02TH – Daughters, dUdes, mothErs & others fighting cancer Together (DUET)

Status: Filled – Abbie Sims
Intern: Abbie Sims
Faculty Name: teri-hoenemeyer-phd-2
Primary Faculty Appointment: UAB
UAB/HA Department: UAB Department of Nutrition
Campus Address: 1675 UNIVERSITY BLVD
Telephone Number: (205) 975-0110
Email: tgw318@uab.edu or Click to Send E-Mail
For how many summers have you served as a preceptor: 3 or more
CCC Research Area: Cancer Control & Population Science
Number of hours per week that the preceptor will personally supervise or work with the intern: 20
Other faculty, staff, or graduate students who may help to supervise the intern:
1. Teri Hoenemeyer
2. Teri Hoenemeyer
Title of Project: 02TH – Daughters, dUdes, mothErs & others fighting cancer Together (DUET)
Project Description:

Daughters, dUdes, mothErs & others fighting cancer Together (DUET) is a study funded by the American Institute for Cancer Research that seeks to recruit 56 dyads (112 total participants) consisting of an overweight or obese cancer survivor and an overweight or obese buddy of his or her choice for the purpose of testing an online weight loss intervention. The specific aims of this study include: 1) assessing whether or not dyads who assigned to the online intervention lose significantly more weight than those who are waitlisted; 2) explore between-arm differences in score changes between baseline and 6-month follow-up for other key outcomes including measures of adiposity (e.g., waist circumference [WC] and body mass index [BMI]), diet quality, physical activity, systolic blood pressure (BP), health-related Quality of Life (QoL), physical functioning and performance; 3) assess the impact of the intervention on select biomarkers associated with cancer risk and progression, e.g., tumor TNFα, insulin and IGF-1; and, 4) identify predictor variables associated with program efficacy, e.g., social support, self-efficacy, risk for depression, and dyad partner (spouse, relative, friend/neighbor). The DUET study will help us understand if cancer survivors who participate in online healthy eating and exercise programs, along with their chosen partners, are better able to lose weight and improve overall health. This study is currently being conducted remotely using virtual assessment methods via Zoom. Project opportunities include conducting remote virtual assessment of participants, debriefing participants, and assuring outcomes data quality. These opportunities are available for remote participation.

Project Status: Already up and running
Location of Project: Birmingham, AL (UAB)
Proposed Start Date: May 3, 2021
Proposed End Date: August 27, 2021
Expected work schedule for intern: Flexible, intern can largely set his or her own schedule (as for students who are instructed how to proceed and are permitted to work independently with weekly guidance) and should contribute full-time effort.
Number of days that the student will be expected to come physically to UAB:
0 – project will be fully virtual except for the required in-person checkpoint visits
Category of Project: Community-Based or Field Research
Cancer topic: Diet and Nutrition, Survivorship, Multiple Cancer Sites
Does this project involve human subjects: Yes
Does this project involve animal subjects: No

Assist with virtual assessments for anthropomorphic and physical function measure.


Assist with data quality checks.


Assist with participant screening and communication strategies and materials development.

Preceptor will provide intern with access to the following: Supplies needed to complete project, Equipment needed to complete project
Likelihood that intern will be included as an author on one or more publications related to this summer research project: Possible
Areas in which the ideal candidates will have experience: NONE OF THE ABOVE (just the willingness to learn)