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Dr. Laurie Gold

Photo of Dr. Laurie Gold.Dr. Laurie Gold (Kinesiology) received additional funding from the National Institutes of Health for the project “Pathways from Childhood Self-Regulation to Cardiovascular Risk in Adolescence.” Cardiovascular risk factors (CVR)—including obesity, elevated lipids, altered glucose metabolism, hypertension, and elevated low-grade inflammation—are detectable, common, and increasing during adolescence. However, the developmental origins of adolescent CVR and its increases are poorly understood. The project will test whether childhood self-regulation and adolescent cardiovascular risk factor pathways are mediated by health behaviors (e.g., substance use, exercise, nutrition, and sleep). By testing these linkages, the proposed research will be the first to conduct a fine-grained developmental analysis of childhood self-regulation health behaviors and CVR pathways spanning 16 years.