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Jesse C. Stewart, Ph.D.

Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Psychology, Department of Psychology

Affiliated Scientist, Indiana University Center for Aging Research and Regenstrief Institute
Faculty Scientist, Indiana University Diabetes Translational Research Center


  • 1998 B.S., Psychology, University of Illinois
  • 2000 M.S., Clinical Psychology, Ohio University
  • 2003 Clinical Psychology Internship, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
  • 2003 Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Ohio University
  • 2006 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine Research, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Courses Taught / Teaching

  • PSY-B 365: Health Psychology
  • PSY-B 433: Capstone Laboratory in Applied Psychology
  • PSY-I 666: Intervention II: Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions
  • PSY-I 618: Interventions in Health Psychology


Dr. Stewart will be reviewing applications for a new student for Fall 2020.

The mission of my Cardiometabolic Behavioral Medicine (CBM) Lab is to identify novel risk factors for cardiometabolic diseases and to develop, evaluate, and disseminate new approaches for preventing cardiovascular disease (CVD), type 2 diabetes, and obesity. Our epidemiologic and mechanistic research seeks to inform intervention research by elucidating psychosocial risk factors for cardiometabolic diseases and their underlying biological and behavioral mechanisms. Our intervention research seeks to translate these epidemiologic and mechanistic discoveries into new programs designed to prevent cardiometabolic diseases, particularly in primary care settings.

Please see the CBM Lab website for information regarding lab values, members, ongoing studies, grants/publications, and prospective students.

Research topics examined in the CBM Lab include:

  • Biological Factors: systemic inflammation, autonomic function, cardiovascular psychophysiology, endothelial dysfunction, subclinical cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, HIV
  • Psychological Factors: depression (disorder subtypes and symptom clusters), anxiety, hostility/anger, insomnia, dietary factors, medical adherence
  • Social Factors: stressful life events, racial/ethnic and immigrant health disparities
  • Intervention Approaches: eHealth, CBT, antidepressant medications

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of my research, my students and I often collaborate with other health researchers (see Professional Affiliations), including physicians, biologists, sociologists, epidemiologists, and biostatisticians on the IUPUI campus and at other institutions.

Finally, I have a strong track record of mentoring PhD students and setting them on a trajectory to becoming independent scientists. To illustrate, my first PhD student, Dr. Misty Hawkins, is now a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Psychology with NIH funding as a principal investigator (K23 DK103941) at Oklahoma State University. Another PhD mentee, Dr. Tasneem Khambaty, is a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. A third PhD mentee, Dr. Elizabeth Vrany, is postdoctoral research fellow in the General Internal Medicine program at Johns Hopkins University. In addition, my PhD students are often the first author on publications in high-impact journals from the CBM Lab.

Graduate Students
  • Brittanny Polanka
  • Loretta Hsueh
  • Jay Patel
  • Aubrey Shell

Publications & Professional Activities

Professional Affiliations



2009-2014 Annals of Behavioral Medicine

2010-2015 Journal of Psychophysiology

2017-Present Health Psychology

2019-Present Affective Science

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