Dr. Loucks focuses his research on identifying biological mechanisms by which social factors such as mindfulness, education, and early life adversity may influence cardiovascular disease. He started his training with a BSc in Physiology and a PhD in Pharmacology & Therapeutics, both focused on biological mechanisms of cardiovascular disease. He then went on to a post-doctoral fellowship at the Harvard School of Public Health in the Department of Society, Human Development and Health, where he was trained in social epidemiology. During and since that time he has generated research findings that have helped to better understand how biological factors such as inflammatory markers, epigenetics, blood pressure, obesity, lipids, amongst others, may be important mechanisms through which social factors could influence cardiovascular disease. This has led to over 75 peer-reviewed publications, and wide coverage of research findings in outlets such as TIME Magazine and BBC News. He uses epidemiological methodological techniques such as propensity score matching and mediation analyses to probe into plausible mechanisms that could explain social disparities in health. He is now increasingly moving into practical applications of the work, including randomized controlled trials of mindfulness interventions to address social disparities in cardiovascular disease.
|Britton, Willoughby B., Davis, Jake H., Loucks, Eric B., Peterson, Barnes, Cullen, Brendan H., Reuter, Laura, Rando, Alora, Rahrig, Hadley, Lipsky, Jonah, Lindahl, Jared R. Dismantling Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy: Creation and validation of 8-week focused attention and open monitoring interventions within a 3-armed randomized controlled trial.. Behaviour Research and Therapy/Behaviour Research and Therapy. 2018; 101 : 92-107.|
|Kutob RM, Yuan NP, Wertheim BC, Sbarra DA, Loucks EB, Nassir R, Bareh G, Kim MM, Snetselaar LG, Thomson CA Relationship Between Marital Transitions, Health Behaviors, and Health Indicators of Postmenopausal Women: Results from the Women's Health Initiative.. Journal of Women's Health. 2017; 26 (4) : 313-320.|
|Womack VY, De Chavez PJ, Albrecht SS, Durant N, Loucks EB, Puterman E, Redmond N, Siddique J, Williams DR, Carnethon MR A Longitudinal Relationship Between Depressive Symptoms and Development of Metabolic Syndrome: The Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults Study.. Psychosomatic Medicine. 2016; 78 (7) : 867-73.|
|Loucks, Eric B., Gilman, Stephen E., Britton, Willoughby B., Gutman, Roee, Eaton, Charles B., Buka, Stephen L. Associations of Mindfulness with Glucose Regulation and Diabetes.. Am J Hlth Behav/Am J Hlth Behav. 2016; 40 (2) : 258-267.|
|Non, Amy L., Román, Jorge Carlos, Gross, Christopher L., Gilman, Stephen E., Loucks, Eric B., Buka, Stephen L., Kubzansky, Laura D. Early childhood social disadvantage is associated with poor health behaviours in adulthood. Annals of Human Biology/Annals of human biology. 2016; 43 (2) : 144-153.|
|Loucks EB, Huang YT, Agha G, Chu S, Eaton CB, Gilman SE, Buka SL, Kelsey KT Epigenetic Mediators Between Childhood Socioeconomic Disadvantage and Mid-Life Body Mass Index. Psychosomatic Medicine/Psychosomatic Medicine. 2016; 78 (9) : 1053-1065.|
|Huang YT, Chu S, Loucks EB, Lin CL, Eaton CB, Buka SL, Kelsey KT Epigenome-wide profiling of DNA methylation in paired samples of adipose tissue and blood.. Epigenetics/Epigenetics. 2016; 11 (3) : 00-00.|
