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

First 1000 Days

  • Maternal-child obesity prevention beginning in pregnancy and lasting through the first 2 years of life
  • Systematic improvement of clinical care for pregnant women and families of infants to prevent obesity risk factors
  • Working with Obstetricians, Pediatricians, Community Health, The Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC), Home Visitation Program, Behavioral Health, and Fatherhood Programs in Chelsea and Revere Community Health Centers

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Rise & SHINE (Sleep Health in Infancy & Early Childhood)

  • Birth cohort examining the inter-relationship of sleep, feeding, and growth in infants and toddlers
  • Mother/child pairs are recruited from MGH Newborn Unit
  • Exploratory aims will look at father involvement in infant care giving, co-parenting and parent-child sleep synchrony and the exposures and risk factors associated with microbiome composition.

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Clinic & Community Approaches to Healthy Weight (CORD 2.0)

  • CDC-funded study to implement and evaluate an improved model of obesity care at two MA federally-qualified community health centers
  • Conduct a RCT to compare the effectiveness of two intensive (26+ contact hours) weight management programs for 6-12 year old children with overweight or obesity- one based in the clinical setting and one based at a local YMCA
  • Parents surveyed at baseline, 6 months and 12 months to evaluate obesogenic behaviors, socio-demographics, quality of life, and related domains

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  • BOKS, a free program, is powered by communities and empowers parents, teachers, schools and local volunteers to give kids a body and brain boost that will set them up for a day of learning.
  • Two-phase study to evaluate if BOKS increases physical, social, behavioral, cognitive and affective health and increase academic outcomes.

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Connect for Health

  • Clinical-community intervention to manage overweight and obesity among children 2-12 years old
  • Intervention strategies include clinical decision support and personalized health coaching, enhanced with technology such as GPS mapped neighborhood resources and text message support

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Project Viva – Sleep & Metabolic Syndrome (TREC) Study

  • NIH/NCI funded study that examines associations of sleep duration in infancy and childhood with obesity, energy balance, insulin resistance and other cancer-related indicators.
  • Available data includes children’s sleep patterns, body composition, biomarkers of metabolic syndrome and cancer risk, dietary intake and eating behaviors, physical activity, socio-demographics and behavior, and household factors.

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Health Starts at Home (Chelsea, MA)

  • Implementation study funded by the Boston Foundation (TBF) which provides services to stabilize housing coupled with services to maintain housing at CONNECT/The Neighborhood Developers.
  • Children must be under 12 years old, meet MassHealth income guidelines, and be experiencing housing instability. 150 families will be enrolled.
  • Data on housing instability, conditions, and affordability; adult and child behavioral health; height/weight and other EHR data; and more at enrollment, 6-months and 12-months follow-up.