Dr. Catherine Stoney is a health psychologist and psychophysiologist with specialization in behavioral cardiology. Dr. Stoney has wide-ranging expertise in the area of stress and cardiovascular disease with a special interest in studying the behavioral, physiological, environmental and psychological pathways by which stress and diseases of the heart and cardiovascular system are linked and modified.
She is currently Program Director and Acting Deputy Branch Chief in the Clinical Applications and Prevention Branch in the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences at National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. She is involved in several trials that span the translational spectrum, including large randomized clinical trials, implementation and pragmatic trials, and research in basic behavioral science related to cardiovascular function. She is a faculty member for the NIH course on The Principles and Practice of Clinical Research, and Director of the NIH Summer Institute on Randomized Behavioral Clinical Trials. Prior to joining NIH, Dr. Stoney was Professor of Psychology at the Ohio State University, where she conducted laboratory and clinical investigations of phenotypes associated with patterns of coping with psychosocial stress and health, examinations of how psychological and social factors impact metabolic and inflammatory processes, clinical interventions to reduce physiological stress responses, and the biologic and cognitive mechanisms by which negative affect and depression may affect the progression of cardiovascular risk. She is a fellow of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, the American Psychological Association, and the Society of Behavioral Medicine.