Talea Cornelius, PhD, MA

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Talea Cornelius, PhD, MSW, is a health psychologist and Assistant Professor in Medical Sciences at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. She conducts research focused on understanding health behaviors in the social context in which they are performed. In particular, her work explores how an acute medical event, such as an acute coronary syndrome or a stroke, impacts patients and partners alike. In particular, she focuses on the Emergency Department (ED) experience, and how partner presence in the ED can both facilitate and undermine patient wellbeing. Dr. Cornelius is also exploring novel applications of dyadic analysis to interdependent, individual-level processes.

Academic Appointments

  • Instructor in Medical Sciences (in Medicine) at CUMC


  • Female

Credentials & Experience

Honors & Awards

  • 2018 Scholar, Young Investigator Colloquium, American Psychosomatic Society



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

Selected Publications

  1. Kronish, I. M., Cornelius, T., Schwartz, J. E., Shechter, A., Diaz, K., Romero, E. K., & Edmondson, D. (in press). Posttraumatic stress disorder and electronically-measures medication adherence after suspected acute coronary syndromes. Circulation.
  2. 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
  3. Shechter, A., Diaz, F., Moise, N., Antsey, D. E., Ye, S., Agarwal, S., ..., & Abdalla, M. (2020). Psychological distress, coping behaviors, and preferences for support among New York healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. General Hospital Psychiatry, 66, 1-8. doi: 10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2020.06.007
  4. 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
  5. 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