HPRCD Researcher featured in Contemporary Clinical Trials

HPRCD Core Research Project Co-Principal Investigator, Dr. Kelly Aschbrenner, was recently published in Contemporary Clinical Trials: Peer Support and Mobile Health Technology Targeting Obesity-Related Cardiovascular Risk in Young Adults with Serious Mental Illness: Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial.

The goal of the study is to evaluate the effectiveness of a group lifestyle intervention compared (PeerFIT) to mobile lifestyle coaching with Basic Education in fitness and nutrition supported by a wearable Activity Tracking device (BEAT) in achieving clinically significant weight loss and improved cardiorespiratory fitness in young adults with serious mental illness (SMI).

If effective, PeerFIT will provide a potentially scalable approach to addressing health risks among
young adults with SMI in mental health settings.

 The Health Promotion Research Center at Dartmouth (HPRCD) is one of 26 Prevention Research Centers funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Health Promotion Research Center at Dartmouth (HPRCD) is one of 26 Prevention Research Centers funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 The HPRCD is housed at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice.

The HPRCD is housed at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice.



HPRCD Topic Areas


Our role:

  • Identify needs.

  • Provide technical assistance.

  • Connect researchers with community organizations.

  • Study & implement evidence-based practices.

Activities include:

  • Mentoring early research career investigators.

  • Piloting health promotion coaching and mobile health interventions.

  • Partnering with: mental health provider organizations, primary care provider networks, state agencies, and community organizations.

  • Support for nationwide research including a study on implementation of integrated health promotion in 48 sites across the country.