1. Tailored approaches to stroke health education (TASHE): study protocol for a randomized controlled trial.

    Trials 16:176 (2015) PMID 25927452 PMCID PMC4417303

    Stroke is a leading cause of adult disability and mortality. Intravenous thrombolysis can minimize disability when patients present to the emergency department for treatment within the 3 - 4½ h of symptom onset. Blacks and Hispanics are more likely to die and suffer disability from stroke than w...
  2. High trait rumination is associated with blunted nighttime diastolic blood pressure dipping.

    Annals of Behavioral Medicine 48(3):384 (2014) PMID 24706074 PMCID PMC4223575

    Blunted blood pressure (BP) dipping during nighttime sleep has been associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular events. Psychological traits have been associated with prolonged cardiovascular activation and a lack of cardiovascular recovery. This activation may extend into nighttime slee...
  3. High trait rumination is associated with blunted nighttime diastolic blood pressure dipping.

    Annals of Behavioral Medicine 48(3):384 (2014) PMID 24706074 PMCID PMC4223575

    Blunted blood pressure (BP) dipping during nighttime sleep has been associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular events. Psychological traits have been associated with prolonged cardiovascular activation and a lack of cardiovascular recovery. This activation may extend into nighttime slee...
  4. High trait rumination is associated with blunted nighttime diastolic blood pressure dipping.

    Annals of Behavioral Medicine 48(3):384 (2014) PMID 24706074 PMCID PMC4223575

    Blunted blood pressure (BP) dipping during nighttime sleep has been associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular events. Psychological traits have been associated with prolonged cardiovascular activation and a lack of cardiovascular recovery. This activation may extend into nighttime slee...
  5. Absorption in self-selected activities is associated with lower ambulatory blood pressure but not for high trait ruminators.

    American Journal of Hypertension 26(11):1273 (2013) PMID 23859976

    A range of nonpharmacological interventions (e.g., meditation) have positive effects on blood pressure (BP) but tend to have poor adherence. These interventions may lower BP partly by absorbing and directing attention away from one's negative thoughts. We hypothesized that recurring self-selecte...
  6. Absorption in self-selected activities is associated with lower ambulatory blood pressure but not for high trait ruminators.

    American Journal of Hypertension 26(11):1273 (2013) PMID 23859976

    A range of nonpharmacological interventions (e.g., meditation) have positive effects on blood pressure (BP) but tend to have poor adherence. These interventions may lower BP partly by absorbing and directing attention away from one's negative thoughts. We hypothesized that recurring self-selecte...
  7. The use of an audience response system in an elementary school-based health education program.

    Health Education & Behavior 40(5):531 (2013) PMID 23086554

    The audience response system (ARS) allows students to respond and interact anonymously with teachers via small handheld wireless keypads. Despite increasing popularity in classroom settings, the application of these devices to health education programming has not been studied. We assessed feasib...
  8. The use of an audience response system in an elementary school-based health education program.

    Health Education & Behavior 40(5):531 (2013) PMID 23086554

    The audience response system (ARS) allows students to respond and interact anonymously with teachers via small handheld wireless keypads. Despite increasing popularity in classroom settings, the application of these devices to health education programming has not been studied. We assessed feasib...
  9. An extended validation of the ScottCare 320 ambulatory blood pressure monitor: recommendations for clinical application.

    Blood Pressure Monitoring 18(3):151 (2013) PMID 23442900

    The purpose of this study was to validate the ScottCare 320 ambulatory blood pressure monitor (ABPM) using both group-level and individual-level validation procedures. The group-level validation followed a modified protocol of the European Hypertension Society's validation protocol. The individu...
  10. An extended validation of the ScottCare 320 ambulatory blood pressure monitor: recommendations for clinical application.