|Lacy ME, Wellenius GA, Carnethon MR, Loucks EB, Carson AP, Luo X, Kiefe CI, Gjelsvik A, Gunderson EP, Eaton CB, Wu WC Racial Differences in the Performance of Existing Risk Prediction Models for Incident Type 2 Diabetes: The CARDIA Study.. Diabetes care. 2016; 39 (2) : 285-91.|
|Parikh NI, Jeppson RP, Berger JS, Eaton CB, Kroenke CH, LeBlanc ES, Lewis CE, Loucks EB, Parker DR, Rillamas-Sun E, Ryckman KK, Waring ME, Schenken RS, Johnson KC, Edstedt-Bonamy AK, Allison MA, Howard BV Reproductive Risk Factors and Coronary Heart Disease in the Women's Health Initiative Observational Study.. Circulation. 2016; 133 (22) : 2149-58.|
|Agha, Golareh, Houseman, E Andres, Kelsey, Karl T, Eaton, Charles B, Buka, Stephen L, Loucks, Eric B Adiposity is associated with DNA methylation profile in adipose tissue. International Journal of Epidemiology/International journal of epidemiology. 2015; 44 (4) : 1277-1287.|
|Loucks, Eric B., Britton, Willoughby B., Howe, Chanelle J., Gutman, Roee, Gilman, Stephen E., Brewer, Judson, Eaton, Charles B., Buka, Stephen L. Associations of Dispositional Mindfulness with Obesity and Central Adiposity: the New England Family Study.. Int.J. Behav. Med./Int.J. Behav. Med.. 2015; 23 (2) : 224-233.|
|Slopen N, Loucks EB, Appleton AA, Kawachi I, Kubzansky LD, Non AL, Buka S, Gilman SE Early origins of inflammation: An examination of prenatal and childhood social adversity in a prospective cohort study.. Psychoneuroendocrinology/Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2015; 51 : 403-13.|
|Fernandez, Cristina A., Loucks, Eric B., Arheart, Kristopher L., Hickson, DeMarc A., Kohn, Robert, Buka, Stephen L., Gjelsvik, Annie Evaluating the Effects of Coping Style on Allostatic Load, by Sex: The Jackson Heart Study, 2000-2004.. Preventing Chronic Disease/Preventing Chronic Disease. 2015; 12 : E165.|
|Loucks, Eric B., Schuman-Olivier, Zev, Britton, Willoughby B., Fresco, David M., Desbordes, Gaelle, Brewer, Judson A., Fulwiler, Carl Mindfulness and Cardiovascular Disease Risk: State of the Evidence, Plausible Mechanisms, and Theoretical Framework. Current Cardiology Reports. 2015; 17 (12) : 112.|
|Fulwiler C, Brewer JA, Sinnott S, Loucks EB Mindfulness-Based Interventions for Weight Loss and CVD Risk Management.. Current Cardiovascular Risk Reports. 2015; 9 (10)|
|Stinson LJ, Stroud LR, Buka SL, Eaton CB, Lu B, Niaura R, Loucks EB Prospective Evaluation of Associations Between Prenatal Cortisol and Adulthood Coronary Heart Disease Risk. Psychosomatic Medicine/Psychosomatic Medicine. 2015; 77 (3) : 237-45.|
|Su S, Jimenez MP, Roberts CT, Loucks EB The Role of Adverse Childhood Experiences in Cardiovascular Disease Risk: a Review with Emphasis on Plausible Mechanisms.. Current Cardiology Reports. 2015; 17 (10) : 645.|
|Gilman SE, Loucks EB Another casualty of sibling fixed-effects analysis of education and health: An informative null, or null information?. Social Science & Medicine. 2014; 118 : 191-3.|
|Silveira PP, Portella AK, Kennedy JL, Gaudreau H, Davis C, Steiner M, Soares CN, Matthews SG, Sokolowski MB, Dubé L, Loucks EB, Hamilton J, Meaney MJ, Levitan RD, MAVAN Study Team Association between the seven-repeat allele of the dopamine-4 receptor gene (DRD4) and spontaneous food intake in pre-school children.. Appetite. 2014; 73 : 15-22.|
|Loucks EB, Taylor SE, Polak JF, Wilhelm A, Kalra P, Matthews KA Childhood family psychosocial environment and carotid intima media thickness: the CARDIA study.. Social Science & Medicine. 2014; 104 : 15-22.|
|Non AL, Rewak M, Kawachi I, Gilman SE, Loucks EB, Appleton AA, Román JC, Buka SL, Kubzansky LD Childhood social disadvantage, cardiometabolic risk, and chronic disease in adulthood.. American Journal of Epidemiology. 2014; 180 (3) : 263-71.|
