Deborah Tate, PhD

Health Behavior
Curriculum Vitae
REACH NC (Collexis) Research Profile

318 Rosenau Hall
Campus Box 7400
Gillings School of Global Public Health
Chapel Hill, NC

T: 919-966-7546
F: 919-966-2921

1999          Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University          PhD, Clinical Psychology
1995          Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University          MS, Clinical Psychology
1989          The College of William and Mary                                          BA, English

Research interests
Clinical trials
Health behavior
Health communication

Research activities
Dr. Tate is a cognitive-behavioral psychologist whose primary research interests lie in obesity prevention and treatment and behavioral interventions. She is jointly appointed in the departments of Health Behavior and Nutrition and is a member of the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. The two main areas of her research program are: (a) strategies for improving weight loss and (b) the translation of obesity treatment programs using alternatives to clinic-based care often involving new technologies. She has developed and evaluated several of the first randomized trials using the Internet and e-mail to deliver behavioral treatments for obesity and continues to conduct a programmatic series of studies to determine which features of Internet weight control programs contribute to efficacy. Dr. Tate serves as Director of an NIH P30 Core focused on behavioral intervention research with an emphasis on health communication. Her NIH-funded research has evaluated integrated programs using PDAs, the Internet, and e-counseling with a behavior therapist; an intervention for weight loss maintenance delivered via phone/in person or via e-mail/Internet; and using Internet technology to deliver tailored interventions to increase exercise.

Select publications
Turner-McGrievy, G. M., & Tate, D. F. (2014).
Are we sure that Mobile Health is really mobile? An examination of mobile device use during two remotely-delivered weight loss interventions.
International Journal of Medical Informatics, 82(5), 313-319.

Kulik, N. L., Fisher, E. B., Ward, D. S., Ennett, S. T., Bowling, J. M., & Tate, D. F. (2014).
Peer support enhanced social support in adolescent females during weight loss.
American Journal of Health Behavior, 38(5), 789-800.

Steinberg, D. M., Tate, D. F., Bennett, G. G., Ennett, S., Samuel-Hodge, C., & Ward, D. S. (2014).
Daily self-weighing and adverse psychological outcomes: a randomized-controlled trial.
American Journal of Preventative Medicine, 46(1), 24-29.

Turner-McGrievy, G. M., & Tate, D. F. (2013).
Weight loss social support in 140 characters or less: use of an online social network in a remotely delivered weight loss intervention.
Translational Behavioral Medicine, 3(3), 287-294.