    Blood Pressure Monitoring 18(3):151 (2013) PMID 23442900

    The purpose of this study was to validate the ScottCare 320 ambulatory blood pressure monitor (ABPM) using both group-level and individual-level validation procedures. The group-level validation followed a modified protocol of the European Hypertension Society's validation protocol. The individu...
  11. Are there consequences of labeling patients with prehypertension? An experimental study of effects on blood pressure and quality of life

    Journal of Psychosomatic Research 74(5):433 (2013)

    Objective The prehypertension classification was introduced to facilitate prevention efforts among patients at increased risk for hypertension. Although patients who have been told that they have hypertension report worse outcomes than unaware hypertensives, little is known a...
  12. Are there consequences of labeling patients with prehypertension? An experimental study of effects on blood pressure and quality of life.

    Journal of Psychosomatic Research 74(5):433 (2013) PMID 23597332 PMCID PMC3631319

    The prehypertension classification was introduced to facilitate prevention efforts among patients at increased risk for hypertension. Although patients who have been told that they have hypertension report worse outcomes than unaware hypertensives, little is known about whether or not prehyperte...
  13. Are there consequences of labeling patients with prehypertension? An experimental study of effects on blood pressure and quality of life

    Journal of Psychosomatic Research 74(5):433 (2013) PMID 23597332 PMCID PMC3631319

    Objective The prehypertension classification was introduced to facilitate prevention efforts among patients at increased risk for hypertension. Although patients who have been told that they have hypertension report worse outcomes than unaware hypertensives, little is known a...
  14. Rumination and anxiety mediate the effect of loneliness on depressed mood and sleep quality in college students.

    Health Psychology 32(2):212 (2013) PMID 22823068

    We examined the mechanisms that underlie the observed relationships between loneliness and depressed mood and poor sleep quality in college students. This study was the first to investigate whether rumination and trait anxiety are psychological mechanisms that mediate this relationship. In Study...
  15. Rumination and anxiety mediate the effect of loneliness on depressed mood and sleep quality in college students.

    Health Psychology 32(2):212 (2013) PMID 22823068

    We examined the mechanisms that underlie the observed relationships between loneliness and depressed mood and poor sleep quality in college students. This study was the first to investigate whether rumination and trait anxiety are psychological mechanisms that mediate this relationship. In Study...
  16. Long-term learning of stroke knowledge among children in a high-risk community.

    Neurology 79(8):802 (2012) PMID 22875089 PMCID PMC3421152

    To evaluate the effect of Hip Hop Stroke, a school-based multimedia musical stroke literacy intervention that targets children aged 8-12 in high-risk minority communities, on the long-term learning of stroke knowledge. We enrolled a cohort of 104 fifth and sixth grade children from 2 schools in ...
  17. Long-term learning of stroke knowledge among children in a high-risk community.

    Neurology 79(8):802 (2012) PMID 22875089 PMCID PMC3421152

    To evaluate the effect of Hip Hop Stroke, a school-based multimedia musical stroke literacy intervention that targets children aged 8-12 in high-risk minority communities, on the long-term learning of stroke knowledge. We enrolled a cohort of 104 fifth and sixth grade children from 2 schools in ...
  18. Increasing the validity and efficiency of blood pressure estimates using ambulatory and clinic measurements and modern missing data methods.

    American Journal of Hypertension 25(7):764 (2012) PMID 22513831

    Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) is considered the gold standard for BP measurement, compared to clinic BP measurements (CBP), which are a less valid predictor of target organ damage and cardiovascular events. However, ABPM is considerably more expensive than CBP, leaving BP researche...
  19. Increasing the validity and efficiency of blood pressure estimates using ambulatory and clinic measurements and modern missing data methods.

    American Journal of Hypertension 25(7):764 (2012) PMID 22513831

    Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) is considered the gold standard for BP measurement, compared to clinic BP measurements (CBP), which are a less valid predictor of target organ damage and cardiovascular events. However, ABPM is considerably more expensive than CBP, leaving BP researche...
  20. Child-Mediated Stroke Communication: findings from Hip Hop Stroke.

    Stroke 43(1):163 (2012) PMID 22033995 PMCID PMC3246577

    Low thrombolysis rates for acute ischemic stroke are linked to delays in seeking immediate treatment due to low public stroke awareness. We aimed to assess whether "Child-Mediated Stroke Communication" could improve stroke literacy of parents of children enrolled in a school-based stroke literac...