Like many exercise and nutrition sciences students, Maya Lambiase had a life-long interest in health and fitness. However, it wasn’t until she became involved with behavioral medicine research in the course of her doctoral program at UB that she grew interested in the public health application of physical activity.
While in the Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Lambiase collaborated with UB’s School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. She was involved with numerous research studies with the Department of Pediatric’s Division of Behavioral Medicine. “I helped out with large, NIH-funded studies and was able to run my own smaller lab studies,” she said.
Lambiase earned authorship on several journal articles, including one in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise which detailed a study showing that a morning walk to school could reduce stress reactivity in children and potentially limit cardiovascular disease later in life.
Currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pittsburgh, Lambiase works with leading researchers in cardiovascular behavioral medicine. “My research looks at physical activity, sleep and cardiovascular disease risk.”