February 2, 2023: 13th Olga Danieli-Fava, Lecture in Psychotherapy
When Distress is Heartfelt: Stress, Resilience and Cardiovascular Disease
Compelling evidence suggests high levels of psychological distress on its own or after a severely stressful event is associated with higher risk of chronic disease, with findings strongest in relation to cardiovascular disease (CVD). If true, these findings have sobering implications for chronic disease burden in the next decades, given recent trends of worsening mental health and declining emotional well-being. Whether psychological resilience might provide health benefit beyond simply signaling the absence of distress is not well-studied. To address these questions, this seminar will consider the role of emotional well-being and psychological resilience in risk of developing CVD.
This program is intended for: Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Fellows, Residents, Interns and Nurses
Upon completion of the activity, participants will be able to:
- Discuss if distress is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease
- Discuss if resilience or other psychological factors might protect against cardiovascular disease
- Identify potential mechanisms for relations between psychological factors and cardiovascular disease
Laura Kubzansky, Ph.D.
Laura Kubzansky, Ph.D.
Dr. Laura Kubzansky is Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences and co-director of the JPB Environmental Health Fellowship Program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She also served as a founding-director of the Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness. She has published extensively on the role of psychological and social factors in health, with a focus on stress and positive psychological assets in relation to cardiovascular disease. She also conducts research on whether stress, emotion, and other psychological factors are pathways underlying social disparities in health. Other research projects and interests include: (a) biological mechanisms linking emotions, social relationships, and health; (b) relationships among early childhood environments, resilience, and healthy aging; (c) how psychosocial stress or assets interact with toxic environmental exposures (e.g., air pollution) to influence health; (d) the role of work conditions in fostering worker well-being and identifying workplace policies and practices that enable workers to be healthy. Dr. Kubzansky has worked with numerous graduate students and postdoctoral research fellows as a mentor, academic advisor, and dissertation committee member. She is a fellow in the American Psychological Association and the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research. Dr. Kubzansky has served as an expert advisor to numerous panels at foundations, health agencies, and the government, as an advisor for multiple centers and training programs, and is a principal or co-investigator on a wide variety of grants funded through the Veteran’s Administration, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, and National Institutes of Health, among others.
- 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of McLean Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. McLean Hospital is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
McLean Hospital designates this Enduring activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
- 1.00 Nursing Contact Hours
Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 13, sections 13, 14, 14A, 15 and 15D and Chapter 112, sections 74 through 81C authorize the Board of Registration in Nursing to regulate nursing practice and education.
This program meets the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (244 CMR 5.00) for 1.00 contact hours of nursing continuing education credit. Advance practice nurses, please note: Educational activities which meet the requirements of the ACCME (such as this activity) count towards 50% of the nursing requirement for ANCC accreditation.
- 1.00 Participation
This course allows other providers to claim a Participation Certificate upon successful completion of this course.
Participation Certificates will specify the title, location, type of activity, date of activity, and number of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ associated with the activity. Providers should check with their regulatory agencies to determine ways in which AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ may or may not fulfill continuing education requirements. Providers should also consider saving copies of brochures, agenda, and other supporting documents.
- 1.00 Psychologists CE Credit
The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
This offering meets the criteria for 1.00 Continuing Education (CE) credits per presentation for psychologists.