Elizabeth A. Vrany

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2015 M.S., Clinical Psychology, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis

2009 B.A., Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park

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My research interest is predominantly in the association between psychosocial factors (e.g., depression and anxiety) and mechanisms underlying disease pathogenesis and progression (e.g., obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease). More specifically, I am interested in the role of health behaviors as key mechanisms in the progression from psychological distress to disease. The objective of this line of research is to identify modifiable psychologicla and health behavior risk factors for cardiometabolic diseases, which may be targets for intervention to reduce excess disease risk. 

 

Awards:

Graduate-Professional Education Grant , IUPUI Graduate and Professional Student Government , 2016

School of Science Graduate Student Council Travel Award, IUPUI School of Science, 2016

Young Scholar Award , American Psychosomatic Society, 2015

IUPUI Graduate Student Travel Fellowship Award, IUPUI Graduate Student Council, 2015

Research Travel Award, IUPUI Department of Psychology, 2014

School of Science Graduate Student Council Travel Award, IUPUI School of Science, 2013

Educational Enhancement Grant, IUPUI Graduate and Professional Student Government, 2013

 

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.

Vrany, E. A., Berntson, J. M., Khambaty, T., & Stewart, J. C. (2016). Depressive symptoms clusters and insulin resistance: Race/ethnicity as a moderator in 2005-2010 NHANES data. Annals of Behavioral Medicine50, 1-11.

Hollingshead, N. A., Vrany, E. A., Stewart, J. C., & Hirsh, A. T. (2015). Differences in Mexican Americans' prevalence of chronic pain and co-occurring analgesic medication and substance use relative to non-Hispanic white and black Americans: Results from NHANES 1999-2004. Pain Medicine

Berntson, J., Stewart, K. R., Vrany, E., Khambaty, T., & Stewart, J. C. (2015). Depressive symptoms and self-reported adherence to medical recommendations to prevent cardiovascular disease: NHANES 2005-2010. Social Science & Medicine, 138, 74-81.

 

Select Conference Presentations:

Vrany, E. A. & Stewart, J. C. (2015, March). Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder as Independent Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease: Data from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC). Oral paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society, Savannah, GA.

Vrany, E.A., Hawkins, M.A.W., & Stewart, J.C. (2014, March). Depressive symptom severity and weight loss behaviors: Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2005-2010. Oral paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society, San Francisco, CA.

Hawkins, M.A.W., Vrany, E.A., Cyders, M.A., & Stewart, J.C. (2014, March). Association between depressive symptom severity and biased attention toward food cues. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society, San Francisco, CA.

 

Professional Memberships:

American Psychosomatic Society, 2012-present

APA Division 38, Society for Health Psychology, 2014-present

Society of Behavioral Medicine, 2016-present

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