Girardin Jean-Louis, Ph.D. is Professor of Population Health and Psychiatry at the NYU Langone Health in the Division of Health and Behavior and Director of the NHLBI-funded PRIDE Institute on Behavioral Medicine and Sleep Disorders Research. He served on the NHLBI’s Sleep Disorders Research Advisory Board, the Cancer, Heart, and Sleep Epidemiology (CHSE-B) study section, and several NIH Special Emphasis Panels/Scientific Review Groups. Dr. Jean-Louis has been involved in several important NIH-funded studies, which have led to over 300 publications, primarily in sleep and cardio-metabolic diseases, circadian rhythm, and health equity. His research findings have appeared in 145 scientific conference proceedings and book chapters, and 170 peer-reviewed scientific journals. The overarching goal of his research is to address patient-level, provider-level, and system-level barriers hindering adoption of healthful practices. His research focuses on the application of tailored behavioral models to enhance treatment adherence in order to reduce risk of cardiovascular disease and early mortality among underserved or disadvantaged minorities. Dr. Jean-Louis’ research addresses sociocultural and environmental determinants of health behavior preventing access to adequate care in disparity communities, which are disproportionately burdened by adverse cardiovascular outcomes. His current studies aim to delineate barriers hindering diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea-related metabolic diseases among minorities and to ascertain efficacy of behavioral models in enhancing adherence to recommended therapies. Studies also aim to engage patients as well as community providers and stakeholders in developing messages to promote health literacy at the community level. His research and educational programs link community health promotion to the healthcare system, thus achieving objectives of the national mandate to increase health parity in vulnerable communities.