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Dr. Natalie Watson-Singleton Receives Additional Funding to Develop Health App

November 2019

natalie Watson-SingletonThanks to a Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Institutes of Health, Natalie Watson-Singleton, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology, will be able to further develop a mobile-health app for African Americans.

The $735,507 grant will support funding for the project in two phases. “We desire to develop a health app that blends our community’s existing healing wisdom and practices with evidenced-based techniques,” said Dr. Watson-Singleton.

Results from Phase I revealed that African Americans who used the app for two weeks demonstrated significant reductions in stress. The Phase II of the project titled, “Culturally Responsible Stress Reduction: A Mobile Mindfulness Application to Support Health Promotion for African Americans,” will allow Dr. Watson-Singleton to complete development on a fully-powered mHealth app designed to reduce the disproportionate rates of adverse stress-related health outcomes in the Black community like heart disease, diabetes and depression.