|Appleton AA, Loucks EB, Buka SL, Kubzansky LD Divergent associations of antecedent- and response-focused emotion regulation strategies with midlife cardiovascular disease risk.. Annals of Behavioral Medicine/Annals of Behavioral Medicine. 2014; 48 (2) : 246-255.|
|Loucks, E. B., Gilman, S. E., Howe, C. J., Kawachi, I., Kubzansky, L. D., Rudd, R. E., Martin, L. T., Nandi, A., Wilhelm, A., Buka, S. L. Education and Coronary Heart Disease Risk: Potential Mechanisms Such as Literacy, Perceived Constraints, and Depressive Symptoms.. Health Education & Behavior/Health Education & Behavior. 2014; 42 (3) : 370-379.|
|Agha G, Loucks EB, Tinker LF, Waring ME, Michaud DS, Foraker RE, Li W, Martin LW, Greenland P, Manson JE, Eaton CB Healthy lifestyle and decreasing risk of heart failure in women: the Women's Health Initiative observational study.. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2014; 64 (17) : 1777-85.|
|Loucks EB Meditation intervention reviews.. JAMA Internal Medicine. 2014; 174 (7) : 1194-5.|
|Loucks EB, Britton WB, Howe CJ, Eaton CB, Buka SL Positive Associations of Dispositional Mindfulness with Cardiovascular Health: the New England Family Study. Int.J. Behav. Med./Int.J. Behav. Med.. 2014; 22 (4) : 540-50.|
|Rewak M, Buka S, Prescott J, De Vivo I, Loucks EB, Kawachi I, Non AL, Kubzansky LD Race-related health disparities and biological aging: does rate of telomere shortening differ across blacks and whites?. Biological psychology. 2014; 99 : 92-9.|
|Womack VY, Ning H, Lewis CE, Loucks EB, Puterman E, Reis J, Siddique J, Sternfeld B, Van Horn L, Carnethon MR Relationship between Perceived Discrimination and Sedentary Behavior in Adults.. Am J Hlth Behav. 2014; 38 (5) : 641-9.|
|Everage NJ, Linkletter CD, Gjelsvik A, McGarvey ST, Loucks EB Social and behavioral risk marker clustering associated with biological risk factors for coronary heart disease: NHANES 2001-2004.. BioMed research international. 2014; 2014 : 389853.|
|Jiang Y, Kempner M, Loucks EB Weight Misperception and Health Risk Behaviors in Youth: the 2011 US YRBS.. Am J Hlth Behav. 2014; 38 (5) : 765-80.|
|Appleton AA, Buka SL, Loucks EB, Rimm EB, Martin LT, Kubzansky LD A prospective study of positive early-life psychosocial factors and favorable cardiovascular risk in adulthood.. Circulation. 2013; 127 (8) : 905-12.|
|Appleton AA, Loucks EB, Buka SL, Rimm E, Kubzansky LD Childhood emotional functioning and the developmental origins of cardiovascular disease risk.. Journal of epidemiology and community health. 2013; 67 (5) : 405-11.|
|Appleton AA, Buka SL, Loucks EB, Gilman SE, Kubzansky LD Divergent associations of adaptive and maladaptive emotion regulation strategies with inflammation.. Health Psychology. 2013; 32 (7) : 748-56.|
|Everage NJ, Linkletter CD, Gjelsvik A, McGarvey ST, Loucks EB Implementation of permutation testing to determine clustering of social and behavioral risk factors for coronary heart disease, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2001-2004.. Annals of Epidemiology. 2013; 23 (7) : 381-7.|
|Sands M, Loucks EB, Lu B, Carskadon MA, Sharkey K, Stefanick M, Ockene J, Shah N, Hairston KG, Robinson J, Limacher M, Hale L, Eaton CB Self-reported snoring and risk of cardiovascular disease among postmenopausal women (from the Women's Health Initiative).. The American Journal of Cardiology. 2013; 111 (4) : 540-6.|
|Liu SY, Buka SL, Kubzansky LD, Kawachi I, Gilman SE, Loucks EB Sheepskin effects of education in the 10-year Framingham risk of coronary heart disease.. Social Science & Medicine. 2013; 80 : 31-6.|
