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PhD, Director, CHAI Core; Professor, Health Behavior and Nutrition, UNC-Chapel Hill, Cancer Prevention and Control

Director, CHAI Core; Professor, Health Behavior and Nutrition
UNC-Chapel Hill
Cancer Prevention and Control

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Deborah Tate is a professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Nutrition with 20 years of research in behavioral weight management, particularly delivered through web and mobile platforms.

Dr. Tate conducted several of the first randomized trials using the internet and new technologies to deliver behavioral treatments for obesity and has continued to conduct a programmatic series of studies to determine which features of digital weight control programs contribute to efficacy.

Her research focuses on two main areas: (a) strategies for improving both short and long-term weight loss and (b) the translation of obesity treatment programs using alternatives to clinic-based care often involving new technologies. She has been continuously funded in obesity and digital health intervention research by the National Institutes of Health since 2000 and is known internationally for her work in web and mobile interventions.

Dr. Tate has published over 75 peer reviewed papers and conducted numerous RCTs based on self-regulation theory, as well as participated in multi-center trials of behavioral interventions; most involving new technologies.


PhD, Clinical Psychology, Virginia Tech, 1999
MS, Psychology, Virginia Tech, 1995
BA, English, College of William and Mary, 1989

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