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Do racial disparities in cognitive outcomes in US adults vary by state of primary school attendance?

Sam-for-twitter_864-x-522Harvard Pop Center Principal Analyst Sze Yan (Sam) Liu is lead author on a paper in Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society that explores whether variability in cognitive outcomes in adults is attributable to state of school attendance, especially during formative years of primary school. Pop Center faculty member Maria Glymour, PhD, is also an author on the paper.

Harvard Pop Center researchers to receive award for article on innovative use of life course work-family profiles to predict mortality risk

Four-researchers-win-award_Nov_edit_2015The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) has named four researchers affiliated with the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies as the recipients of the Richard Kalish Innovative Publication Awards for their paper published in the American Journal of Public Health on the innovative use of sequence analysis as a exposure assessment tool for life course research.  Erika Sabbath, ScD, who is lead author on the study and was a visiting scientist at the Harvard Pop Center, collaborated with Pop Center research associate Iván Mejía Guevara, PhD,  faculty member M. Maria Glymour, ScD, and Director Lisa Berkman, PhD. The distinguished awards will be presented at GSA’s 68th Annual Scientific Meeting in Orlando, Florida in November. Learn more in this EurekAlert.

In South Africa, child support grants not found to incentivize having more children

Molly Rosenberg_twitter_300x181Harvard Bell Fellow Molly Rosenberg, PhD, is lead author on a paper published in PLOS One that examines how receiving a social protection grant may influence fertility. Exposure to a child support grant was not found to incentivize pregnancy, however, it could result in longer spacing between pregnancies. Harvard Pop Center faculty members Till Bärnighausen, Kathleen Kahn, and Stephen Tollman are also authors on the paper.

Multi-level analysis finds “micro-geographies” of child undernutrition in India

ivanFour Harvard Pop Center researchers, including research associate Iván Mejía-Guevara, PhD,  recent doctoral program graduate Aditi Krishna, PhD, former Bell Fellow Daniel Corsi, PhD, and faculty member SV Subramanian, PhD, are authors on a paper published in the Journal of South Asian Development that evaluates child undernutrition in India by level – individual, community and state – so that policies can more effectively target these determinants.

Paper by Bell Fellow Juli Simon Thomas Earns Her Status as Finalist for 2015 Kanter Award

Juli-Simon-Thomas_IMG_6895_HER-PICKHarvard Bell Fellow Juli Simon Thomas, PhD, is co-author on a paper that is one of five finalists (out of 2,500 articles published in 2014) for the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research. The paper, “Job Displacement among Single Mothers: Effects on Children’s Outcomes in Young Adulthood,” was published in the American Journal of Sociology. Congratulations to Juli on being a finalist for this international award!

When humanitarian disasters strike, do unconditional cash transfers improve use of health services & health outcomes?


Sze Yan (Sam) Liu, PhD, Harvard Pop Center principal analyst in the Research Core, is an author on a paper published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews that evaluates the impact of unconditional cash transfers (UCTs), a form of humanitarian assistance during disasters, on the use of healthcare services and health outcomes in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

How can we influence teens & young adults to be smarter about sun exposure?

16615683187_3b05d5ab40_zHarvard Pop Center faculty member Ichiro Kawachi, MD, is an author of a paper published in Preventative Medicine that evaluates interventions aimed at decreasing unhealthy sun exposure in teens and young adults by leveraging principles of behavioral economics.