|Sands-Lincoln M, Loucks EB, Lu B, Carskadon MA, Sharkey K, Stefanick ML, Ockene J, Shah N, Hairston KG, Robinson JG, Limacher M, Hale L, Eaton CB Sleep duration, insomnia, and coronary heart disease among postmenopausal women in the Women's Health Initiative.. Journal of Women's Health. 2013; 22 (6) : 477-86.|
|Liu SY, Linkletter CD, Loucks EB, Glymour MM, Buka SL Decreased births among black female adolescents following school desegregation.. Social Science & Medicine. 2012; 74 (7) : 982-8.|
|Eaton, C.B., Roberts, M.B., Driban, J.B., Agha, G., Loucks, E., Buka, S. Developmental origins of self-reported arthritis and osteoarthritis: new england family study. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage/Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. 2012; 20 : S192.|
|Loucks EB, Buka SL, Rogers ML, Liu T, Kawachi I, Kubzansky LD, Martin LT, Gilman SE Education and coronary heart disease risk associations may be affected by early-life common prior causes: a propensity matching analysis.. Annals of Epidemiology. 2012; 22 (4) : 221-32.|
|Aslibekyan S, Jensen MK, Campos H, Linkletter CD, Loucks EB, Ordovas JM, Deka R, Rimm EB, Baylin A Fatty Acid desaturase gene variants, cardiovascular risk factors, and myocardial infarction in the costa rica study.. Frontiers in genetics. 2012; 3 : 72.|
|Aslibekyan S, Jensen MK, Campos H, Linkletter CD, Loucks EB, Ordovas JM, Deka R, Rimm EB, Baylin A Genetic variation in fatty acid elongases is not associated with intermediate cardiovascular phenotypes or myocardial infarction.. European journal of clinical nutrition. 2012; 66 (3) : 353-9.|
|Everage NJ, Gjelsvik A, McGarvey ST, Linkletter CD, Loucks EB Inverse associations between perceived racism and coronary artery calcification.. Annals of Epidemiology. 2012; 22 (3) : 183-90.|
|Gilman SE, Loucks EB Invited commentary: does the childhood environment influence the association between every x and every y in adulthood?. American Journal of Epidemiology. 2012; 176 (8) : 684-8.|
|Sands MR, Lauderdale DS, Liu K, Knutson KL, Matthews KA, Eaton CB, Linkletter CD, Loucks EB Short sleep duration is associated with carotid intima-media thickness among men in the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) Study.. Stroke. 2012; 43 (11) : 2858-64.|
|Appleton AA, Buka SL, McCormick MC, Koenen KC, Loucks EB, Kubzansky LD The association between childhood emotional functioning and adulthood inflammation is modified by early-life socioeconomic status.. Health Psychology. 2012; 31 (4) : 413-22.|
|Loucks EB, Abrahamowicz M, Xiao Y, Lynch JW Associations of education with 30 year life course blood pressure trajectories: Framingham Offspring Study.. BMC Public Health. 2011; 11 : 139.|
|Loucks EB, Almeida ND, Taylor SE, Matthews KA Childhood family psychosocial environment and coronary heart disease risk.. Psychosomatic Medicine. 2011; 73 (7) : 563-71.|
|Aslibekyan S, Campos H, Loucks EB, Linkletter CD, Ordovas JM, Baylin A Development of a cardiovascular risk score for use in low- and middle-income countries.. Journal of Nutrition. 2011; 141 (7) : 1375-80.|
|Appleton AA, Buka SL, McCormick MC, Koenen KC, Loucks EB, Gilman SE, Kubzansky LD Emotional functioning at age 7 years is associated with C-reactive protein in middle adulthood.. Psychosomatic Medicine. 2011; 73 (4) : 295-303.|
|Smith BT, Lynch JW, Fox CS, Harper S, Abrahamowicz M, Almeida ND, Loucks EB Life-course socioeconomic position and type 2 diabetes mellitus: The Framingham Offspring Study.. American Journal of Epidemiology. 2011; 173 (4) : 438-47.|
