2019 Seed Grant Recipients

The Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness is pleased to announce the winners of its first annual Innovations in Positive Health grant. This year’s search yielded three winning proposals, each demonstrating potential to open new areas of inquiry or to connect scholarship from across disciplines.

  • Developing an Adaptive Text Message Intervention to Promote Health Behavior Adherence in Type 2 Diabetes: Drs. Christopher M. Celano (MGH, HMS), Jeff C. Huffman (MGH, HMS), and Susan Murphy (Radcliffe Institute)
    • Lack of adherence to physical activity, healthy diet, and self-care is a concern among patients with type 2 diabetes. This project aims to develop machine-learning-based text messages as a means of behavioral intervention.
  • Development and Validation of a Measure of Work-Related Well-being in the U.S. Workforce: Drs. Susan E. Peters, Gregory R. Wagner, and Glorian Sorensen (Harvard Chan)
    • Using three sets of worker data, this research aims to refine the definition of work-related well-being, developing a concise but comprehensive self-report measure that is suitable for diverse working populations.
  • A Comparative Analysis of Resilient Phenotypes Among Bereaved Youth: Drs. Christy A. Denckla (Harvard Chan), Karestan C. Koenen (Harvard Chan), Henning Tiemeier (Harvard Chan), Ananda Amstadter (Virginia Commonwealth University), and Katie McLaughlin (Harvard University)
    • Some bereaved youth are at lower risk for adverse mental health effects. This research will address knowledge gaps in the concept of resilience while identifying factors that promote positive health outcomes among bereaved youth.