One of her most recent studies involves health disparities: "Obesity Treatment and Prevention among African Americans: Utilizing Networks outside Traditional Settings to Eliminate Health Disparities." Funded by NIH/NIDDK, this is a research project that focuses upon health behaviors in general, and upon diet and weight management in particular. A core element of the project is the delivery of evidence-based weight loss instruction (Behavior Choice Therapy or BCT) to African American women from the National Capital Area. The goals of this research are to promote long-term behavior change in treating overweight status and obesity, and to prevent health problems and disease.
Another recent study under Dr. Sbrocco's direction is G.O.S.P.E.L. (Glorifying our Spiritual and Physical Experience for Life): Health Assessment/Survey for Church Groups. G.O.S.P.E.L. is a community-based health education program, which serves a collection of 11 African American churches in Montgomery County, Maryland. The G.O.S.P.E.L. program is funded by the African American Health Program (AAHP) of the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Preliminary results of the survey suggest that G.O.S.P.E.L. is a well-utilized, accessible program and an important opportunity for providing community-based health education to African Americans.