Welcome to the Health Behavior and Disability Lab. Our work focuses on the relationship between health behaviors such as dietary intake or physical activity, and health, function, and quality of life among individuals living with a disability. Our current projects are testing the impact of various dietary patterns in adults with Multiple Sclerosis and spinal cord injury.
People with disabilities report higher rates of unhealthy behaviors including poor dietary patterns and physical inactivity, and these behaviors have been linked to higher rates of disability and poor disease outcomes.
Our lab has 3 primary goals:
- To explore the impact of diet on the progression of neurodegenerative diseases including MS.
- To determine how diet impacts secondary conditions and physical function related to mobility disabilities and neurodegenerative diseases.
- To develop innovative behavioral interventions to help individuals with a disability improve adherence to healthy dietary behaviors.