• 412 Citations
  • 9 h-Index
20032020

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Research interests

Dr. Nazia Raja-Khan joined the faculty of Penn State College of Medicine in 2007. She is a physician-scientist, clinical endocrinologist and the founder of the Penn State Mindfulness Research Group. Her primary research interests are in the fields of mindfulness, behavioral medicine, diabetes, prediabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and obesity. She has multiple peer-reviewed publications, and her research has been presented at national and regional scientific meetings.

Dr. Raja-Khan’s ongoing research is focused on understanding how mindfulness-based interventions can be optimized for the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases such as obesity and diabetes. She is the principal investigator of an NIH randomized controlled trial on stress reduction programs in adults with uncontrolled type 2 diabetes. She is also the PI of a pilot study of a mobile-app-based mindful eating intervention. 

As the PI of an NIH K23 Mentored Patient Oriented Research Career Development grant, Dr. Raja-Khan completed a pilot randomized controlled trial of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) compared to health education control in overweight or obese women, including women with type 2 diabetes, prediabetes and PCOS. This study found that MBSR significantly increased mindfulness and decreased fasting glucose and subjective stress.

Dr. Raja-Khan is a frequent presenter at Endocrinology Grand Rounds at Penn State College of Medicine and is a lecturer on diabetes and mindfulness as well as PCOS. She has been a reviewer for multiple peer-reviewed journals and research grant review committees.

Dr. Raja-Khan held the Laurence M. Demers Career Development Professorship in Pathology and Medicine, established to support the early career development of faculty involved in clinical chemistry and/or endocrinology research at the College of Medicine, from 2012 to 2015.

Clinical interests

Dr. Nazia Raja-Khan is a board-certified endocrinologist whose clinical interests focus on mindfulness, diabetes, prediabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and obesity.

Professional information

Eat Right Now (ERN) Mindful Eating Facilitator Training and Certification Step 1, University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness, 2018

Member, Androgen Excess and PCOS Society, 2009 to 2019

Board-certified in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, American Board of Internal Medicine, 2007 and 2017

Member, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, 2005 to present

Member, American Diabetes Association, 2004 to present

Member, Endocrine Society, 2002 to present

Teaching and educational interests

Dr. Raja-Khan lectures on diseases of the adrenal glands for the Endocrinology and Reproduction course for second-year medical students at Penn State College of Medicine. She also lectures about PCOS at the Internal Medicine Residency noon conference. She supervises endocrinology fellows in their continuity clinic and supervises endocrinology fellows, residents and medical students in the endocrinology outpatient clinic and the inpatient endocrinology service.

She has served as a mentor to medical students, endocrinology fellows and faculty members. She formerly served as co-director of the Endocrinology and Reproduction course for second-year medical students.

Education/Academic qualification

C-Change Mentoring and Leadership Institute Fellowship, Brandeis University

20202021

Community-Engaged Research Core Faculty Fellowship Program, Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)

20192020

I-Corps Innovations Training, Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)

2017

Integrative Medicine, Bravewell Fellowship, Jefferson University Hospital

20112012

Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) Scholar Program, Penn State College of Medicine

20082009

Health Evaluation Sciences, MS, Penn State College of Medicine

20052007

K30 Clinical Research Training Program for Junior Clinical Faculty, Penn State College of Medicine

20052007

Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Fellowship, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

20042007

Internal Medicine, Residency, St Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center, Columbia University

20002003

MD, SUNY Downstate Medical Center

19962000

Medical Student Research Fellowship, SUNY Downstate Medical Center

1998

Psychology, BS, Brooklyn College and Graduate Center of CUNY

19921996

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  • Research Output

    • 412 Citations
    • 9 h-Index
    • 9 Article
    • 6 Review article

    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Women with Overweight or Obesity: A Randomized Clinical Trial

    Raja-Khan, N., Agito, K., Shah, J., Stetter, C. M., Gustafson, T. S., Socolow, H., Kunselman, A., Reibel, D. K. & Legro, R., Aug 2017, In : Obesity. 25, 8, p. 1349-1359 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 9 Scopus citations
  • 4 Scopus citations

    Mindfulness-based stress reduction for overweight/obese women with and without polycystic ovary syndrome: Design and methods of a pilot randomized controlled trial

    Raja-Khan, N., Agito, K., Shah, J., Stetter, C. M., Gustafson, T. S., Socolow, H., Kunselman, A. R., Reibel, D. K. & Legro, R. S., Mar 1 2015, In : Contemporary Clinical Trials. 41, p. 287-297 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 9 Scopus citations

    High-dose vitamin D supplementation and measures of insulin sensitivity in polycystic ovary syndrome: A randomized, controlled pilot trial

    Raja-Khan, N., Shah, J., Stetter, C. M., Lott, M. E. J., Kunselman, A., Dodson, W. & Legro, R., Jan 1 2014, In : Fertility and Sterility. 101, 6, p. 1740-1746 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 35 Scopus citations

    The role of TGF-β in polycystic ovary syndrome

    Raja-Khan, N., Urbanek, M., Rodgers, R. J. & Legro, R., Jan 1 2014, In : Reproductive Sciences. 21, 1, p. 20-31 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • 43 Scopus citations