Brittanny Polanka

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LD119
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(317) 274-4975
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Education: 

2013 B.S., Psychological Sciences, The College of St. Scholastica

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Broadly speaking, my research interests are to identify modifiable psychosocial risk factors of cardiometabolic disease, to elucidate the mechanisms underlying the relationships between psychosocial risk factors and cardiometabolic disease, and to develop, test, and implement psychosocial interventions to reduce cardiometabolis risk.

Of specific interest: health disparities in vulberable populations, depression, insomnia, and cardiovascular disease.

My current projects utilize the Veterans Aginig Cohort Study (VACS) data to examine the contribution of depression and insomnia to cardiovascular disease risk in adults with HIV/AIDS.

Peer-Reviewed Publications:
Polanka, B.M., Vrany E. A., Patel, J., Stewart, J.C. (in press). Depressive disorder subtypes as predictors of incident obesity in U.S. adults: Moderation by race/ethnicity. American Journal of Epidemiology.

Conference Presentations:
Polanka, B., Berntson, J., Vrany, E. A., Stewart, J. C. (March, 2016). Traditional Cardiovascular Risk Factors are Stronger Predictors of Incident Cardiovascular Disease in Adults with Versus Without Lifetime Depressive Disorder: Data from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC). Presented at the 74th annual meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society, Denver, Colorado.
Polanka, B., Vrany, E., & Stewart, J. C. (April, 2015). Depressive Disorder Subtypes as Predictors of Incident Obestiy: Data from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC). Paper presentated at the 73rd annual meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Professional and Academic Affiliations:

American Psychosomatic Society

American Heart Association

American Psychological Association, Division 38

Southern Regional Education Board


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