Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Associate Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Associate Professor of Medicine

Overview

Dr. Loucks is Director of the Mindfulness Center at Brown. He focuses his research on the impacts of mindfulness and early life adversity on adulthood well-being, with a particular emphasis on mechanisms, social contextual factors, and cardiovascular disease risk. 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 T.H. Chan Harvard School of Public Health where he was trained in social epidemiology. He has studied mindfulness meditation for over two decades, and is a certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) instructor. He led the development of the Mindfluness-Based Blood Pressure Reduction (MB-BP) and Mindfulness-Based College (MBC) programs, which have both undergone clinical trials with promising findings. Dr. Loucks has generated research discoveries that helped to better understand how biological factors such as inflammatory markers, epigenetics, blood pressure, obesity, lipids, amongst others, may be important mechanisms through which psychosocial factors such as early life adversity and mindfulness could influence cardiovascular disease. He has almost 100 peer-reviewed publications, and has received wide coverage of his research findings in outlets such as The New York Times and BBC News.

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