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2021 Pilot Applications 

Thank you for your interest in applying for our Roybal Center pilot program "Physical Activity Promotion to Foster Successful Aging." The 2021 pilots have been selected and our application window is now closed.

The next pilot application deadline is December 15, 2021. Please see below for the pilot application and information on our Roybal Center. 

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About Our Center

The goal of this Roybal Center is to both generate intervention development research for promoting physical activity in older adults and launch several independent programs of research. Its first pilot project aims to efficiently identify the distinct, effective behavior change techniques (i.e., building blocks) that are preferred for improving low-intensity physical activity (e.g., walking) in older, otherwise healthy, community-dwelling adults to be included in later-stage multi-behavior change technique interventions. The second pilot project aims to formally test the habit-formation theory to improve walking in a second sample of older, otherwise healthy, community-dwelling adults by employing its behavior change techniques and hypothesized mechanism of action—cognitive automaticity. The projects’ success is contingent on the creation of a practical, science-based, prevention-driven suite of behavioral interventions that are successfully implemented in the real world to improve the health and vitality of older adults.

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Our Team

Karina Davidson, PhD

Principle Investigator

Jerry Suls, PhD


Ciaran Friel, EdD

Pilot Principle Investigator

Maria Carney, MD


D'Arcy King, PhD


Joan Duer- Hefele, RN, MA, CCRC

Project Director

Patrick Louie Robles, MPH

Project Manager

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