Brooke Aggarwal, EdD, MS, CHES

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Overview

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Medicine

Administrative Titles

  • Training Director, Go Red for Women Strategically Focused Research Network at CUMC

Dr. Brooke Aggarwal is a behavioral scientist and clinical health education specialist in the Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center. Her program of research focuses on the impact of behavioral and psychosocial factors on adherence to cardiovascular disease prevention guidelines, and the application of novel educational strategies to improve lifestyle behaviors for the prevention of cardiovascular disease. Dr. Aggarwal has a background in psychology, exercise physiology, and health behavior, and completed an NIH-sponsored postdoctoral research fellowship in preventive cardiology at Columbia University Medical Center. She currently serves as Principal Investigator of a population-based study examining the association of sleep patterns, lifestyle, behavioral, and psychosocial factors, and cardiometabolic risk among a new cohort of 500 women. She is the Director of Training for the American Heart Association Go Red for Women Fellowship program at Columbia University Medical Center, for which she develops and oversees the training curriculum for postdoctoral research fellows in the Division of Cardiology. She also serves on the American Heart Association National Research Committee.

Gender

  • Female

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • EdD, Health and Behavior Studies, Columbia University, Teachers College
  • MS, Exercise Physiology and Nutrition, George Washington University Medical Center
  • Fellowship: Columbia University Medical Center

Honors & Awards

NIH Translational Science/Columbia University Irving Institute Clinical Trials Office Pilot Award

AHA Strategically Focused Research Network, Population Science Project Award

NIH Clinical Research Loan Repayment Award, National Heart Lung & Blood Institute

Research Dissertation Fellowship Award, Office of Policy and Research, Teachers College, Columbia University

Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research Reach for the First R01 Award Trainee

NIH OBSSR/NHLBI Summer Institute on the Design and Conduct of Randomized Clinical Trials Involving Behavioral Interventions

Leadership and Management Institute for Women Leaders in Academic Medicine, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Federal Government Emerging Leaders Program

    

Research

"We chose to study sleep in particular because women are vulnerable to the effects of lack of sleep at various points in their lives:  pregnancy, new motherhood, menopause and postmenopause, and caring for an ailing spouse."

Dr. Aggarwal's research lab is evaluating the risk of cardiovascular disease and sleep patterns in a diverse population of women throughout various life stages. The team is conducting a prospective observational study to evaluate sleep patterns, caregiving, lifestyle and psychosocial risk factors, and the relation between sleep patterns, markers of inflammation, and cardiovascular health outcomes in a new population-based cohort of female community members and family members/friends of patients hospitalized at an academic urban medical center. The goal of the research is to provide new insight into potential pathways through which sleep may be linked to cardiac risk in women.

For more information:  https://www.columbiacardiology.org/research-labs/aggarwal-lab

Research Interests

  • Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine
  • Preventive Cardiology
  • Psychosocial Factors
  • Sleep

Grants

SLEEP AND CARDIOMETABOLIC RISK IN DIFFERENT LIFE STAGES IN A DIVERSE POPULATION OF WOMEN (Private)

Apr 1 2016 - Mar 31 2020

SLEEP AND CARDIOVASCULAR RISK ACROSS WOMEN S LIFE STAGES (Private)

Apr 1 2016 - Mar 31 2020

GENDER RACE AND ETHNIC DISPARITIES RESEARCH IN CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE PREVENTION (Federal Gov)

Sep 15 2010 - Jun 30 2015

Selected Publications

Aggarwal BA, Liao M, Mosca L. Physical Activity as a Potential Mechanism through which Social Support May Reduce Cardiovascular Disease Risk.  Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.  2008; 23(2):90-6. 

Mosca L, Mochari H, Liao M, Christian AH, Edelman D, Aggarwal B, Oz M.  A Novel Family-based Intervention Trial to Improve Heart Health (FIT Heart):  Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial.  Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.  2008; 1:98-106. 

Aggarwal B, Mosca L.  Heart Disease Risk for Female Cardiac Caregivers.  The Female Patient.  2009;34: 1- 4.

