Rebecca C Thurston, PhD
Education & Training
Selected Honors & Awards
- Thurston RC, Sutton-Tyrrell K, Everson-Rose SA, Hess R, Matthews KA. Hot flashes and subclinical cardiovascular disease: Findings from The Study of Womens Health Across the Nation Heart Study. Circulation. 2008 Sep; 118(12):1234-40. PMCID: PMC2728044
- Thurston RC, Aizenstein HJ, Derby CA, Sejdic E, Maki PM. Menopausal hot flashes and white matter hyperintensities. Menopause. 2016 Jan; 23(1):27-32. PMCID: PMC4673042
- Thurston RC, Chang Y, Barinas-Mitchell E, von Knel R, Jennings JR, Santoro N, Landsittel DP, Matthews KA. Child abuse and neglect and subclinical cardiovascular disease among midlife women. Psychosom Med. 2017 May; 79(4): 441-9. PMCID: PMC5477855
- Thurston RC, Chang Y, von Knel R, Barinas-Mitchell E, Jennings JR, Hall MH, Santoro N, Buysse DJ, Matthews KA. Sleep characteristics and carotid atherosclerosis among midlife women. Sleep. 2017 Feb; 40(2): zsw052. PMID: 28364498
- Thurston RC, Kubzansky LD, Kawachi I, Berkman LF. Is the association between socioeconomic position and coronary heart disease stronger among women than men? Am J Epidemiol. 2005 Jul; 162(2):57-65. PMID: 15961587
- Thurston RC. Vasomotor symptoms: Natural history, risk factors, and treatment options. UPMC Synergies. 2016; Fall:1-11.
- The 2017 hormone therapy position statement of the North American Menopause Society. 2017 Jul; 24(7): 728-53.
New Research on Interpersonal Trauma and Risk of Incident Cardiovascular Disease Events Among Women
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women. In addition to traditional cardiovascular disease risk factors, the influence of psychosocial factors on cardiovascular health has become more widely recognized. In particular, psychological trauma has been linked to increased risk for cardiovascular disease. Interpersonal and sexual violence, including assault, sexual abuse, and intimate partner...
New Research on Relationships Between Self-silencing and Carotid Atherosclerosis in Women in Midlife
People engage in a range of behaviors to maintain close relationships. Gendered social experiences, including gender role expectations for women to prioritize the needs of others and to create and maintain close relationships, may be related to cardiovascular disease risk in women. Self-silencing, inhibiting self-expression to avoid relationship conflict or loss, is related to poor mental health and self-reported...
New Research: Women with a History of Sexual Trauma Are at Risk for Poor Brain Health Later in Life
A team of investigators including Pitt Psychiatry scientists Rebecca Thurston, PhD (Pittsburgh Foundation Chair in Women's Health and Dementia and Professor of Psychiatry, Clinical and Translational Science, Epidemiology, and Psychology); Karen Jakubowski, PhD (Assistant Professor of Psychiatry); Minjie Wu, PhD (Assistant Professor of Psychiatry); and Howard Aizenstein, MD, PhD (Charles F. Reynolds III and Ellen G...
University of Pittsburgh Awards Tenure to Rebecca Thurston, PhD
We are delighted to announce that Rebecca Thurston, PhD, has been appointed Tenured Professor of Psychiatry, Clinical and Translational Science, Epidemiology and Psychology by the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Thurston is a widely recognized expert in the field of mid- and late-life women’s mental and cardiovascular health. Her research has generated critical findings that substantially enhanced or changed our...