Darius Tandon

  • 1018 Citations
1995 …2021
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Research Interests

Maternal depression, community-engaged research, preventive interventions

My research focuses on the prevention of mental disorders and promotion of positive well-being among vulnerable populations. Much of my mental health research is with perinatal populations, including intervention studies aimed at the prevention of postpartum depression. Our Mothers and Babies stress management and postpartum depression preventive intervention is an evidence-based intervention that is being implemented by home visiting programs and other early childhood providers across the United States. Our research studies are currently examining various aspects of the Mothers and Babies intervention, including 1) a comparative effectiveness study examining delivery by mental health clinicians vs. paraprofessional home visitors; 2) an effectiveness-implementation hybrid trial examining the rollout of Mothers and Babies across the entire state of Florida; 3) the use of text messages to enhance engagement with core intervention components; and 4) the development of an ancillary Fathers and Babies curriculum aimed at supporting the partners of women receiving the Mothers and Babies intervention. I also have considerable expertise in the science and practice of community-engaged research. I am currently the Co-Director of Northwestern's Center for Community Health, which aims to promote patient and stakeholder engagement among clinical and translational research across the institution. From 2011-2018 I was the editor-in-chief of the only peer-reviewed journal solely focused on publishing community-engaged research: Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, & Action. I also served as co-chair of the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute's (PCORI) Patient Engagement Advisory Panel from 2013-2017. I was recently an Aspen Ascend fellow, allowing me to work alongside other national leaders in promoting two-generation strategies that support children and parents together to create an intergenerational cycle of opportunity.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Illinois - Chicago

… → 2000


  • Adolescent Health
  • Depression
  • Maternal-Child Health
  • Mental Health
  • Public Health

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Grants 2013 2021

project management
Family Health
Referral and Consultation
Child Health
technical assistance
service provider
project planning
distance learning
technical assistance
service provider
project planning
distance learning
technical assistance
stress management

Research Output 1995 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

A community health worker intervention to improve blood pressure among Filipino Americans with hypertension: A randomized controlled trial

Ursua, R. A., Aguilar, D. E., Wyatt, L. C., Trinh-Shevrin, C., Gamboa, L., Valdellon, P., Perrella, E. G., Dimaporo, M. Z., Nur, P. Q., Tandon, D. & Islam, N. S., Sep 1 2018, In : Preventive Medicine Reports. 11, p. 42-48 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Asian Americans
Randomized Controlled Trials
Blood Pressure
Control Groups
3 Citations (Scopus)

A culturally tailored community health worker intervention leads to improvement in patient-centered outcomes for immigrant patients with type 2 diabetes

Islam, N. S., Wyatt, L. C., Taher, M. D., Riley, L., Tandon, D., Tanner, M., Mukherji, B. R. & Trinh-Shevrin, C., Apr 1 2018, In : Clinical Diabetes. 36, 2, p. 100-111 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
Blood Pressure
1 Citation (Scopus)

Applying a community-based participatory research framework to patient and family engagement in the development of patient-centered outcomes research and practice

Kwon, S. C., Tandon, D., Islam, N., Riley, L. & Trinh-Shevrin, C., Sep 8 2018, In : Translational behavioral medicine. 8, 5, p. 683-691 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Patient Outcome Assessment
Community-Based Participatory Research
Patient Participation
Public Health Practice

Measuring fine-grained heart-rate using a flexible wearable sensor in the presence of noise

Zhang, L., King, Z., Egilmez, B., Reeder, J., Ghaffari, R., Rogers, J. A., Rosen, K., Bass, M., Moskowitz, J. T., Tandon, D., Wakschlag, L. S. & Alshurafa, N., Apr 2 2018, 2018 IEEE 15th International Conference on Wearable and Implantable Body Sensor Networks, BSN 2018. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., p. 160-164 5 p. (2018 IEEE 15th International Conference on Wearable and Implantable Body Sensor Networks, BSN 2018; vol. 2018-January).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

heart rate
Heart Rate