Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine T32

NIH/Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Centers for Behavioral & Preventive Medicine
Research Training in Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine

The primary goal of the Research Training Program in Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine is to train postdoctoral fellows to become researchers who address behavioral problems related to cardiovascular disease. This T32, which is funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), develops researchers who have the expertise to a) advance the scientific understanding of the etiology of behaviors associated with cardiovascular disease and b) develop effective interventions targeting these behaviors in order to prevent and treat cardiovascular disease. Research training addresses behavioral cardiology and the most prominent lifestyle risk factors for CVD, including but not limited to cigarette smoking, obesity, and physical inactivity. There are opportunities to study ways to use advances in basic science to inform behavioral interventions (moving from “bench to bedside”) and ways to cost-effectively disseminate effective treatments to the community (“bedside to community”).

Training is highly individualized with all fellows developing excellent core competencies in areas such as CVD epidemiology, behavioral clinical trials methodology, and research skills. Fellows will also develop a complementary set of specialized competencies specific to their area of research (i.e., tobacco use, obesity, physical activity, or behavioral cardiology). A formal curriculum includes both formal didactics (i.e., coursework and seminars) and mentored research experiences. The mentoring team will be headed by a senior behavioral scientist; typically with a physician or population scientist and a junior faculty member as secondary mentors. Applicants with a wide variety of backgrounds are sought, including physicians and doctoral level behavioral, social, or public health scientists who are interested in research areas related to cardiovascular behavioral medicine, including weight control, physical activity, diet and eating behavior, nicotine dependence, genetics-environment interplay, neuroimaging, and e/mHealth. For more information about our programs, please visit the Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine and the Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center

Senior Mentors in Behavioral Medicine:
Ana Abrantes, Ph.D.
Beth Bock, Ph.D.
Dale Bond, Ph.D.
Michael Carey, Ph.D.
Elissa Jelalian, Ph.D.
Christopher Kahler, Ph.D.
Elizabeth McQauid, Ph.D.
Kathleen Morrow, Ph.D.
Elena Salmoirago-Blotcher, M. D., Ph,D., FAHA​
Lori Scott-Sheldon, Ph.D.
Laura Stroud, Ph.D.
Graham Thomas, Ph.D. (Administrative Director)
David Williams, Ph.D.
Rena Wing, Ph.D. (Director)

Junior Mentors in Behavioral Medicine:
Shira Dunsiger, Ph.D.
Whitney Evans, Ph.D.
Joseph Fava, Ph.D.
Ernestine Jennings, Ph.D.
Akeila Dulin Keita, Ph.D.
Kathryn McDermott, Ph.D.
Jessica Unick, Ph.D.

Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Community Health:
Joseph Braun, Ph.D.
Stephen Buka, Sc.D.
Melissa A. Clark, Ph.D.
Omar Galarraga, Ph.D.
Joseph Hogan, Sc.D.
Richard Jones, Ph.D.
Eric Loucks, Ph.D.
Stephen McGarvey, Ph.D., MPH
Peter M. Monti, Ph.D.
George Papandonatos, Ph.D.
Damaris Rohsenow, Ph.D.
David A. Savitz, Ph.D.
Patrick Vivier, M.D.

Sleep and Cardiovascular Disease-related Medicine:
Dawn Abbott, M.D.
James Arrighi, M.D.
Mary Carskadon, Ph.D.
Samuel Dudley, M.D., Ph.D.
Charles Eaton M.D., MS
Karen Furie, M.D., MPH
Simin Liu, M.D., MPH
Richard Millman, M.D.
Maureen Phipps, M.D., MPH
Katherine Sharkey, M.D., Ph.D.
Robert Smith, M.D.
Wen-Chih Wu, M.D.