Brooke Aggarwal, EdD, MS, FAHA

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Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Medical Sciences (in Medicine) at CUMC

Administrative Titles

  • Director of Training, Go Red for Women Strategically Focused Research Network at CUMC
  • Principal Investigator, Go Red for Women Strategically Focused Research Network at CUMC

Dr. Brooke Aggarwal is an Assistant Professor of Medical Sciences in the Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center. As a behavioral scientist and clinical health education specialist, her program of research focuses on the impact of behavioral and psychosocial factors on adherence to cardiovascular disease prevention guidelines, and the application of novel educational strategies to improve lifestyle behaviors.

Dr. Aggarwal has a background in psychology, exercise physiology, and health behavior, and completed an NIH-sponsored postdoctoral research fellowship in preventive cardiology at Columbia University Medical Center. She currently serves as Principal Investigator of a population-based study examining the association of sleep patterns, lifestyle, behavioral, and psychosocial factors, and cardiometabolic risk among a new cohort of 500 women. She is the Director of Training for the American Heart Association Go Red for Women Strategically Focused Research Network at Columbia University Medical Center. She also serves on the American Heart Association National Research Committee. In addition to her research activities, Dr. Aggarwal is a member of the Institute of Human Nutrition teaching faculty.


  • Female

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • MS, Exercise Physiology and Nutrition, George Washington University Medical Center
  • EdD, Health and Behavior Studies, Columbia University, Teachers College
  • Fellowship: Columbia University Medical Center

Honors & Awards

Best of AHA Specialty Conferences recognition for top 10 percent of abstracts (2019)

Elected as a Fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA) (2019)

Selected for the NIH Early Career Reviewer Program, Center for Scientific Review (2019)

Invited Faculty, American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Research Leaders Academy (2017)

NIH Translational Science/Columbia University Irving Institute Clinical Trials Office Pilot Award (2012)

NIH Summer Institute on the Design and Conduct of Randomized Clinical Trials Involving Behavioral Interventions (2011)

Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research Reach for the First R01 Award Trainee (2011)

Leadership and Management Institute for Women Leaders in Academic Medicine, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University (2010)

NIH Clinical Research Loan Repayment Award, National Heart Lung & Blood Institute (2009-13)

Research Dissertation Fellowship Award, Office of Policy and Research, Teachers College, Columbia University (2008)

Graduate of the Federal Government Emerging Leaders Program, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2005)


"We chose to study sleep in particular because women are vulnerable to the effects of lack of sleep at various points in their lives: pregnancy, new motherhood, menopause and postmenopause, and caring for an ailing spouse."

Dr. Aggarwal's research lab is evaluating the risk of cardiovascular disease and sleep patterns in a diverse population of women throughout various life stages. The team is conducting a prospective observational study to evaluate sleep patterns, caregiving, lifestyle and psychosocial risk factors, and the relation between sleep patterns, markers of inflammation, and cardiovascular health outcomes in a new population-based cohort of female community members and family members/friends of patients hospitalized at an academic urban medical center. The goal of the research is to provide new insight into potential pathways through which sleep may be linked to cardiac risk in women.

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Research Interests

  • Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine
  • Preventive cardiology
  • Psychosocial Factors
  • Sleep



Apr 1 2016 - Mar 31 2020


Apr 1 2016 - Mar 31 2020


Sep 15 2010 - Jun 30 2015


Sep 15 2010 - Jun 30 2015


Aug 17 2009 - Jul 31 2012

Selected Publications

Aggarwal BA, Liao M, Mosca L. Physical Activity as a Potential Mechanism through which Social Support May Reduce Cardiovascular Disease Risk. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. 2008; 23(2):90-6.

Mosca L, Mochari H, Liao M, Christian AH, Edelman D, Aggarwal B, Oz M. A Novel Family-based Intervention Trial to Improve Heart Health (FIT Heart): Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial. Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. 2008; 1:98-106.

Aggarwal B, Mosca L. Heart Disease Risk for Female Cardiac Caregivers. The Female Patient. 2009;34: 1- 4.

Aggarwal B, Liao M, Christian A, Mosca L. Influence of Caregiving on Lifestyle and Psychosocial Risk Factors among Family Members of Patients Hospitalized with Cardiovascular Disease. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2009; 24(1):93-8.

Aggarwal B, Mosca L. Lifestyle and Psychosocial Risk Factors Predict Non-Adherence to Medication. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. 2010; 40(2):228-33.

Aggarwal B, Liao M, Allegrante JP, Mosca L. Low Social Support Level is Associated with Non-Adherence to Diet at 1-Year in the Family Intervention Trial for Heart Health (FIT Heart). Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2010; 42(6): 380-88.

Aggarwal B, Liao M, Mosca L. Predictors of Physical Activity at 1-Year in a Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. 2010; 25(6):444-9.

Mosca L, Mochari-Greenberger H, Aggarwal B, Liao M, Suero-Tejeda N, Comellas M, Rehm L, Umann TM, Mehran R. Patterns of Caregiving among Patients Hospitalized with Cardiovascular Disease. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. 2011;26(4):305-311.

