Gary G. Bennett, PhD

Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Research Professor of Global Health
Associate Professor in Medicine
Professor in the School of Nursing
Associate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society
Core Faculty Member, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy
Member of the Duke Cancer Institute
Campus mail 222 Soc Psy, Durham, NC 27708
Phone (919) 808-7821
Email address gary.bennett@duke.edu

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Gary G. Bennett is the Bishop-MacDermott Family Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience, Global Health, and Medicine at Duke University. He directs Duke’s Global Digital Health Science Center (Duke Digital Health), which leverages digital health technologies to improve health outcomes in medically vulnerable populations. Dr. Bennett also leads the Duke Obesity Prevention Program and holds an appointment in the Duke Cancer Institute.

Dr. Bennett’s research program designs, tests, and disseminates digital health obesity treatments for primary care settings that serve medically vulnerable populations.  Dr. Bennett developed the interactive obesity treatment approach (iOTA), which has been evaluated in several trials, both domestically and abroad. His recent work has demonstrated the effectiveness of coach-led, digital health weight loss and hypertension control interventions delivered via web, smartphone, and interactive voice response systems. His recent intervention trials in medically vulnerable communities have been the focus of numerous invited addresses for professional and lay audiences alike. He has authored more than 125 scientific papers in the past decade and his research program has been continuously supported by the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Bennett has served on numerous NIH committees, grant review panels, editorial boards, and guidelines councils. Dr. Bennett is committed to the dissemination of evidence-based treatments; he serves on science advisory and executive boards of several community, professional, and commercial organizations. He also co-founded two digital health startups: Crimson Health Solutions (acquired by Health Dialog in 2007) and Scale Down. Prior to joining Duke in 2009, Dr. Bennett served on the faculties of the Harvard School of Public Health and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Bennett earned a bachelor's degree at Morehouse College, followed by doctoral studies in clinical health psychology at Duke University, a clinical psychology internship at Duke University Medical Center and postdoctoral studies in social epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Education and Training

  • Ph.D., Duke University, 2002
  • M.A., Duke University, 1999
  • B.A., Morehouse College, 1997

Publications

Bennett, Gary G., and Rachel C. Shelton. “Extending Our Reach for Greater Impact.” Health Education & Behavior : The Official Publication of the Society for Public Health Education 44, no. 6 (December 2017): 835–38. https://doi.org/10.1177/1090198117736354.

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29025265
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Buscemi, Joanna, Gary G. Bennett, Sherri Sheinfeld Gorin, Sherry L. Pagoto, James F. Sallis, Dawn K. Wilson, and Marian L. Fitzgibbon. “A 6-year update of the health policy and advocacy priorities of the Society of Behavioral Medicine.” Translational Behavioral Medicine 7, no. 4 (December 2017): 903–11. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13142-017-0507-z.

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28573355
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Greaney, Mary L., Sandy Askew, Sherrie F. Wallington, Perry B. Foley, Lisa M. Quintiliani, and Gary G. Bennett. “The effect of a weight gain prevention intervention on moderate-vigorous physical activity among black women: the Shape Program.” The International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 14, no. 1 (October 16, 2017): 139. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12966-017-0596-6.

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29037247
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Winkler, Megan R., Elizabeth D. Moore, Gary G. Bennett, Sarah C. Armstrong, and Debra H. Brandon. “Parent-adolescent influences on everyday dietary practices: Perceptions of adolescent females with obesity and their mothers.” Matern Child Nutr 13, no. 4 (October 2017). https://doi.org/10.1111/mcn.12416.

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28097807
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Proeschold-Bell, Rae Jean, Elizabeth L. Turner, Gary G. Bennett, Jia Yao, Xiang-Fang Li, David E. Eagle, Rachel A. Meyer, et al. “A 2-Year Holistic Health and Stress Intervention: Results of an RCT in Clergy.” Am J Prev Med 53, no. 3 (September 2017): 290–99. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2017.04.009.

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28641912
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Herring, Sharon J., Jane F. Cruice, Gary G. Bennett, Niesha Darden, Jessica J. Wallen, Marisa Z. Rose, Adam Davey, and Gary D. Foster. “Intervening during and after pregnancy to prevent weight retention among African American women.” Preventive Medicine Reports 7 (September 2017): 119–23. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pmedr.2017.05.015.

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28660118
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Steinberg, Dori M., Jacob Christy, Bryan C. Batch, Sandy Askew, Reneé H. Moore, Portia Parker, and Gary G. Bennett. “Preventing Weight Gain Improves Sleep Quality Among Black Women: Results from a RCT.” Ann Behav Med 51, no. 4 (August 2017): 555–66. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12160-017-9879-z.

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28213632
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Greaney, Mary L., Sandy Askew, Perry Foley, Sherrie F. Wallington, and Gary G. Bennett. “Linking patients with community resources: use of a free YMCA membership among low-income black women.” Translational Behavioral Medicine 7, no. 2 (June 2017): 341–48. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13142-016-0431-7.

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27484775
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Benjamin Neelon, Sara E., Truls Østbye, Gary G. Bennett, Richard M. Kravitz, Shayna M. Clancy, Marissa Stroo, Edwin Iversen, and Cathrine Hoyo. “Cohort profile for the Nurture Observational Study examining associations of multiple caregivers on infant growth in the Southeastern USA.” Bmj Open 7, no. 2 (February 8, 2017): e013939. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2016-013939.

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28179416
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