Charlayne Scarlett, M.P.H.

Charlayne ScarlettBiography

Charlayne Scarlett is a first-year graduate student in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology.  She is originally from Toronto, Ontario and received her Honors Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario.  More recently Charlayne earned her Master of Public Health from Georgia State University (GSU) School of Public Health in Atlanta with a concentration in Health Promotion and Behavior.  Her Master’s thesis examined the experiences of a diverse group of individuals who took part in a Mindfulness-Based Addiction Treatment for smoking cessation.  While at GSU Charlayne worked on a number of research projects using mobile health technologies and mindfulness to reduce health risky behaviors and promote healthy lifestyle within underserved communities.

Research Focus

Charlayne plans to leverage her previous research experience to investigate mental health interventions designed to prevent and reduce obesity in priority populations.   Specifically, she hopes to investigate treatments for both depression and obesity that incorporate physical activity as a central component.  She is also interested in the ways in which discrimination and chronic stress might influence the obesity-depression relationship.

Publications

Spears, C. A., Bell, S. A., Scarlett, C. A., Anderson, N. K., Cottrell-Daniels, C., Lotfalian, S., Bandlamudi, M., Sigurdardottir, A., Grant, A., Carter, B. P., Abroms, L. C., & Wetter, D. W. (2019). Text messaging to enhance mindfulness-based smoking cessation treatment: Program development through qualitative research. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth, 7(1): e11246.

Presentations

Scarlett, C. A., Elahi, H., Strosnider, C., Grant, A., Bell, S. A., Carter, B. P., Bandlamudi, M., Cottrell-Daniels, C., & Spears, C. A. (November, 2018). Qualitative Study of Mindfulness-Based Smoking Cessation Treatment among Racially/Ethnically Diverse Adults. Poster accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Washington, DC.

Spears, C. A., Carter, B. P., Bell, S. A., Bandlamudi, M., Scarlett, C. A., Grant, A., Abroms, L., & Wetter, D. W. (April, 2018). Experiences with Text Messaging for Smoking Cessation among Low-Income, Primarily African American Smokers. In S. M. Christy (Chair), Using mHealth and eHealth Interventions to Reduce Health Disparities: From Cancer Prevention to Cancer Survivorship. Symposium presentation at the annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, New Orleans, LA.

Spears, C. A., Dannenfelser, M. A., Bell, S. A., Carter, B. P., Scarlett, C. A., & Wetter, D. W. (April, 2018). Mindfulness-Based Smoking Cessation among Predominantly Low-Income, African American Smokers. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, New Orleans, LA.

Spears, C. A., Carter, B. P., Bell, S. A., Scarlett, C. A., Abroms, L., & Wetter, D. W. (February, 2018). Development and Evaluation of Mindfulness-Based Smoking Cessation Treatment Enhanced with Mobile Technology. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, Baltimore, MD.

Spears, C.A., Carter, B. P., Bell, S. A., Scarlett, C. A., Abroms, L., & Wetter, D. W. (November, 2017). User Experiences with Text Messaging for Smoking Cessation. In D. J. Whitaker (Chair), Using Technology to Advance Public Health Interventions. Symposium presented at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, Atlanta, GA.

Professional Membership

Student member of  Society of Behavioral Medicine  (2019)

Student member of Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (2018 – Present)

Student member of American Public Health Association (2017 – Present)

Honors and Awards

Grinter Fellowship  (2019 – Present)