What We Do

The Sleep, Mind, & Health Research Program integrates frameworks and methodologies from psychology, public health, social work, and medicine to understand how structural and social factors (e.g., nativity status, socioeconomic status, discrimination stress, neighborhood factors,) affect sleep, mental health, and cardiovascular health particularly in racial/ethnic and immigrant communities. We use quantitative and qualitative methods such as survey methods, in person interviews, and focus groups, as well as objective behavioral assessments that capitalize on recent technological advances, to study human behavior in its context.

The Goal

The primary goal of this research program is to advance health equity by translating epidemiological findings on social determinants of health to the development and rigorous testing of culturally tailored and gender informed behavioral interventions to reduce cardiovascular health disparities. 

The work of the Sleep, Mind, & Health Research Program has been funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, the National Institute of Mental Health, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research at Columbia University, and the Office of the Provost at Columbia University. 

Recent Publication

Objective Short Sleep Duration and 24-Hour Blood Pressure

Marwah Abdalla
Joseph E Schwartz
Talea Cornelius
Bernard P Chang
Carmela Alcántara
Ari Shechter