Shari Waldstein, Ph.D.



Contact Information:


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


Ph.D. – University of Pittsburgh, 1993

Office Hours:

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

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 I: Biological, Cognitive and Developmental Bases in Psychology (Psyc 602)

Advanced Seminar in Human Services Psychology: Introduction to Behavioral Medicine (Psyc 695)

Advanced Seminar in Human Services Psychology:  Clinical &Medical Neuropsychology (Psyc 695)

Advanced Seminar in Human Services Psychology:  Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine (Psyc 695)

Advanced Seminar in Human Services Psychology: Clinical Interventions III (Psyc 695)

Introduction to Behavioral Medicine

Clinical Interventions in Behavioral Medicine

Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine

Clinical and Medical Neuropsychology

Graduate Research and Training Opportunities:

Accepting Graduate Students?

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

Leadership roles in the Department/College/University:

Director, Behavioral Medicine program


Selected Publications:

Waldstein, S.R., Dore, G.A., Davatzikos, C., Katzel, L.I., Gullapalli, R., Seliger, S.L., Kouo, T., Rosenberger, W.F., Erus, G., Evans, M.K., & Zonderman, A.B. (2017). Differential associations of socioeconomic status with global brain volumes and white matter lesions in African American and White adults: the HANDLS SCAN study. Psychosomatic Medicine, 79, 327-335.

Waldstein, S.R., Beatty Moody, D.L., McNeely, J.M., Allen, A.J., Sprung, M.R., Shah, M.T., Al’Najjar, E., Evans, M.K., & Zonderman, A.B. (2016). Cross-sectional relations of race and poverty status to cardiovascular risk factors in the Healthy Aging in Neighborhoods of Diversity across the Life Span (HANDLS) study. BMC Public Health, 16, 258 doi: 10.1186/s12889-016-2945-9.

Wendell, C.R., Waldstein, S.R., Evans, M.K., & Zonderman, A.B. (2016). Subclinical atherosclerosis and neurocognitive function in an urban population. Atherosclerosis, 249, 125-131.

Allen, A.J., Kuczmarski, M.F., Evans, M.K., Zonderman, A.B., & Waldstein, S.R. (2016). Race differences in diet quality of urban food-insecure Blacks and Whites reveals resiliency in Blacks. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 3, 706-712.

Waldstein, S.R. & Elias, M.F. (Eds.) (2015) Neuropsychology of Cardiovascular Disease (2nd Ed.) New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.

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.