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Matthew Cole Ainsworth, MPH

Graduate Research Assistant
Health Education and Health Promotion
Ryals Public Health Building, Room 227
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, Alabama 35294
Office: 205-492-0100
Full CV

I am an upcoming second-year PhD student in the Department of Health Behavior, School of Public Health. I obtained my MPH from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS. I am heavily involved in Dr. Dori Pekmezi’s behavioral physical activity intervention studies and aim to develop my dissertation from one of them.

Research Focus and Projects:

My research focus involves examining the ways developing technology can be used to promote physical activity and reduce obesity risk factors. Additionally, I am interested in examining relationships between obesity-related behaviors and the microbiome. I am currently involved in two studies with Dr. Dori Pekmezi as primary investigator. For her ACS-funded project, we are delivering a 12-month Home-based Individually-tailored Physical activity Print (HIPP) intervention to African American women in the Deep South. Another obesity related research project I have been involved in is her NCI- funded DIAL study (from which data for my doctoral dissertation will be collected). We are currently engaged in start up activities and recently began actively enrolling participants in this 12-week pilot study in July 2015. The aims include testing the feasibility and acceptability of an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system-supported Social Cognitive Theory-based physical activity intervention (N=60). Moreover, I propose to include microbiome analysis for this project.

Years: 08/01/2015 - present
Primary Mentor: Gary Hunter, PhD; Co-mentors: Dori Pekmezi, PhD; Casey Morrow, PhD; Degui Zhi, PhD

Acknowledgement and Disclaimer
The trainee's projects are supported by Grant Number T32HL105349 from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute or the National Institutes of Health.