Richard Sloan, Ph.D.
Nathaniel Wharton Professor of Behavioral Medicine
Chief, Division of Behavioral Medicine,
New York State Psychiatric Institute
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;
5) identifying the moment to moment impact of negative interpersonal interactions on autonomic nervous system regulation of the cardiovascular system; and
6) examining the impact of aerobic training on neurogenesis.
In addition, Dr. Sloan and colleagues have explored and criticized the purported links between religion, spirituality, and health that have appeared in popular and medical publications. They have examined the empirical basis of the claim that religious activity promotes health and identified significant ethical, practical, and even theological problems associated with making religious activity an adjunctive medical procedure.
He is the author of Blind Faith: The Unholy Alliance of Religion and Medicine (St. Martin’s Press).
Undergraduate: Union College, Schenectady, B.S., 1970
Graduate: New School for Social Research, M.A., 1974
Doctoral Degree: New School for Social Research, Ph.D., 1978
Fellowship: Columbia University, 1988 - 1991
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1. Sloan RP, Huang MH, Sidney S, Liu, K, Williams OD, Seeman T: Socioeconomic status and health: Is parasympathetic nervous system activity an intervening mechanism?. International Journal of Epidemiology 2005;34: 443-451
2. Norton M, Sloan RP, Bagiella E: A new approach to the statistical analysis of cardiovascular data. Journal of Applied Physiology 2005;98: 2298-2303
3. Connerney I, Shapiro PA, McLaughlin JS, Bagiella E, Sloan RP : Relation between depression after coronary artery bypass surgery and 12- month outcome: a prospective study. Lancet 2001;358: 1766-1771
4. Sloan RP, Bagiella E, VandeCreek L, Hover M, Casalone C, Hirsch TJ, Hasan Y, Kreger R, Poulos P: Should physicians prescribe religious activities?. New England Journal of Medicine 2000;342: 1913-1916
5. Sloan RP, Bagiella E, Powell T : Religion, spirituality, and medicine. Lancet 1999;353: 664-667