Lab Mission

The mission of the CBM Lab is to identify novel risk factors for cardiometabolic diseases and to develop, evaluate, and disseminate new approaches for preventing cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity. Our epidemiologic and mechanistic research seeks to identify psychosocial risk factors for cardiometabolic diseases and their underlying biological and behavioral mechanisms. Our intervention research seeks to translate epidemiologic and mechanistic discoveries into new primary prevention programs targeting psychosocial risk factors and their underlying mechanisms. ​

Research Topics

  • Biological Factors: systemic inflammation, autonomic function, cardiovascular psychophysiology, endothelial dysfunction, subclinical cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, HIV

  • Psychological Factors: depression (disorder subtypes and symptom clusters), anxiety, hostility/anger, insomnia, dietary factors, medical adherence

  • Social Factors: stressful life events, racial/ethnic and immigrant health disparities

  • Intervention Approaches: eHealth, CBT, antidepressant medications

Lab Values

  1. Strive for quality over quantity – Conduct rigorous research that has an impact on real world problems.

  2. Foster self-efficacy, autonomy, and the development of independent investigators.

  3. Appreciate diversity – in culture, training, and ideas.

  4. Deliver on commitments or don’t make them.

  5. Go it together, not alone – Collaborate, cooperate, support, and trust your colleagues.

  6. Pursue the best ideas – They’ll come from people at all levels of experience.

  7. Be clear, direct, and concise in scientific products, both written and oral.

  8. Debate vigorously and respectfully in the interest of improved decision making.

  9. Evolve and innovate by investing in professional and personal development and seeking new knowledge and skills.

  10. Have fun – Enjoy your research and your time away from it.

CBM Lab
in the News

Woman's Day

Depression and heart disease may be more connected than we thought

Physician's Weekly

Insomnia as risk factor for CVD in patients with HIV

Heart disease and depression: A two-way relationship

Depression and heart disease

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Professional Affiliations

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