Eric Loucks

Associate Professor of Epidemiology


Eric Loucks joined Brown University and the PSTC in 2009. He focuses his research on the nexus of physiology and social determinants of cardiovascular disease, particularly such factors as education, socioeconomic conditions in childhood, and the quality of care that children receive from their parents.

His research agenda is: (1) To evaluate whether there are causal associations between educational attainment and health, using techniques that elucidate biological mechanisms, account for infrequently measured confounders, and evaluate education interventions; and (2) To determine whether childhood family psychosocial environment and childhood socioeconomic circumstances influence health and biological risk factors for coronary heart disease.

Selected Publications

Loucks EB, Britton WB, Howe CJ, Eaton CB, Buka SL. "Positive associations of mindfulness with cardiovascular health: The New England Family Study." Int J Behav Med. 2014 Oct 23; DOI 10.1007/s12529-12014-19448-12529. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 25431228. Psych Central named this article in “The Four Greatest Psychological Discoveries of 2014”

Loucks EB, Gilman SE, Howe CJ, Kawachi I, Kubzanksy LD, Rudd RE, Martin LT, Nandi A, Wilhelm A, Buka SL. "Education and coronary heart disease risk: potential mechanisms such as literacy, perceived constraint and depressive symptoms." Health Educ Behav. Nov 27. pii: 1090198114560020. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 25431228.

Loucks EB, Taylor SE, Polak JF, Wilhelm A, Kalra P, Matthews KA. "Childhood family psychosocial environment and carotid intima media thickness: the CARDIA Study." Soc Sci Med. 2014 Mar; 104:15-22. PMID: 24581057


Biomarkers, Coronary heart disease, Education, Epidemiology, Health