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Bonnie J. Spring

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Bonnie J. Spring
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Bonnie J. Spring, Ph.D, is an American Professor of Preventative Medicine, Psychiatry, and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. Spring leads research on the behavioral risk factors of chronic illnesses, such as obesity, poor diet, and extensive tobacco use. In addition to her research endeavors, Spring has developed technology to support healthy behavioral changes for patients suffering from chronic illnesses.

Early life and education[edit]

Spring was born in Hackensack, New Jersey. After she completed her high school and undergraduate studies, she then went on to earn her PhD in Psychology from Harvard University in 1977[1]. Following the achievement of her PhD, Spring began as an associate Professor of Psychology at Harvard, joined a research board[2]. Spring then taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago[2]. Spring then continued to do research on risk factors to chronic illness[3]. While leading this research, she has been led different programs and has been gifted various awards and recognition including the Distinguished Research Mentor Award, Society of Behavioral Medicine (2005)[4], the Pioneer Award for Excellence (2013)[5], the Presidential Citation (2016)[6], and more.

Career and research[edit]

From 1977-1984, Spring was an associate professor of Psychology at Harvard University. During her time there, Spring worked with her mentor Brendan Maher, Ph.D., a Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, on the Committee of National Needs for Biomedical and Behavioral Research Personnel in 1985-2005. Spring was a Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago University of Illinois Chicago[2].

Currently, Spring is a Professor of Preventive Medicine, Psychiatry, Psychology, and Public Health at Northwestern University. Spring has worked at Northwestern University since 2005 and since then, she served as the Director of the Center of Behavior and health within the Institute of Public Health and Medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine. She has held this position since 2005[3]. Spring leads and conducts research in her own laboratory at Northwestern University, seeking to determine and understand the various risk factors leading to chronic illness[3]. Spring also works as a leader of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University in the Cancer Prevention Program. This program promotes reduction of cancer risk through discovery of biomarkers[7]. Spring also serves as the Director of Team Science at Northwestern University. Throughout her career, Spring has over 431 research publications[8]. Spring is also a part of the Health4Life Project which strives to empower young people, specifically secondary school aged individuals, to improve their physical and mental health to reduce the risk of chronic disease later in life[9].

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • 2005 – Distinguished Research Mentor Award, Society of Behavioral Medicine[4]
  • 2011 – Founding Editor, Translational Behavioral Medicine, Society of Behavioral Medicine[10]
  • 2012 – Elliot J. Coups Improving Health through Behavioral Medicine, Society for Behavioral Medicine[4]
  • 2013 – Pioneer Award for Excellence[5]
  • 2016 – Presidential Citation[6]
  • 2021 – Distinguished Scientist Award, Society for Behavioral Medicine[4]

Selected publications[edit]

Throughout the course of her scientific and medical career, Spring has conducted research relating to the various risk factors impacting the lives of individuals struggling with chronic illnesses. In her individual research studies, Spring and her research team focus on specific types of chronic illnesses to develop a greater understanding of how the presence of that illness influences one's mental and physical well-being. Furthermore, Spring employs the use of technology and evidence-based practice to create mechanisms to assist individuals with chronic illnesses engage in healthy life habits across their lifespan. Among the plentiful collection Spring's research, a few keystone publications include the following studies:

  • Parent-based Interventions to Improve Multiple Lifestyle Risk Behaviors Among Adolescents: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis[11]
  • Optimization of a Technology-supported Physical Activity Promotion Intervention for Breast Cancer Survivors: Results from Fit2Thrive[12]
  • Motivational Interviewing Intervention for Increasing Physical Activity and Improving Dietary Behaviors: The Lupus Intervention Fatigue Trial Protocol[13]

References[edit]

  1. "Doctoral Alumni". psychology.fas.harvard.edu. Retrieved 2023-03-17.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Evidence-Based Behavioral-Practice". EBBP. 2018. Retrieved March 3, 2023. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Faculty Profile". www.feinberg.northwestern.edu. Retrieved 2023-03-13.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 "Awards | SBM". Society of Behavioral Medicine. Retrieved 2023-03-17.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Smart, Alicia. "The Obesity Society Award Honorees Archive". The Obesity Society. Retrieved 2023-03-17.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Bonnie J. Spring, PhD, Awarded 2016 Presidential Citation". www.apa.org. Retrieved 2023-03-17.
  7. "Membership". www.cancer.northwestern.edu. Retrieved 2023-03-17.
  8. "Bonnie Spring". Research Gate. 2023. Retrieved March 3, 2023. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  9. Osman, Birdie (2021). "The Health4Life Project". Research Gate. Retrieved March 3, 2023. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  10. "Translational Behavioral Medicine". Oxford Academic. Retrieved 2023-03-17.
  11. Spring, Bonnie; Champion, Katrina E.; Gardner, Lauren A.; McCann, Karrah; Hunter, Emily; Parmenter, Belinda; Aitken, Tess; Chapman, Cath; Thornton, Louise; Slade, Tim; Teesson, Maree; Newton, Nicola C. (November 2022). "Parent-based Interventions to Improve Multiple Lifestyle Risk Behaviors Among Adolescents: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis". Preventive Medicine. 164 – via Science Direct.
  12. Spring, Bonnie; Phillips, Siobhan M.; Penedo, Frank J.; Collins, Linda M.; Solk, Payton; Siddique, Juned; Song, Jing; Cella, David; Courneya, Kerry S.; Ackermann, Ronald T.; Welch, Whitney A.; Auster-Gussman, Lisa A.; Whitaker, Madelyn; Cullather, Erin; Izenman, Emily (March 2022). "Optimization of a Technology-supported Physical Activity Promotion Intervention for Breast Cancer Survivors: Results from Fit2Thrive". Cancer. 128 (5) – via PubMed.
  13. Spring, Bonnie; Kinnett-Hopkins, Dominique; Ehrlich-Jones, Linda; Chmiel, Joan S.; Chung, Anh; Erickson, Daniel; Semanik, Pamela; Rothrock, Nan E.; Ramsey-Goldman, Rosalind (March 2022). "Motivational Interviewing Intervention for Increasing Physical Activity and Improving Dietary Behaviors: The Lupus Intervention Fatigue Trial Protocol". Contemporary Clinical Trials. 114 – via Science Direct.


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