Current Research Projects

Our primary research mission is to conduct state-of-the-art research examining the risk factors, impact, and management of the psychosocial consequences of chronic illnesses. Learn about our current research projects in the following areas:

Autoimmune Conditions
Cardiovascular Disease
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Sleep Disorders
Tobacco Use and Smoking Cessation

Autoimmune Conditions

    • Cardiopulmonary Correlates of Cognitive Function in SLE

      Principal Investigator: Elizabeth Kozora, PhD
      Support: National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

  • Cognitive Dysfunction, Diffusion Tensor Imaging and Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Antiphospholipid Antibody (aPL) - Negative System Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) Versus aPL Psitive Non-SLE Patients
    Principal Investigator: Elizabeth Kozora, PhD
    Support: Mary Kirkland Center for Lupus Research/ Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY

Cardiovascular Disease

  • CSP517 Substudy Outcomes Following Myocardial Revascularization: On and Off Cardiopulmonary Bypass
    Principal Investigator of Sub-study: Elizabeth Kozora, PhD
    Support: Veterans Administration Cooperative Study Program

COPD and Respiratory Disorders

    • Caregiver Burden in Relatives of Patients with COPD
      Principal Investigator: Alison Heru, MD
      Support: National Jewish Health Natalie V. Zucker Foundation Award

      Family members often experience strain when caring for a relative with a chronic illness. This study will assess the experiences of relatives who have a family member with COPD. The study involves completing several questionnaires and will take about 45 minutes to complete.


    • The Social Environment, Psychological Distress and Clinical Outcomes in COPD
      Principal Investigator: Kristen Holm, PhD
      Support: National Institutes of Health/National Heart Lung and Blood Institute

      The purpose of this study is to investigate connections between key aspects of the social environment (such as family relationships) and psychological and physical well-being in individuals with COPD. This study focuses on married couples in which one of the spouses has COPD.

      For more information call 303-398-1509 or email Dr. Holm at


  • Cardiopulmonary Function and Cognition in COPD

    Principal Investigator: Karin Hoth, PhD
    Support: National Jewish Health



Sleep Disorders

    • Motivating Adherence to CPAP in Obstructive Sleep Apnea (Project BREATHE)
      Principal Investigator: Mark Aloia, PhD
      Support: National Institutes of Health/National Heart Lung and Blood Institute

      Project BREATHE is a continuation of an earlier study conducted by Dr. Aloia at Brown University. Its purpose is to investigate the efficacy of a psychosocial intervention designed to affect adherence to Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) treatment, the intervention of choice for Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

      For more information call 303-398-1793 or email Lauren Smith


  • Subcortical Hyperintensities in Sleep Apnea Syndrome
    Principal Investigator: Mark Aloia, PhD
    Support: National Institutes of Health/National Heart Lung and Blood Institute

    This study aims to enhance the understanding of the relationship between sleep apnea and cardiovascular and neurological disease by continuing the analysis of data collected through the Cardiovascular Health Study (Fried et al., 1991).

    For more information call 303-398-1913 or email Chris Knoepke, MSW

Tobacco Use and Smoking Cessation

    • Development of Behavioral Couples Treatment for Smoking Cessation
      Principal Investigator: Heather LaChance, PhD
      Support: National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Drug Abuse

      This is a study of a behavioral couples treatment for smokers and non-smoking partners. Prior research shows that couples or family-based treatments for addictions are more effective than individual-only types of treatment. In this study, we hope to show that involving partners in smoking cessation helps people quit smoking more effectively.

      For more information call 303-398-1813 or email Ann Depew at


    • Tobacco Free Hospital Campus Evaluation
      Principal Investigator: Fred Wamboldt, MD
      Support: Colorado Department of Health and Environment

      This strategic initiative is designed to evaluate hospitals that have or are about to enact policies that stipulate their entire campus to be tobacco free. This project uses a web-based survey to collect pre and post transition data on employees' reactions to the change. This project is also evaluating the impact of a campus wide tobacco free policy on patient satisfaction. It will also measure the policy's impact at an institutional level, on things such as safety, relations with neighbors, and stumbling blocks or major successes when implementing this type of policy.

      For more information call 303-398-1059 or email Allison Rankin, MPH, MSW at


  • Improving Asthma Outcomes by Promoting Successful Environmental Tobacco Smoke Reduction Interventions in Primary Care Practices Serving Disadvantaged Pediatric Populations in Colorado
    Principal Investigator: Fred Wamboldt, MD
    Support: EPA, Region 8

    The purpose of this project, which spans metro Denver as well as eastern Colorado, is to enhance current clinical practices related to smoking cessation and second-hand smoke reduction. Clinics are initially trained in best practices for harm reduction of environmental smoke, with a special emphasis on pediatric populations with asthma. The clinics then take part in a brief survey on smoking and the practices current use of environmental tobacco smoke interventions. The findings from the survey and then presented to the clinic at a feedback session where clinics are offered further support and information on environmental tobacco smoke reduction strategies and services.

    For more information call 303-398-1059 or email Allison Rankin, MPH, MSW at

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