|Martin LT, Schonlau M, Haas A, Derose KP, Rudd R, Loucks EB, Rosenfeld L, Buka SL Literacy skills and calculated 10-year risk of coronary heart disease.. J GEN INTERN MED. 2011; 26 (1) : 45-50.|
|Liu T, Gatsonis CA, Baylin A, Kubzansky LD, Loucks EB, Buka SL Maternal smoking during pregnancy and anger temperament among adult offspring.. Journal of Psychiatric Research. 2011; 45 (12) : 1648-54.|
|Agha G, Murabito JM, Lynch JW, Abrahamowicz M, Harper SB, Loucks EB Relation of socioeconomic position with ankle-brachial index.. The American Journal of Cardiology. 2011; 108 (11) : 1651-7.|
|Liu SY, Buka SL, Linkletter CD, Kawachi I, Kubzansky L, Loucks EB The association between blood pressure and years of schooling versus educational credentials: test of the sheepskin effect.. Annals of Epidemiology. 2011; 21 (2) : 128-38.|
|Loucks EB, Pilote L, Lynch JW, Richard H, Almeida ND, Benjamin EJ, Murabito JM Life course socioeconomic position is associated with inflammatory markers: the Framingham Offspring Study.. Social Science & Medicine. 2010; 71 (1) : 187-95.|
|Almeida ND, Loucks EB, Kubzansky L, Pruessner J, Maselko J, Meaney MJ, Buka SL Quality of parental emotional care and calculated risk for coronary heart disease.. Psychosomatic Medicine. 2010; 72 (2) : 148-55.|
|Senese LC, Almeida ND, Fath AK, Smith BT, Loucks EB Associations between childhood socioeconomic position and adulthood obesity.. Epidemiologic reviews. 2009; 31 : 21-51.|
|Bacon SL, Bouchard A, Loucks EB, Lavoie KL Individual-level socioeconomic status is associated with worse asthma morbidity in patients with asthma.. Respiratory research. 2009; 10 : 125.|
|Loucks EB, Lynch JW, Pilote L, Fuhrer R, Almeida ND, Richard H, Agha G, Murabito JM, Benjamin EJ Life-course socioeconomic position and incidence of coronary heart disease: the Framingham Offspring Study.. American Journal of Epidemiology. 2009; 169 (7) : 829-36.|
|Gilman SE, Martin LT, Abrams DB, Kawachi I, Kubzansky L, Loucks EB, Rende R, Rudd R, Buka SL Educational attainment and cigarette smoking: a causal association?. International journal of epidemiology. 2008; 37 (3) : 615-24.|
|Loucks, Eric B., Juster, Robert P., Pruessner, Jens C. Neuroendocrine biomarkers, allostatic load, and the challenge of measurement: A commentary on Gersten. Social Science & Medicine. 2008; 66 (3) : 525-530.|
|Loucks EB, Rehkopf DH, Thurston RC, Kawachi I Socioeconomic disparities in metabolic syndrome differ by gender: evidence from NHANES III.. Annals of Epidemiology. 2007; 17 (1) : 19-26.|
|Loucks EB, Magnusson KT, Cook S, Rehkopf DH, Ford ES, Berkman LF Socioeconomic position and the metabolic syndrome in early, middle, and late life: evidence from NHANES 1999-2002.. Annals of Epidemiology. 2007; 17 (10) : 782-90.|
|Loucks EB, Sullivan LM, Hayes LJ, D'Agostino RB Sr, Larson MG, Vasan RS, Benjamin EJ, Berkman LF Association of educational level with inflammatory markers in the Framingham Offspring Study.. American Journal of Epidemiology. 2006; 163 (7) : 622-8.|
|Loucks EB, Berkman LF, Gruenewald TL, Seeman TE Relation of social integration to inflammatory marker concentrations in men and women 70 to 79 years.. The American Journal of Cardiology. 2006; 97 (7) : 1010-6.|
|Ford ES, Loucks EB, Berkman LF Social integration and concentrations of C-reactive protein among US adults.. Annals of Epidemiology. 2006; 16 (2) : 78-84.|
|Loucks EB, Sullivan LM, D'Agostino RB Sr, Larson MG, Berkman LF, Benjamin EJ Social networks and inflammatory markers in the Framingham Heart Study.. Journal of biosocial science. 2006; 38 (6) : 835-42.|
