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Laura Saslow, PhD More
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Specialty: Self-management of chronic disease, especially type 2 diabetes, and with the use of carbohydrate-restricted diets

Dr. Saslow is interested in creating and optimizing highly scalable technologically-enhanced diet and lifestyle interventions to improve health and well-being. Over the last several years she has been a principal investigator on several clinical trials, directed at type 2 diabetes, prediabetes, and their management, with an emphasis on physical and psychological well-being. To address barriers for self-management, her interventions teach psychological tools, including skills to increase the experience of positive affect and mindful eating. Her long-term goal is to become a leader in creating effective, multicomponent interventions for the treatment and prevention of chronic diseases.

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Adjunct Assistant Professor of Nursing
Specialty: Family-Based Interventions; Physical Activity

“My goals dovetail well with working as a core member of U-M’s cross-disciplinary Momentum Center. Work has been already started with a collaborative M-Cube project, “Healthy Families.” In this study, I will primarily be examining physical activity levels for both mothers and children associated with their home environment in the family context.”

MinKyoung Song is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the U-M School of Nursing and an Assistant Professor at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) School of Nursing. Her broad research explores the influence of level and type of physical activity on health outcomes in the contexts of obesity and diabetes prevention and management. In her recent studies, she examined the levels of aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities among U.S. adolescents, as well as the association between levels of aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities and risk of diabetes in that population. Dr. Song’s primary goal is to advance the science of improving physical activity in youth in a family context, and her long-term goal is to develop an innovative, family-based, multigenerational intervention. Dr. Song earned a BSN from Yonsei University (2003), an MSN from Yale University (2006), and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania (2010). She also received post-doctoral training at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer (2010-12).

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