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

Columbia University Medical Center

Center for Behavioral Cardiovascular Health

New York, NY

Dr. Edmondson 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

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


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.

Lisbeth Nielsen, PhD


Program Official

Jonathan W. King, PhD


Project Scientist

Elaine Collier, MD


Project Scientist

Melissa Riddle, PhD


Project Scientist

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2. Wilson, T. E., Hennessy, E. A., Falzon, L., Boyd, R., Kronish, I. M., & Birk, J. L. (2019). Effectiveness of interventions targeting self-regulation to improve adherence to chronic disease medications: A meta-review of meta-analyses. Health Psychology Review, (just-accepted), 1-41.

3. Hennessy, E. A., & Johnson, B. T. (2020). Examining overlap of included studies in meta‐reviews: Guidance for using the corrected covered area index. Research Synthesis Methods, 11(1), 134-145.

4. Suls, J., Mogavero, J. N., Falzon, L., Pescatello, L. S., Hennessy, E. A., & Davidson, K. W. (2019). Health behaviour change in cardiovascular disease prevention and management: meta-review of behaviour change techniques to affect self-regulation. Health psychology review, 1-23.

5. Hennessy, E. A., Johnson, B. T., Acabchuk, R. L., McCloskey, K., & Stewart-James, J. (2019). Self-regulation mechanisms in health behaviour change: A systematic meta-review of meta-analyses, 2006-2017. Health psychology review, (just-accepted), 1-142.

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7. 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.

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9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. 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.

15. Acabchuk, R. L., & Johnson, B. T. (2017). Helmets in women's lacrosse: what the evidence shows. Concussion

16. Acabchuk, R. L., Kamath, J., Salamone, J. D., & Johnson, B. T. (2017). Stress and chronic illness: The inflammatory pathway. Social science & medicine, 185, 166.

17. 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.

18. 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.

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20. Davidson, K. W. (2017). Waiting for Godot. Circulation, 135(18), pp. 1690-1692.

21. Edmondson, D., & Känel, R. V. (2017). Post-traumatic stress disorder and cardiovascular disease. The Lancet Psychiatry, 4(4), 320-329.

22. 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

23. 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.