Barry Elliot Hurwitz, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology University of Florida, 1984

Research Interests

Research includes the investigation of the early interactions of behavioral factors (i.e., stress, anxiety, hostility, depression, vitality, sleep, diet & nutrition), and cardiovascular, immunological and metabolic functions that promote disease and disease progression in adults. Interests include metabolic syndrome, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, hypertension, chronic fatigue syndrome and HIV/AIDS.

Current Research Projects:

  • Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome, and Meal-Related Glycemia
  • Insulin Resistance, Endothelial Progenitors & Vascular Endothelial Dysfunction
  • Stress-Induced Overeating
  • Biobehavioral Bases of CHD Risk and Management
  • Epidemiologic Determinants of Cardiac Structure and Function Among Hispanics
  • Effect of an Inhaled Corticosteroid on Pulmonary Endothelial Dysfunction in Cigarette Smokers/COPD
  • HIV Vascular Endothelial Dysfunction & Cardiovascular Disease Risk

Selected Publications: Peer Reviewed Journals (of more than 60 publications)

Qureshi, W., Leigh, J.A., Swett, K., Dharod, A., Allison, M., Cai, J., Gonzalez II, F., Hurwitz, B., Shah, S., Desai, A.A., Spevack, D., Rodriguez, C. (2016). Comparison of Echocardiographic Measures in a Hispanic/Latino Population with the 2005 and 2015 American Society of Echocardiography Reference Limits [The Echocardiographic Study of Latinos (ECHO-SOL)]. Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging. 9(1). NIHMSID: NIHMS737335 PMID: 26712159

Hurwitz, B.E., Schneiderman N., Marks, J.B., Mendez, A.J., Gonzalez, A., Llabre, M.M., Smith, S.R., Bizzotto, R., Santini, E., Laura-Manca, M., Skyler, J.S., Mari, A., Ferrannini, E., (2015). Adaptation of ?-cell and Endothelial Function to Carbohydrate Loading: Influence of Insulin Resistance. Diabetes. 64(7): 2550-2559. PMID: 25754957

Premer, C., Blum, A., Bellio, M., Schulman, I., Hurwitz, B.E., Parker, M., Dermarkarian, C., DiFede, D., Balkan, W., Hare, J. (2015). Allogeneic Mesenchymal Stem Cells Restore Endothelial Function in Heart Failure by Stimulating Endothelial Progenitor Cells. EBioMedicine. Mar 28;2(5):467-75. doi: 10.1016/j.ebiom.2015.03.020. PMID: 26137590

Rodriguez, CJ, Dharod, A, Allison, MA, Shah, SJ, Hurwitz BE, Bangdiwala, S, Gonzalez, F, Kitzman, D, Gillam, L, Spevack, D, Dadhania, R, Langdon, S, Kaplan, R. (2015). Rationale and Design of the Echocardiographic Study of Hispanics/Latinos (ECHO-SOL). Ethnicity & Disease. Spring;25(2):180-86. PMID: 26118146

McIntosh, R.C., Hurwitz, B.E., Antoni, M., Gonzalez, A., Seay, J., Schneiderman, N. (2015). The ABCs of Anger, Psychological Distress, and HIV-Disease Severity. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. 49(3):420-33. PMID: 25385204

Birnbaum-Weitzman O, Goldberg R, Hurwitz BE, Llabre MM, Gellman MD, Gutt M, McCalla JR, Mendez AJ, Schneiderman N. (2014). Depressive symptoms linked to 1-h plasma glucose concentrations during the oral glucose tolerance test in men and women with the metabolic syndrome. Diabetic Medicine. 31(5), 630-6. PMID: 24344735

Hurwitz, B.E. (2013). Multifaceted Lifestyle Interventions and Cardiometabolic Outcomes in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Endocrinology & Metabolic Syndrome. 2: e120. doi: 10.4172/2161-1017.1000e120

Mendes, E.S., Cancado, J.E.D., Rebolledo, P., Parker, M., Gonzalez, A., Hurwitz, B.E., Wanner, A. (2013). Airway vascular endothelial function in healthy smokers without systemic endothelial dysfunction. Chest, 143(6), 1733-9. PMID: 23348843

