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

Winkler, Megan R., Gary G. Bennett, and Debra H. Brandon. “Factors related to obesity and overweight among Black adolescent girls in the United States.” Women & Health 57, no. 2 (February 2017): 208–48. https://doi.org/10.1080/03630242.2016.1159267.

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26933972
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McVay, Megan A., Dori M. Steinberg, Sandy Askew, Kimberly A. Kaphingst, and Gary G. Bennett. “Genetic causal attributions for weight status and weight loss during a behavioral weight gain prevention intervention.” Genetics in Medicine : Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics 18, no. 5 (May 2016): 476–82. https://doi.org/10.1038/gim.2015.109.

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26291598
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Shaw, Ryan J., Kathryn Pollak, Leah L. Zullig, Gary Bennett, Karen Hawkins, and Isaac Lipkus. “Feasibility and Smokers' Evaluation of Self-Generated Text Messages to Promote Quitting.” Nicotine Tob Res 18, no. 5 (May 2016): 1206–9. https://doi.org/10.1093/ntr/ntv268.

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26647104
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Shaw, Ryan J., Dori M. Steinberg, Jonathan Bonnet, Farhad Modarai, Aaron George, Traven Cunningham, Markedia Mason, et al. “Mobile health devices: will patients actually use them?” J Am Med Inform Assoc 23, no. 3 (May 2016): 462–66. https://doi.org/10.1093/jamia/ocv186.

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26911820
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Foley, Perry, Dori Steinberg, Erica Levine, Sandy Askew, Bryan C. Batch, Elaine M. Puleo, Laura P. Svetkey, et al. “Track: A randomized controlled trial of a digital health obesity treatment intervention for medically vulnerable primary care patients.” Contemp Clin Trials 48 (May 2016): 12–20. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cct.2016.03.006.

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26995281
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Herring, Sharon J., Jane F. Cruice, Gary G. Bennett, Marisa Z. Rose, Adam Davey, and Gary D. Foster. “Preventing excessive gestational weight gain among African American women: A randomized clinical trial.” Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.) 24, no. 1 (January 2016): 30–36. https://doi.org/10.1002/oby.21240.

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26592857
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Lanpher, Michele G., Sandy Askew, and Gary G. Bennett. “Health Literacy and Weight Change in a Digital Health Intervention for Women: A Randomized Controlled Trial in Primary Care Practice.” Journal of Health Communication 21 Suppl 1 (January 2016): 34–42. https://doi.org/10.1080/10810730.2015.1131773.

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27043756
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Lin, Pao-Hwa, Stephen Intille, Gary Bennett, Hayden B. Bosworth, Leonor Corsino, Corrine Voils, Steven Grambow, et al. “Adaptive intervention design in mobile health: Intervention design and development in the Cell Phone Intervention for You trial.” Clin Trials 12, no. 6 (December 2015): 634–45. https://doi.org/10.1177/1740774515597222.

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26229119
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Svetkey, Laura P., Bryan C. Batch, Pao-Hwa Lin, Stephen S. Intille, Leonor Corsino, Crystal C. Tyson, Hayden B. Bosworth, et al. “Cell phone intervention for you (CITY): A randomized, controlled trial of behavioral weight loss intervention for young adults using mobile technology.” Obesity (Silver Spring) 23, no. 11 (November 2015): 2133–41. https://doi.org/10.1002/oby.21226.

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26530929
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Burke, Lora E., Jun Ma, Kristen M. J. Azar, Gary G. Bennett, Eric D. Peterson, Yaguang Zheng, William Riley, et al. “Current Science on Consumer Use of Mobile Health for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association.” Circulation 132, no. 12 (September 22, 2015): 1157–1213. https://doi.org/10.1161/CIR.0000000000000232.

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26271892
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