Last Name

Frank Materia, PhD, MHS

TitlePost Doctoral Research Scholar
InstitutionChildren's Mercy Kansas City
DepartmentHealth Services and Outcomes Research
Address2401 Gillham Road
Kansas City MO 64108
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0002-8015-1743 Additional info
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    Children's Mercy Kansas City, Kansas City, MOPostdoctoral FellowshipPresentImplementation Science & Community-Based Participatory Research in Underserved Populations
    The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PAPh.D.08/2020Biobehavioral Health
    Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PAGraduate Certificate05/2018Translational Science
    The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PAM.S.05/2018Biobehavioral Health
    Saint Francis Univeristy, Loretto, PAM.H.S.12/2014Clinical Health Science
    The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PAB.S.12/2012Biobehavioral Health; minor, Bioethics & Medical Humanities
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    2022 - 2025Postdoctoral Fellow in Nutrition and Lifestyle for Diabetes Prevention, American Diabetes Assoication
    2017 - 2018TL1 Predoctoral Trainee, Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute

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    Dr. Materia's research focuses on mobile health (i.e., mHealth) and investigating how wireless portable technologies (e.g., smartphones, wearables) can be utilized to deliver (all or portions of) face-to-face clinical and behavioral interventions, as well as monitor health processes as individuals at high-risk for disease go about daily life. His research centers around implementation science in mHealth and aims to evaluate how various patient-centered (e.g., acceptability, beliefs) and process-specific (e.g., technology design, delivery mode) factors affect the successful adoption, engagement, and sustainability of mHealth programs. His work has a strong focus on behavioral medicine and chronic disease (e.g., diabetes, cardiovascular disease).
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    Internal Laboratory Training Grant     (MATERIA, FRANK T)Jul 1, 2017 - Jun 30, 2018
    The Stress, Health, and Daily Experiences Laboratory, The Pennsylvania State University
    Examining the Effects of Multi-Device Utilization and Tailoring on A Priori Acceptability of mHealth Interventions
    Role: Principal Investigator/Trainee

    TL1 R002016     (MATERIA, FRANK T)Aug 1, 2017 - Jul 31, 2018
    Evidence-based development and implementation of mobile health interventions in clinical settings and patient populations
    Role: Principal Investigator

    Hintz Graduate Education Enhancement Fellowship     (MATERIA, FRANK T)Jul 31, 2018 - Aug 21, 2020
    College of Health and Human Development, The Pennsylvania State University
    Role: Fellow

    O.5506 (CARES Act Funds)     (BERKLEY-PATTON, JANNETTE YVONNE)Jun 1, 2021 - Nov 30, 2021
    Jackson County, Missouri
    Our Healthy KC Eastside (OHKCE): Addressing COVID-19 and Social Determinants on KC Eastside
    Role: Co-Investigator (sub-award)

    L30TR003925     (MATERIA, FRANK T)Jul 1, 2021 - Jun 30, 2023
    Using Implementation Science to Better Understand mHealth Acceptability in Health Behavior Change Interventions Using Digital Technologies
    Role: Principal Investigator

    Diversity Supplement Award     (MATERIA, FRANK T)Mar 11, 2022 - Mar 10, 2023
    Center for Children's Healthy Lifestyle and Nutrition
    Adolescent African Americans' Adoption and Engagement with mHealth
    Role: Principal Investigator

    4-22-PDFN-06     (MATERIA, FRANK T)Apr 1, 2022 - Mar 31, 2025
    American Diabetes Association
    Understanding African Americans’ Adoption and Engagement with mHealth for Lifestyle Modification to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
    Role: Principal Investigator

    O.5506 (CARES Act Funds) Phase 2     (BERKLEY-PATTON, JANNETTE YVONNE)Jan 1, 2023 - Nov 30, 2023
    Jackson County, Missouri
    Our Healthy KC Eastside (OHKCE): Addressing COVID-19 and Social Determinants on KC Eastside
    Role: Co-Investigator (sub-award)

    Scholarly Travel Award     (MATERIA, FRANK T)Feb 17, 2023 - Apr 30, 2023
    Center for Children's Healthy Lifestyle and Nutrition
    COVID-19 Testing and Linkage to Care with African American Church and Health Agency Partners

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    1. Johnson, J, Zawadzki, M, Materia, FT, White, A Smyth, J. Efficacy and acceptability of digital stress management micro-interventions. Procedia Computer Science. 2022; DOI: 10.1016/j.procs.2022.09.0.
    2. Catley D, Puoane T, Tsolekile L, Resnicow K, Fleming KK, Hurley EA, Smyth JM, Materia FT, Lambert EV, Vitolins MZ, Levitt NS, Goggin K. Evaluation of an adapted version of the Diabetes Prevention Program for low- and middle-income countries: A cluster randomized trial to evaluate "Lifestyle Africa" in South Africa. PLoS Med. 2022 04; 19(4):e1003964. PMID: 35427357.
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    3. Smyth JM, Jones DR, Wen CKF, Materia FT, Schneider S, Stone A. Influence of ecological momentary assessment study design features on reported willingness to participate and perceptions of potential research studies: an experimental study. BMJ Open. 2021 07 30; 11(7):e049154. PMID: 34330860.
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    4. Materia FT, Smyth JM. Acceptability of Intervention Design Factors in mHealth Intervention Research: Experimental Factorial Study. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2021 07 26; 9(7):e23303. PMID: 34309563.
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    5. Materia, FT. Understanding Factors That Influence Mobile Health Implementation Using Evidence-Driven Approaches. 2020.
    6. Materia, FT, Chesnut, R, Czymoniewicz-Klippel, M, DiNallo, J, Perkins, D. Examining Implementation Feasibility of a Multicomponent Parenting and Health Promotion Program for Military Families. Military Behavioral Health. 2020; DOI:10.1080/21635781.2020.179.
    7. Materia FT, Faasse K, Smyth JM. Understanding and Preventing Health Concerns About Emerging Mobile Health Technologies. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2020 05 25; 8(5):e14375. PMID: 32449688.
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    8. Zhu, H, Chen, J, Wang, X, Almoaiqel, S, Materia, FT, Cope, N, Carroll, J. Day Re-construction: Understanding How College Students Manage Their Time Through Self-Monitoring. Proceedings of the Hawaiian International Conference on System Sciences. 2019; ISBN: 978-0-9981331-2-6.
    9. Downs DS, Smyth JM, Heron KE, Feinberg ME, Hillemeier M, Materia FT. Beliefs about Using Smartphones for Health Behavior Change: An Elicitation Study with Overweight and Obese Rural Women. J Technol Behav Sci. 2019 Mar; 4(1):33-41. PMID: 31463364.
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    10. Materia FT, Smyth JM, Heron KE, Hillemeier M, Feinberg ME, Fonzi P, Symons Downs D. Preconceptional health behavior change in women with overweight and obesity: prototype for SMART strong healthy women intervention. Mhealth. 2018; 4:24. PMID: 30148139.
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    11. Materia FT, Miller EA, Runion MC, Chesnut RP, Irvin JB, Richardson CB, Perkins DF. Let's get technical: Enhancing program evaluation through the use and integration of internet and mobile technologies. Eval Program Plann. 2016 06; 56:31-42. PMID: 27018831.
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