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Rebecca C Thurston, PhDRebecca C Thurston, PhD

Pittsburgh Foundation Chair in Women’s Health and Dementia and Professor of Psychiatry, Clinical and Translational Science, Epidemiology and Psychology

Rebecca Thurston, PhD, Pittsburgh Foundation Chair and Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, Epidemiology, and Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research takes a biopsychosocial approach to midlife health and aging. Biological factors as well as psychosocial and economic factors, such as trauma, poverty, and discrimination are jointly considered as contributors to aging women’s cardiovascular and brain health. Her research explicitly considers the implications of midlife biological and psychosocial experiences for health across diverse populations and seeks to reduce inequities in health outcomes for women from marginalized communities. Dr. Thurston is committed to mentorship and training and is the PI of a K24 award from NIH that supports her mentorship of trainees in women’s cardiovascular health research, and she is a director of a NIH T32 training program focused on providing training in cardiovascular behavioral medicine research (embed link to T32: https://www.cvbm.pitt.edu/).

Lab website:  https://www.thurstonlab.pitt.edu