|Loucks EB, Berkman LF, Gruenewald TL, Seeman TE Social integration is associated with fibrinogen concentration in elderly men.. Psychosomatic Medicine. 2005; 67 (3) : 353-8.|
|Spiegel J, Barceló C, Loucks EB, Bonet M, Aldama A, Yassi A What the Cuban context provides health researchers: the feasibility of a longitudinal multi-method study of the impact of housing improvements on health in Havana, Cuba.. Journal of public health (Oxford, England). 2004; 26 (1) : 95-100.|
|Loucks EB, Godin DV, Walley KR, McManus BM, Rahimian R, Granville DJ, Hong JM, Aktary FM, Qayumi AK Role of platelet activating factor in cardiac dysfunction, apoptosis and nitric oxide synthase mRNA expression in the ischemic-reperfused rabbit heart.. The Canadian journal of cardiology. 2003; 19 (3) : 267-74.|
|Loucks EB, Qayumi AK, Godin DV, English JC, Lim SP, Al Mahmeed T, Gul S Therapeutic potential of platelet-activating factor antagonism in the management of myocardial infarction.. The Canadian journal of cardiology. 2000; 16 (4) : 497-504.|
|Qayumi AK, English JC, Godin DV, Ansley DM, Loucks EB, Lee JU, Kim CW The role of platelet-activating factor in regional myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury.. The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 1998; 65 (6) : 1690-7.|
|Loucks EB, Symersky P, Qayumi AK Platelet-activating factor antagonism: a new concept in the management of regional myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury.. Journal of investigative surgery : the official journal of the Academy of Surgical Research. 1997; 10 (6) : 321-38.|
As a cardiovascular physiologist and social epidemiologist, my research agenda focuses on elucidating biological mechanisms by which social and psychosocial factors may influence cardiovascular disease. More specifically, my research program focuses on evaluating (1) associations of childhood family psychosocial environment and life course socioeconomic position with biological cardiovascular disease risk factors/markers, (2) epigenetic mechanisms by which social and psychosocial factors may influence cardiovascular disease risk, and (3) impacts of mindfulness on biological and behavioral cardiovascular disease risk factors/markers.
1UH2AT009145-01 Loucks, Britton, King (PIs; contact PI: Loucks) 09/15/15-08/31/20
Mindfulness Influences on Self-Regulation: Mental and Physical Health Implications
This study aims to (1) analyze several existing datasets to evaluate what specific elements of mindfulness interventions are most effective at influencing self-regulation, and if those changes in self-regulation translate into clinically meaningful health behavior changes, such as improved medical regimen adherence, and (2) test the ability of customized mindfulness interventions to alter self-regulation and medical regimen adherence in four ongoing randomized controlled trials.
Role: Principal Investigator
3UH2AT009145-02S1 Loucks (PI) 09/01/2017 – 08/31/2018
Interoceptive Self-Awareness as a Behavior Change Tool
This study aims to (1) Evaluate whether the Multidimensional Assessment of Interoceptive Awareness (MAIA) is influenced by mindfulness-based interventions including the Mindfulness-Based Blood Pressure Reduction (MB-BP) intervention and Mindfulness-Based College Intervention (2) Further cross-validate the MAIA assay by inserting an objective measure of self-awareness (heart beat detection task) into the MB-BP Stage II randomized controlled trial . (3) Consider use of an fMRI task to investigate neural activity during interoceptive awareness (heartbeat counting) and exteroceptive awareness (tone counting).
