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Richard P. Sloan, PhD is Nathaniel Wharton Professor of Behavioral Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University.  He also is Chief of the Division of Behavioral Medicine at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Director of the Behavioral Medicine Program at Columbia University Medical Center in New York. His work focuses on identifying the mechanisms linking psychological risk factors such as depression, hostility, and anxiety to heart disease.

A Fighting Spirit Won't Save Your Life

Richard Sloan | January 26, 2011
Dr. Sloan's piece 'A Fighting Spirit Won't Save Your Life', that recently ran in The Opinion Pages of the New York Times, calls into question our belief that we can affect our health through optimism and positive thinking.

Sharing the Burden

Richard Sloan | November 4, 2010
Jessie has written about her perspective as the patient in an extremely stressful situation. I can add a different one: that of the husband of my seriously ill wife.