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Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death in the industrialized world and in the United States. In addition to causing death and disability, heart disease creates an enormous economic burden for our society. Research in the Cardiovascular Psychophysiology Laboratory focuses on characterizing responses of the cardiovascular system in order to illuminate the physiological mechanisms whereby psychological factors may be implicated in the initiation, progression, and endpoints of cardiovascular disease.

Much of our research takes place at local medical centers and in the community. Current collaborators include Summa Health System, University Hospitals of Cleveland, and Case Western Reserve University.

Lab Address:
Cardiovascular Psychophysiology Lab
Kent State University
350 Kent Hall
Kent, OH 44242
330.672.6308

Principal Investigator:
Joel W. Hughes, Ph.D. FAACVPR
Associate Professor, Psychology
378 Kent Hall
Kent, OH 44242
330.672.7721
jhughes1@kent.edu

Affiliations:
Dr. Hughes is also Scientific Director of the Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation Research Institute at Summa Health System.