Kim M. GansAdjunct Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Dr. Gans has over 29 years of experience in intervention development and evaluation research in community-based settings to improve eating habits and prevent obesity. The majority of her research has been with ethnic minority, low income and/or low literate populations. Currently she is developing and evaluating interventions to improve home, work childcare, school and neighborhood nutrition and physical activity environments and studying how these interventions interface with behavior change/educational interventions to enhance obesity prevention. Another emphasis of her research has been on innovative health communication technologies including theory-based tailored print and video interventions using computerized expert systems. Dr. Gans also conducts translational research to study the dissemination of effective nutrition and obesity prevention interventions to various community and clinical settings.
Gans KM, Risica PM, Kirtania U, Jennings A, Strolla LO, Steiner-Asiedu M, Hardy N, Lasater TM. Dietary behaviors and portion sizes of black women who enrolled in SisterTalk and variation by demographic characteristics. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2009 Jan-Feb;41(1):32-40. PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2657871.
Gans KM, Risica PM, Strolla LO, Fournier L, Kirtania U, Upegui D, Zhao J, George T, Acharyya S. Effectiveness of different methods for delivering tailored nutrition education to low income, ethnically diverse adults. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2009 May 5;6:24. PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2688475.
Pekmezi DW, Neighbors CJ, Lee CS, Gans KM, Bock BC, Morrow KM, Marquez B, Dunsiger S, Marcus BH. A culturally adapted physical activity intervention for Latinas: a randomized controlled trial. Am J Prev Med. 2009 Dec;37(6):495-500.PubMed PMID: 19944914; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2814545.
Sheldon M, Gans KM, Tai R, George T, Lawson E, Pearlman DN. Availability, affordability, and accessibility of a healthful diet in a low-income community, Central Falls, Rhode Island, 2007-2008. Prev Chronic Dis. 2010 Mar;7(2):A43. Epub 2010 Feb 15. PubMed PMID: 20158971; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2831797.
Wen X, Chen W, Gans KM, Colby SM, Lu C, Liang C, Ling W. Two-year effects of a school-based prevention programme on adolescent cigarette smoking in Guangzhou, China: a cluster randomized trial. Int J Epidemiol. 2010 Jun;39(3):860-76. Epub 2010 Mar 17. PubMed PMID: 20236984.
Mello JA, Gans KM, Risica PM, Kirtania U, Strolla LO, Fournier L. How is food insecurity associated with dietary behaviors? An analysis with low-income, ethnically diverse participants in a nutrition intervention study. J Am Diet Assoc. 2010 Dec;110(12):1906-11. PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3005628.
Johnson P., Risica, P., Gans, K., Kirtania, U. and Kumanyika, S., Association of Perceived Racial Discrimination With Eating Behaviors and Obesity Among Participants of the Sister-Talk Study. Journal of the National Black Nurses Association, (23) 1, July 2012, 34-40.
Pekmezi D, Dunsiger S, Gans K, Bock B, Gaskins R, Marquez B, Lee C, Neighbors C, Jennings E, Tilkemeier P, Marcus B. Rationale, design, and baseline findings from Seamos Saludables: A randomized controlled trial testing the efficacy of a culturally and linguistically adapted, computer- tailored physical activity intervention for Latinas. Contemp Clin Trials. 2012 Nov;33(6):1261-71. PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3468688.
Kulick D, Langer RD, Ashley JM, Gans KM, Schlauch K, Feller C. Live well: a practical and effective low-intensity dietary counseling intervention for use in primary care patients with dyslipidemia-a randomized controlled pilot trial. BMC Fam Pract. 2013 May 12;14:59. doi: 10.1186/1471-2296-14-59. PubMed PMID: 23663789; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3662581.
Marcus BH, Dunsiger SI, Pekmezi DW, Larsen BA, Bock BC, Gans KM, Marquez B, Morrow KM, Tilkemeier P. The Seamos Saludables study: A randomized controlled physical activity trial of Latinas. Am J Prev Med. 2013 Nov;45(5):598-605. doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2013.07.006. PubMed PMID: 24139773.
Risica PM, Gans KM, Kumanyika S, Kirtania U, Lasater TM. SisterTalk: final results of a culturally tailored cable television delivered weight control program for Black women. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2013, 10 :141 (27 December 2013)
Gans K, Drenner K, Gorham G. Nutrition Counseling in a Busy Office Practice. In: Rippe JM, editor. Lifestyle medicine. 2nd ed. Boca Raton: CRC Press; 2013. p. xli, 1588 p. ISBN-13:978-1439845424.
