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Postdoctoral Training in Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine

The Miriam Hospital (Providence, RI) and Brown University image of external icon
Grant #: T32 HL076134
Program Director: Rena Wing, PhD,
Co-Director: Jeanne McCaffery, PhD,

Trainees Supported: Postdoctoral

Areas of Emphasis: Cardiovascular behavioral medicine

Program Summary:

This postdoctoral fellowship training program is based at the Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine at The Miriam Hospital (Providence, RI) and is part of the Brown University Clinical Psychology Training Consortium. The primary goal of this T32 training program is to train postdoctoral fellows to become researchers who address behavioral problems related to cardiovascular disease. This T32 develops researchers who have the expertise to a) advance the scientific understanding of the etiology of the 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 cardiovascular disease, namely cigarette smoking, obesity, and physical inactivity. There are opportunities to study ways to use advances in basic science, including genetics and neuroimaging, to inform behavioral interventions (moving from “bench to bedside”) and ways to cost-effectively disseminate effective treatments to the community (“bedside to public health”).

Training is highly individualized using a mentorship model. Although all fellows develop excellent core competencies in areas such as CVD epidemiology, clinical trials related to behavioral risk factors, and research skills, fellows also develop a complementary set of specialized competencies. These specialized competencies are specific to their area of research—e.g., tobacco use, obesity, physical activity, or behavioral cardiology. Training includes both formal didactics (i.e., coursework and seminars) and mentored research experiences. The mentoring team will include a senior behavioral scientist as the primary mentor and often includes a physician or population scientist and/or 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, nicotine dependence, nutrition, genetics-environment interplay, and neuroimaging.

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Last updated: June 2014

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