Role: Principal Investigator
5R01AT008393-02 Pbert, Carmody, Kerr (PIs) 09/01/14-08/31/19
Asthma Symptom Management Through Mindfulness Training
The primary aim of the proposed randomized controlled trial is to test Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction against an active control on the key clinical outcomes of asthma control and symptoms using gold standard measures with 256 adults with mild, moderate or severe asthma. Secondary aims evaluate the program's effect on asthma quality of life, lung function, cost-effectiveness, and the mediating effect of respiratory interoceptive accuracy on asthma control, quality of life, and medication use.
Role: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Instructor
Brown University School of Public, Loucks (PI) 11/1/16-10/31/18
Development and Evaluation of Mindfulness-Based Cardiac Rehabilitation on Outcomes and Molecular Markers of Successful Cardiac Rehabilitation.
Primary aims are to evaluate the impact of Mindfulness-Based Cardiac Rehab (MB-Cardiac Rehab) vs. standard of care on: (1) Metabolic Equivalent of Tasks (METs) during exercise stress test, which is an established primary outcome used to evaluate success of cardiac rehabilitation on cardiovascular and functional status during graded increases in physical exertion; (2) Molecular markers of successful cardiac rehabilitation including lipids, glucose regulation, inflammatory markers, and oxidative stress. Furthermore, this project will establish a biobank of tissue to be leveraged through collaborative efforts for molecular assays.
Role: Principal Investigator
Brown University Office of the Vice-President of Research, Loucks (PI) 7/1/17-6/30/19
Brown Mindfulness Center: Research, Methods, and Service
This project delineates a strategic plan for launching the Brown Mindfulness Center over the next two years, while longer term sustainability is aimed to be established through donors and grants. A Brown Mindfulness Center, with a focus on “Research, Methods, and Service” would address important needs world-wide for methodologically rigorous research on positive and negative effects of mindfulness-based interventions, and disseminate this knowledge to the greater community. Funding is directed to mindfulness pilot research studies and strategic meetings to foster research collaborations.
Role: Principal Investigator, Director
Brown University of the Provost, Loucks (PI) 7/1/17-6/30/20
Mindfulness-Based College Randomized Controlled Trial
This grant provides support to implement a randomized controlled trial to evaluate impacts of a mindfulness-based intervention customized to emerging adults to foster health and performance, called Mindfulness-Based College.
Role: Principal Investigator
3UH2AT009145-02S2 Loucks (PI) 09/01/2016 – 08/31/2017
Mindfulness-Blood Pressure Reduction Study Randomized Controlled Trial.
This study transitions the MB-BP study funded by NIH Grant 1UH2AT009145-01 to a two-arm, dual-blind, randomized RCT during the UH2 phase, instead of being an uncontrolled pre/post study. This approach will allow evaluation of the impacts of MB-BP vs. control on self-regulation targets, medical regimen adherence, and blood pressure over a 1 year follow-up time period.
Role: Principal Investigator
3UH2AT009145-02S2 Britton (PI) 09/01/2016 – 08/31/2017
Systematic Reviews on Impacts of Mindfulness-Based Interventions on Self-Regulation and Neuroimaging Targets.
This study extends the systematic reviews funded by NIH Grant1UH2AT009145-01 to perform systematic reviews on 3 distinct self-regulation domains, including neuroimaging targets, Similar to CONSORT guidelines that have been created for acupuncture trials (STRICTA), we plan to use information from the systematic review to create a CONSORT extension for mindfulness trials.
2014-2016 National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Aging
"Identifying Targets for Reducing Obesity Caused by Early Life Disadvantage"
Role: Principal Investigator
2014-2016 National Institutes of Health/ National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
"Asthma Symptom Management Through Mindfulness Training"
Role: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Instructor
2013-2015 US Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
"Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation (WISEWOMAN) Program"
Role: Epidemiologist and Evaluator
2013-2015 US Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
"State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and Associated Risk Factors and Promote School Health
"The New England Family Study: Fifty Year Post-Perinatal Follow-up for Life Course Effects on Aging"
Role: PI (multiple PIs: Loucks, Buka, Eaton)
2009-2014 Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Operating Grant
"A Longitudinal Study of Food Reward and Obesity in Young Children: The Role of Gene-Environment Interaction".
