Collaborative Research Projects

Our lab is also involved in several collaborative projects, including examining risk factors and processes for disordered eating and exercise behaviors, as well as relationship functioning among high-risk or specialized populations.

Prenatal Health Behaviors and Hydration Survey

  • Principal Investigator: Danielle Symons Downs, Ph.D. (Penn State University)
  • Site PI: Kristin Heron, Ph.D. (ODU)
  • Co-Investigators: Cassidy Sandoval (ODU), Abigail Pauley (Penn State)

The purpose of this study is to assess a variety of health behaviors (including eating, body image, substance use, sleep, pain, physical health, and hydration) in pregnant women. Data collection is occurring across the U.S., with recruitment sites at OBGYN offices in the Hampton Roads area. Pregnant women in this study will:

  • Complete a brief online survey about their health during pregnancy
  • Any pregnant women ages 18-45 (regardless of stage of pregnancy) are eligible to participate

Data collection for this study is ongoing. Anyone interested in participating in this study should email for more information.

Project Relate 

  • Principal Investigator: Robin Lewis, Ph.D. 
  • Co-Investigators: Kristin Heron, Ph.D., Abby Braitman, Ph.D., Cathy Lau-Barraco, Ph.D., Barbara Winstead, Ph.D., & Michelle Kelley, Ph.D. 
  • Funding Source: National Institute of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA; R15 AA020424)

This study examined how alcohol use is associated with relationship factors, sexual minority stress, and negative affect in young adult female same-sex couples. Using up to 14 days of online daily diary surveys, we are examining how person-level factors and daily interactions contribute to drinking and other health behaviors, including eating behaviors, among female same-sex couples.

Data collection for this study is complete and data analysis is ongoing.