committed to the dissemination of evidence-based treatments; he serves on science advisory and executive boards of several community, professional, and commercial organizations. He also co-founded two digital health startups: Crimson Health Solutions (acquired by Health Dialog in 2007) and Scale Down. Prior to joining Duke in 2009, Dr. Bennett served on the faculties of the Harvard School of Public Health and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Bennett earned a bachelor's degree at Morehouse College, followed by doctoral studies in clinical health psychology at Duke University, a clinical psychology internship at Duke University Medical Center and postdoctoral studies in social epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Obesity, digital health, mHealth, intervention, medically vulnerable populations, population health, dissemination
McVay, Megan, et al. “Provider Counseling and Weight Loss Outcomes in a Primary Care-Based Digital Obesity Treatment..” Journal of General Internal Medicine, vol. 34, no. 6, June 2019, pp. 992–98. Epmc, doi:10.1007/s11606-019-04944-5. Full Text
Krishnan, Anirudh, et al. “A Digital Behavioral Weight Gain Prevention Intervention in Primary Care Practice: Cost and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis..” Journal of Medical Internet Research, vol. 21, no. 5, May 2019. Epmc, doi:10.2196/12201. Full Text
Berger, Miriam B., et al. “The Balance protocol: a pragmatic weight gain prevention randomized controlled trial for medically vulnerable patients within primary care..” Bmc Public Health, vol. 19, no. 1, May 2019. Pubmed, doi:10.1186/s12889-019-6926-7. Full Text
Steinberg, Dori, et al. “The Effect of a Digital Behavioral Weight Loss Intervention on Adherence to the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) Dietary Pattern in Medically Vulnerable Primary Care Patients: Results from a Randomized Controlled Trial..” Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, vol. 119, no. 4, Apr. 2019, pp. 574–84. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.jand.2018.12.011. Full Text
Patel, Michele L., et al. “Comparing Self-Monitoring Strategies for Weight Loss in a Smartphone App: Randomized Controlled Trial..” Jmir Mhealth and Uhealth, vol. 7, no. 2, Feb. 2019. Epmc, doi:10.2196/12209. Full Text
Shaw, Ryan, et al. “Log2Lose: Development and Lessons Learned From a Mobile Technology Weight Loss Intervention..” Jmir Mhealth Uhealth, vol. 7, no. 2, Feb. 2019. Pubmed, doi:10.2196/11972. Full Text
Kay, Melissa C., et al. “Digital Weight Loss Intervention for Parents of Children Being Treated for Obesity: A Prospective Cohort Feasibility Trial..” J Med Internet Res, vol. 20, no. 12, Dec. 2018. Pubmed, doi:10.2196/11093. Full Text
Bennett, Gary G., et al. “Effectiveness of an App and Provider Counseling for Obesity Treatment in Primary Care..” Am J Prev Med, vol. 55, no. 6, Dec. 2018, pp. 777–86. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2018.07.005. Full Text
Lin, Pao-Hwa, et al. “The Association Between Engagement and Weight Loss Through Personal Coaching and Cell Phone Interventions in Young Adults: Randomized Controlled Trial..” Jmir Mhealth Uhealth, vol. 6, no. 10, Oct. 2018. Pubmed, doi:10.2196/10471. Full Text
Hopkins, Christina M., and Gary G. Bennett. “Weight-Related Terms Differentially Affect Self-Efficacy and Perception of Obesity..” Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.), vol. 26, no. 9, Sept. 2018, pp. 1405–11. Epmc, doi:10.1002/oby.22255. Full Text
Emmons, K. M., et al. “COMPARATIVE EFFECTIVENESS OF HEALTHY DIRECTIONS-2, A MULTIPLE RISK FACTOR INTERVENTION FOR PRIMARY CARE SETTINGS.” International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, vol. 19, SPRINGER, 2012, pp. S83–84.
Financial and Social Behavioral Economic Incentives to Increase Physical Activity in Adolescents and Young Adults for Cardiovascular Health awarded by National Institutes of Health (Collaborator). 2018 to 2023
Partnering with WIC to prevent excessive weight gain in pregnancy awarded by Temple University (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2023
Duke CTSA (TL1) awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2018 to 2023
Duke CTSA (KL2) awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2018 to 2023
Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2002 to 2022
Dissemination and Implementation Science in Cardiovascular Outcomes (DISCO) awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2017 to 2022
A Pragmatic Trial of a Digital Health Intervention to Prevent Weight Gain in Primary Care awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2021
MIGHTY MEN: A Faith-Based Weight Loss Program to Reduce Cancer Disparties awarded by Vanderbilt University (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2020
Increasing uptake of behavioral weight loss programs among primary care patients awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co-Mentor). 2015 to 2020
Optimizing a standalone text messaging-based weight loss intervention awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2020