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
Room 1540K Unit/Box:
622 West 168th St
New York, NY 10032
1. Cooper TM, McKinley PS, Seeman TE, Choo T, Lee S, Sloan RP.: Variability Predicts Levels of Inflammatory Markers: Evidence for the Vagal Anti-Inflammatory Pathway. Brain Behavior and Immunity in press
2. Brickman AM, Khan UA, Provenzano FA, Yeung L-K, Suzuki W, Schroeter H, Wall M, Sloan RP, Small SA: Enhancing dentate gyrus function with dietary flavanols improves cognition in older adults. Nature Neuroscience 2014;17: 1798-1803
3. Flood P, McKinley PS, Monk CE, Muntner P, Colantonio L, Goetzl L, Hatch M, Sloan RP: Beat-to-beat heart rate and blood pressure variability are associated with an increased risk for hypertensive disease in pregnancy. American Journal of Perinatology in press
4. Kimhy D, Vakhrusheva J, Bartels MN, Armstrong HF, Ballon JS, Khan S, Chang RW, Hansen MC, Ayanruoh L, Lister A, Castren E, Smith EE, Sloan RP: The Impact of Aerobic Exercise on Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor and Neurocognition in Individuals with Schizophrenia: A Single-Blind, Randomized Clinical Trial. Schizophrenia Bulletin in press
5. Lindgren M, Alex C, Shapiro PA, McKinley PS, Brondolo EN, Myers MM, Choi CJ, Lopez-Pintado S, Sloan RP: Effects of aerobic conditioning on cardiovascular sympathetic response to and recovery from challenge. Psychophysiology 2013;50: 963-973