Major Projects

Adversity and Resilience after Hurricane Katrina
katrinaFunded by the NIH, this longitudinal study aims to examine how residents of New Orleans, particularly single, African-American mothers, have coped with the effects of Hurricane Katrina in the years after the hurricane occurred. The researchers seek to identify factors associated with vulnerability to and resistance from a disaster. Directors: Mary Waters and Jean Rhodes

 Work, Family & Health Network
Work Family BalanceThis NIH and CDC-funded study involves investigators from eight institutions across the U.S.  Phase II’s goal is to conduct an innovative intervention based on earlier pilot studies designed to increase family-supportive supervisor behaviors and employee control over work, and to evaluate the intervention using a group randomized experimental design. Directors: Lisa Berkman and Orfeu Buxton

Health and Aging in Africa: Longitudinal Studies of INDEPTH Communities (HAALSI)
The goal is to focus on Sub Saharan Africa and integrate the study of chronic disease (including HIV and cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cognitive impairments) and their interactions with social, family and economic conditions to better understand the determinants of health and functional status in the elderly in South Africa, Tanzania and Ghana. Director: Lisa Berkman

INDEPTH Training and Research Centers of Excellence (INTREC)
Logo120209 cropThe overarching goal of the project is to build sustainable capacity for research for health and its social determinants in low and middle income countries. INTREC activities focus on Ghana, South Africa, Tanzania, Indonesia, Vietnam, Bangladesh, and India. The HCPDS’s role is to develop, implement, evaluate and revise a set of training activities, many delivered through an Internet-based platform, concerning social determinants of health that can be adopted by the two INTREC centers. Director: Lisa Berkman

The Program on the Global Demography of Aging (PGDA)
Elder Indian manHoused at the HCPDS, the Program on the Global Demography of Aging (PGDA) is funded by a NIH grant, and provides support for research on demographic and aging throughout the world with a particular focus on developing countries. Directors: David E. Bloom and David Canning

The Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars Program 
HSS 13Scholars in this postdoctoral program are trained to  improve the nation’s health by addressing the full spectrum of factors that affect health and creating the evidence required to inform policy. The program is based on the principle that progress in the field of population health depends upon collaboration and exchange across disciplines and sectors.
Co-Site Directors: Lisa Berkman and Ichiro Kawachi. Associate Site Director: Laura Kubzansky