Karen Matthews, Ph.D.

  • Professor Emerita, Psychiatry

Education & Training

  • PhD, University of Texas, Austin

Research Interest Summary

Life Span Development & Cardiovascular Health

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

Representative 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]

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

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.

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 .

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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).

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.

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