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Joel W. Hughes

Associate Professor, Undergraduate Coordinator, & Director of the Applied Psychology Center

Education: Ph.D., Ohio State University (2001)

Research Area: Clinical - Health

Research Interests  

Dr. Hughes' research interests are in clinical health psychology. He specializes in cardiovascular psychophysiology. In particular, his research focuses on understanding how psychosocial factors such as depression and traumatic stress increase cardiovascular risk. A more recent additional interest is the role of psychosocial factors (e.g., cognitive impairment, depression, social support) in patient self-management of cardiovascular conditions (e.g., heart failure, hypertension) including mHealth interventions.

Lab Site: Cardiovascular Psychophysiology Laboratory

Courses Frequently Taught

  • First Year Experience (undergraduate)
  • Seminar in Health Psychology (graduate)
  • Clinical Aspects of Health Psychology (graduate)
  • Health Psychology (undergraduate distance learning)


Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Hughes, J. W., Fresco, D. M., Myerscough, R., van Dulmen, M., Carlson, L. E., & Joesephson, R. (In Press). Randomized Controlled Trial of Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction for prehypertension. Psychosomatic Medicine.

Brook, R. D., Appel, L. J., Rubenfire, M., Ogedegbe, G., Bisognano, J. D., Elliott, W. J., Fuchs, F. D., Hughes, J. W., Lackland, D. T., Stafileno, B. A., Townsend, R. R., & Rajagopalan, S; on behalf of the American Heart Association Professional Education Committee of the Council for High Blood Pressure Research, Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing, Council on Epidemiology and Prevention, and Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity. (2013). Beyond Medications and Diet: Alternative Approaches to Lowering Blood Pressure: A Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association. Hypertension, 61, epud ahead of print.

Goldstein, C. M., Josephson, R., Xie, S., & Hughes, J. W. (2012). Current Perspectives on the Use of Medication to Reduce Blood Pressure, International Journal of Hypertension, 11 pages. 

Hughes, J. W., Casey, E., Doe, V. H., Glickman, E. L., Stein, P. K., Waecther, D., Josephson, R., & Rosneck, R.  (2010).  Depression and heart rate variability in cardiac rehabilitation patients:  Exploring the roles of physical activity and fitness.  Perceptual and Motor Skills, 111, 608-624. PMID:  21162459.

Vrana, S. R., Hughes, J. W., Dennis, M. F., Calhoun, P. S., and Beckman, J. C. (2009).  Effects of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Status and Covert Hostility on Cardiovascular Responses to Relived Anger in Women with and without PTSD.  Biological Psychology, 82, 274-280.  PMID:  19716397.

Luyster, F. S., Hughes, J. W., & Gunstad, J. (2009).  Depression and Anxiety Symptoms are Associated with Reduced Dietary Adherence in Heart Failure Patients Treated with an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator.  Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 24, 10-17.  PMID:  19114795.

Keary, T. A., Hughes, J. W., Palmieri, P. A. (2009).  Women with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder have larger decreases in heart rate variability during stress tasks.  International Journal of Psychophysiology.  66, 290.  PMID:  19374925

Hughes, J. W., York, K. M., Li, Q., Sheps, D. S., Freedland, K., E., & Carney, R. M. (2008). Depressive symptoms predict heart rate recovery after exercise treadmill test in patients with coronary artery disease: Results from the Psychophysiological Investigations of Myocardial Ischemia (PIMI) Study. Psychosomatic Medicine, 70, 456-460.  PMID:  18434491.

Hughes, J. W., Dennis, M. F., & Beckham, J. C. (2007). Baroreceptor sensitivity at rest and during stress in women with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder or Major Depressive Disorder. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 20, 667-676.  PMID:  17903695.

Hill, L., Kobayashi, I., & Hughes, J. W. (2007). Perceived Racism and Ambulatory Blood Pressure in African American College Students. Journal of Black Psychology, 33, 404-421.  PMID:  14508015.

Joel W. Hughes
Department of Psychology
Kent Hall Rm 378
Fax: 330-672-3786