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Richard P. Sloan

Richard P. Sloan

Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Columbia University

Richard P. Sloan is the Nathaniel Wharton Professor of Behavioral Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University. He also is Chief of the Division of Behavioral Medicine at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Director of the Behavioral Medicine Program at Columbia University Medical Center in New York.

Dr. Sloan's principal work focuses on identifying the autonomic nervous system mechanisms linking psychological risk factors such as depression, hostility, and anxiety to heart disease. Funded research studies address various aspects of this problem: 1) using the quasi-naturalistic model of cardiac transplantation to examine how loss of autonomic control of the heart influences blood pressure responses to challenge; 2) examining how enhancing cardiac autonomic control by aerobic conditioning contributes to blood pressure regulation; 3) determining whether reducing hostility and anger, by cognitive-behavioral treatment, enhances cardiac autonomic control; 4) examining the serotonin transporter in cytokine-induced depression; and 5) identifying the moment to moment impact of negative interpersonal interactions on autonomic nervous system regulation of the cardiovascular system.

Representative Publications
Alen, N. V., Parenteau, A. M., Sloan, R. P., & Hostinar, C. E. (2021). Heart rate variability and circulating inflammatory markers in midlife. Brain, Behavior, & Immunity - Health, 15, Article 100273.
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Sloan, R. P., & Cole, S. W. (2021). Parasympathetic neural activity and the reciprocal regulation of innate antiviral and inflammatory genes in the human immune system. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 98, 251-256.
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Alen, N. V., Sloan, R. P., Seeman, T. E., & Hostinar, C. E. (2020). Childhood parental warmth and heart rate variability in midlife: Implications for health. Personal Relationships, 27(3), 506-525.
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Otto, L. R., Sin, N. L., Almeida, D. M., & Sloan, R. P. (2018). Trait emotion regulation strategies and diurnal cortisol profiles in healthy adults. Health Psychology, 37(3), 301-305.
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Sloan, R. P., Schwarz, E., McKinley, P. S., Weinstein, M., Love, G., Ryff, C., Mroczek, D., Choo, T. H., Lee, S., & Seeman, T. (2017). Vagally-mediated Heart rate variability and indices of well-being: Results of a nationally representative study. Health Psychology, 36(1), 73-81.
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Picard, M., Juster, R.-P., Sloan, R. P., & McEwen, B. S. (2017). Mitochondrial nexus to allostatic load biomarkers. Psychosomatic Medicine, 79(1), 114-117 [Commentary on JF Wiley et al. (2016). Modeling multisystem physiological dysregulation.].
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Crowley, O. V., Kimhy, D., McKinley, P. S., Burg, M. M., Schwartz, J. E., Lachman, M. E., Tun, P. A., Ryff, C. D., Seeman, T. E., & Sloan, R. P. (2016). Vagal recovery from cognitive challenge moderates age-related deficits in executive functioning. Research on Aging, 38(4), 504-525.
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Sin, N. L., Sloan, R. P., McKinley, P. S., & Almeida, D. M. (2016). Linking daily stress processes and laboratory-based heart rate variability in a national sample of midlife and older adults. Psychosomatic Medicine, 78(5), 573-582.
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Cooper, T. M., McKinley, P. S., Seeman, T. E., Choo, T., Lee, S., & Sloan, R. P. (2015). Heart rate variability predicts levels of inflammatory markers: Evidence for the vagal anti-inflammatory pathway. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 49, 94-100.
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Donoho, C. J., Seeman, T. E., Sloan, R. P., & Crimmins, E. M. (2015). Marital status, marital quality, and heart rate variability in the MIDUS cohort. Journal of Family Psychology, 29(2), 290-295.

Kimhy, D., Crowley, O. V., McKinley, P. S., Burg, M. M., Lachman, M. E., Tun, P. A., Ryff, C. D., Seeman, T. E., & Sloan, R. P. (2013). The association of cardiac vagal control and executive functioning- findings from the MIDUS study. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 47(5), 628-635.
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Fuller-Rowell, T. E., Love, G. D., Williams, D. R., McKinely, P. S., Sloan, R. P., & Ryff, C. D. (2013). Race differences in age trends of autonomic nervous system functioning. Journal of Aging and Health, 25(5), 839-862.
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Crowley, O. V., McKinley, P. S., Burg, M. M., Schwartz, J. E., Ryff, C. D., Weinstein, M., Seeman, T. E., & Sloan, R. P. (2011). The interactive effect of change in perceived stress and trait anxiety on vagal recovery from cognitive challenge. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 82(3), 225-232.
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Shcheslavskaya, O. V., Burg, M. M., McKinley, P. S., Schwartz, J. E., Gerin, W., Ryff, C. D., Weinstein, M., Seeman, T., Sloan, R. P. (2010). Heart rate recovery after cognitive challenge is preserved with age. Psychosomatic Medicine, 72(2), 128-133.
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Sloan, R. ., Shapiro, P.A., Gorenstein, E.E., Tager, F.A., Monk, E.C., McKinley, P.S., Bagiella, E., Chen, I., Steinman, R., Myers, M.M., & Bigger, J.T. (2010). Cardiac autonomic control and treatment of hostility: A randomized controlled trial. Psychosomatic Medicine, 72, 1-8.

