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Michele Lanpher Patel
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, SCRDP/ Heart Disease Prevention
BioMichele ("Shelley") L. Patel, PhD is currently a postdoctoral fellow in cardiovascular disease prevention at the Stanford Prevention Research Center. Her primary research interests include conducting and evaluating behavioral interventions for obesity, with a focus on leveraging technology-based self-monitoring strategies to improve engagement. She is also interested in examining the impact of psychosocial factors—such as health literacy and negative life events—on treatment success.
Dr. Patel completed her undergraduate studies at Duke University in 2010, receiving a BA in Psychology and a certificate in Markets & Management. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Duke in 2018 and completed her clinical psychology internship at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, specializing in behavioral medicine.
New research: Patel, M. L., Hopkins, C. M., Brooks, T. L., & Bennett, G. G. (2019). Comparing self-monitoring strategies for weight loss in a smartphone app: Randomized controlled trial. JMIR mHealth and uHealth. http://dx.doi.org/10.2196/12209.
Health Educator, Medicine - Med/Stanford Prevention Research Center
Current Role at StanfordResearch Dietitian:
•Implements the nutritional component of research protocols, counsels participants, collects and enters food records, develops nutrition education materials, and develops specialized diets for metabolic studies.
•Develops protocols and informed consent forms for IRB submission.
•Collects, compiles, documents, and analyzes clinical research data.
•Recruits and consents subjects.
•Develops and presents curriculum to educate subjects on study diets.
•Implements new techniques to increase adherence to study diets.
•Acts as a liaison between investigators, collaborators, and study participants.
Professor of Medicine (Stanford Prevention Research Center)
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsDr. Prochaska's research expertise centers on technology-mediated health behavior change interventions including targets of tobacco, physical activity, and dietary change. Working with Alaska Native and Latino communities, people with serious mental illness, alcohol and drug problems, or heart disease, and jobseekers and the unhoused, Dr. Prochaska’s research combines stage-tailored interventions with pharmacotherapy and utilizes interactive expert system interventions and social media.