Aggarwal B, Liao M, Christian A, Mosca L.  Influence of Caregiving on Lifestyle and Psychosocial Risk Factors among Family Members of Patients Hospitalized with Cardiovascular Disease.  Journal of General Internal Medicine.   2009; 24(1):93-8. 

Aggarwal B, Mosca L.  Lifestyle and Psychosocial Risk Factors Predict Non-Adherence to Medication.  Annals of Behavioral Medicine.  2010; 40(2):228-33.

Aggarwal B, Liao M, Allegrante JP, Mosca L.  Low Social Support Level is Associated with Non-Adherence to Diet at 1-Year in the Family Intervention Trial for Heart Health (FIT Heart).  Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.  2010; 42(6): 380-88.

Aggarwal B, Liao M, Mosca L.  Predictors of Physical Activity at 1-Year in a Randomized Controlled Trial.  Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. 2010; 25(6):444-9. 

Mosca L, Mochari-Greenberger H, Aggarwal B, Liao M, Suero-Tejeda N, Comellas M, Rehm L, Umann TM, Mehran R.  Patterns of Caregiving among Patients Hospitalized with Cardiovascular Disease. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.  2011;26(4):305-311.  

Mosca M, Aggarwal B.  Sleep Duration, Snoring Habits, and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors in an Ethnically Diverse Population.  Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.  2012 May-Jun;27(3):263-9.

Mosca L, Aggarwal B, Mochari-Greenberger H, Liao M, Blair J, Cheng B, Comellas M, Rehm L, Suero-Tejeda N, Umann T.  Association between Having a Caregiver and Clinical Outcomes 1 Year after Hospitalization for Cardiovascular Disease.  American Journal of Cardiology.  2012;109:135-139. 

Mochari-Greenberger H, Mosca M, Aggarwal B, Umann T, Mosca L.  Caregiver Status: A Simple Marker to Identify Patients at Risk for Longer Post-Operative Length of Stay, Rehospitalization or Death.  Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.  2013; 2014 Jan-Feb;29(1):12-9.

Villanueva C, Aggarwal B.  The Association between Neighborhood Socioeconomic Status and Clinical Outcomes for Patients One Year after Hospitalization for Cardiovascular Disease.  Journal of Community Health.  2013;38(4):690-7.

Aggarwal B, Liao M, Mosca L.  Medication Adherence is Associated with Having a Caregiver Among Cardiac Patients.  Annals of Behavioral Medicine.  2013; 46(2):237-42.

Blair J, Volpe M, Aggarwal B.  Challenges, Needs and Experiences of Recently Hospitalized Cardiac Patients and their Informal Caregivers: A Qualitative Study.  Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.  2014 Jan-Feb;29(1):29-37.

Aggarwal B, Pender A, Mosca L, Mochari-Greenberger H.  Factors Associated with Medication Adherence among Heart Failure Patients and their Caregivers.  Journal of Nursing Education and Practice.  2015;5(3):22-27.

Aggarwal M, Aggarwal B, Rao J.  Integrative Medicine for Cardiovascular Disease and Prevention. Medical Clinics of North America. 2017; 101 (5):  895-923.

Makarem N, Aggarwal B.  Gender Differences in Associations between Insufficient Sleep and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors and Endpoints.  Gender and the Genome.  2017; 1(2): 80-88.

St-Onge MP, Crawford A, Aggarwal B. Plant-based diets: Reducing cardiovascular risk by improving sleep quality? Current Sleep Medicine Reports.  2018; 4:  74-78.  Full-text:  http://rdcu.be/Gij8

Pizinger T, Aggarwal B, St-Onge MP.  Sleep Extension in Short Sleepers:  An Evaluation of Feasibility and Effectiveness for Weight Management and Cardiometabolic Disease Prevention.  Frontiers in Endocrinology.  2018.  Full-text: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fendo.2018.00392/full

Aggarwal B, Makarem N, Shah R, Emin M, Wei Y, St-Onge MP, Jelic S.  The Effects of Inadequate Sleep on Blood Pressure and Endothelial Inflammation in Women: Findings from the American Heart Association Go Red for Women Strategically Focused Research Network.  Journal of the American Heart Association.  2018;7:e008590.  Full-text:  https://doi.org/10.1161/JAHA.118.008590