Marillac Hall Room 411A
The Social Stress and Health Research
Since 1991 my students and I have been conducting research on the
psychophysiology of interpersonal conflict. We started with studies
of workplace conflict, collaborating with New York City Traffic
Enforcement Agents, investigating their interactions with motorists
who were angry about getting parking tickets. We also conducted
stress and conflict management programs with the Traffic Agents.
Our later workplace studies involved working with New York City
elementary school teachers, examining their interactions with
students. In each of these studies, the participants wore
ambulatory blood pressure monitors, and we examined changes in
their blood pressure and heart rate as they interacted with others.
These studies were funded by several grants from NIH, as well as
the American Heart Association and the Communication Workers of
Since 2000, we have been actively researching racism or ethnic
discrimination, specifically examining interpersonal racism (i.e.,
racism that is directly perceived and occurs in an interpersonal
context). We have developed a measure of perceived racism (the
Perceived Ethnic Discrimination Questionnaire – Community Version)
and conducted extensive studies of its reliability and validity in
Black, Latino(a), and Asian samples. We have conducted 12 studies
on almost 3,000 participants drawn from 12 different community
sites to further our understanding of biopsychosocial mechanisms
through which racism affects risk for cardiovascular disease. These
studies have been supported by funding from NHLBI and St. John’s
University. Selected publications emerging from this research are
As part of the effort to develop a community-based program of
research, we have developed collaborative relationships with both
Jamaica Hospital Medical Center and Flushing Hospital Medical
Center. My students and I are working with Family Medicine
residents at JHMC to support their clinical research efforts. The
St. John’s University graduate students share their knowledge of
research methods and behavioral science with the family medicine
residents. Many of the residents’ projects include investigations
of methods to improve the quality of care to ethnically and
sociodemographically diverse communities. Two recent projects have
examined strategies for improving the detection of hypertension and
improving blood pressure control, a critical health problem for low
In addition, I am an active clinician, specializing in the
treatment of bipolar disorder, PTSD and obsessive compulsive
disorder. My colleague Xavier Amador and I recently published a
book for patients with bipolar spectrum disorders entitled “Break
the Bipolar Cycle: A Day-to-Day Guide to Living with Bipolar
Disorder” (McGraw-Hill, New York). More information about the book
is available at www.breakthebipolarcycle.com.
Walseman, K., & Brondolo, E., (2012). A lifecourse perspective
on racism and health inequities. American Journal of Public
Health, 102(5), 967-974.
Brondolo, E., Wellington, R.
Brondolo, E.M., Brondolo, T., Delahanty, D., (2012).
Work-related predictors of psychological distress among
examiner and coroner personnel, Academic Forensic
J., Atencio, J., Ullah, J., Crupi, R., Chen, D., Roth, A., Chaplin,
W., & Brondolo, E., (2011). The Perceived Ethnic
Discrimination Questionnaire – Community Version: Validation in a
multi-ethnic Asian sample. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic
Minority Psychology, 17(3), 271–282.
E., Libretti, M., Rivera, L. & Walsemann, K. (in press).
Racism and social
capital: The implications for social and physical well-being.
Journal of Social Issues.
Brondolo, E., Lackey, S.,
& Love, E., (2011). Race, Racism & Health: Evaluating
in hypertension to understand
the links between racism and health status. In A. Baum, T. A., Revenson, & J.E.
Singer (Eds). Handbook of Health Psychology,
2nd edition (pp. 569 – 594). New York: Psychology
Press. In T.A. Revenson and A. Baum. Handbook of Health
R. P., Shapiro, P. A., DeMeersman, R. E., Bagiella, E., Brondolo,
E. N., McKinley, P. S.,
O., McKay, C., Schwartz, J. E., and Myers, M. M, (2011). The impact
of aerobic training on cardiovascular reactivity to and recovery
from challenge. Psychosomatic Medicine.73,
E., Hausmann, L. R. M., Jhalani, J., Pencille, M., Kumar, A., Kwok,
J., Ullah, J., and
A., (2011). Perceived racism and
self-reported health in a diverse sample. Annals of Behavioral
E., Love, E. E., Pencille, M., Schoenthaler, A., and Ogedegbe, G.,
hypertension: A review of the
empirical evidence and implications for clinical
American Journal of
Hypertension, advance online publication 17 February
Brondolo, E., Brady, N.,
Libby, D., and Pencille, M., (2010). Racism as a psychosocial
RJ Contrada and A Baum (Eds.),
Handbook of Stress Science: Biology, Psychology, and Health.
Springer: New York. pp 167-184.
Schoenthaler, A., Schwartz,
J.E., Cassells, A., Tobin, J.N., and Brondolo, E., (July, 8, 2010)
predicts masked hypertension in an urban sample.
American Journal of Hypertension
E., Brady, N., Beatty, DL., Pencille, M., & Contrada, R.
(2009). Coping with racism: A
review and theoretical and methodological critique. Journal of
Selected Research Publications
(names in bold are or were students at St. John’s University)
Brondolo, E., Rieppi, R., Kelly,
K. (2003). Perceived racism and blood pressure:
A review of the literature and proposals for future research.
Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 25(1), 55-65.
Brondolo, E., Eichler, B. F., &
Taravella, J. R. (2003). A tailored anger management
program is associated with reduced rates of civilian complaints
against traffic agents. Journal of Police and Criminal
Psychology. 18(2) 1-11.
Brondolo, E., Rieppi, R., Erickson, S.
A., Bagiella, E., Shapiro, P. A., Sloan, R. P., &
McKinley, P. S. (2005). Hostility, negative interpersonal
interactions, and ambulatory blood pressure.
Psychosomatic Medicine. 65:1003-1011.
Brondolo, E., Kelly, K. P., Coakley, V.,
Gordon, T., Thompson, S., Levy, E., Cassells, A., &
Tobin, J. N. (2005). The Perceived Ethnic Discrimination
Questionnaire: Development and preliminary validation of a
community version. Journal of Applied Social Psychology,
Brondolo, E.,Thompson, S., Brady, N.,
Appel., R., Cassells, A., Tobin, J., and Sweeney, M., (2005)
The relationship of racism to appraisals and coping in a community
sample, Ethnicity and Disease, 15, S5, 14-19 .
Broudy, R., Brondolo, E., Coakley, V., Brady, N., Cassels, A., Tobin,
J., and Sweeney, M., (2007). Perceived ethnic discrimination
in relation to daily moods and negative social interactions.
Journal of Behavioral Medicine., 30(1), 31-43. .
Brondolo, E., Libby, D. J., Denton, E.,
Thompson, S., Schwartz, J., Sweeney, M. et al. (2008).
Racism and ambulatory blood pressure in a community sample.
Psychosomatic Medicine, 70, 49-56..
Brondolo, E., Brady, N., Thompson,
S., Contrada, R. J., Cassells, A., Tobin, J., & Sweeney,
M. (2008). Perceived racism and negative affect: Analyses of trait
and state measures of affect in a community sample. Journal of
Social and Clinical Psychology, 27(2),150-173.
(names in bold are or were students at St. John’s University)
Brondolo, E., Wellington, R., Brady, N.,
and Libby, D., and Brondolo, T., (2008) Post-traumatic
stress disorder: Mechanisms and implications for prevention in
forensic workers. Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine,
Brondolo, E., and Amador, X.F. (2008). Break the bipolar
cycle: A day-to-day guide to living with bipolar disorder.
McGraw-Hill: New York.
information on Racism and Health Disparities, see the Division 38
web pages in the American Psychological Association website