Current Research Projects

Health & Experiences in Real Life (HER Life) Project

  • Principal Investigator: Kristin Heron, Ph.D.
  • Faculty Collaborators: Abby Braitman, Ph.D. & Robin Lewis, Ph.D.
  • Graduate Student Collaborators: Charlotte Dawson, Cassidy Sandoval, & Tiphanie Sutton
  • Funding Source: National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD; R01MD012598)

The purpose of this study is to understand more about diverse young women’s experiences and health behaviors in daily life, with a particular emphasis on eating behaviors. As part of this study, racially diverse sexual minority and heterosexual women from across the U.S. will:

  • Complete an online survey about their background, physical and mental well-being, and experiences
  • Download an app to their smartphone, which they will use to complete brief surveys throughout the day for 2 weeks
  • Complete an exit survey at the conclusion of their 2 weeks of participation 

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

Learning from the Experiences of Others

  • Principal Investigator: Tiphanie Sutton 
  • Investigators: Kristin Heron, Ph.D. & Matt Judah, Ph.D.

The purpose of this study is to understand college students’ perspectives after learning about the traumatic experiences of others. Participants will:

  • Complete measures about their background, trauma history, mental well-being, and relationships
  • Read a brief narrative about a traumatic experience
  • Provide qualitative data describing their thoughts and reactions to the story
  • Receive psychology course credit for their participation

Data collection for this study is ongoing. ODU students can participate in this study via SONA Research Participation Pool.

Body, Emotions, and Eating (BEE) Study

  • Principal Investigators: Kelly Romano, M.S., Ed.S., & Kristin Heron, Ph.D.
  • Funding Source: National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH; F31MH120982)

The purpose of this study is to understand more about momentary associations among young women’s affective experiences, mind-body factors (emotion dysregulation, interoception, mindfulness), and disordered and intuitive eating behaviors in daily life. As part of this study, young women in the U.S. will:

  • Complete an online survey about their background, health behaviors, and physical and mental well-being
  • Download an app to their smartphone, which they will use to complete brief surveys throughout the day for 10 days
  • Present to the lab to complete a heartbeat perception task while concurrent psychophysiological measures (electrocardiogram, electroencephalogram) are taken

Data collection for this study is ongoing. Anyone interested in participating in this study should email BEEstudy2020@gmail.com for more information.

Experiences of Pregnant Women Study

  • Principal Investigators: Cassidy Sandoval, M.A., & Kristin Heron, Ph.D.

The purpose of this study is to collect information about pregnant women’s health and interest in using mobile technology to improve and/or track various aspects of health. Participants in this study will:

  • Complete a brief online survey about pregnancy, body image, physical and mental health, and mobile technology use

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

College Health and Student Experiences 2 Survey (CHASE 2)

  • Principal Investigator: Kristin Heron, Ph.D.
  • Co-Investigators: Lindsay Howard, Ph.D., Rachel MacIntyre, Ph.D., Kelly Romano, M.S., Ed.S., & Cassidy Sandoval, M.A.

The purpose of this study is to collect information about college students’ health, well-being, and general life experiences and attitudes. Participants in this study will:

  • Complete an online survey about eating habits and body image, alcohol and drug use, and thoughts and experiences.
  • Receive psychology course research credit for participation.

Data collection for this study is ongoing. ODU students can participate in this study via SONA Research Participation Pool.

Project WoW: Wellness of Women

  • Principal Investigators: Charlotte Dawson, M.S., & Kristin Heron, Ph.D.
  • Collaborators: Alicia Moulder, Cassidy Sandoval, M.A.

The purpose of this study is to learn more about sexual minority women’s experiences accessing physical and mental healthcare and to create a scale that will be used to assess barriers and facilitator to healthcare access for sexual minority women. Participants will:

  • Complete a virtual interview and brief online survey
  • Provide feedback on a draft of the scale
  • Complete a larger online survey that includes the scale and other related measures

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