University of Pittsburgh

Matthews, Karen

Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, Professor of Epidemiology and Psychology
PhD, University of Texas, Austin
Biological and Health Program, Clinical Program, Clinical/Health Program


Sterling Plaza, Suite 200
Fax: 412-648-7160

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Research Interests: Behavioral risk factors for cardiovascular disease at developmental transitions in the life span, how behavioral risk factors relate to subclinical cardiovascular disease among adolescents and middle-aged adults, menopause and women's health

Accepting Graduate Students: Yes

Selected Publications

  • Matthews KA, Chang YF, Thurston RC, Bromberger JT. Child abuse is related to inflammation in mid-life women: role of obesity. Brain Behav Immun. 2013 Sep 25. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Low CA, Matthews KA, Hall M. Elevated CRP in adolescents: Roles of stress and coping. Psychosom Med. 75(5):449-52, 2013.
  • Burford TI, Low CA, Matthews KA. Night/day ratios of ambulatory blood pressure among healthy adolescents: Roles of race, socioeconomic status, and psychosocial factors. Ann Behav Med. 46(2):217-26, 2013.
  • Matthews KA, Gallo LC. Psychological perspectives on pathways linking socioeconomic status and physical health. Annu Rev Psychol. 62:501-30, 2011.
  • Matthews KA, Schwartz JE, Cohen S. Indices of socioeconomic position across the life course as predictors of coronary calcification in black and white men and women: Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study. Soc Sci Med. 73:768-74, 2011. PMC3167073

Honors and Awards

  • American Psychosomatic Society Patricia R. Barchas Award (2013)
  • James McKeen Cattell Lifetime Achievement Award for Applied Research, Association of Psychological Science (2013)
  • Nathan Perry Career Service to Health Psychology Award, Division 38 Health Psychology, American Psychological Association (2011)
  • Philosophiae Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Helsinki, Finland (2007)
  • American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientist Award (2005)
  • American Psychosomatic Society President's Award (2005)
  • Member, Institute of Medicine (2002)
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Department of Psychology, University of Texas at Austin (2001)
  • Distinguished Scientist Award, Society of Behavioral Medicine (1999)
  • Award for Significant Research Contribution, Society of Pediatric Psychology (1994)
  • Award for Distinguished Contributions to Health Psychology, Division 38, American Psychological Association (1992)
  • MERIT Award (Method to Extend Research in Time), NIH, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (1990)

Graduate Student Advisees

  • Dhaliwal, Sanam
  • Gibson, Carolyn
  • Jakubowski, Karen