College of Nursing
Ph. D. Washington State University, 2008
Office: SNRS 414B (Spokane campus)
Latent growth modeling of risk factors associated with Coronary Heart Disease
Invariance testing of health psychology surveys and diseases across groups and time
My main areas of interest are in structural equation modeling of health related data with emphasis on models of change over time and invariance testing across gender and occasion. Specifically, I analyze traditional and nontraditional risk factors associated with heart disease and the metabolic syndrome via latent growth modeling and mixture modeling, and I also assessed the psychometric properties of various psychosocial scales associated with heart disease. I am also interested in examining the role of mental illness and substance abuse in heart disease, particularly in rural populations.
Selected Publications :
Barbosa-Leiker, C., Wright, B.R., Burns, G. L., Parks, C.D., & Strand, P. (2011). Is the Assessment of the Metabolic Syndrome Stable Over Time? Testing Longitudinal Measurement Invariance of the Metabolic Syndrome. Annals of Epidemiology, 21, 111-117.
Wright, B., Barbosa-Leiker, C., Hoekstra, H. (2011). Police Officers vs. Non-police Officer Status and Perceived Stress as Longitudinal Predictors of Cardiovascular Risk Factors. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 53, 730-734.
Hoekstra, T., Barbosa-Leiker, C., Koppes, & Twisk, J. (2011). Thirty year developmental patterns of body fatness predict cardiovascular disease risk in a relatively healthy population. Journal of Longitudinal and Life Course Studies, 2 (3).
Hildenbrand, K., Freson, T. Barbosa-Leiker, C. Nordio, S., Becker, B., & Miller, A.J. (2011).The impact of an aquatic exercise protocol on physiologic measures within an asthmatic population. International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education, 5, 378-388.
Fluegel, S., Shultz, T., Powers J., Clark, S., Barbosa-Leiker, C., Wright, B., et al. (2010). Whey Beverages Decrease Blood Pressure in Young Hypertensive Men and Women. International Dairy Journal, 20, 753-760.