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Gary G. Bennett

Dean of Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Box 90086, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708-0086
222 Soc Psy, Durham, NC 27708
Office hours Please contact Mary Jacobs at mary.jacobs@duke.edu  

Selected Presentations & Appearances


Is obesity the new normal for Blacks? - Duke Global Health Disparities Conference · December 27, 2013 Invited Talk
Is obesity the new normal for Blacks? · December 27, 2013 Invited Talk Washington University School of Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine
eHealth science: CTRL-ALT-DEL · December 27, 2013 Invited Talk Northwestern University, Northwestern University
Maintain, don’t gain. The fundamental clinical priority for obesity treatment - National WIC Conference · December 27, 2013 Invited Talk WIC,
Use of new media technologies for weight loss in disadvantaged primary care settings. · December 27, 2013 Invited Talk
Is obesity the new normal for Blacks? - Duke Global Health Disparities Conference · December 27, 2013 Invited Talk
Is obesity the new normal for Blacks? · December 27, 2013 Invited Talk Washington University School of Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine
eHealth science: CTRL-ALT-DEL · December 27, 2013 Invited Talk Northwestern University, Northwestern University
Maintain, don’t gain. The fundamental clinical priority for obesity treatment - National WIC Conference · December 27, 2013 Invited Talk WIC,
Use of new media technologies for weight loss in disadvantaged primary care settings. · December 27, 2013 Invited Talk
Don’t ask your doctor: What’s wrong with obesity treatment in primary care · December 27, 2013 Invited Talk
Obesity prevention for black women in the primary care setting - Active Living Research · December 20, 2012 Invited Talk San Diego, CA
eHealth methods in dissemination and implementation research - 5th annual NIH Dissemination and Implementation Research Conference · December 20, 2012 Invited Talk NIH,
Genetic influences on physical activity in late life. - Annual Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America · December 20, 2012 Invited Talk Gerontological Society of America, San Diego, CA
Weight loss among socioeconomically disadvantaged primary care patients - 33rd Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine · December 20, 2012 Invited Talk Society of Behavioral Medicine,
The [academic] translational pipleline: Which way do we go? - mHealth Summit · December 20, 2012 Invited Talk mHealth, Washington DC
eHealth/mHealth in socially disadvantaged populations · December 20, 2012 Invited Talk American Society of Preventive Oncology, Washington, DC
Obesity disparities. - NHLBI Invited Workshop on Sleep Disparities · December 28, 2011 Invited Talk NHLBI, Bethesda, MD
Using new media technologies for weight loss in disadvantaged primary care settings - Carolina Seminar on Behavioral Research with Minority Populations · December 28, 2011 Invited Talk Chapel Hill, NC
The Duke Obesity Prevention Program: Local solutions, global reach. - DGHI 5th Anniversary Celebration · December 28, 2011 Invited Talk DGHI, Durham, NC
Using a new generation of tools for characterizing the personal environment in broadly based epidemiological studies - Exposure Biology Program, NIEHS · December 28, 2011 Invited Talk NIEHS,
eHeath methods in dissemination and implementation research · December 28, 2011 Invited Talk NIH,
Doing, feeling, and being better: Obesity basics - Women’s Health Symposium · December 30, 2010 Invited Talk Raleigh, NC
Obesity: What we [think we] know · December 30, 2010 Invited Talk Piedmont Health Services, Carrboro, NC
Discrimination, context and obesity: The Pitt County Study · December 30, 2010 Invited Talk American Psychosomatic Society, Portland, OR
To treat or not to treat: Obesity treatment among socially disadvantaged populations · December 30, 2010 Invited Talk North Carolina Association of Nutrition Directors, Raleigh, NC
What divide? Use of new media technologies for weight loss in disadvantaged primary care settings · December 30, 2010 Invited Talk University of Illinois Chicago Cancer Center, Chicago, Il
Designing sustainable cancer prevention interventions for populations of low socioeconomic status · January 13, 2009 Invited Talk American Association of Cancer Research,
Use of new media technologies for weight loss in the primary care setting · January 13, 2009 Lecture Boston Obesity Working Group
For Church and Money: Impact of Religiosity and Socioeconomic Status on Cardiovascular Responses in African American Men. · January 13, 2009 Invited Talk
Validity of the IPAQ for measuring sedentary time. - International Conference on Diet and Activity Methods · January 13, 2009 Invited Talk
State variation in childhood obesity for different U.S. racial/ethnic groups: A multilevel analysis · January 13, 2008 Lecture Starting Early: A Life Course Perspective on Child Health Disparities: Developing a Research Action Agenda
Measured physical activity and C-reactive protein in Blacks · January 13, 2008 Lecture American College of Sports Medicine
Keeping participants actively engaged in Internet weight loss programs: predictors of sustained website use · January 13, 2008 Lecture Society of Behavioral Medicine
Obesity and cancer disparities: A population health approach · January 13, 2008 Lecture American Association of Cancer Research
Use of eHealth technology to promote weight loss in the primary care setting · January 13, 2008 Lecture Harvard School of Public Health
When is advantage and advantage: Future directions in the study of SES and obesity among Blacks · January 13, 2008 Lecture African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network Bi-Annual Invited Workshop
Internet interventions for obesity · January 13, 2008 Lecture Washington University Siteman School of Medicine

