KATHLEEN C LIGHT portrait
  • Research Professor Emeritus, Department Of Anesthesiology
  • Adjunct Professor, Psychology Department
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Presentations

  • Loving family relationships and oxytocin: new human findings. Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, NIH. , , 2006.
  • Clarifying the physiology underlying fatigue and pain symptoms in chronic fatigue and Fibromyalgia. Pain Research Center, University of Utah. , , 2005.
  • Can management of behavioral factors diminish genetically mediated risk for hypertension? Society for Psychophysiological Research. , , 2002.
  • Light KC, Holt-Lunstad J, Grewen KM. (2009) Oxytocin, cardiovascular and sympathetic benefits of warm partner contact in both husbands and wives. Presented at american Psychosomantic Society, Chicago, IL. , , 2009.
  • Light KC, White A & Light AR. (2008) Chronic fatigue patients show dysregulation of adrenergic and ion channel receptors after mild exercise. Presented at NIH Meeting of Chronic Fatigue RFA Recipients, Bethesda MD. , , 2008.
  • Light KC, White A & Light AR. (2008) Post-exercise dysregulation of adrenergic and sensory receptors and altered cytokine profiles in patients with chronic fatigue/fibromyalgia. Presented at Spring Brain Conference, Palm Springs CA. , , 2008.
  • Light AR, Hughen RW, Zhang J, White A, Light KC, Jensen BT, Fitschen KL. (2007) Molecular receptors for pH found on sensory neurons are also found on mouse and human leukocytes and increase 8-48 hours post-exercise in both control subjects and fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue patients. Presented at the Society for Neuroscience, San Diego CA. , , 2007.
  • Light KC. (2007) Presidential address. Speaking sympathetically, I believe in you (my colleagues) and I believe in love. Presented at the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, Park City Utah. , , 2007.
  • Light KC. (2006) Higher oxytocin response during warm contact with spouse or infant is related to lower blood pressure in women. Presented at the International Congress of Behavioral Medicine, Bangkok Thailand. , , 2006.
  • Klatzkin RR, Morrow LA, Mechlin B, Light KC, Girdler SS. Histories of depression in women are associated with alterations in allopregnanolone stress reactivity. Presented at the Annual American Psychosomatic Society Meeting. , , 2005.
  • Mechlin B, Maixner W, Light K, Klatzkin R, Girdler S. Ethnicity, stress, and menstrual cycle: Modifiers of pain sensitivity in men and women. Presented at the Annual American Psychosomatic Society. , , 2005.
  • Girdler S, Klatzkin R, Leserman J, Mechlin B, Light K. Histories of abuse and stress responses in women with premenstrual dysphoric disorder and healthy controls. Presented at the Annual American Psychosomatic Society. , , 2005.
  • Fisher J, Griffin M, Maixner W, Light K, Naftel H, Cleckler A, Girdler S. African Americans show enhanced sensitivity to pain across the female menstrual cycle. Presented at the American Psychosomatic Society Meeting. , , 2004.
  • Naftel H, Griffin M, Maixner W, Light K, Fisher J, Cleckler A, Girdler S. Effects of smoking status and gender on pain sensitivity. Presented at the American Psychosomatic Society Meeting. , , 2004.
  • Grewen K, Burnette H, Miller V, Girdler S, Amico J, Light KC. Relationship quality and warm contact between couples predict higher oxytocin and lower BP. Presented at the American Psychosomatic Society Meeting. , , 2004.
  • Bhalang K, Light, KC, Maixner W. Effect of propranolol on TMD and fibromyalgia pain: preliminary findings. The IADR/AADR/CADR 82nd General Session, Hawaii. , , 2004.
  • Anderson BJ, Grewen KM, Light KC. Warm physical contact with partner is related to lower cardiovascular reactivity to stress. Presented as a paper at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society, Phoenix, AZ. , , 2003.
  • Girdler SS, Light KC, Williams JL, Rescigno DK, Fisher JM, Morrow AL. Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) and histories of major depression are associated with alterations in allopregnanolone metabolism and response to stress. Presented at the 61st Annual Meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society. , , 2003.
  • Girdler SS, Thompson KS, Light KC, Leserman JL, Prange AJ Jr. Histories of sexual abuse are associated with altered thyroid axis profiles in women with premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Presented at the 61st Annual Meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society. , , 2003.
  • Miller V, Grewen KM, Light KC. Men and women in better partner relationships have better ambulatory blood pressure. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT. , , 2003.
  • Black M, Bragdon E, Light K, Costello N, Brownley K, Miller V, Winfield J, Maixner W. Propranolol induces short-term reductions in clinical pain ratings in patients with fibromyalgia or temporomandibular disorder. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research. , , 2002.