Hartman SJ, Risica PM, Gans KM, Marcus BH, Eaton CB. Tailored weight loss intervention in obese adults within primary care practice: rationale, design, and methods of Choose to Lose. Contemp Clin Trials. 2014 Jul;38(2):409-19. doi:10.1016/j.cct.2014.06.001. Epub 2014 Jun 15. PMID: 24937016; PMCID: PMC4151311
Dulin-Keita A, Risica PM, Drenner K, Adams I, Gorham G, Gans KM. Feasibility and Acceptability of an Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Intervention: Results from the Healthy Homes, Healthy Families Pilot Study, Journal of Obesity, vol. 2014, Article ID 378501, 16 pages, 2014. doi:10.1155/2014/378501
Dominick GM, Dunsiger SI, Pekmezi DW, Larsen B, Marquez B, Nodora J, Gans KM, Marcus BH. Moderating Effects of Health Literacy on Change in Physical Activity among Latinas in a Randomized Trial. J of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. 2015:1-7 DOI: 10.1007/s40615-014-0080-9
Marcus BH, Dunsiger SI, Pekmezi D, Larsen BA, Marquez B, Bock BC, Gans KM, Morrow KM, Tilkemeier P. Twelve-Month Physical Activity Outcomes in Latinas in the Seamos Saludables Trial. Am J Prev Med. 2015 Feb;48(2):179-82. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2014.08.032. Epub 2014 Nov 6. PMID: 25442225
Tovar A, Risica P, Mena N, Lawson E, Ankoma A, Gans K. An Assessment of Nutrition Practices and Attitudes in Family Child Care Homes: Implications for Policy Implementation. Prev Chronic Dis. 2015 Jun 4;12:E88. doi: 10.5888/pcd12.140587.
Dulin-Keita A; Clay O; Hannon L; Adams I; Rogers M; Gans K. 2015. HOPE VI neighborhood revitalization and the odds of neighborhood-based physical activity: A mixed-methods approach. Social Science and Medicine.Volume 139, August 2015, Pages 90–99. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.06.002.
Tovar A, Mena N, Risica P, Gorham G, Gans KM. Nutrition and Physical Activity Environments of Home-Based Child Care: What Hispanic Providers have to Say. Childhood Obesity. 2015 Sep 2. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 26332455.
Risica PM, DeMeester RH, Weinstock MA, Gans KM, Markova A, Shaikh W, Chambers C, Kabongo M, Kallail K, Post D. Effect of a Weight Web Course on Primary Care Practice: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Accepted. Journal of Family Medicine & Community Health.
Gorham G, Dionne L, Risica PM, Mello J, Papandonatos G, Gorham S, Dulin-Keita A, Gans KM. Effectiveness and acceptability of ‘Fresh To You’— an innovative, discount fresh fruit and vegetable market program in low-income neighborhoods. Accepted. Preventing Chronic Disease.
Gans KM, Salkeld J, Butler JB, Risica PM, RD, Burton D, Mello J. Occupation is related to Weight and Lifestyle Factors among Employees at Worksites Involved in a Weight Gain Prevention Study. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Accepted.
Gans KM, Dulin-Keita A, Risica PM, Dawood M, Strolla L. Innovative Video Tailoring for Dietary Change: Final Results of the Good For You! Cluster Randomized Trial. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. Conditional Acceptance May 2015.
Hartman SJ, Dunsiger SI, Marinac CR, Marcus BH, Rosen RK, Gans KM. Internet-based physical activity intervention for women with a family history of breast cancer. Health Psychology. In Press.
Dr. Kim M. Gans is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Brown University School of Public Health. She was Director of the Brown Institute for Community Health Promotion from 2009-2014 and Deputy Director from 2002-2009. She was a regular member of the Brown faculty from 1992-2014.
Dr. Gans has over 29 years of experience in intervention development and evaluation research in community-based settings to improve eating habits and prevent obesity. The majority of her research has been with ethnic minority, low income and/or low literate populations. An emphasis in her research has been on innovative health communication technologies including theory-based tailored print and video interventions using computerized expert systems. She is also developing and evaluating interventions to improve home, work and neighborhood nutrition and physical activity environments and examining how these interventions interface with behavior change/educational interventions to enhance obesity prevention. Another major emphasis of Dr. Gans work is on translational research to study the dissemination of effective nutrition and obesity prevention interventions to various community and clinical settings. Dr. Gans has had extensive experience in the design and delivery of recruitment, retention, study implementation, process and outcome evaluation procedures for large scale randomized trials in the community and the design and development of nutrition, physical activity, weight control and other behavior change educational materials for diverse populations.
Currently funded grants
Innovative approaches to increase F&V intake thru worksites: The Fresh Initiative (Good to Go), R01 CA133396-01A1, National Cancer Institute, $3,962,601, May 2009 – March 2016, Principal Investigator
Fresh to You: Multilevel approaches in low income housing to increase F&V intake (Live Well-Viva Bien), 1R01CA134903-01A1, National Cancer Institute, $3,641,451, April 2009 – April 2016, Principal Investigator
Diversity supplement - Fresh to You: Multilevel approaches in low income housing to increase F&V intake, 3R01CA134903-05S1, National Cancer Institute, $313,695, August 1, 2013 – April 30, 2016, Gans, Principal Investigator with Akilah Dulin-Keita
Improving nutrition and physical activity environments in home-based child care, NIH/NHLBI, 1R01HL123016-01A1 $4,062,878, April 2014 – March 2019, Gans & Risica, Co-Principal Investigators
Disseminating an intervention to improve school physical education: A research Translation Project, Active Living Research/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, with Rhode Island Public Health Institute $40,000, July 1, 2014 – September 30, 2015, Principal Investigator
Community-Based approaches to reducing obesity in Providence, NIH/NICHD, $90,000, July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2017, Principal Investigator