Seidman, D.F., Westmaas, J.L., Goldband, S., Rabius, V., Katkin, E.S., Pike, K.J., Wiatrek ,D., & Sloan, R. (2010). Randomized controlled trial of an interactive internet smoking cessation program with long term follow-up. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 39(1), 48-60.

Dibonaventura, M., Erblich, J., Sloan, R. P. & Bovbjerg, D. (2010). A Computerized Stroop task to assess cancer-related cognitive biases. Behavioral Medicine, 36(2), 37-43.

Connerney, I., Sloan, R., Bagiella, E., Seckman, C., & Shapiro, P.A. (2010). Depression is associated with increased mortality 10 years after coronary artery bypass surgery. Psychosomatic Medicine, 72, 874-878.

Kimhy, D., Delespaul, P., Ahn, H., Cai, S., Shikhman, M., Lieberman, J.A., Malaspina, D., & Sloan, R.P. (2010). Concurrent measurement of "real-world" stress and arousal in individuals with psychosis: assessing the feasibility and validity of a novel methodology. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 36(6), 1131-1139.

Bond, V., Mills, R.M., Andrews, N., Bartels, M., Zion, A., Sloan, R.P., & DeMeersman, R. (2009). Exercise training favorably affects autonomic and blood pressure responses during psychological and physiological stressors in African-American males. Journal of Human Hypertension, 23, 267-273.

Sloan, R. P., Shapiro, P.A., DeMeersman, R.E., Bagiella, E., Brondolo, E., McKinley, P.S., Slavov, I., Fang, Y., & Myers, M.M. (2009). The effect of aerobic training and cardiac autonomie regulation in young adults. American Journal of Public Health, 99(5), 921-928 .

McKinley, P.S., King, A., Shapiro, P.A., Slavov, I., Fang, Y., Chen, I., & Sloan, R.P. (2009). The impact of menstrual cycle phase on cardiac autonomic regulation. Psychophysiology, 46, 901-911.

Sloan, R.P. (2009). Religion, medical science, and the rise of subjectivity. European Journal of Integrative Medicine, 1(1), 3-9.

Sloan, R.P. (2009). Why patients' religion is not their doctor's business. Virtual Mentor, 11(10), 804-815.

Sloan, R.P., Huang, M., McCreath, H., Sidney, S., Liu, K., Williams, O.D., & Seeman, T.S. (2008). Cardiac autonomic control and the effects of age, race, and sex: The CARDIA Study. Autonomic Neuroscience, 139, 78-85.

Sloan, R.P., Shapiro, P. A., DeMeersman, R. E., McKinley, P. S., Tracey, K. J., Slavov, I.,... Flood, P. D. (2007). Aerobic exercise attenuates inducible TNF production in humans. Journal of Applied Physiology, 103, 1007-1011.

Sloan, R.P., McCreath, H., Tracey, K. J., Sidney, S., Liu, K., & Seeman, T. (2007). RR interval variability is inversely related to inflammatory markers: The CARDIA study. Molecular Medicine, 13(3-4), 178-184.

Goldstein, R. S., Buruchfeld, A. N., Yang, L., Qureshi, A. R., Puerta, M. G., Patel, N. B., Gregerson, P.K., Sloan, R.S.,...Tracey, K. J. (2007). Cholinergic anti-inflammatory pathway activity and serum high mobility group box-1 (HMGB1) levels in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Molecular Medicine, 13, 210-215.

Pereira, A. C., Huddleston, D., Brickman, A. M., Hen, R., Sosunov, A. A., McKhann, G. M., Sloan, R.P.,...Small, S. A. (2007). An in vivo correlate of exercise-induced neurogenesis in the adult dentate gyrus. Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, 104(13), 5638-5643.

Gorenstein, E.E., Tager, F.A., Shapiro, P.A., & Sloan, R.P. (2007). Cognitive-behavior therapy for reduction of persistent anger. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 41, 168-184.

Sloan, R.P. (2007). Attendance at religious services, health, and the lessons of trinity (invited editorial). Psychosomatic Medicine, 69, 493-494.

Yeager, D.M., Glei, D., Au, M., Lin, H.-S., Sloan, R.P. & Weinstein, M. (2006). Religious involvement and health outcomes among older persons in Taiwan. Social Science and Medicine, 63, 2228-2241.
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