Andrea Duran, PhD
Andrea T. Duran, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, as well as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholar Alumna. She completed her MPhil and PhD in Kinesiology at Columbia University, with an emphasis in clinical exercise physiology, sedentary behavior, and cardiovascular disease. Her pre-doctoral research examined the characterization and predictors of sedentary behavior in adults with acute coronary syndrome (ACS), as well as investigated novel underlying physiological mechanisms that link sedentary behavior to heart disease. For her post-doctoral training, Dr. Duran transitioned into the field of implementation science under the direction of Dr. Nathalie Moise, with the goal to work at the intersection of kinesiology and implementation science.
Her current research focuses on developing theory-informed, multilevel implementation strategies and experimental designs for integrating evidence-based physical activity and sedentary behavior interventions into healthcare and community settings. During her first year, Dr. Duran was awarded an NHLBI Postdoctoral Research Supplement (3R01HL141609-03S1) to examine multi-level barriers and facilitators to implementing home-based cardiac rehabilitation among ACS patients, as well as develop multilevel implementation strategies to improve CR participation in different environmental contexts. She also serves as a Stage I pilot study principal investigator for our Columbia Roybal Center for Fearless Behavior Change (P30AG06498), where she plans to test the feasibility of an innovative interoceptive bias reduction training intervention designed to reduce fear of exercise among ACS survivors. In addition to her research efforts, Dr. Duran also founded and leads our Center’s “Keeping the Momentum” Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiative to combat institutional racism and promote social justice, which received an Addressing Racism Seed Grant from the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement to support this work.
- Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Medicine
- Director, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiative at the Center for Behavioral Cardiovascular Health
Credentials & Experience
Education & Training
- BS, 2009 Kinesiology , California State University, Fullerton
- MS, 2014 Kinesiology, California State University, Fullerton
- MPhil, 2019 Kinesiology, Columbia University
- PhD, 2019 Kinesiology, Columbia University
Honors & Awards
2020- Addressing Racism Seed Grant, Office of the Provost for Faculty Advancement
2020-2023 - Investigator Research Supplement Award, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
2020- Diversity Initiative Travel Award, American Psychosomatic Society
2020 - Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health Participant, NIH
2018-2020 - Leadership & Diversity Training Program Participant, American College of Sports Medicine
2018 – Health Policy Research Scholars Case Competition, Most Creative Award
2017-2019 - Predoctoral Diversity Supplement Award, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
2016-2020 - Health Policy Research Scholar, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
2016 - Student Investigator Doctoral Award, New England American College of Sports Medicine
Dr. Duran’s research focuses on developing theory-informed, multilevel implementation strategies and experimental designs for integrating evidence-based physical activity and sedentary behavior interventions into healthcare and community settings. This research includes work on cardiac rehabilitation, telehealth, depression treatment, sedentary behavior, and physical activity among patients with cardiovascular disease.
Overarching research interests:
- Implementation science, human-centered design, telehealth
- Nontraditional cardiac rehabilitation design and implementation
- Environmental attributes as correlates of sedentary behavior
- Physiological pathways by which sedentary behavior is linked to cardiovascular disease
- Duran, A.T., Garber, C. E., Ensari, I., Shimbo, D., Diaz, K.M. (2020). Associations Between Habitual Sedentary Behavior and Endothelial Cell Health. Translation Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine. 5(12):e000138.
- Sedentary Behavior in the First Month after Acute Coronary Syndrome. Journal of the American Heart Association, 8(15): e011585. PMID: 31364434. PMCID: PMC6761643.
- Garcia, J., Duran, A.T., Schwartz, J., Ill, J.B., Hooker, S., Willey, J., Cheung, Y.K., Park, C., Williams, S. Sims, M., Shimbo, D., Diaz, K.M. (2019). Types of Sedentary Behavior and Risk of Cardiovascular Events and Mortality in African-Americans: The Jackson Heart Study. Journal of the American Heart Association, 8(13): e010406. PMID: 31238767. PMCID: PMC6662345.
- Diaz, K.M., Duran, A.T., Colabianchi, N., Judd, S.E., Howard, V.J., & Hooker, S.P. (2019). Potential Effects on Mortality of Replacing Sedentary Time With Short Sedentary Bouts or Physical Activity: A National Cohort Study. American Journal of Epidemiology, 188(3): 537-544. PMID: 30551177. PMCID: PMC6395167.
- Duran, A.T., Wilson, K.S., Castner, D.M., Tucker, J.M., Rubin, D.A. (2016). Association between physical activity and bone in children with Prader-Willi Syndrome. Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism, 29(7): 819-826. PMID: 27159915.