Andrew J. Wawrzyniak

Title/Position: Research Assistant Professor


Andrew J. Wawrzyniak is a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Miami School of Nursing & Health Studies. Dr. Wawrzyniak received a B.A. in Psychology & Biology from Lake Forest College, a M.S. in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, a M.A. in Psychology from New York University, and his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Edinburgh. Dr. Wawrzyniak’s post-doctoral experience has included research at University College London, Uniformed Services University, and the University of Maryland Medical Center. His main areas of research include individual differences and health psychology, with specific concentrations in psychoneuroimmunology, psychoneuroendocrinology, behavioral cardiology, health behaviors, positive psychology, and socioeconomic predictors of health and disease. Dr. Wawrzyniak’s current work includes examining biobehavioral triggers of heart failure, cardiovascular reactivity to acute stress in healthy participants, and investigating characteristics of infection in a hospital setting. His teaching areas include statistics, evidence based practice, epidemiology, pathophysiology, and genetics.

Andrew J. Wawrzyniak, M.A., M.S., Ph.D.

B.A., Psychology & Biology, Lake Forest College - 1998
M.S., Biology, University of North Carolina at Charlotte – 2001
M.A., Psychology, New York University – 2004
Ph.D., Psychology, University of Edinburgh - 2009

Research and Academic Interests
Behavioral health
Health psychology
Cardiovascular health & disease

Research Grants (selected)
Retaining HIV Positive Patients in Medical Care: Test for Intervention Strategies for HIV Clinics. CDC;

Comprehensive HIV Clinic-Based Intervention to Promote Patient’s Health and Reduce Transmission Risk. CDC/NIMH; Sept 2012 – May 2014

Barriers and Implications of Sub Optimal Retention to HIV Medical Care in one of Miami Dade’s Largest HIV Out-patient Clinics.
D-CFAR/DHHS/NIH/NIAID, July 2013 – July 2014

Publications (selected)
Wawrzyniak AJ, Ownby RL, & Waldrop-Valverde D. (in press). Health Literacy: Impact on the Health of HIV-Infected Individuals. Current HIV/AIDS Reports.

Wawrzyniak AJ, Bekkouche NS, & Krantz DS. (in press). Behavioral & Psychological Triggers of Myocardial Infarction. In SR Waldstein, WJ Kop, & LI Katzel. (Eds.). Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine. New York: Springer.

Bekkouche NS, Wawrzyniak AJ, Whittaker KS, Ketterer MW, & Krantz DS. (2013). Psychological and physiological predictors of angina during exercise-induced ischemia in patients with coronary artery disease. Psychosomatic Medicine 75(4), 413-421.

Harris KM, Emery C, Marshall J, Banis M, Wawrzyniak A, Gottlieb S, & Krantz D. (2013). Mood states and stress-related hemodynamic reactivity in heart failure. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 45(2 Supp), s88.

Wawrzyniak AJ, Endrighi R, Hamer M, & Steptoe A. (2013). Decreased reaction time variability is associated with greater cardiovascular responses to and impaired recovery from acute stress. Psychosomatic Medicine, 75(3), A-98.

Bekkouche NS, Whittaker KS, Harris KM, Wawrzyniak AJ, Kop, WJ, Gottlieb SS, Christenson RS, Banis, MN, Weiss, AS, & Krantz DS. (2013). Social support and depressive symptoms predict clinical exacerbations in BNP and heart failure severity: the BETRHEART Study. Psychosomatic Medicine, 75(3), A-104.

Whittaker KS, Wawrzyniak AJ, Rodriguez GA, Bekkouche NS, Harris KM, Kop, WJ, Gottlieb SS, & Krantz DS. (2013). Problem-focused coping styles predict better functional and symptom status in heart failure patients. Psychosomatic Medicine, 74(3), A-151.

Wawrzyniak AJ. (2012). Framingham Heart Study. In M Gellman & JR Turner. (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine. Springer.

Wawrzyniak AJ. (2012). Framingham Offspring Study In M Gellman & JR Turner. (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine. Springer.

