Associate Professor of Medicine, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Associate Professor of Epidemiology


Dr. Salmoirago-Blotcher, M.D., Ph.D., is a Senior Research Scientist in the Division of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Institute at the Miriam Hospital and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Brown University Warren Alpert School of Medicine. After a 20-year experience as a cardiologist in her native Italy, she came to realize that efforts to treat cardiovascular (CV) disease cannot be successful without lasting and sustainable change in lifestyle. This prompted her to launch a research career in behavioral cardiology. Her research program focuses on the role of psychosocial factors in the development of CV disease and on novel strategies targeting psycho-behavioral factors to promote CV health. 

Dr. Salmoirago-Blotcher conducts seminal research on stress (Takotsubo) cardiomyopathy as a model of the complex interactions between psychological factors, reproductive factors and cardiovascular physiology. She studies the role of mind-body approaches in the promotion of CV health behaviors (e.g., physical activity, medication adherence) as well as the possible mechanisms (emotional self-regulation, cognitive processes) underlying such behavioral changes. With the design of a mobile-delivered mindfulness intervention for patients with heart failure and of a tai chi-based exercise program for patient unable to attend traditional cardiac rehabilitation she is also contributing to ongoing efforts to reach patients who have fewer options to improve their wellbeing and lifestyle. 

Dr. Salmoirago-Blotcher has been independently funded by the National Institutes of Health since 2009, and has received funding from the American Heart Association, the Templeton Foundation, the Mindfulness Center at Brown, and the Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute. Her work has been featured in Reuters, Time Magazine, NBC-Channel 10, CBS National News, and others. 

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