MacArthur SES & Health Network


Karen Matthews

Karen Matthews

Professor of Psychiatry, Epidemiology, and Psychology Director, Pittsburgh Mind-Body Center Director, Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine Research Training Program

Department of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
3811 O'Hara Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Tel: 412-624-2041
FAX: 412-624-0967
Email: matthewska@upmc.edu


Education:
Foothills Junior College, Los Altos, Calfornia
AA., 1966, Psychology
University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
A.B., 1968, Psychology
California State University at San Jose, San Jose, CA
M.A., 1971, Psychology
University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas
Ph.D., 1976 Social Psychology/Personality

Research Interests

Karen Matthews's research focuses on behavioral risk factors for cardiovascular disease at developmental transitions in the life span. In particular she is interested in how behavioral risk factors relate to subclinical cardiovascular disease among adolescents and middle-aged adults.

Selected Publications

Karlamangla, A. S., Singer, B. H., Williams, D. R., Schwartz, J. E., Matthews, K. A., Kiefe, C. I., & Seeman, T. E. (2005). Impact of socioeconomic status on longitudinal accumulation of cardiovascular risk in young adults: the CARDIA Study (USA). Social Science and Medicine,60(5), 999-1015

Matthews, K.A., Gump, B.B., Harris, K.F., Haney, T.L., & Barefoot, J.C.  (2004).   Hostile behaviors predict cardiovascular mortality among men enrolled in the Multiple Risk Factor Intervention Trial.  Circulation, 109(1):66-70.

Troxel, W. M. & Matthews, K. A. (2004). What are the costs of marital conflict and dissolution to children’s physical health? Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 17(1), 29-57.

Gallo, L. C., Troxel, W. M., Matthews, K. A., Jansen-McWilliams, L., Kuller, L. H., & Sutton-Tyrrell, K. (2003). Occupation and subclinical carotid artery disease in women: Are clerical workers at greater risk? Health Psychology, 22(1), 19-29.

Gallo, L. C. & Matthews, K. A. (2003). Understanding the association between socioeconomic status and physical health: Do negative emotions play a role? Psychological Bulletin, 129(1), 10-51.

Gallo, L.C., Troxel, W.M., Kuller, L.H., Sutton-Tyrrell, K., Edmundowicz, D., & Matthews, K.A. (2003).  Marital status, marital quality and atherosclerotic burden in post-menopausal women.  Psychosomatic Medicine, 65(6):952-62.

Avis, N.E., Ory, M., Matthews, K., Schocken, M., Bromberger, J., & Colvin, A. (2003).   Health-related quality of life in a multi-ethnic sample of middle-aged women:   Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN).  Medical Care, 41(11):1262-76..

Matthews, K.A., Gump, B.B., Harris, K.F., Haney, T.L., & Barefoot, J.C.  (2004).   Hostile behaviors predict cardiovascular mortality among men enrolled in the Multiple Risk Factor Intervention Trial.  Circulation, 109(1):66-70.

Chen, E., & Matthews, K.A.  (2003). Development of the cognitive appraisal and understanding of social events (CAUSE) videos:  Application to explaining the link between socioeconomic status and cardiovascular reactivity in older adolescents.  Health Psychology, 22, 106-110.

Gallo, L.C., Troxel, W.M., Matthews, K.A., Jansen-McWilliams, L., Kuller, L.H., & Sutton-Tyrrell, K.   (2003).  Occupation and subclinical carotid artery disease in women:  Are clerical workers at greater risk?  Health Psychology, 22, 19-29.

Owens, J.F., Matthews, K.A., Räikkönen, K, & Kuller, L.H. (2003).  It is never too late: Change in physical activity fosters change in cardiovascular risk factors in middle aged women.  Preventive Cardiology, 6, 22-28.

Matthews, K.A., Salomon, K., Brady, S.S., & Allen, M.T. (2003).  Cardiovascular reactivity to stress predicts future blood pressure in adolescence.  Psychosomatic Medicine, 65, 410-415.

Räikkönen, K., Matthews, K.A., & Salomon, K.  (2003). Hostility predicts metabolic syndrome risk factors in children and adolescents.  Health Psychology, 22, 279-286.

Matthews, K.A., Salomon, K., Kenyon, K., & Allen, M.T.  (2002). Stability of children’s and adolescents’ hemodynamic responses to psychological challenge:  A 3-year longitudinal study of a multiethnic cohort of boys and girls.  Psychophysiology, 39, 826-834.

Matthews, K.A., Kiefe, C.I., Lewis, C.E. Liu K. Sidney S, & Unis, C (2002). Socioeconomic trajectories and incident hypertension in a biracial cohort of young adults. Hypertension, 39, 772-776.

Chen, E., Matthews K.A., & Boyce W. T. (2002) Socioeconomic differences in health: What are the implications for children? Psycholological Bulletin, 128, 295-329.

Räikkönen, K., Matthews, K.A., & Kuller, L.H. (2001).  Trajectory of psychological risk and incident hypertension in middle-aged women.  Hypertension, 38, 798-802.

Gallo, L.C., Matthews, K.A., Kuller, L.H., Sutton-Tyrrell, K. & Edmundowicz, D. (2001). Educational attainment and coronary and aortic calcification in post-menopausal women.  Psychosomatic Medicine, 63, 925-935.

Matthews K.A., Gump B.B., & Owens, J.F. (2001). Chronic stress influences cardiovascular and neuroendocrine responses during acute stress and recovery, especially in men. Health Psychology, 20, 403-410.

Matthews, K.A., Kuller, L.H., Sutton-Tyrrell, K., & Chang, Y-F. (2001). Changes in cardiovascular risk factors during the peri and post-menopause and carotid artery atherosclerosis in healthy women. Stroke, 23, 1104-1111.

Matthews, K.A., Flory, J.D., Owens, J.F., Harris, K.F., & Berga, S.L.  (2001). Influence of estrogen replacement therapy on cardiovascular responses to stress of healthy postmenopausal women.   Psychophysiology, 38, 1-8.

Internet Links

Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine Program

Pittsburgh Mind-Body Center

 

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