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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.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

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


I-Corps Innovations Training, Team Leader, Mindfulness and Health Care, Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)


Integrative Medicine, Bravewell Fellowship, Jefferson University Hospital


Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) Scholar Program, Cardiometabolic risks in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), Penn State College of Medicine


Health Evaluation Sciences, MS, Penn State College of Medicine


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


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


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


MD, SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University


Medical Student Research Fellowship, SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University


Psychology, BS, Brooklyn College and Graduate Center of CUNY



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