Talea Cornelius, PhD, MSW

  • Assistant Professor of Medical Sciences (in Medicine)
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Talea Cornelius, PhD, MSW, is a health psychologist and Assistant Professor of Medical Sciences at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Her research situates mental health and health behaviors within a social context. In particular, she explores how an acute medical event, such as an acute coronary syndrome or a stroke, impacts patients and partners alike, and how partners can both facilitate and undermine patient well-being. Dr. Cornelius is also exploring novel applications of dyadic analysis to gain insight into interdependent, individual-level processes.

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Medical Sciences (in Medicine)


  • Female

Credentials & Experience

Honors & Awards

  • 2018 Scholar, Young Investigator Colloquium, American Psychosomatic Society


Research Interests

  • Impact of acute care experience on patients and partners
  • Transmission of health behaviors within couples
  • Dyadic analysis and research methods


Selected Publications

  1. Cornelius, T. (2021). Dyadic disruption theory. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 15(6), e12604. doi: 10.1111/spc3.12604


  1. Cornelius, T., Birk, J. L., Derby, L., Ellis, J., & Edmondson, D. (2021). Effect of cohabitating partners on the development of posttraumatic stress symptoms after emergency department visits for stroke and transient ischemic attack. Social Science & Medicine, 114088. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2021.114088


  1. Cornelius, T., Schwartz, J.E., Balte, P., Bhatt, S. P., Cassano, P.A., Currow, D., …, & Oelsner, E. C. (2020). A dyadic growth modeling approach to examine associations between weight gain and lung function decline: The NHLBI Pooled Cohorts Study. American Journal of Epidemiology. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwaa059


  1. Cornelius, T., Birk, J. L., Edmondson, D., & Schwartz, J. E. (2020). Ambulatory blood pressure response to romantic partner interactions and long-term cardiovascular health outcomes. Psychosomatic Medicine. 82(4), 393-401. doi: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000793


  1. Cornelius, T., Derby, L., Dong, M., & Edmondson, D. (2019). The impact of support provided by close others in the emergency department on threat perceptions. Psychology and Health. doi: 10.1080/08870446.2019.1643023