Whittaker KS, Krantz DS, Rutledge, T., Johnson BD, Wawrzyniak AJ, Bittner V, Eastwood JA, Eteiba W, Cornell CE, Pepine CJ, Vido DA, Handberg E, & Merz CNB. (2012). Combining psychosocial data to improve prediction of cardiovascular disease risk factors and events: The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute-sponsored Women’s Ischemia Syndrome Evaluation study. Psychosomatic Medicine, 74, 263-270.

Whittaker KS, Wawrzyniak AJ, Berg AE, Bekkouche NS, Godoy SM, Banis MS, Harris KM, Kop WJ, Gottlieb SS, & Krantz DS. (2012). Dispositional optimism predicts fewer self-reported symptoms and 18 month hospitalizations in heart failure patients. Psychosomatic Medicine, 75(3), A-90.

Wawrzyniak AJ & Pollard Whiteman MC. (2011). Perceived stress, loneliness, and interaction with fellow students does not affect innate mucosal immunity in first year university students. Japanese Psychological Research, 53(2), 121-32.

Bekkouche NS, Krantz DS, Wawrzyniak AJ, Whittaker KS, & Sheps DS (2011). Components of the Neuromatrix Theory of pain predict angina during exercise stress testing: Results from the PIMI study. Psychosomatic Medicine, 73(3), A-50.

Harris KM, Wawrzyniak AJ, Bekkouche NS, Whittaker KS, Godoy SM, Kop WJ, Gottlieb SS, & Krantz DS. (2011). Hostility, symptom severity, and functional status in patients with heart failure. Psychosomatic Medicine, 73(3), A-81.

Poole L, Steptoe A, Wawrzyniak AJ, Bostock S, Mitchell ES, & Hamer M. (2011). Associations of objectively measured physical activity with daily mood ratings and psychophysiological stress responses in women. Psychophysiology, 48, 1165-72.

Poole L, Hamer M, Wawrzyniak AJ, & Steptoe A. (2011). The effects of exercise withdrawal on mood and inflammatory cytokine responses in humans. Stress, 14(4), 439-47.

Bostock S, Hamer M, Wawrzyniak AJ, Mitchell ES, & Steptoe A. (2011). Positive emotional style and subjective, cardiovascular and cortisol responses to acute laboratory stress. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 36(8), 1175-83.

Presentations (selected)
Rosa R, Wawrzyniak A, Sfeir M, Smith L, & Abbo L. (2013). Staphylococcus aureus, antimicrobial stewardship and quality improvement. Poster presentation, IDWeek 2013, October 2-6, 2013, San Francisco, California.

Pettineo G, Castillo M, Fernandez M, Wawrzyniak AJ, Vigoda M, Eber S, Lubarsky D, & Abbo LM. (2013). Compliance of antibiotic intraoperative redosing: The CARE Study. Poster presentation, IDWeek 2013, October 2-6, 2013, San Francisco, California.

Harris KM, Gottlieb SS, Krantz DS, Todd J, Estis J, Torres V, Whittaker K, Rebuck H, Wawrzyniak A, & Christenson RH. (2013). Use of novel plasma biomarkers to predict hospitalization in chronic heart failure patients. Poster presentation, American Association for Clinical Chemistry, July 28-August 1, Houston, Texas.

Wawrzyniak AJ, Whittaker KS, Godoy SM, Harris KM, Banis MN, Gottlieb SS, & Krantz DS. (2013). Hostile attribution is associated with increased galectin-3 in heart failure patients. Rapid communication poster presentation, 34th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, March 20-23, 2013, San Francisco, California.

Major accomplishments / Honors
American Psychosomatic Society Young Scholar Award
Oral presentation at the 69th Annual Scientific Meeting, American Psychosomatic Society, March 9-12, 2011, San Antonio, Texas.

Cleveland Clinic Young Investigator Research Award Nominee
Oral presentation at the 2010 Cleveland Clinic Heart-Brain Summit, September 23-24, 2010, Las Vegas, Nevada.

American Psychosomatic Society Citation Poster
Poster presentation at the 67th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society, March 4-7, 2009, Chicago, Illinois.

University of Birmingham Psychoneuroimmunology Conference Poster Presentation Award
Poster presentation at the University of Birmingham Psychoneuroimmunology Conference,
April 23, 2009, Birmingham, United Kingdom.

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