The Resource and Coordinating Center (RCC) aims to provide strategic leadership, efficient coordination, inspired support, and pioneering dissemination of the innovative experimental medicine approaches that SOBC consortium scientists adopt to identify and validate measures, and engage novel behavior change targets.

Donald Edmondson, PhD

Principal Investigator

dee2109@cumc.columbia.edu

Columbia University Medical Center

Center for Behavioral Cardiovascular Health

New York, NY

Donald Edmondson, PhD, MPH, is an Associate Professor of Behavioral Medicine in the Departments of Medicine and Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), and Director of the Center for Behavioral Cardiovascular Health at CUMC. He is currently the director of Resource and Coordinating Center of the NIH Science of Behavior Change Program, which aims to identify and measure the underlying mechanisms of behavior change using an experimental medicine approach. His research on stress, health behaviors, and cardiovascular risk has been featured in the New York Times, ABC Nightly News, CBS This Morning, and other print and media outlets.

Jeffrey Birk, PhD

R21 Principal Investigator; U24 Co-Investigator

jlb2287@cumc.columbia.edu

Columbia University Medical Center

Center for Behavioral Cardiovascular Health

New York, NY

Dr. Birk is an Instructor in Medical Sciences at Columbia University Irving Medical Center in the Center for Behavioral Cardiovascular Health. Prior to this position he completed his doctoral training in experimental psychology at Tufts University and postdoctoral training at Teachers College, Columbia University. His research focuses on the influence of emotions and their regulation on cardiovascular health. One goal of this research, exemplified by this R21 SOBC project, is to investigate how negative emotions that arise due to serious medical conditions may reduce patients’ engagement in health behaviors. A second research goal concerns the health effects of different strategies for regulating emotion. For example, perseverative thinking involves ruminating about the past or worrying about the future and is generally regarded as a maladaptive regulatory strategy. Dr. Birk and colleagues investigate how the occurrence and duration of perseverative thoughts may contribute to heightened blood pressure by cognitively prolonging the stress response. A third research goal is to understand the behavioral and physiological pathways by which depression and post-traumatic stress disorder have adverse effects on long-term health outcomes.

Talea Cornelius, PhD

Co-Investigator

tmc2184@cumc.columbia.edu

Columbia University Medical Center

Center for Behavioral Cardiovascular Health

New York, NY

Dr. Cornelius conducts research focused on understanding health behaviors in the social context in which they are performed. In particular, her work explores processes of health-related power and influence, interdependence in change over time, and how partner support can both facilitate and/or undermine health-promoting behaviors. Recent projects include an examination of how the presence of close others (i.e., a spouse/partner, a child) in the Emergency Department (ED) impacts patients' ED experience, the effect of romantic partners on blood pressure both short and long term, and a qualitative study describing couples' experiences following an acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Dr. Cornelius is also exploring novel applications of dyadic analysis to interdependent, individual-level processes. As an RCC Co-Investigator, Dr. Cornelius oversees the scientific development of the Measures Repository and works with external scientists for Repository engagement and data processes.

Karina W. Davidson, PhD, MASc

Co-Investigator

kdavidson2@northwell.edu

Northwell Health

Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

New York, NY

Karina Davidson, PhD, MASc is the Senior Vice President of Research and Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, at Northwell Health.  A clinical health psychologist by training, her program of research focuses on the relationship between psychosocial risk factors and their role in the course and outcome of cardiovascular disease.  Most recently Dr. Davidson conducted an NIH-funded randomized controlled trial to test if enhanced depression treatment vs current treatment improves healthcare costs and depression in acute coronary disease patients at sites across the U.S.  Dr. Davidson received her PhD in clinical psychology and her master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology from the University of Waterloo. She has published more than 200 peer reviewed articles and book chapters, has been an NIH-funded principle investigator on over 20 grants, and is an expert in behavior and system interventions.

