Emotions and Health


Hawkins, M.A.W., Miller, D.K, & Stewart, J.C. (2015). A 9-year, bidirectional prospective analysis of depressive symptoms and adiposity: The African American Health Study. Obesity, 23, 192-199.


Hawkins, M.A.W., Stewart, J.C., Stump, T.E., & Callahan, C.M. (2014). Depressive symptom clusters a predictors of incident coronary artery disease:  A 15-year prospective study. Psychosomatic Medicine, 76, 38-43.


Hawkins, M.A.W., & Stewart, J.C. (2012). Do negative affective traits have independent associations with excess adiposity?  Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 73, 243-250.


Stewart, J.C., Zielke, D.J., Hawkins, M.A.W., Williams, D.R., Carnethon, M.R., Knox, S.S., & Matthews, .A. (2012). Depressive symptom clusters and 5-year incidence of coronary artery calcification: The Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults Study.  Circulation, 126, 410-417.


Hawkins, M.A.W., Stewart, J.C, & Fitzgerald, G.J. (2011). Combined effect of depressive symptoms and hostility on autonomic nervous system function. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 81, 317-323.


Stewart, J.C, Rand K.L., Hawkins, M.A.W., & Stines, J. (2011). Associations of the shared and unique aspects of positive and negative emotional factors with sleep quality. Personality & Individual Differences, 50, 609-614.


Cognition and Health


Hawkins, M.A.W., Alosco, M.L., Spitznagel, M.B., Strain, G., Devlin M., Cohen, R., Crosby, R.D., Mitchell, J.E., & Gunstad, J. (in press). Reduced inflammation is not associated with cognitive gains after bariatric surgery. Psychosomatic Medicine.


Hawkins, M.A.W., Shaefer, J.T., Gunstad, J., Dolanksy, M., Redle, J.D., Josephson, R, Moore, S.M., &Hughes, J.W. (in press). Distinct subgroups of cognitive function in persons with heart failure. Applied Nursing Research.


Hawkins, M.A.W., Goldstein, C.M., Dolanksy, M., Gunstad, J., Redle, J.D., Josephson, R, & Hughes, J.W. (in press). Depressive symptoms are associated with obesity in adults with heart failure: An analysis of gender differences. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.


Hawkins, M.A.W., Shaefer, J.T., Gunstad, J., Dolanksy, M., Redle, J.D., Josephson, R, Moore, S.M., & Hughes, J.W. (in press). Using the MoCA and MMSE to screen for cognitive impairment in a heart failure population: A study with comprehensive neuropsychological testing. Heart & Lung.


Hawkins, M.A.W., Dolanksy, M., Shaefer, J.T., Fulcher, M.J., Gunstad, J., Redle, J.D., Josephson, R, & Hughes, J.W. (in press). Cognitive function in heart failure is associated with nonsomatic symptoms of depression but not somatic symptoms. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.


Hawkins, M.A.W., Gunstad, J., Dolanksy, M., Redle, J.D., Josephson, R., Moore, S.M., & Hughes, J.W. (2014). Greater body mass index is associated with poorer cognitive functioning in male heart failure patients.  Journal of Cardiac Failure, 20, 199-206.



Goldstein, C.M., Xie, S.S, Hawkins, M.A.W., & Hughes, J.W. (in press) Reducing risk for cardiovascular disease: A review of negative health behaviors in college students. Emerging Adulthood.

Redelman, C.V., Hawkins, M.A.W., Drumwright, F.R., Ransdell, B., Marrs, K., & Anderson, G.G. (2012). Inquiry-based examination of chemical disruption of bacterial biofilms.  Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 40, 191-197.

Grant Funding

P20GM109097 (PI: Hays Grudo)   June 2019-March 2021

Project Title: Neurotrophic Indicators of Cognition, Executive Skills, Plasticity, and Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (NICE SPACES)

Source: NIH/NIGMS Centers for Biomedical Research Excellence (CoBRE)

Major Goals: This trial will be the first to 1) Identify whether brain markers of neural health (e.g., neurotrophins) are related to adverse childhood experiences and/or neurocognitive performance, and 2) Test whether neuronal or glial neurotrophins predict or change in response to weight loss.

Direct/Indirect Costs: $340,000

Role: PI of CoBRE Primary Project

K23DK103941-01A1 (PI: Hawkins)

Project Title: Cognitive and Self-Regulatory Mechanisms of Obesity Study (COSMOS)

Role: PI

Source: NIH/NIDDK (K23)

Major Goals: To conduct a federally-funded research project which examines the links among physiological markers, cognition, self-regulation, and health behaviors in 96 obese adults. This 5-year award will also support career development activities and advanced training.

Dates of Project: 09/01/2015-8/31/2020

Direct/Indirect Costs: $781,638 (Oklahoma State Total Direct Costs)


U54GM104938 (PI: Pereira)  

Project Title: Pilot of Weight Reduction in Under-represented Populations (POWER-UP Trial) subaward

Role: PI of subaward

Source:  Oklahoma Shared Clinical Translation Resources (OSCTR) Pilot Grant supported by an Institutional Development Award (IDeA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the NIH

Major Goals: To collaborate with Cherokee Nation and to expand a federally-funded K23 weight loss clinical trial by adding a targeted American Indian arm.

Dates of Project: 07/01/2016-6/30/2017

Direct/Indirect Costs: $72,900 (Oklahoma State Direct/Indirect Costs)

Project Title: National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program (FY 2016)

Role: PI


Major Goals: To conduct a federally-funded randomized program of behavioral medicine research at greater than or equal to 50% time for at least two years.

Date of Award: July 2017-June 2019

Direct Costs: $26,289