Roybal Center for Personalized Trials:

Physical Activity Promotion to Foster Healthy Aging

Roybal Center for Personalized Trials: Physical Activity Promotion to Foster Healthy Aging

Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research

Center for Personalized Health

New York, NY

The goal of this Roybal Center is to both generate intervention development research for promoting physical activity in older adults and launch several independent programs of research. Its first pilot project aims to efficiently identify the distinct, effective behavior change techniques (i.e., building blocks) that are preferred for improving low-intensity physical activity (e.g., walking) in older, otherwise healthy, community-dwelling adults to be included in later-stage multi-behavior change technique interventions. The second pilot project aims to formally test the habit-formation theory to improve walking in a second sample of older, otherwise healthy, community-dwelling adults by employing its behavior change techniques and hypothesized mechanism of action—cognitive automaticity. The projects’ success is contingent on the creation of a practical, science-based, prevention-driven suite of behavioral interventions that are successfully implemented in the real world to improve the health and vitality of older adults.

LAB MEMBERS

Karina Davidson, PhD

Principal Investigator

Jerry Suls

Co-Investigator

Ciaran Friel, EdD

Pilot Principal Investigator

Maria Carney, MD

Co-Investigator and Pilot Principal Investigator

D’Arcy King, PhD

Co-investigator

Joan Duer-Hefele

Project Director

Melissa Kaplan 

Coordinator

Roybal Coordinating Center to Accelerate Translational Aging Research

130 East 59th Street, New York, NY                 RoybalNIACenters@Northwell.edu