Learn more about completed research projects at the Division of General Academic Pediatrics at Mass General for Children.

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Mass in Motion Kids (Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration Project)

  • Whole-of-community intervention to prevent obesity among children 2-12 years of age
  • Collaboration with Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Harvard School of Public Health, and the National Initiative for Children’s Health Care Quality
  • Strategies include intervention across multiple sectors including health care, child care, elementary & middle school, after-school, and the broader community

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STAR (Study of Technology to Accelerate Research)

  • Cluster-randomized controlled trial (14 pediatric practices in Massachusetts) to accelerate adoption of childhood obesity comparative effectiveness research evidence among clinicians and parents
  • Intervention strategies included electronic decision support tools for clinicians, health coaching support for parents through telephone and text message

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Healthy Habits, Happy Homes

  • Randomized controlled trial to improve household routines to prevent obesity among 2-6 year old, low-income, inner-city children
  • Intervention strategies included home visits, telephone coaching, text messages, home environmental changes, and parent education and support

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First Steps for Mommy and Me

  • Intervention to promote healthful eating and physical activity among postpartum moms and their infants
  • Recruited mother-infant pairs in first week postpartum from 3 pediatric practices in Massachusetts
  • Intervention strategies included brief, focused negotiation by clinicians, telephone coaching calls with a health coach, and educational material

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Secrets of Success

  • Qualitative study funded by Harvard Catalyst and Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute to explore strategies to reduce BMI in patients ages 6-13 who have succeeded in doing so from neighborhoods with high obesity prevalence
  • Conducting parent and child focus groups and parent interviews


  • NICHD-funded study that aims to create a dataset of 215,000 children by linking Massachusetts birth certificates to an electronic database of well-child visits with the goal of identifying pre- and post-birth risk factors for disparities in childhood obesity.