Linda C. Gallo, PhD, Core Investigator

LindaGallo_SrCoreInvestigI received my PhD in Clinical/Health Psychology from the University of Utah in 1998. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship in Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, I joined the faculty of San Diego State University in 2001. I am a Professor of Psychology and a Core Faculty Member in the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate School of Public Health, a Co-Director (with Dr. Greg Talavera) of the South Bay Latino Research Center, and a Core Investigator of IBACH. My research focuses on psychosocial and behavioral processes in chronic disease risks and outcomes, and on their roles in health inequities. Much of my research applies a multi-level, interdisciplinary, bio-psychosocial approach, incorporating macro-level factors such as social status and ethnicity, individual and family level psychological and social factors, and biological mechanisms and indicators of health and disease. I have served as a principal or co-investigator for > 20 NIH-funded studies addressing socioeconomic and ethnic disparities in chronic diseases, especially cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes mellitus. These studies have focused on identifying underlying psychobiological pathways, and developing and testing culturally appropriate interventions to reduce chronic disease risks in underserved populations, especially Hispanics/Latinos. I have published more than 120 peer-reviewed publications related to my research.



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