Research Studies

Actively Recruiting Studies

Workplace Weight Stigma (Co-PI): Been treated unfairly at work because of your larger body size? Lots of people have and we want to hear about it. Researchers at the University of Oregon are designing a weight bias workshop for employees and we want to hear about your personal experiences. If you are interested in more info, please contact our study staff at via email at or (541) 321-8051.

Health Behaviors of Preadolescent Children in Rural Oregon (PI, Kelly; R21HD094661 NICHD; Faculty Research Award, University of Oregon): Dr. Nichole Kelly and members of the RENEW lab at the University of Oregon are looking for children between the ages of 8 and 10 to participate in a study. Children are asked to complete body measurements, including a full body x-ray of their muscles and bones (called a DEXA scan), questionnaires, interviews, and computer tasks, among other things, to help us better understand the links between different health behaviors, like exercise, eating, and sleeping. Parents/caregivers will be asked to complete questionnaires and a few interviews, and to have their height and weight measured. Families can earn up to $290 for participating in all three study visits. Participating children will receive breakfast and lunch. If you are interested in participating, give us a call at 541-632-6661, or email us at To be eligible, you must live at least 10 miles outside of Eugene, Oregon.

No Longer Recruiting Studies

Assessing the Antecedents and Consequences of Young Men’s Loss of Control Eating in the Natural Environment (PI, Kelly; Faculty Research Award, University of Oregon): Do you have trouble controlling how much you eat? The RENEW Lab at the University of Oregon is conducting a research study on men’s eating habits. Who: Males between 18-35 years old. What: Complete daily surveys online about your mood and behaviors. Incentive: Up to $150. Interested? Please contact Dr. Nichole Kelly and the RENEW Lab at or 541-632-6661.

Lessons Learned from the Oakridge Buying Club: Strategies for Food Access Programs in Rural Communities (PI, Tasia Smith; Incubating Interdisciplinary Initiatives Award, University of Oregon):  The current study seeks to evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of the Oakridge Buying Club, a community–food retailer partnered food access program in rural Oregon. Quantitative and qualitative data are being collected to assess community- (e.g., program marketing, accessibility) and individual-level factors (e.g., perceptions of food access and engagement in healthy eating behaviors) that contribute to the potential effectiveness and acceptability of the Oakridge Buying Club.

Piloting a School-Based Mindfulness Curriculum to Maximize Adolescents’ Learning, Well-Being and Compassion for Others (PI, Kelly; The Coast Fork Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation): Despite the well-documented benefits of mindfulness-based exercises on children’s emotional and cognitive functioning, few studies have evaluated the effects of integrating these interventions into school curriculum. School-based interventions represent an equitable approach to improving the health and well-being of children, particularly those who are being underserved with our current system. The current study is evaluating the acceptability, feasibility and preliminary effectiveness of a 10-session mindfulness intervention integrated into the health curriculum at a middle school in rural Oregon. Student and teacher outcomes, including changes in mood, emotion regulation and eating behaviors, will be evaluated before and after the intervention is delivered.

Psychological and Sociocultural Correlates of Loss of Control Eating in Young, Racially/Ethnically Diverse Men (PI, Kelly): The current study is evaluating racial/ethnic variations in loss of control eating, body image concerns and compulsive exercise in over 1,000 young men (18-30 years old) who identify as White/Caucasian, African American, Asian/Asian American, and Hispanic/Latinx. Cultural factors potentially associated with loss of control eating, such as ethnic identity, perceived experiences with discrimination, and emotion regulation, are also being examined.