Longitudinal Associations of Individual-, Interpersonal-, and Institutional-Level Assets with Cardiovascular Health

Project: Research project

Project Details


The candidate’s long-term goal is to become an independent investigator examining the role of
psychosocial factors on cardiovascular health.The proposed supplement will provide a specialized 2-year
training plan that will enable the candidate to develop expertise in psychosocial assets that confer
cardiovascular health, longitudinal data analysis, and grant writing. The mentoring team will ensure a
seamless transition into independence following completion of the supplement and the research plan will
enhance the candidate’s research capabilities. Research has identified psychosocial determinants that
are significant for cardiovascular health (CVH). Despite this growing evidence, much of the literature
employs a “deficit framework” to studying the range and impact of psychosocial factors on cardiovascular
outcomes. Scholars recommend implementing an “asset-based” framework, or focusing on identifying and
leveraging existing strengths, skills, or other known “assets”. There is literature to suggest that specific
individual-, interpersonal-, and institutional-level assets are likely determinants of CVH. Despite emerging
evidence suggesting multiple assets may impact CVH, most studies focus on a single asset. Importantly,
evidence suggests that only a fraction of assets have been empirically examined and more need to be
considered. This supplement aims to implement the empirically-derived asset-based framework, to
investigate whether individual-, interpersonal-, and institutional- level psychosocial assets confer favorable
CVH longitudinally in the in the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study.
Characterizing psychosocial assets that confer ideal CVH will inform the development of multi-level
interventions that can reach a broader segment of the population with the potential to equitability promote
Effective start/end date6/1/215/31/23


  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (Task Order 75N92021F00152 Contract HHSN268201800003I)


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