Dr. Gail Daumit has received a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to fund a five-year randomized clinical trial to test a weight loss intervention with nutrition counseling and exercise classes in overweight and obese persons with severe mental illnesses attending 10 psychiatric rehabilitation programs across Maryland.
Overweight and obesity are very common in persons with mental illness, and effective weight loss interventions targeted for this group are needed. The Randomized Trial of Achieving Healthy Lifestyles in Psych Rehabilitation (ACHIEVE) Study will provide a rigorous evaluation of a practical behavioral intervention designed to accomplish and sustain weight loss in persons with severe mental illness. If successful, the intervention will be a model program that could be disseminated widely and should provide important health benefits by ameliorating cardiovascular disease risk in this vulnerable population.
Dr. Daumit’s research program focuses on improving the physical health of persons with mental illnesses.