Role: Co-Investigator (PI: Robert Levitan)
2008-2009 Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Operating Grant
GENESIS PRAXY (GENdEr and Sex DetermInantS of Cardiovascular Disease: From Bench to Beyond Premature Acute Coronary Syndrome.
Role: Co-Investigator (PI: Louise Pilote)
2008-2011 Heart and Stroke Foundations of Quebec, Nova Scotia, Ontario, British Columbia and Yukon, and Alberta and Northwest Territories.
"GENESIS PRAXY (GENdEr and Sex DetermInantS of Cardiovascular Disease: From Bench to Beyond Premature Acute Coronary Syndrome)."
Role: Co-Investigator (PI: Louise Pilote)
2006-2009 Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Operating Grant
"Elucidating gender-specific associations between life course socioeconomic position and longitudinal trajectories of cardiovascular disease risk factors"
Role: Principal Investigator (2006-2008), Collaborator (2009, due to moving to United States)
2006-2011 Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Operating Grant
"Longitudinal analysis of the Quebec birth cohort: Pathways between early childhood poverty, stress, child health, cardiovascular risk factors, associated secular trends, and resiliency."
Role: Co-Investigator (PI: Gilles Paradis, Louise Seguin)
Please see Publications section above.
|2002||PhD||University of British Columbia|
2014, Psych Central named the following article in “The Four Greatest Psychological Discoveries of 2014”: Loucks EB et al. Positive associations of mindfulness with cardiovascular health: The New England Family Study. Int J Behav Med. 2015; 22(4): 540-550.
2012, BioMed Central Public Health Research Award for the article Loucks EB et al. BMC Public Health. 2011; 11(1):139, voted as the most ground-breaking research article published in BioMed Central Public Health for 2011.
2011, Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentoring in Public Health, Brown University
2008, 2009, Senior Teaching Excellence Award (McGill University, Epidemiology and Biostatistics Student Society)
2007, Senior Teaching Excellence Award, Runner Up (McGill University, Epidemiology and Biostatistics Student Society)
2007-2012, Canadian Institutes of Health (CIHR) New Investigator Award (declined after 2008 due to moving to United States)
2007-2011, Fonds de la Recherché en Santé Québec (FRSQ) Chercheur-Boursier Junior 1 Salary Award (declined)
2002-2005, Harvard Center for Society and Health Fellowship
2002-2004, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Research Fellowship
1999, W.B. and M.H. Chung Lectureship Award, University of British Columbia
1997-1999, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Postgraduate Scholarship
1994-1995, Dean's Honour List, University of British Columbia
1991, Passport to Education Scholarship
1991, Provincial Scholarship (British Columbia, Canada)
|Britton, Willoughby||Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences|
|Buka, Stephen||Professor of Epidemiology, Graduate Program Director|
|Eaton, Charles||Professor of Family Medicine, Director of Primary Care and Prevention, Professor of Epidemiology|
|Gutman, Roee||Associate Professor of Biostatistics|
|Howe, Chanelle||Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Master's Program Director|
|Kelsey, Karl||Professor of Epidemiology, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine|
|Wu, Wen-Chih||Professor of Medicine, Professor of Epidemiology|
Contemplative Studies Concentration Faculty
Population Studies Training Center
My teaching agenda is to effectively transmit knowledge on human biology, social determinants of health and epidemiology that will empower others to improve health and society. I aim to mentor graduate students to become high quality scientists in human biology, social determinants of health and epidemiology.
|COST 1080 - Meditation, Mindfulness and Health|
|PHP 1880 - Meditation, Mindfulness and Health|
|PHP 1910 - Public Health Senior Seminar|
|PHP 1920 - Social Determinants of Health|