Kinesiology & Community Health
Fall 2011 Colloquium, BioBehavioral Kinesiology
Friday, November 4, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Deborah F. Tate, PhD.

Associate Professor
Gillings School of Global Public Health
Department of Health Behavior and Health Education
Department of Nutrition
Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 

Talk Title: “One Size Does Not Fit All:
Alternatives to Traditional Obesity Treatment”

Research Activities:

Dr. Tate is a clinical psychologist with primary research interest in interventions for the prevention and treatment of obesity. She is jointly appointed in the School of Public Health in the Departments of Health Behavior and Health Education and the Department of Nutrition and holds an appointment in the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. The focus of Dr. Tate’s programmatic line of research is in developing public health alternatives to standard clinical treatments for obesity incorporating technology and informatics. She also has an interest in developing health communications about dietary and physical activity changes for weight loss and maintenance. Her National Institute of Health funded research is an extension of her work in developing and evaluating Internet behavioral weight loss programs incorporating new technology such as palm-based diet and physical activity monitoring and online chat support. She is also the principal investigator of a study funded by the US Courts to develop an Internet component for weight loss for adolescent girls. She is part of a research team recently funded by the CDC to examine the effectiveness of Internet weight loss programs combined with incentives for weight loss in worksites.