Tasneem Khambaty, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Contact Information:

Email:        khambaty@umbc.edu

Office:       Math/Psychology 326

Phone:      410.455.2304

Fax:           410.455.1055

Lab:           Sondheim 401


PhD in Clinical Health Psychology, Purdue University

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Behavioral Medicine Research in Cardiovascular Diseases (NIH T32 HL007426), University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

Fall 2023 Office Hours:

3:45 PM – 4:45 PM

Area of Study:

Clinical Psychology/Behavioral Medicine

Research Interests:

Dr. Khambaty is a clinical psychologist and researcher in the field of cardiovascular behavioral medicine, which is concerned with the interrelations among biopsychosocial factors and cardiometabolic health and disease. Within this larger area, she conducts research at the interface of cardiometabolic disease (e.g., diabetes, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome) risk, aging, cognition, psychosocial and biobehavioral risk factors and mechanisms, and health disparities. Her primary interests lie in using multidisciplinary approaches to examine (1) psychosocial (e.g., depression and anxiety symptoms, subtypes and disorders, socioeconomic status) and cognitive risk factors for the development of diabetes-related processes and outcomes, (2) biobehavioral mechanisms that underlie these associations; and (3) psychosocial factors that contribute to racial/ethnic disparities in cardiometabolic disease, focusing on Hispanic/Latino and African American populations. Not surprisingly, much of her research questions are explored among older adults, minorities, individuals of lower socioeconomic status, and other at-risk populations. To pursue these interdisciplinary interests, Dr. Khambaty works with a range of research partners, including physicians, sociologists, and epidemiologists at UMBC, University of Maryland School of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, other research institutions.

Courses Taught:

Health Psychology (PSYC 385)

Health Behavior Promotion Disease Prevention (PSYC 493)

Graduate Research and Training Opportunities:

Accepting Graduate Students?

Graduate students in the lab will be encouraged to develop an original and independent program of research and pursue new research collaborations. Students will be able to engage in a broad range of research, including laboratory- and community-based observational and intervention data collection protocols, and secondary analysis of longitudinal epidemiological datasets. They will also receive training in manuscript and grant writing, and they will be encouraged to pursue external fellowships/funding opportunities. Students who aspire to careers with a substantial research focus, as in academia or applied research settings, are particularly encouraged to apply.

Undergraduate Research and Training Opportunities:

YES:  Undergraduate opportunities available in the development and implementation of research protocols, and in manuscript writing and publication. Interested students should contact Dr. Khambaty directly via email.

Graduate Program Affiliation(s):

 Human Services Psychology/Behavioral Medicine

Selected Publications:

Khambaty, T, Callahan, C. M, Stewart, J. C (2018). Effect of collaborative depression treatment on risk for diabetes: A 9-year follow-up of the IMPACT randomized controlled trial. PLoS ONE 13(8): e0200248. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0200248

Khambaty, T., Callahan, C.M., Perkins, A.J., & Stewart, J. C. (2016). Depression and Anxiety Screens as Simultaneous Predictors of 10-year Incidence of Diabetes among Primary Care Patients. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. doi: 10.1111/jgs.14454

Khambaty, T., Stewart, J. C., Gupta, S. K., Chang, C. C. H., Bedimo, R. J., Budoff, M. J., … & Freiberg, M.S. (2016). Association between Depressive Disorders and Incident Acute Myocardial Infarction in Human Immunodeficiency Virus–Infected Adults: Veterans Aging Cohort Study. JAMA Cardiology. doi:10.1001/jamacardio.2016.2716.

Khambaty, T., Stewart, J. C., Muldoon, M. F., & Kamarck, T. W. (2014). Depressive Symptom Clusters as Predictors of 6-Year Increases in Insulin Resistance: Data from the Pittsburgh Healthy Heart Project. Psychosomatic Medicine, 76(5), 363-369.

Khambaty, T., & Stewart, J. C. (2013). Associations of Depressive and Anxiety Disorders with Periodontal Disease Prevalence in Young Adults: Analysis of 1999–2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) Data. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 45(3), 393-397.


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