With Aaron’s help, a Professor and Director of the Center for Pediatric Population Health (University of Texas School of Public Health) was recently notified that her re-submission of an R21 grant proposal scored in the (top) 6th percentile! Aaron helped with the development of both the original proposal, as well as the re-submission (unfortunately, sometimes it takes more than one try). Often, the key to success in these highly competitive NIH grants is learning from your mistakes/ deficiencies, keeping an open mind, and being responsive to critical feedback. Aaron played an important role in ensuring that both proposals/ studies were comprehensive, cogent, compelling, logical and well-designed. The research is very important and timely (as childhood obesity is a growing problem) and fills an existing gap in the research/ literature.
In the proposed study, rigorous qualitative and quantitative research designs (e.g., mixed methods) will be applied to answer the following research questions: (1) What critical strategies included in evidence-based healthy lifestyle behavioral intervention content, targeting obesity management, can be adapted to increase the effectiveness (both in the short and long term) of MBS in adolescents? (2) How can these healthy lifestyle behavioral intervention strategies, once adapted for the target population, be combined with MBS to optimize health outcomes for adolescent patients?
Congrats to Sarah and we can’t wait to see your results!