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Fullwiley on emergence of contemporary synthesis regarding racial thinking in genomic science & society

rwjf-hss-dark-green.resizedHarvard RWJF Health & Society Scholars program alumna Duana Fullwiley, PhD, has published an essay in the journal Isis entitled “The ‘contemporary synthesis’: when politically inclusive genomic science relies on biological notions of race.

Harvard RWJF HSS program alumni edit special edition of Social Science & Medicine journal

montezHarvard RWJF Health & Society Scholar alumni Jennifer Karas Montez, PhD, and Esther Friedman, PhD, are editors of a special issue of Social Science & Medicine entitled “Educational Attainment and Adult Health: Contextualizing Causality.” Montez and Friedman wrote the introduction to the special issue, Pop Center faculty member David Cutler, PhD, is lead author on a study on the protective effect of education for cohorts graduating in bad times, and Pop Center faculty members Laura Kubzansky, PhD, and Maria Glymour, PhD, are co-authors on a study that explores whether education offsets the risk of genetic vulnerability to diabetes and obesity.

Course designed to help prevent perinatal depressive symptoms looks to be helpful

mendelson.jpegHarvard RWJF Health & Society Scholar alumna Tamar Mendelson, PhD, is co-author of a study published in Maternal and Child Health Journal that evaluates the results of a course, Mothers and Babies, designed to help prevent perinatal depression in high risk women by teaching them mood-regulation skills.

Better work-life balance can contribute to better sleep

buxtonHarvard Pop Center faculty member Orfeu Buxton was quoted in this Boston Globe article and in this article in Entrepreneur on the role that a healthy work-life balance can have on people’s sleep. Buxton, along with Pop Center Director Lisa Berkman and other Work, Family & Health Network researchers, recently published their findings in the journal Sleep Health.

Subramanian on steering committee of new, interdisciplinary PhD program at Harvard Chan School

subramanianThe Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has announced its plans to launch a new PhD program in Population Health Sciences, with the first cohort expected to enter in Fall 2016. Harvard Pop Center faculty member SV Subramanian (Subu), PhD, will sit on the steering committee that will administer the interdepartmental program involving the Departments of Environmental Health, Epidemiology, Global Health and Population, Nutrition, and Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Can education help reduce adulthood health risks for those who were socioeconomically disadvantaged as children?

friedmanHarvard Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar alum Esther Friedman, PhD, is lead author on a study published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine that found that while adults who experienced childhood socioeconomic adversity had markers associated with increased health risks, their health risks were greatly reduced by adult education. The study also included those who experienced childhood physical abuse; the physiological consequences of this type of early-life adversity did not appear to be attenuated by adult educational attainment.

Researchers revisit Mendelian Randomization studies of effect of BMI on depression

KubzanskyHarvard Pop Center faculty members Laura Kubzansky, PhD, Ichiro Kawachi, MD, PhD, and M. Maria Glymour, PhD, have co-authored a study published in American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B: Neuropsychiatric Genetics that revisits Mendelian Randomization studies (analyses based on genetic instrumental variables) of the effect of body mass index (BMI) on depression.

Sheridan explores neurogenetics approach to defining differential susceptibility to institutional care

sheridan.MHarvard Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar program alum Margaret A. Sheridan, PhD, has co-authored a study published in the International Journal of Behavioral Development that explores how genetic susceptibility interacts with extreme differences in the early caregiving environments (institutional vs. non-institutional) to predict distinct outcomes of neurodevelopment at age 8.

Early life poverty affects physical growth faltering, or stunting, in young & older children

subramania_headshot-for-panelHarvard Pop Center researchers, including doctoral student Aditi Krishna and S V Subramanian, PhD, have published a study in the journal Global Health Action that examines how early life poverty affects physical growth over various life stages, with ages ranging from 6 months – 15 years.