Matthew Burg, PhD
Associate Clinical Professor of Behavioral Medicine (in Medicine and in Psychiatry)
My current research focuses on the development of hypertension, on factors that contribute to prognosis after acute coronary syndrome, and on risk of arrhythmia in patients with atrial and ventricular arrhythmias.
I am PPG Project Leader for a study concerning the constituent vascular response to cognitive stress, with a specific focus on the factors underlying endothelial function during stress and recovery; the overall PPG concerns environmental factors and hypertension, and includes ambulatory assessments of the environment and blood pressure. I am also PPG Project Leader on a study of medication adherence and depression after acute coronary syndrome.
I am PI on a study randomized clinical trial of stress reduction training for patients with ICDs, with arrhythmia provoked shock and quality of life as outcomes. Additional primary collaborations concern, 1) effects of depression treatment after acute coronary syndrome on medical outcomes, 2) the pathophysiology of mental stress provoked myocardial ischemia, 3) effects of cognitive stress on endothelial damage and repair, inflammation, and platelet function, and 4) real world triggers of atrial fibrillation.