Associate Professor of Medicine, Associate Professor of Epidemiology

Overview

Dr. Salmoirago-Blotcher, M.D., Ph.D., is a Senior Research Scientist at the Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine at the Miriam Hospital. She is an Associate Professor of Medicine (Brown University Alpert School of Medicine) with a joint appointment in Epidemiology (School of Public Health). After a nearly 20-year experience as a clinician in her native Italy, where she is board certified in cardiology, she came to realize that efforts to prevent and treat cardiovascular (CV) disease cannot be successful without lasting and sustainable change in lifestyle. This prompted her to launch a research career in CV prevention and behavioral cardiology. After completing a PhD in clinical epidemiology at the University of Massachusetts, Dr. Salmoirago-Blotcher received a prestigious NRSA post-doctoral training award in behavioral medicine that allowed her to develop her research program. 

Dr. Salmoirago-Blotcher's research focuses on the design of novel strategies for the promotion of behavioral change in patients with or at risk of CV disease. Specifically, she studies the role of mind-body approaches in the promotion of CV health (physical activity, healthy dietary behaviors, and medication adherence) as well as possible mechanisms (improvements in self-regulation, attentional processes, and working memory) underlying such behavioral changes. With the design of a phone-delivered mindfulness-training program for patients with severe heart failure and of a tai chi-based exercise program for patient unable to attend traditional cardiac rehabilitation she has also contributed to ongoing efforts to reach patients who have fewer options to improve their wellbeing and lifestyle behaviors. 

A second area of research is the study of the role of psychosocial factors in the development of CV disease. In addition to studying the role of religion/spirituality in the prevention of CV disease, Dr. Salmoirago-Blotcher has conducted seminal research on stress (takotsubo) cardiomyopathy as a model for the study of the complex interactions between psychological factors, reproductive factors and acute CV conditions in women.  

Dr. Salmoirago-Blotcher has been funded by the American Heart Association, the National Institutes of Health, the Templeton Foundation, and the Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute. Her work has been featured in Reuters, Time Magazine, NBC-Channel 10, CBS National News, and others. 

Brown Affiliations

Research Areas

On the Web