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Dori Steinberg

(919) 613-9439
2055 Pearson Building

Dr. Steinberg joined Duke University School of Nursing on January 1, 2018. She started at Duke in 2012 as a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Duke Obesity Prevention Program and transitioned to Research Scholar at the Duke Global Health Institute in 2014. Prior to joining DUSON she was an Assistant Research Professor of Global Health and Associate Director of the Duke Global Digital Health Science Center. Her research focuses on digital health interventions for weight control, dietary change, and chronic disease management among adults. Dr. Steinberg spent 15 years working in the field of obesity research, both as a clinician and researcher.

During her time at Duke, Dr. Steinberg has been a co-investigator on seven successfully funded grants from NIH and Duke. Her work has been featured in the Journal of the American Medical Association, JAMA Internal Medicine, and The American Journal of Public Health, as well as in mass media. She was recently awarded a K12 career development grant as a Duke BIRCWH Scholar and as part of this award is currently conducting a trial testing how to best leverage commercial smartphone applications to improve adherence to national guidelines for dietary management of hypertension for women.

Dr. Steinberg earned her B.S. in Nutrition from the Cornell University, her M.S. in Public Health from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also a Registered Dietitian and completed her dietetic training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Academic Program Affiliations

  • Master of Science in Nursing Program


  • PhD - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • MS - Harvard University
  • BS - Cornell University

Awards and Honors

Representative Publications

  • 2016 -- Foley PB, Steinberg DM, Levine EL, Askew S, Batch BC, Puleo E, Svetkey LP, Bosworth HB, DeVries A, Miranda H, Bennett GG Track: A randomized controlled trial of a digital health obesity treatment intervention for medically vulnerable primary care patients Contemporary Clinical Trials. May, 2016 48 12-20
  • 2016 -- Steinberg DM Authors response to Questions Regarding Weighing Every Day Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. March, 2016 116(3); 405-6
  • 2016 -- Shaw RJ, Steinberg DM, Bonnet J, Modarai F, George A, Cunningham T, Mason M, Shahsahebi M, Grambow SC, Bennett GG, Bosworth HB Mobile Health Devices: Will Patients Actually Use Them? Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. January 17, 2016
  • 2015 -- McVay MA, Steinberg DM, Askew S, Kaphingst KA, Bennett GG Genetic causal attributions for weight status and weight loss during a behavioral weight gain prevention intervention Genetics in Medicine. August 20, 2015
  • 2015 -- Bennett GG, Steinberg DM, Pagoto S Will obesity treatment reimbursement benefit those at highest risk? American Journal of Medicine. July, 2015 128(7); 670-1
  • 2015 -- Steinberg DM, Bennett GG, Askew S, Tate DF Weighing everyday matters: Daily weighing improves weight loss and adoption of weight control behaviors Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. April, 2015 115(4); 511-8
  • 2015 -- Wolin KY, Steinberg DM, Lane IB, Askew S, Greaney ML, Colditz GA, Bennett GG Engagement with eHealth self-monitoring in a primary care-based weight management intervention PLoS One. 2015 10(10);
  • 2014 -- Bennett GG, Steinberg DM, Stoute C, Lanpher MG, Lane IB, Askew S, Foley PB, Baskin ML Electronic health (eHealth) interventions for weight management among racial/ethnic minority adults: a systematic review Obesity Reviews. October, 2014 15(4); 146-58
  • 2014 -- Steinberg DM, Askew S, Lanpher MG, Foley PB, Levine EL, Bennett GG A "maintain, don't gain" approach to weight management reduces depression among Black women: Results from a randomized controlled trial American Journal of Public Health. September, 2014 104(9); 1766-73
  • 2014 -- Steinberg DM, Tate DF, Bennett GG, Ennett S, Samuel-Hodge C, Ward DS Daily selfweighing and adverse psychological outcomes: A randomized-controlled trial American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2014 46(1); 24-29


Grant Funding (Selected)

  • A Pragmatic Trial of a Digital Health Intervention to Prevent Weight Gain in Primary Care

    The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
    05/2016 to 05/2021
    Role: Co-Investigator

    This will be a pragmatic, patient-randomized controlled effectiveness trial, randomizing 442 overweight and obese adult community health center patients to a 12-month weight gain prevention intervention or to usual care.

  • Optimizing a standalone text messaging-based weight loss intervention

    The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
    01/2017 to 01/2021
    Role: Co-Investigator

    All study participants will receive a core 6-month weight loss texting intervention that includes
    tailored behavior change goals, interactive self-monitoring, automated feedback, and skills
    training. Using a fractional factorial design, we will randomize participants (n=592) to one of 16
    experimental conditions that will test the text messaging components.

  • From Episodic to Real-Time Care in Diabetes Self-Management

    The National Institute of Nursing Research
    04/2016 to 03/2019
    Role: Co-Investigator

    The purpose of this proposal is to develop a mobile technology dashboard that is usable on multiple
    interfaces (i.e. tablet, smart phone, computer monitor) that will facilitate clinical decision-making of
    various chronic illnesses based upon patient generated data.

  • Using digital health to improve adherence to the DASH diet among women with hypertension

    The National Institutes of Health Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) Career Development Grant
    08/2016 to 07/2018

    This career development grant is administered through the Duke University School of Medicine.
    The purpose of the BIRCWH is to promote interdisciplinary research that will benefit the health
    of women and provide training, mentoring and career guidance for junior faculty advancing to an
    independent scientific career. The study in this K12 award aims to leverage a commercial diet
    tracking app to improve adherence to dietary guidelines for managing blood pressure among
    women with hypertension.

  • New media obesity treatment in community health centers (Track)

    The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
    08/2012 to 07/2017
    Role: Co-Investigator

    This study is testing a digital health weight loss intervention for obese patients with
    cardiometabolic morbidities in the community health center setting.

  • Goals for Reaching Optimum Wellness (GROWell): A Feasibility Study of a Dietary Intervention During Pregnancy to Reduce Risk for Postpartum Depression

    Duke University School of Nursing Pilot Grant Program
    03/2016 to 02/2017
    Role: Co-Investigator

    This study will test a behavioral intervention that utilizes digital health and coaching to improve
    diet quality among pregnant women. The findings will inform an R33 grant looking at the effect
    of dietary changes on postpartum depression.