Karen Matthews, Ph.D.


Sterling Plaza, Suite 200

Pittsburgh, PA 15260






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Research Interests

Life span development and cardiovascular health.


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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: No

Graduate Student Advisees

  • Jakubowski, Karen


  • PhD, University of Texas, Austin


  • 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)


  • Publication 1039

    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]

  • Publication 249

    Manuck, S.B., Flory, J.D., McCaffery, J.M., Matthews, K.A.Mann, J.J., & Muldoon, M.F. (1998) Aggression, impulsivity, and central nervous system serotonergic responsivity in a nonpatient sample. Neuropsychopharmacology 19; 287-299

  • Publication 427

    Gianaros, P.J., Jennings J.R., Sheu, L.K., Derbyshire, S.W.G., & Matthews, K.A. (2007). Heightened functional neural reactivity to psychological stress covaries with exaggerated blood pressure reactivity. Hypertension, 49, 134-140.

  • Publication 426

    Gianaros, P.J., Jennings J.R., Sheu, L.K., Greer, P.J., Kuller, L.H., & Matthews, K.A. (2007). Prospective reports of chronic life stress predict decreased grey matter volume in the hippocampus. NeuroImage, 35,795-802 .

  • Publication 506

    Gianaros PJ, Horenstein JA, Hariri AR, Sheu LK, Manuck SB, Matthews KA, & Cohen S. (2008). Potential neural embedding of parental social standing. Social Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience, 3, 91-96.

  • Publication 508

    Gianaros PJ, Horenstein JA, Cohen S, Matthews KA, Brown SM, Flory JD, Critchley HD, Manuck SB, & Hariri AR (2007). Perigenual anterior cingulate morphology covaries with perceived social standing. Social Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience, 2, 161-173.

  • Publication 627

    Hall M, Matthews K, Kravitz H, Gold E, Buysse DJ, Bromberger J, Owens J, Sowers MF. Race and Financial Strain are Independent Correlates of Sleep in Mid-Life Women: The SWAN Sleep Study. Sleep, 32(1):73-82, 2009.

  • Publication 648

    Midei, A.J. & Matthews, K.A. (2009). The role of social relationships and negative emotional traits in predicting central adiposity and pulse wave velocity in healthy adolescents. Health Psychology. 28, 347-353.

  • Publication 647

    Midei, A.J., Matthews, K.A., & Bromberger, J.T. (2010). Childhood abuse is associated with adiposity in midlife women: Possible pathways through trait anger and reproductive hormones. Psychosomatic Medicine. 72, 215-223.

  • Publication 1038

    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.

  • Publication 1036

    Matthews KA, Gallo LC. Psychological perspectives on pathways linking socioeconomic status and physical health. Annu Rev Psychol. 62:501-30, 2011.

  • Publication 1035

    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

  • Publication 683

    Egizio, V. B., Jennings, J. R., Christie, I. C., Shue, L. K., Matthews, K. A., Gianaros, P. J. (2008). Cardiac-vagal activity during psychological stress varies with social functioning in older women. Psychophysiology, 45(6), 1046-1054.

  • Publication 793

    Gibson C., Bromberger J, Weiss G, Thurston R, Sowers MF, Matthews KA. Negative attitudes and affect do not predict elective hysterectomy: A prospective analysis from the Study of Womens Health Across the Nation. Menopause (In press).

  • Publication 900

    Cyranowski JM, Marsland AL, Bromberger JT, Whiteside TL, Chang Y, Matthews KA. Depressive symptoms and production of proinflammatory cytokines by peripheral blood mononuclear cells stimulated in vitro. Brain, Behavior and Immunity 21:229-237, 2007.