Girardin Jean-Louis, PhD

Director, Research Education and Training Core

Girardin Jean-LouisGirardin Jean-Louis, PhD, is Professor of Population Health at the Center for Healthful Behavior Change in  the Department of Population Health at the NYU School of Medicine, and Director of the NHLBI-funded PRIDE  Summer Institute on Behavioral Medicine and Sleep Disorders Training Institute.  Dr. Jean-Louis has been involved in several important NIH-funded studies, which have led to over 200 publications, primarily in sleep and cardio-metabolic  diseases, circadian rhythm, and health disparities. His research findings have appeared in 125 scientific conference proceedings and book chapters, and 75  peer-reviewed scientific journals. The overarching goal of his research is to  address patient-level, provider-level, and system-level barriers hindering  adoption of healthful practices. His research focuses on the application of tailored behavioral models to enhance  treatment adherence in order to reduce risk of cardiovascular disease and early  mortality among underserved or disadvantaged minorities. Dr. Jean-Louis’ research addresses sociocultural and environmental determinants of health  behavior preventing access to adequate care in disparity communities, which are  disproportionately burdened by adverse cardiovascular outcomes. His current studies aim to delineate barriers hindering diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea-related metabolic diseases  among minorities and to ascertain efficacy of behavioral models in enhancing  adherence to recommended therapies. Studies also aim to engage patients as well as community providers and stakeholders in developing messages to promote health literacy at the community level. His research and educational programs link community health promotion to the healthcare system, thus  achieving objectives of the national mandate to increase health parity in vulnerable communities.