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Associate Professor
Preventive Medicine
Graduate College
1700 W. Van Buren St.
Triangle Office Building
Ste. 470
Chicago, IL 60612

(312) 942-4161
MPH, University of Illinois at Chicago, Epidemiology/Biostatistics, 1992

DO, College of Osteopathic Medicine, 1976

BS, Univ. of Illinois, LAS - Psychology, 1972

Howard Kravitz, DO, MPH, is The Stanley G. Harris Family Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Preventive Medicine. His areas of interest and expertise include psychiatric epidemiology and sleep medicine. Currently, he is the principal investigator for the Rush (Chicago) site of the Study of Women's Health Across the Nation (SWAN), a multi-center study of menopause and aging in the United States. He has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Mental Health and National Institute of Aging) for the past two decades for research on depression, anxiety and sleep.

Ongoing Research

1.Study of Women's Health Across the Nation IV: Chicago Site(NIH/NIA):
The major goals of this project are to (1) characterize the endocrinology and symptomatology of the post-reproductive period and evaluate their relationships to earlier stages of the transition; (2) ascertain health outcomes (defined broadly); and (3) characterize the physiologic and psychosocial changes that occur with aging and link them to both the prior menopausal transition experience and subsequent health outcomes.

2. SWAN Sleep Study II - Chicago (Rush) Site (NIH/NIA):
The major goals of this project are to identify potential predisposing, precipitating, and perpetuating factors for chronic sleep disturbances during the menopausal transition and the adverse effects of sleep disturbances on subsequent health status during the early postmenopause.

3.Depression, Adipocytokines and Metabolic Dysregulation in Black and White Women,(NIH/NHLBI):
The major goals of this project are to examine the associations of lifetime history of depression and current depressive symptoms with adiponectin and leptin and changes in these adipocytokines in African-American and Caucasian women from the Study of Women's Health Across the Nation (SWAN).
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