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Shari Waldstein, Ph.D.

Professor

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Contact Information:

Email:       waldstei@umbc.edu

Office:       Math/Psychology 329

Phone:      410.455.2374

Fax:          410.455.1055

Lab:          Sondheim 509A/B

Phone:      410.455.2848

Website:   Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine Lab

Education:

Ph.D. – University of Pittsburgh, 1993

Area of Study:

Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine; Medical Neuropsychology

Research Interests:
Study of: (a) the relations of cardiovascular risk factors and diseases to neurocognitive function, and examination of underlying brain mechanisms using neuroimaging. (b) biopsychosocial factors in cardiovascular risk and disease; (c) race- and socioeconomic- status related health disparities in brain, neurocognitive, and cardiovascular outcomes; and (d) individual differences in the magnitude and patterning of acute cardiovascular responses to mental stress.

Courses Taught:

Core 1: Biological, Cognitive, and Developmental Bases
Introduction to Behavioral Medicine
Clinical Interventions in Behavioral Medicine
Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine
Clinical and Medical Neuropsychology

Graduate Research and Training Opportunities:

YES: Accepting new HSP graduate students for Fall 2017.

Graduate students in Dr. Waldstein’s lab have varied interests, and are encouraged to develop an independent and innovative program of research.  Whereas some students choose to focus on cardiovascular behavioral medicine, others specialize in clinical and medical neuropsychology, and others combine both (see links to lab and students for further description).

Undergraduate Research and Training Opportunities:

YES  Undergraduate opportunities available

Undergraduate students assist in our research by engagement in ongoing tasks such as data coding and entry, and literature searches and review. Depending on the requirements of specific projects and students’ background and skills, there may be opportunities to work with research participants, and to develop an independent project with existing data.

Graduate Program Affiliation(s):

Human Services Psychology: Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology
Gerontology

Leadership roles in the Department/College/University:

Director, Behavioral Medicine program

 

Selected Publications:

Waldstein, S.R., & Wendell C.R. (2010). Neurocognitive function and cardiovascular disease. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease,.20, 833-842

Wendell C.R., Hosey, M.M., Lefkowitz, D.L., Katzel, L.I., Siegel, E.L., Rosenberger, W.F., & Waldstein, S.R. (2010). Depressive symptoms are associated with subclinical cerebrovascular disease among healthy older women, not men.  American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 18, 940-947

Waldstein, S.R., Lefkowitz, D.M., Siegel, E.L., Rosenberger, W.F.., Spencer, R.J., Tankard,  C.F., Manukyan, Z., Gerber, E.J., & Katzel, L.I. (2010) Reduced cerebral blood flow in older men with higher levels of blood pressure. Journal of Hypertension.28, 993-998.

Rice S.C., Zonderman, A.B., Metter, E.J., Najjar, S.S., & Waldstein, S.R. (2009). Absence of relation between depressive symptomatology and carotid intimal medial thickness in the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging. Psychosomatic Medicine, 71, 70-76.

Waldstein, S.R., Rice, S.C., Thayer, J.F., Najjar, S.S., Scuteri, A., & Zonderman, A.B. (2008) Pulse pressure and pulse wave velocity are related to cognitive decline in the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging. Hypertension, 51, 99-104.