Outreach & Engaged Scholarship


Bass Connections Faculty Team Leader - Using Neuroscience to Optimize Digital Health Interventions across Adulthood · 2018 - 2019 Projects & Field Work

Primary Theme: Brain & Society

Most people know that being more physically active is good for them, but many still don’t do it. While clinical trials have demonstrated the efficacy of exercise programs for enhancing cognition and well-being in older age, a persistent challenge is how to motivate aging adults to engage in physical activity in their daily lives. Recent neuroscientific and psychological research shows that motivation changes with age. Older adults are more motivated by social rewards and pay more attention to and better remember positively-framed messages relative to negatively-framed ones. Thus, positively-framed social rewards may provide critical incentives for aging adults to engage in physical activity.

Bass Connections Faculty Team Member - Emotional Connection: Developing a Mobile Intervention for Social and Emotional Dysfunction · 2018 - 2019 Projects & Field Work

Primary Theme: Brain & Society

Social isolation and lack of intimate relationships have been tied to severe adverse consequences, including poor health outcomes and premature mortality. The epidemic of social isolation, which is getting worse with each new generation, may be a strong driving factor behind the increasing rates of mental health problems in the United States. Given the severity of this public health crisis, there is a pressing need for new interventions that target and treat problems with social functioning across a range of psychiatric disorders. One potential target for intervention is emotion perception deficits, which are problems with perceiving and understanding other people’s emotions. These deficits are associated with serious psychiatric disorders (e.g., anxiety, mood and personality disorders) and lead to debilitating societal problems, such as isolation and violence. Previous research suggests that intense emotional distress impairs emotion perception. Therefore, interventions that help patients manage their emotional experiences in social contexts may improve their ability to perceive other people’s emotions. However, for new interventions to make an impact on the individual and society, the treatment benefits must extend into patients’ daily lives. Duke researchers have developed a new approach to help patients practice new emotion regulation skills using mobile phone reminders.

Duke Global Health Outreach - Community-based obesity treatment in African American women after childbirth: a randomized controlled trial of WIC mothers · January 2016 Research flag United States of America
Duke Global Health Outreach - New Media Obesity Treatment in Community Health Centers · August 2012 Research flag United States of America

Service to the Profession


NIH Psychosocial Risk and Disease Prevention Study Section · December 27, 2013 Other
Obesity guidelines development panel, American Psychological Association · December 27, 2013 Other
Advisory committee, AcademyHealth Translation and Dissemination Institute · December 27, 2013 Other
External Advisory Committee, Community Networks Program Centers (CNPC), National Cancer Institute · December 20, 2012 Other
External advisory committee, Initiative for Minority Student Development · 2012 Other Harvard School of Public Health
NIH Psychosocial Risk and Disease Prevention Study Section · December 27, 2013 Other
Obesity guidelines development panel, American Psychological Association · December 27, 2013 Other
Advisory committee, AcademyHealth Translation and Dissemination Institute · December 27, 2013 Other
External Advisory Committee, Community Networks Program Centers (CNPC), National Cancer Institute · December 20, 2012 Other
External advisory committee, Initiative for Minority Student Development · 2012 Other Harvard School of Public Health
CHAIR : Advisory Board, African American Cooperative Obesity Research Network · 2012 Other
APA Clinical Treatment Guidelines Panel · 2012 Other
Elected member delegate : Society of Behavioral Medicine · 2012 Event/Organization Administration
Editorial Board, Annals of Behavioral Medicine · 2010 Event/Organization Administration
NIH Study Section Health Disparities ZRG1 RPHB-K (50) R · January 13, 2009 Other
Member : NIH Office of Women's Health Obesity Working Group · January 13, 2009 Other
Observational Study Monitoring Board, Jackson Heart Study · 2009 Other
Program Chair : Society of Behavioral Medicine · 2009 Event/Organization Administration
NCI SEP Study Section – Subcommittee G · 2008 Event/Organization Administration
CDC Prevention Research Centers Study Section · 2008 Other

Service to Duke


Interdisciplinary Strategy Council (Program) · 2022 Committee Service
Bass Connections Faculty Advisory Council (Program) · 2018 - 2022 Committee Service