The following projects are currently taking place in the Behavioral Research Center:


  • Healthy Homes - Healthy Kids (Casas Sanas - Niños Sanos)
    Investigators: John Martyny, PhD, Mike Van Dyke, PhD, Fred Wamboldt, MD

    The Healthy Homes - Healthy Kids Project is funded by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. Its purpose is to help families who have a child with asthma to find out whether environmental factors in their home might be making their child's asthma worse, and if so, to help them fix these problems. The project is conducted in either English or Spanish based on the family's preference.

    For more information, visit our enrollment page or contact Andrés Diaz at 303.398.1447 or

  • The Asthma Toolkit Program
    Principal Investigator: Bruce Bender, PhD

    The Colorado Asthma Toolkit Program is funded by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Its purpose is to help improve asthma care in rural Eastern Colorado by providing informational “Toolkits” both to primary care clinicians and to patients with asthma or their parents.

    For more information call 303.398.1938 or email Caren Elenowitz at

  • Motivating Adherence to CPAP in Obstructive Sleep Apnea (Project BREATHE)
    Principal Investigator: Mark Aloia, PhD

    Project BREATHE is a continuation of an earlier study conducted by Dr. Aloia at Brown University. Its purpose is to investigate the efficacy of a psychosocial intervention designed to affect adherence to Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) treatment, the intervention of choice for Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

    For more information call 303.398.1793 or email Lauren Smith at

  • Improving Asthma Outcomes by Promoting Successful Environmental Tobacco Smoke Reduction Interventions in Primary Care Practices Serving Disadvantaged Pediatric Populations in Colorado
    Principal Investigator: Fred Wamboldt, MD

    The purpose of this project, which spans metro Denver as well as eastern Colorado, is to enhance current clinical practices related to smoking cessation and second-hand smoke reduction. Clinics are initially trained in best practices for harm reduction of environmental smoke, with a special emphasis on pediatric populations with asthma. The clinics then take part in a brief survey on smoking and the practices current use of environmental tobacco smoke interventions. The findings from the survey and then presented to the clinic at a feedback session where clinics are offered further support and information on environmental tobacco smoke reduction strategies and services.

    For more information call 303.398.1059 or email Allison Rankin, MPH, MSW at

  • Denver Interactive Asthma Learning System (DIALS)
    Principal Investigator: Bruce Bender, MD

    DIALS is a study of a new automated telephone intervention designed for patients with asthma. Funded by Astra Zeneca, this research is measuring whether or not these telephone calls increase medication adherence rates for adults with asthma who take a daily controller medication.

    For more information call 303.398.1059 or email Allison Rankin, MPH, MSW at

  • Tobacco Free Hospital Campus Evaluation
    Principal Investigator: Fred Wamboldt, MD

    This strategic initiative is designed to evaluate hospitals that have or are about to enact policies that stipulate their entire campus to be tobacco free. This project uses a web-based survey to collect pre and post transition data on employees’ reactions to the change. This project is also evaluating the impact of a campus wide tobacco free policy on patient satisfaction. It will also measure the policy’s impact at an institutional level, on things such as safety, relations with neighbors, and stumbling blocks or major successes when implementing this type of policy.

    For more information call 303.398.1059 or email Allison Rankin, MPH, MSW at

  • Subcortical Hyperintensities in Sleep Apnea Syndrome
    Principal Investigator: Mark Aloia, PhD

    This study aims to enhance the understanding of the relationship between sleep apnea and cardiovascular and neurological disease by continuing the analysis of data collected through the Cardiovascular Health Study (Fried et al., 1991).

    For more information call 303.398.1913 or email Chris Knoepke, MSW at

  • Telecommunication Enhanced Adherence Mangement (TEAM)
    Principal Investigator: Fred Wamboldt, MD

    The TEAM intervention is a collaborative partnership between National Jewish and Kaiser Permanente of Colorado. This intervention is a randomized clinical trial to test the impact of an interactive health communication program, designed to increase medication adherence in young children with asthma. The health communication program is currently being constructed and will ultimately be an automated outreach intervention that will connect parents of children with asthma to a wide array of services offered by Kaiser as well as offer motivational and educational messages aimed at promoting behavior change.

    For more information call 303.398.1059 or email Allison Rankin, MPH, MSW at



How to Get Involved

If you are interested in learning more about any of our studies please print and complete a Recruitment Authorization HIPPA Form (HIP-001). Then, send or fax us the form, and we will call you.

Fax to: 303.270.2170

Mail to: National Jewish Health
            1400 Jackson St., K-333
            Denver, CO 80206