CHAMPS Ancillary Studies

The reach of the national CHAMPS Study is deep and wide, inspiring researchers who are considering the health impact of service during the COVID-19 pandemic on frontline healthcare workers to develop specific studies on subpopulations within the larger CHAMPS dataset. 

 

Study Detail

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has altered the daily routines of many Americans, notably frontline healthcare workers. This longitudinal study aims to follow frontline healthcare workers enrolled in the CHAMPS study at multiple timepoints over the next two years to develop an understanding of whether fundamental changes to routines have occurred and, if so, whether and how they impact weight, eating patterns, and physical activity. The findings of this study are key to informing the development of new, and modification of existing, health promotion interventions in the post-COVID-19 environment.

 

 

Study Investigators

This study is sponsored by Villanova University's Fitzpatrick College of Nursing MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education (COPE).

  • Tracy L. Oliver, PhD, RDN, LDN
  • Rebecca Shenkman, MPH, RDN, LDN
  • Lisa Diewald, MS, RD, LDN
  • Janell L. Mensinger, PhD, FAED

 

For more information, contact tracy.oliver@villanova.edu

Study Detail 

CHAMPS Family Health: Impact of COVID-19 on Essential Frontline Workers who are Parents and their Children

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused upheaval to all facets of daily life including unique challenges to the essential frontline workers who have shouldered the additional burden of knowing that their family member faced increased exposure and risk. As research has identified changes in family dynamics, the loss of educational services, and increased parenting stress during previous pandemics, it is important to understand the influence on health as a result of COVID-19 pandemic for essential frontline workers who are parents and their children, specifically general health, psychological well-being, family hardiness, and family relationships.

 

 

Study Investigators

This study is sponsored by the Fitzpatrick College of Nursing’s Family Research Group.

  • Michelle Kelly, PhD, CRNP, CNE
  • Linda Copel, PhD, RN, PMHCNS, BC, CNE, ANEF, NCC, CGP, FAPA
  • Amy McKeever, PhD, RN, CRNP, WHNP-BC
  • Michelle McKay, PhD, RN, CCRN
  • Christine Pariseault, PhD, RN
  • Helene Moriarty, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • Janette Herbers, PhD (Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

 

For more information, contact michelle.kelly@villanova.edu.

Study Detail 

Biofeedback for CHAMPS

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the degree of burnout and consequential negative psychological effects experienced by health care workers has been substantially exacerbated. Further, evidence suggests that nurses are particularly prone to being negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Heart rate variability (HRV) biofeedback has long been used to assist with a wide variety of stress-related concerns. Building on evidence that HRV biofeedback has the potential to reduce distress in healthcare professionals, the purpose of this study is to pilot and determine the feasibility of using HRV biofeedback to improve disordered eating, perceived stress, and self-care behaviors among nurses enrolled in the CHAMPS parent study during the acute phase of the pandemic (May 2020 to June 2020). Establishing the ability to practically implement and demonstrate that HRV biofeedback may help nurses is an important first step towards efficacy testing and ultimately scaling up to promote positive well-being among health care workers, especially those who have been most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

Study Investigators

This study is sponsored by the Villanova University Fitzpatrick College of Nursing. 

  • Principal Investigator: Janell Mensinger, PhD, FAED
  • Co-Investigator: Guy M. Weissinger II, MPhil, PhD, RN
  • Co-Investigator: Mary Ann Cantrell, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF FAAN 

 

For more information, contact janell.mensinger@villanova.edu .