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Lora E. Burke, PhD, MPH, FAHA, FAAN

Lora E. Burke, PhD, MPH, FAHA, FAAN

Dr. Burke is a professor of nursing and epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh and has secondary appointments in the Graduate School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology and the Clinical Translation Science Institute. She also serves as the Director of the Hub for Excellence in eHealth Research in the School of Nursing. She has a long-standing record of NIH funding to support her research program, which includes a series of clinical trials focused on behavioral strategies to improve adherence to treatment regimens targeting cardiovascular disease risk reduction and long-term weight loss. She has incorporated the use of mobile technology to validate self-report measures for over 15 years. In her most recent study, she used ecological momentary assessment (EMA) to collect real-time data to study the triggers of weight regain over a 12-month intervention period. Currently, her team is testing an algorithm for the delivery of personalized, real-time feedback in response to self-monitoring lifestyle behaviors in a new clinical trial that aims to improve sustained engagement and long-term maintenance of behavior change. Her work has been recognized by The Obesity Society’s mHealth Interest Group’s Pioneer Award for Excellence in eHealth/mHealth Research.
Dr. Burke has been a longstanding AHA volunteer and earlier served as the Chair of the Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health. She currently serves as the Immediate Past Chair of the Council Operations Committee and the also the Science of Behavior Change Sub-Committee.

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