Associate Professor, Department of Population Health
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
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 Langone. 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.
Associate Professor, Department of Population Health at NYU Grossman School of Medicine
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine at NYU Grossman School of Medicine
PhD from Rutgers University
Duke University Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Columbia University Medical Center, Center for Behavioral Cardiovascular Health
Journal of the American Heart Association. 2019 Nov 05; 8(21):e012139
Circulation. 2019 Feb 19; 139(8):1003-1004
Mindfulness. 2018 Aug; 9(4):1100-1109
American heart journal. 2018 Aug; 202:61-67
Translational behavioral medicine. 2021 07 29; 11(7):1451-1460
American journal of hypertension. 2016 08; 29(8):904-12
Journal of immigrant & minority health. 2020 Aug; 22(4):736-745