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

Herring, Sharon J., Jane F. Cruice, Gary G. Bennett, Adam Davey, and Gary D. Foster. “Using technology to promote postpartum weight loss in urban, low-income mothers: a pilot randomized controlled trial.” Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior 46, no. 6 (November 2014): 610–15. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jneb.2014.06.002.

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Pollak, Kathryn I., Stewart C. Alexander, Gary Bennett, Pauline Lyna, Cynthia J. Coffman, Alicia Bilheimer, David Farrell, Michael E. Bodner, Geeta K. Swamy, and Truls Østbye. “Weight-related SMS texts promoting appropriate pregnancy weight gain: a pilot study.” Patient Educ Couns 97, no. 2 (November 2014): 256–60. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2014.07.030.

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25153313
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Batch, B. C., C. Tyson, J. Bagwell, L. Corsino, S. Intille, P. H. Lin, T. Lazenka, et al. “Corrigendum to "Weight loss intervention for young adults using mobile technology: Design and rationale of a randomized controlled trial - Cell phone Intervention for You (CITY)" [Contemp Clin Trials 37/2 (2014) 333-341].” Contemp Clin Trials 39, no. 2 (November 2014): 351. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cct.2014.10.001.

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25488046
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Logsdon, M Cynthia, Gary Bennett, Rik Crutzen, LuAnn Martin, Diane Eckert, Ashley Robertson, John Myers, et al. “Preferred health resources and use of social media to obtain health and depression information by adolescent mothers.” Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing : Official Publication of the Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nurses, Inc 27, no. 4 (November 2014): 163–68. https://doi.org/10.1111/jcap.12083.

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Bennett, G. G., D. M. Steinberg, C. Stoute, M. Lanpher, I. Lane, S. Askew, P. B. Foley, and M. L. Baskin. “Electronic health (eHealth) interventions for weight management among racial/ethnic minority adults: a systematic review.” Obesity Reviews : An Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity 15 Suppl 4 (October 2014): 146–58. https://doi.org/10.1111/obr.12218.

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25196411
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Newton, R. L., D. M. Griffith, W. B. Kearney, and G. G. Bennett. “A systematic review of weight loss, physical activity and dietary interventions involving African American men.” Obesity Reviews : An Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity 15 Suppl 4 (October 2014): 93–106. https://doi.org/10.1111/obr.12209.

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25196408
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Steinberg, Dori M., Sandy Askew, Michele G. Lanpher, Perry B. Foley, Erica L. Levine, and Gary G. Bennett. “The effect of a "maintain, don't gain" approach to weight management on depression among black women: results from a randomized controlled trial.” American Journal of Public Health 104, no. 9 (September 2014): 1766–73. https://doi.org/10.2105/ajph.2014.302004.

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Chandler, Paulette D., Edward L. Giovannucci, Jamil B. Scott, Gary G. Bennett, Kimmie Ng, Andrew T. Chan, Bruce W. Hollis, Karen M. Emmons, Charles S. Fuchs, and Bettina F. Drake. “Null association between vitamin D and PSA levels among black men in a vitamin D supplementation trial.” Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention : A Publication of the American Association for Cancer Research, Cosponsored by the American Society of Preventive Oncology 23, no. 9 (September 2014): 1944–47. https://doi.org/10.1158/1055-9965.epi-14-0522.

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Chandler, Paulette D., Jamil B. Scott, Bettina F. Drake, Kimmie Ng, John P. Forman, Andrew T. Chan, Gary G. Bennett, et al. “Risk of hypercalcemia in blacks taking hydrochlorothiazide and vitamin D.” The American Journal of Medicine 127, no. 8 (August 2014): 772–78. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amjmed.2014.02.044.

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Camacho-Rivera, Marlene, Ichiro Kawachi, Gary G. Bennett, and S. V. Subramanian. “Associations of neighborhood concentrated poverty, neighborhood racial/ethnic composition, and indoor allergen exposures: a cross-sectional analysis of los angeles households, 2006-2008.” Journal of Urban Health : Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine 91, no. 4 (August 2014): 661–76. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11524-014-9872-9.

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24771244
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