Elena Salmoirago-Blotcher Assistant Professor of Medicine (Research), Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Research)

I am an Assistant Professor of Medicine (Research) in the Department of Medicine at the Brown University Alpert School of Medicine and an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Research) in the Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health at Brown University. I have a nearly twenty years’ experience as a clinical cardiologist in Italy and Israel. During my career as a cardiologist I realized that our efforts to treat cardiovascular disease could not be successful without promoting lasting and sustainable behavioral change. I thus decided to become a full-time researcher in the area of cardiovascular prevention and behavioral cardiology. I received a PhD in Clinical and Population Health Research from the University of Massachusetts in 2010, and a NRSA post-doctoral training award in behavioral medicine (completed in 2012). I also received extensive training in mindfulness-based stress reduction (Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts and Mind & Life Institute, Garrison, NY) and I am a qualified Mindfulness instructor.

I have successfully served as PI on a number of projects: a pilot RCT of mobile mindfulness training for patients with cardiac defibrillators (F32AT005048, PI: Salmoirago-Blotcher); on an American Heart Association grant looking at risk factors for stress cardiomyopathy (13CRP13340001, PI: Salmoirago-Blotcher); and on a survey-based study funded by the Templeton foundation looking at predictors of burnout among emergency room physicians (FP048381, PI: Salmoirago-Blotcher). I served as PI (with Dr. Pbert) on a pilot investigation of the role of mindfulness training in the promotion of healthy behaviors in teenagers (R21HL119665). Currently, I am the PI on a study investigating the role of Tai Chi as an alternative to traditional cardiac rehabilitation programs (R34AT007569); and as PI (with Dr. M. Carey, R34AT008930) on a study developing and pilot-testing mobile mindfulness training to improve ART adherence and risky sex behaviors among people living with HIV. 

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