  • Light KC, West SG, Brownley KA, Bragdon EE, Girdler SS, Hinderliter AL. Slow sodium excretion during and after stress: Effects of gender, race, hypertension, family history and diet. Presented at the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, DC. , , 2002.
  • Anderson BJ, Grewen K, Miller V, Staring S, Black M, Brownley K, Amico J, Light KC. Oxytocin responses to warm contact between partners: Effects of gender and habitual physical affection. Presented at the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, DC. , , 2002.
  • Light KC, West SG, Brownley KA, Bragdon EE, Girdler SS, Hinderliter AL. Slow sodium excretion during and after stress: Effects of gender, race, hypertension, family history and diet. Presented at the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, DC. , , 2002.
  • Brownley KA, West SG, Hinderliter AL, Girdler SS, and Light KC. Blood pressure reductions and hormone replacement in postmenopausal women: Who benefits and why. Presented at the International Symposium on the Treatment and Prevention of Hypertension, Weifang Medical College, Shandong, P.R. China. , , 2001.
  • Brownley KA, Hinderliter AL, West SG, Grewen KM, Girdler SS and Light KC. Blood pressure and vascular benefits of hormone replacement therapy are enhanced in women who are postmenopausal for less than 5 years. Presented at the 50th Annual Scientific Session of the American College of Cardiology, Orlando, Florida. , , 2001.
  • Hinderliter AL, Girdler SS, West SG, Brownley KA and Light KC. Low sodium and high potassium diets reduce blood pressure but do not influence dipping in young normotensives. Paper presented at the American Heart Association Meeting, New Orleans, LA. , , 2000.
  • Bragdon EE, Light KC and Maixner W. Cortisol response to stress and sensitivity to pain in individuals with mildly depressed versus nondepressed mood. Presented at the American Pain Society Meeting, Atlanta, GA. , , 2000.
  • Costello NL, Bragdon EE, Maixner W and Light KC. TMD and pain: Relationships to optimism and cytokines. Presented at the American Pain Society Meeting, Atlanta, GA. , , 2000.
  • Brownley KA, Girdler S, West S, Grewen K, Hinderliter A and Light KC. Vascular effects of hormone replacement therapy in high and low reactors. Presented at the 21st Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee. , , 2000.
  • Girdler SS, Wells EC, Hinderliter AL, Donofrio M, Anderson L, Lenahan H, and Light KC. Greater cardiovascular benefits of transdermal versus oral estrogen replacement in postmenopausal smokers. Presented at the 58th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society in Savannah, Georgia,. , , 2000.
  • Straneva PA, Maixner W, Light KC, and Girdler SS. Diminished beta-endorphin levels and increased pain sensitivity in premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Presented at the 58th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society in Savannah, Georgia. , , 2000.
  • Grewen K, Sherwood A, Hinderliter A, Light K, Costello N, Wells E, and Girdler S. Estrogen replacement enhances β–adrenoceptor responsivity in postmenopausal smokers. Presented at the 58th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society in Savannah, Georgia. , , 2000.
  • Straneva P, Girdler SS, Light KC, Benjamin SE, Morrow L . Allopregnanolone, stress and mood in premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Presented at the 57th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society in Vancouver, Canada. , , 1999.
  • Grewen K, Costello N, Adamian M, Girdler S and Light K. Cognitive appraisal of the stable character of negative events interacts with SES to influence 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure. Presented at the 57th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society in Vancouver, Canada. , , 1999.
  • Adamian MS, Girdler SS, West SG, Grewen KM, Chung SH, Koo J, Hinderliter A, Light KC. Hormone replacement reduces lab and 24-hour blood pressure in hypertensive postmenopausal women. Presented at the 57th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society in Vancouver, Canada. , , 1999.
  • Smith TE, Johns JM, Chung SH, Adamian MS, Hofheimer JA and Light KC. Oxytocin relationships to blood pressure in breast- and bottle-feeding mothers of infants. Presented at the 57th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society in Vancouver, Canada. , , 1999.
  • West SG, Light KC, Girdler SS, Chung SH, Grewen K, Adamian M and Wells EC Transdermal estrogen reduces blood pressure and vascular responses to stress in postmenopausal women: A placebo controlled, prospective study. Presented at the annual meeting of the International Society of Behavioral Medicine, Copenhagen, Denmark. , , 1998.
  • West SG, Light KC, Hinderliter AL, Stanwyck CL, Bragdon EE, Smith TE and Brownley KA. Both high potassium and low sodium diets reduce BP responses to stress. Presented at the Society of Behavioral Medicine. , , 1998.
  • Light KC, Girdler SS, West SG, Grewen KM, Steege JF, Stanwyck CL, Ranc J, Lamothe TL, Chung SH, Brown H and Hinderliter AL. Hormone replacement reduces vasoconstriction and mean blood pressure at rest and during stress in healthy postmenopausal women. Presented at the American Psychosomatic Society Meeting, Clearwater, FL. , , 1998.
