Susan Everson-Rose, PhD, MPH

Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine

Susan Everson-Rose

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Division of General Internal Medicine
717 Delaware Street SE, Suite 166
Minneapolis, MN 55414

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Jill Charles

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Biological Psychology (PhD), University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, MS

Psychology, Moorhead State University, Moorhead, MN

Public Health in Epidemiology (MPH), University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA


Dr. Susan Everson-Rose, PhD, MPH, is a Professor in the Department of Medicine, Associate Director of the Program in Health Disparities Research, and Director of the NIMHD-funded Center for Health Equity at the University of Minnesota. She is trained in cardiovascular psychophysiology, behavioral medicine, stress mechanisms of disease, neuropsychology, and cardiovascular and social epidemiology. Dr. Everson-Rose studies the influence of psychosocial stressors on cardiovascular disease risk, including stroke and diabetes, and explores biobehavioral and physiological mechanisms that underlie these associations. Her research also explores the role of psychosocial risk factors in health disparities and vulnerable populations. Her most recent work investigates whether mindfulness-based stress reduction interventions can be used to effectively manage chronic disease conditions and promote healthier lifestyles in diverse settings. Dr. Everson-Rose has over 20 years’ experience as an NIH-funded investigator, including on several large epidemiologic cohort studies (e.g., the Alameda County Study, the Kuopio Ischemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study, the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation, the Chicago Health and Aging Project, and the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis). Across these studies, her work has examined how chronic stress, psychosocial characteristics, such as depression, hopelessness, anger and hostility, social relationships, and socioeconomic factors contribute to disease risk in diverse samples of middle-aged and older men and women. She is an Associate Editor for Psychosomatic Medicine, and nationally and internationally regarded for her work on psychosocial risk factors for chronic diseases.



  1. Pratt RJ, Pernat C, Kerandi L, Kmiecik A, Strobel-Ayres C, Joseph Anne M, Everson-Rose SA, Luo X, Cooney N, Thomas J, Okuyemi K. It's a hard thing to manage when you're homeless: the impact of the social environment on smoking cessation for smokers experiencing homelessness. BMC Public Health; 2019;19(1):635. doi: 10.1186/s12889-019-6987-7.
  2. El Khoudary S, Chen X, Nasr A, Shields K, Barinas-Mitchell E, Janssen I, Everson-Rose SA, Powell L, Matthews K. Greater peri-aortic fat volume at midlife is associated with slower gait speed later in life in women: The SWAN Cardiovascular Fat Ancillary Study. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2019 Apr 12. pii: glz095. doi: 10.1093/gerona/glz095. [Epub ahead of print] PMCID: in process.
  3. Stewart A, Kathawalla U-K, Wolfe AG, Everson-Rose SA. Women’s heart health at mid-life: What is the role of psychosocial stress? Women’s Midlife Health; 2018;4:11. doi: 10.1186/s40695-018-0041-2 PMCID: PMC6297972
  4. Everson-Rose SA, Clark CJ, Wang Q, Guo H, Mancuso P, Kravitz HK, Bromberger JT. Depressive symptoms and adipokines in women: Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2018;97:20-27. DOI: PMCID: PMC6300165 [Available on 2019-11-01].
  5. Khan Z, Janssen I, Mazzarelli JK, Powell LH, Dumasius A, Everson-Rose SA, Barinas-Mitchell E, Matthews KA, El Khoudary SR, Weinstock PJ, Hollenberg SM. Serial studies in subclinical atherosclerosis during the menopausal transition (from the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation). American Journal of Cardiology. 2018;122(7):1161-1168. DOI: PMCID: in progress.
  6. Everson-Rose SA, Mendes de Leon CF, Roetker NS, Lutsey PL, Alonso A. Subclinical cardiovascular disease and changes in self-reported mobility: Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA). J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2018;73(2):218-224. doi: 10.1093/gerona/glx103. PMCID: PMC5861943
  7. Loftus J, Allen EM, Call KT, Everson-Rose SA. Rural-urban differences in access to preventive health care among publicly-insured Minnesotans. Journal of Rural Health; 2018 Feb;34 Suppl 1:s48-s55. doi:10.1111/jrh.12235. PMCID: PMC6069955 [Available on 2019-02-01].
  8. Dugan SA, Lewis TT, Everson-Rose SA, Jacobs E, Harlow S, Janssen I. Chronic discrimination and bodily pain in a multiethnic cohort of midlife women in the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation. Pain. 2017 Sep; 158(9):1656-1665. doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000000957. PMCID: PMC5561511
  9. Whitaker KM, Everson-Rose SA, Pankow JS, Rodriguez CJ, Lewis TT, Kershaw KN, Diez-Roux AV, Lutsey PL. Experiences of discrimination and incident type 2 diabetes: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA). American Journal of Epidemiology 2017 Aug 15;186(4):445-455. doi:10.1093/aje/kwx047. PMCID: PMC5860562
  10. Ojo-Fati O, Joseph AM, Ig-Izevbekhai J, Thomas JL, Everson-Rose SA, Pratt R, Raymond N, Cooney NL, Luo X, Okuyemi KS. Practical issues regarding implementing a randomized clinical trial in a homeless population: Strategies and lessons learned. Trials. 2017 Jul 5;18(1):305. doi: 10.1186/s13063-017-2046-9.
  11. El Khoudary SR, Shields KJ, Janssen I, Budoff MJ, Everson-Rose SA, Powell LH, Matthews KA. Postmenopausal women with greater paracardial fat have more coronary artery calcification than premenopausal women: The SWAN Cardiovascular Fat Ancillary Study. Journal of the American Heart Association 2017 Jan 29;6(2): e004545. DOI: 10.1161/JAHA.116.004545.
  12. Rajan KB, Schneider JA, Aggarwal NT, Wilson RS, Everson-Rose SA, Evans DA. Role of Apo E ?4 allele and incident stroke on cognitive decline and mortality. Alzheimer’s Disease and Associated Disorders 2016;30(4):318-323. PMCID: PMC5117953