Mosca M, Aggarwal B. Sleep Duration, Snoring Habits, and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors in an Ethnically Diverse Population. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. 2012 May-Jun;27(3):263-9.

Mosca L, Aggarwal B, Mochari-Greenberger H, Liao M, Blair J, Cheng B, Comellas M, Rehm L, Suero-Tejeda N, Umann T. Association between Having a Caregiver and Clinical Outcomes 1 Year after Hospitalization for Cardiovascular Disease. American Journal of Cardiology. 2012;109:135-139.

Mochari-Greenberger H, Mosca M, Aggarwal B, Umann T, Mosca L. Caregiver Status: A Simple Marker to Identify Patients at Risk for Longer Post-Operative Length of Stay, Rehospitalization or Death. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. 2013; 2014 Jan-Feb;29(1):12-9.

Villanueva C, Aggarwal B. The Association between Neighborhood Socioeconomic Status and Clinical Outcomes for Patients One Year after Hospitalization for Cardiovascular Disease. Journal of Community Health. 2013;38(4):690-7.

Aggarwal B, Liao M, Mosca L. Medication Adherence is Associated with Having a Caregiver Among Cardiac Patients. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. 2013; 46(2):237-42.

Blair J, Volpe M, Aggarwal B. Challenges, Needs and Experiences of Recently Hospitalized Cardiac Patients and their Informal Caregivers: A Qualitative Study. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. 2014 Jan-Feb;29(1):29-37.

Aggarwal B, Pender A, Mosca L, Mochari-Greenberger H. Factors Associated with Medication Adherence among Heart Failure Patients and their Caregivers. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice. 2015;5(3):22-27.

Aggarwal M, Aggarwal B, Rao J. Integrative Medicine for Cardiovascular Disease and Prevention. Medical Clinics of North America. 2017; 101 (5): 895-923.

Makarem N, Aggarwal B. Gender Differences in Associations between Insufficient Sleep and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors and Endpoints. Gender and the Genome. 2017; 1(2): 80-88.

St-Onge MP, Crawford A, Aggarwal B. Plant-based diets: Reducing cardiovascular risk by improving sleep quality? Current Sleep Medicine Reports. 2018; 4: 74-78.

Pizinger T, Aggarwal B, St-Onge MP. Sleep Extension in Short Sleepers: An Evaluation of Feasibility and Effectiveness for Weight Management and Cardiometabolic Disease Prevention. Frontiers in Endocrinology. 2018.

Aggarwal B, Makarem N, Shah R, Emin M, Wei Y, St-Onge MP, Jelic S. The Effects of Inadequate Sleep on Blood Pressure and Endothelial Inflammation in Women: Findings from the American Heart Association Go Red for Women Strategically Focused Research Network. Journal of the American Heart Association. 2018;7:e008590.

Taylor JL, Makarem N, Shimbo D, Aggarwal B. Gender Differences in Associations betweeen Stress and Cardiovascular Risk Factors and Outcomes. Gender and the Genome. 2018; 2(4): 111-122.

Aggarwal M, Bozkurt B, Panjrath G, Aggarwal B, Ostfeld RJ, Barnard ND, Gaggin H, Freeman AM, Allen K, Madan S, Massera D, Litwin S, on behalf of American College of Cardiology's Nutrition and Lifestyle Committee of the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease Council. Lifestyle Modifications for Prevention and Treatment of Heart Failure. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2018; 72 (19): 2391-2405.

Byun S, Mayat Z, Aggarwal B, Parekh N, Makarem N. Quantity, Quality, and Timing of Carbohydrate Intake and Blood Pressure. Invited to Current Nutrition Reports. 2019.

St-Onge MP, Aggarwal B, Jelic S. Napping: Is it really a means by which short sleepers can have their cake and eat it too? Journal of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine. 2019; 3: 24.

Makarem N, St-Onge MP, Liao M, Lloyd-Jones D, Aggarwal B. Association between Sleep Patterns and Cardiovascular Health among Women and Differences by Race/Ethnicity and Menopausal Status: Findings from the American Heart Association Go Red for Women Strategically Focused Research Network. Sleep Health. 2019.

Byun S, Bello N, Liao M, Makarem N, Aggarwal B. Associations of weight cycling with cardiovascular health using American Heart Association's Life's Simple 7 in a diverse sample of women. Preventive Medicine Reports. 2019; 16.

Shah R, Makarem N, Emin M, Liao M, Jelic S, Aggarwal B. Mediterranean Diet Components are Linked to Greater Endothelial Function and Lower Inflammation in a Pilot Study of Ethnically Diverse Women. Nutrition Reseach. 2020.

Zuraikat FM, Makarem N, Liao M, St-Onge MP, Aggarwal B. Measures of Poor Sleep Quality Are Associated With Higher Energy Intake and Poor Diet Quality in a Diverse Sample of Women From the Go Red for Women Strategically Focused Research Network. Journal of the American Heart Association. 2020;9:e014587.