News and Announcements

Why are Indian children so short? Pande’s research makes news.

pandeHarvard Pop Center’s Executive Committee Member Rohini Pande, PhD, has co-authored a working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research that explores the role that India’s culture of eldest son preference may play in stunting. The working paper has received media attention in the The Hindu, Quartz, and

More to obesity than BMI; a cluster analysis exploring subgroups

Fahad-Razak_310_x_440Harvard Pop Center Bell Fellow Fahad Razak, MD, and Pop Center Executive Committee Member S V Subramanian, PhD, have co-authored a study published in the Journal of Public Health that clusters the obese into subgroups, such as heavy drinking males, and affluent and happy elderly, to better understand and formulate strategies to target obese individuals.

Berkman to appear on panel of “The Vow Factor” Congressional Briefing April 17

Berkman_Lisa_croppedLisa Berkman, PhD, the director of the Harvard Pop Center, will be a panel member at a congressional briefing entitled “The Vow Factor: Marriage, Divorce and Family Formation and their Impact on Health and Well-Being” at the U.S. Capital Visitor Center on Friday, April 17 from noon – 12:30 p.m. The congressional briefing is sponsored by The Population Association of America, and the Association of Population Centers, and is open to the public. RSVP by April 15.

Study suggests connection between emotion regulation difficulties & symptoms of anorexia

robertoRobert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar alumna Christina Roberto, PhD, is co-author on a study published in Comprehensive Psychiatry that supports a growing literature that find a positive association between emotion regulation deficits and eating disorder symptoms in anorexia nervosa. The study suggests that certain individuals with anorexia could benefit by developing some emotion regulation skills.

Home foreclosure adversely impacts health & mental health of homeowner & neighboring residents

Tsai_AlexanderHarvard Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society scholar alum and current Harvard Pop Center faculty member Alexander Tsai, MD, has authored a study published in PloS One that examines the effects of home foreclosure (which accounts for approximately 5% of U.S. residential properties) on the health and mental health of the individual homeowner, as well as the effects of the foreclosure on other residents in the community.

Call for institutions to adapt to support older age workers & more productive society

Berkman_Lisa_croppedHarvard Pop Center Director Lisa Berkman, PhD, and faculty member Mauricio Avendano, PhD, have co-authored a paper published in Daedalus that examines the challenges and opportunities posed by an aging U.S. population, particularly as it relates to an aging workforce.

Recent violence negatively impacts mental health consequences for predisposed women at risk for HIV

Tsai_AlexanderHarvard Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society scholar alum and current Harvard Pop Center faculty member Alexander Tsai, MD, is lead author on a paper that investigates association between recent violence and the mental health consequences for women with preexisting psychiatric conditions who are at risk for HIV.