Tanya M. Spruill

Tanya M. Spruill

Associate Professor, Department of Population Health

Associate Professor, Department of Medicine

Keywords
stress, psychosocial factors, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, epilepsy, behavioral medicine, health disparities, mindfulness, quality of life
Summary

I am a clinical psychologist and behavioral medicine researcher in the Center for Healthful Behavior Change (Population Health) and Sarah Ross Soter Center for Women’s Cardiovascular Research (Medicine) at NYU. My primary research interests concern the adverse effects of chronic stress and related psychosocial risk factors on hypertension and cardiovascular disease (CVD). The goal of my work is to develop effective, scalable psychosocial interventions that support primary and secondary CVD prevention. A major focus is adapting these interventions for racial and ethnic minority groups who suffer from health disparities to enhance their efficacy and impact at the population level.

My research is currently funded by the NIH, American Heart Association and CDC. I am conducting multicenter clinical trials to test effects of telephone-based mindfulness interventions on stress, depression, health outcomes and quality of life in diverse patient populations including women with recent myocardial infarction and women with elevated blood pressure. I am also collaborating with investigators at the NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center to test behavioral and psychosocial interventions in people with epilepsy, for whom the adverse impact of seizures on quality of life is exacerbated by high rates of depression and stress.

I am a member of the AHA Go Red For Women Strategically Focused Research Network and the CDC Managing Epilepsy Well Network. I am also a member of the NHLBI-funded Jackson Heart Study Hypertension Working Group, a collaboration between NYU, Columbia University and University of Alabama at Birmingham focused on identifying novel predictors (including behavioral and psychosocial factors) of hypertension and CVD outcomes in African Americans.

I am actively engaged in mentoring students, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty interested in behavioral medicine research. Current mentees are support by the NIH (K23 and T32 awards), AHA, and Rudin Foundation.

Phone

646-501-2619

Academic office

227 East 30th Street

Sixth Floor

New York, NY 10016

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Associate Professor, Department of Population Health

Associate Professor, Department of Medicine

Duke University Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Columbia University Medical Center, Center for Behavioral Cardiovascular Health

Spruill, Tanya M; Reynolds, Harmony R; Dickson, Victoria Vaughan; Shallcross, Amanda J; Visvanathan, Pallavi D; Park, Chorong; Kalinowski, Jolaade; Zhong, Hua; Berger, Jeffrey S; Hochman, Judith S; Fishman, Glenn I; Ogedegbe, Gbenga

American heart journal. 2018 Apr 21; 202:61-67

Spruill, Tanya M; Shallcross, Amanda J; Ogedegbe, Gbenga; Chaplin, William F; Butler, Mark; Palfrey, Amy; Shimbo, Daichi; Muntner, Paul; Sims, Mario; Sarpong, Daniel F; Agyemang, Charles; Ravenell, Joseph

American journal of hypertension. 2016 Aug; 29(8):904-912

Muntner, Paul; Abdalla, Marwah; Correa, Adolfo; Griswold, Michael; Hall, John E; Jones, Daniel W; Mensah, George A; Sims, Mario; Shimbo, Daichi; Spruill, Tanya M; Tucker, Katherine L; Appel, Lawrence J

Hypertension. 2017 Mar 20; 69(5):761-769

Spruill, Tanya M; Williams, Olajide; Teresi, Jeanne A; Lehrer, Susan; Pezzin, Liliana; Waddy, Salina P; Lazar, Ronald M; Williams, Stephen K; Jean-Louis, Girardin; Ravenell, Joseph; Penesetti, Sunil; Favate, Albert; Flores, Judith; Henry, Katherine A; Kleiman, Anne; Levine, Steven R; Sinert, Richard; Smith, Teresa Y; Stern, Michelle; Valsamis, Helen; Ogedegbe, Gbenga

Trials. 2015 Mar 15; 16:97-97

Devinsky, Orrin; Spruill, Tanya; Thurman, David; Friedman, Daniel

Neurology. 2016 Feb 23; 86(8):779-786

Butler, Mark J; Tanner, Rikki M; Muntner, Paul; Shimbo, Daichi; Bress, Adam P; Shallcross, Amanda J; Sims, Mario; Ogedegbe, Gbenga; Spruill, Tanya M

Journal of the American Society of Hypertension : JASH. 2017 Sep; 11(9):581-588.e5

Booth, John N 3rd; Abdalla, Marwah; Tanner, Rikki M; Diaz, Keith M; Bromfield, Samantha G; Tajeu, Gabriel S; Correa, Adolfo; Sims, Mario; Ogedegbe, Gbenga; Bress, Adam P; Spruill, Tanya M; Shimbo, Daichi; Muntner, Paul

Hypertension. 2017 Jun 26; 70(2):285-292

Sajatovic, Martha; Tatsuoka, Curtis; Welter, Elisabeth; Friedman, Daniel; Spruill, Tanya M; Stoll, Shelley; Sahoo, Satya S; Bukach, Ashley; Bamps, Yvan A; Valdez, Joshua; Jobst, Barbara C

Epilepsy & behavior. 2017 Jan 27; 69:177-180

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