Lisbeth Nielsen, PhD

NIH/NIA

Program Official

nielsenli@nia.nih.gov

Jonathan W. King, PhD

NIH/NIA

Project Scientist

kingjo@nia.nih.gov

Elaine Collier, MD

NIH/NCATS

Project Scientist

CollierE@mail.nih.gov

Melissa Riddle, PhD

NIH/NIDCR

Project Scientist

riddleme@nidcr.nih.gov

1. Yoon, S., Falzon, L., Anderson, N. B., & Davidson, K. W. (2019). A look at the increasing demographic representation within behavioral medicine. Journal of behavioral medicine, 42(1), 57-66.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30825089

2. Sumner, J.A., Carey, R.N., Michie, S. et al. (2018)Using rigorous methods to advance behaviour change science. Nature Human Behaviour, 797–799 (2018)
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30931398

3. Johnson, B. T., & Hennessy, E. A. (2019). Systematic reviews and meta-analyses in the health sciences: Best practice methods for research syntheses. Social Science & Medicine.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31233957

4. Hennessy, E. A., Johnson, B. T., & Keenan, C. (2019). Best Practice Guidelines and Essential Methodological Steps to Conduct Rigorous and Systematic Meta‐Reviews. Applied Psychology: Health and Well‐Being.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31290288

5. McCloskey, K., & Johnson, B. T. (2019). Habits, Quick and Easy: Perceived Complexity Moderates the Associations of Contextual Stability and Rewards with Behavioral Automaticity. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 1556.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6667662/

6. Protogerou, C., Johnson, B. T., & Hagger, M. S. (2018). An integrated model of condom use in Sub-Saharan African youth: A meta-analysis. Health Psychology, 37(6), 586.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29708390

7. Lazarov, A., Suarez-Jimenez, B., Tamman, A., Falzon, L., Zhu, X., Edmondson, D. E., & Neria, Y. (2019). Attention to threat in posttraumatic stress disorder as indexed by eye-tracking indices: a systematic review. Psychological medicine, 49(5), 705-726.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30178728

8. Johnson, B. T., & Acabchuk, R. L. (2017). What are the keys to a longer, happier life? Answers from five decades of health psychology research. Social Science & Medicine.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29153315

9. Acabchuk, R. L., & Johnson, B. T. (2017). Helmets in women's lacrosse: what the evidence shows. Concussion
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6094348/

10. Acabchuk, R. L., Kamath, J., Salamone, J. D., & Johnson, B. T. (2017). Stress and chronic illness: The inflammatory pathway. Social science & medicine, 185, 166.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28552293

11. Swaminath, A., Feathers, A., Ananthakrishnan, A. N., Falzon, L., & Li Ferry, S. (2017). Systematic review with meta‐analysis: enteral nutrition therapy for the induction of remission in paediatric Crohn's disease. Alimentary pharmacology & therapeutics, 46(7), 645-656.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28815649

12. Edmondson, D., Falzon, L., Sundquist, K. J., Julian, J., Meli, L., Sumner, J. A., & Kronish, I. M. (2017). A systematic review of the inclusion of mechanisms of action in NIH-funded intervention trials to improve medication adherence. Behaviour Research and Therapy.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29033097

13. Davidson, Karina W., and Ying Kuen Cheung. (2017) Envisioning a Future for Precision Health Psychology: Innovative Applied Statistical Approaches to N-of-1 Studies. Health Psychology Review, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. 292–294.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28651455

14. Davidson, K. W. (2017). Waiting for Godot. Circulation, 135(18), pp. 1690-1692.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28461413

15. Edmondson, D., & Känel, R. V. (2017). Post-traumatic stress disorder and cardiovascular disease. The Lancet Psychiatry, 4(4), 320-329.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28109646

16. Gutierrez J., Albuquerque ALA., Falzon L. (2017). HIV infection as vascular risk: A systematic review of the literature and meta-analysis. PLoS One, 12(5), e0176686
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28493892

17. Wasson, L. T., Cusmano, A., Meli, L., Louh, I., Falzon, L., Hampsey, M., Young, G., Davidson, K. W. (2016). Association Between Learning Environment Interventions and Medical Student Well-being. JAMA, 316(21), pp. 2237-2252.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5240821/