Hurwitz, B.E. (2012). Sleep debt and postprandial metabolic function in subclinical cardiometabolic pathophysiology. Endocrinology & Metabolic Syndrome. 1: e107. doi: 10.4172/2161-1017.1000e107

Fletcher, M.A., Rosenthal, M., Antoni, M., Ironson, G., Zeng, X.R., Barnes, Z., Harvey, J., Hurwitz, B.E., Levis, S., Broderick, G., Klimas, N.G. (2010). Plasma Neuropeptide Y: a biomarker for symptom severity in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The Behavioral and Brain Functions. 6, 76. doi: 10.1186/1744-9081-6-76. PubMed PMID: 21190576; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3024290.

Hurwitz, B.E. (2010). The Longitudinal Predictive Validity of Metabolic Syndrome. International Diabetes Monitor. 22(1), 29-35.

Fletcher, M.A., Zeng, X.R., Maher, K., Levis, S., Hurwitz, B.E., Antoni, M., Broderick, G., Klimas, N.G. (2010). Biomarkers in chronic fatigue syndrome: evaluation of natural killer cell function and dipeptidyl peptidase IV/CD26. PLoS One. 5(5), e10817. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0010817. PubMed PMID: 20520837; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2876037.

Hurwitz, B.E., Coryell, V.T., Parker, M., Martin, P., LaPerriere, A., Klimas, N.G., Sfakianakis, G.N., Bilsker, M.S. (2010). Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Illness Severity, Sedentary Lifestyle, Blood Volume and Evidence of Diminished Cardiac Function. Clinical Science. 118(2), 125-135.

Hurwitz, B.E., Henry, N., Goldberg, R.B. (2009). Long-term Oral Contraceptive Treatment, Metabolic Syndrome and Measures of Cardiovascular Risk in Pre-menopausal Women: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 1999-2004. Gynecological Endocrinology. 25(7), 441-449.

Klaus, J.R., Hurwitz, B.E., Llabre, M.M., Skyler, J.S., Goldberg, R.B., Marks, J.B., Bilsker, M.S, Schneiderman, N. (2009). Central Obesity and Insulin Resistance in Cardiometabolic Syndrome: Pathways to preclinical cardiovascular structure and function. Journal of the CardioMetabolic Syndrome. 4, 63-71.

Paz-Filho, G., Esposito, K., Hurwitz, B., Sharma, A., Dong, C., Andreev, V., Delibasi, T., Erol, H., Ayala, A., Wong, M., Licinio, J. (2009). Leptin and insulin sensitivity: reply to Oral and Burant. American Journal of Physiology - Endocrinology and Metabolism. 296(2), E396. DOI: 10.1152/ajpendo.90939.2008

Paz-Filho, G., Esposito, K., Hurwitz, B., Sharma, A., Dong, C., Andreev, V., Delibasi, T., Erol, H., Ayala, A., Wong, M., Licinio, J. (2008). Changes in insulin sensitivity during leptin replacement therapy in leptin-deficient patients. American Journal of Physiology - Endocrinology and Metabolism. 295(6), E1401-E1408.

Paz-Filho, G.J., Ayala, A., Esposito, K., Erol, H.K., Delibasi, T., Hurwitz, B.E., Wong, M.L., Licinio, J. (2008). Effects of Leptin on Lipid Metabolism. Hormone and Metabolic Research. 40, 572-574.

Greeson, J.M., Hurwitz, B.E., Llabre, M.M., Schneiderman, N., Penedo, F.J., & Klimas, N.G., (2008). Psychological Distress, Killer Lymphocytes, and Disease Severity in HIV/AIDS. Brain, Behavior & Immunity. 22(6), 901-911.

Hurwitz, B.E., Klaus, J.R., Llabre, M.M., Gonzalez, A., Lawrence, P.J., Maher, K.J., Greeson, J.M., Baum, M.K., Shor-Posner , G., Skyler, J.S., & Schneiderman, N. (2007). Selenium Supplementation Suppresses HIV Viral Load: A randomized controlled trial. Archives of Internal Medicine. 167(2):148-54.


Sample Syllabi
PSY 220 Introduction to Psychobiology
PSY 606 Biobehavioral Processes & Disease in Health Psychology