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Michael Alan Babyak, PhD

Professor Emeritus in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
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Behavioral Medicine & Neurosciences
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Office: Room 4072 South Hospital, DUMC Box 2969, Durham, NC 27710
Campus Mail: DUMC Box 2969 Med Ctr, Durham, NC 27710

Since coming to Duke as an intern in 1994 I have collaborated as a biostatistician and co-investigator at Duke on numerous observational and experimental studies involving behavior, psychosocial factors, health, and disease. The substantive topics have ranged across questions concerning exercise and depression, hypertension, weight loss, the genetics of stress and heart disease, sickle cell disease, to name a few. I am particularly interested in the issue of improving reproducibility and transparency in data analysis.

Education and Training

  • Ph.D., University of Kansas, 1995

Publications

Escobar-Roldan, Ivan D., Michael A. Babyak, and James A. Blumenthal. “Exercise Prescription Practices to Improve Mental Health.” J Psychiatr Pract 27, no. 4 (July 28, 2021): 273–82. https://doi.org/10.1097/PRA.0000000000000554.

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Reavis, Zackery W., Nikhil Mirjankar, Srikant Sarangi, Stephen H. Boyle, Cynthia M. Kuhn, Wayne R. Matson, Michael A. Babyak, et al. “Correction to: Sex and race differences of cerebrospinal fluid metabolites in healthy individuals.” Metabolomics 17, no. 6 (June 9, 2021): 56. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11306-021-01809-z.

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Stewart, Kearsley A., Monika Parshad-Asnani, Ambroise Wonkam, John Bollinger, Valentina Ngo Bitoungui, Edmond Wonkam-Tingang, Jill Powell, et al. “"Pain is Subjective": A Mixed-Methods Study of Provider Attitudes and Practices Regarding Pain Management in Sickle Cell Disease Across Three Countries.” Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 61, no. 3 (March 2021): 474–87. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2020.08.029.

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Blumenthal, James A., Michael A. Babyak, Wade Edward Craighead, Jonathan Davidson, Alan Hinderliter, Benson Hoffman, Pudugramam Murali Doraiswamy, and Andrew Sherwood. “The role of comorbid anxiety in exercise and depression trials: Secondary analysis of the SMILE-II randomized clinical trial.” Depress Anxiety 38, no. 2 (February 2021): 124–33. https://doi.org/10.1002/da.23088.

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Reavis, Zackery W., Nikhil Mirjankar, Srikant Sarangi, Stephen H. Boyle, Cynthia M. Kuhn, Wayne R. Matson, Michael A. Babyak, et al. “Sex and race differences of cerebrospinal fluid metabolites in healthy individuals.” Metabolomics 17, no. 2 (January 18, 2021): 13. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11306-020-01757-0.

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Merwin, Rhonda M., Ashley A. Moskovich, Michael Babyak, Mark Feinglos, Lisa K. Honeycutt, Jan Mooney, Sara P. Freeman, Heather Batchelder, and Devdutta Sangvai. “An open trial of app-assisted acceptance and commitment therapy (iACT) for eating disorders in type 1 diabetes.” J Eat Disord 9, no. 1 (January 6, 2021): 6. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40337-020-00357-6.

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Jiang, Rong, Michael A. Babyak, Beverly H. Brummett, Ilene C. Siegler, Cynthia M. Kuhn, and Redford B. Williams. “Corrigendum to "Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) Val66Met polymorphism interacts with gender to influence cortisol responses to mental stress" [Psychoneuroendocrinology 79 (2017) (May) 13-19].” Psychoneuroendocrinology 121 (November 2020): 104861. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psyneuen.2020.104861.

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Singh, Abanish, Michael A. Babyak, Mario Sims, Solomon K. Musani, Beverly H. Brummett, Rong Jiang, William E. Kraus, et al. “Evaluating the precision of EBF1 SNP x stress interaction association: sex, race, and age differences in a big harmonized data set of 28,026 participants.” Transl Psychiatry 10, no. 1 (October 20, 2020): 351. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41398-020-01028-5.

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Smith, Patrick J., Stephanie M. Mabe, Andrew Sherwood, P Murali Doraiswamy, Kathleen A. Welsh-Bohmer, James R. Burke, William E. Kraus, et al. “Metabolic and Neurocognitive Changes Following Lifestyle Modification: Examination of Biomarkers from the ENLIGHTEN Randomized Clinical Trial.” J Alzheimers Dis 77, no. 4 (2020): 1793–1803. https://doi.org/10.3233/JAD-200374.

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Brummett, Beverly H., Michael A. Babyak, Rong Jiang, Kim M. Huffman, William E. Kraus, Abanish Singh, Elizabeth R. Hauser, Ilene C. Siegler, and Redford B. Williams. “Systolic Blood Pressure and Socioeconomic Status in a large multi-study population.” Ssm Popul Health 9 (December 2019): 100498. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssmph.2019.100498.

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