Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Dr. Kubzansky’s work focuses on psychological and social factors in health, with a particular focus on the role of stress and emotion in cardiovascular disease and healthy aging. Her work has demonstrated that emotions may play an important role in the development of a number of disease outcomes, including cardiovascular disease, lung function decline, and cancer. She also examines whether emotion and other psychological factors (sense of control, optimism) may partly explain the relationship between social status and health.
Currently, Dr. Kubzansky is conducting studies to look at how stress as well as positive psychosocial resources like optimism and social support are related both to the social structure and to health outcomes. With additional research, she is examining whether and how emotions like anxiety, anger, or depression are differentially linked to the development of coronary heart disease, and the maintenance of lung function over the life course. She is also working on several projects designed to examine biological mechanisms by which emotions may influence health, with a focus on both cardiovascular and pulmonary health outcomes.
Other research projects/interests include studying the relationships between early childhood environments, resilience, and adult health; how interactions between stress and environmental exposures (e.g., lead, air pollution) may influence health; pathways by which education and cognitive performance may influence adult mental and physical health outcomes over the lifecourse.
Ph.D., 1995, University of Michigan
MPH, 1997, Harvard School of Public Health