  • Girdler SS, Light KC, Shively CA and Matthews KA. Symposium Synopsis: The role of stress reactivity in female physical and mental health: Implications for sex hormones. Presented at the American Psychosomatic Society Meeting, Clearwater, FL. , , 1998.
  • Girdler S, Sherwood A, Hinderliter A, Stanwyck C, Pedersen C, Maixner W, Light KC Neuroendocrine factors in premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Presented at the American Psychosomatic Society Meeting, Clearwater, FL. , , 1998.
  • Broadwell SD, Bragdon EE and Light KC. Family support and cardiovascular responses in married couples during conflict and other interactions. Presented at the American Psychosomatic Society Meeting, Clearwater, FL. , , 1998.
  • Williams S, Light KC, Chung S, Adamian M and Grewen K. Central vs. General Obesity As Predictors of Current Blood Pressure Level. Presented at the NHLBI Cardiovascular Minority Research Supplement Awardee Session of the 70th Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association, Orlando, Florida. , , 1997.
  • Sheffield D, Sheps DS, Freedland KE, Carney RM, Coghlan C, Cohen J, Goldberg AD, Pepine C, Stone PH, Kaufmann PG, McMahon R and Light KC. Depressive Symptoms and Heart Rate Variability: Results From the PIMI Study. Presented at the American Heart Association Meeting. , , 1997.
  • Light KC. The Reactivity Hypothesis: Building on an Uneven Foundation. Presented at Special Symposium on the Paul Obrist Legacy, Society for Psychophysiological Research, Cape Cod, MA. , , 1997.
  • Light KC. Coping Style and Depressive Symptoms: Relationships to Blood Pressure and Cardiac Sympathetic Activity. Invited presentation at Special Symposium on Cognitive Risk Factors and Health: Implications for Prevention. American Psychological Association Meeting, Chicago, IL. , , 1997.
  • Light KC. Psychosocial Mechanisms and Cardiovascular Reactivity in Borderline Hypertension. Invited presentation at the International Symposium on Borderline Hypertension: Detection and Management, Bologna, Italy. , , 1997.
  • Koo J, Light K, Brown H, Toland K and Girdler S. Psychosocial Profiles and Ambulatory Blood Pressure & Heart Rate In Bulimia Nervosa. Presented at the Eighteenth Annual Meeting of The Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Francisco. , , 1997.
  • West S, Stanwyck C, Brownley K, Bragdon E, Hinderliter A and Light K (1997). Salt Restriction Increases Norepinephrine and Cholesterol In Blacks More Than In Whites. Presented at the Eighteenth Annual Meeting of The Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Francisco. , , 1997.
  • Bragdon EE, Brown HJ and Light KC (1997). Hostility and Low Defensiveness Affect Hemodynamic Measures During Stress in Health Adults. Presented at the Eighteenth Annual Meeting of The Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Francisco. , , 1997.
  • Kornegay CJ and Light KC. Anger Expression: Influences on Resting and Ambulatory Blood Pressure. Presented at the Eighteenth Annual Meeting of The Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Francisco. , , 1997.
  • Brownley KA and Light KC. Acute Exercise Reduces Cardiovascular Stress Responses and Alters Sympathetic Mediation in Black and White Individuals. Citation Poster presented at the Eighteenth Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Francisco. , , 1997.
  • Bragdon EE, Maixner W and Light KC. Gender Differences in Factors Related to Blood Pressure and Pain. Presented at the 54th Annual American Psychosomatic Society Meeting, March 1996. , , 1996.
  • West SG, Stanwyck C, Hinderliter A and Light KC. Salt Restriction and Atherogenic Lipid Profiles: A Study of Cholesterol Responses to Stress. Presented at the Fourth International Congress of Behavioral Medicine. , , 1996.
  • Koo J, Girdler S, Ranc J, Steege J and Light K. Effects of Hormone Replacement on 24-Hour Ambulatory Blood Pressure: Preliminary Findings. Presented at the 54th Annual American Psychosomatic Society Meeting. , , 1996.
  • Girdler SS, Sherwood A, Brownley KA, Bragdon E, West SG and Light KC. Cardiovascular Stress Responses Predict Ambulatory Blood Pressure 10 Years Later. Presented at the Fourth International Congress of Behavioral Medicine. , , 1996.
  • Brownley KA, West SG, Hinderliter AL and Light KC. Acute Aerobic Exercise Reduces Ambulatory Blood Pressure in Borderline Hypertensive Adults. Presented at the Fourth International Congress of Behavioral Medicine. , , 1996.

Languages

  • English, Fluent.