Tag Archives: Lisa Berkman

Lisa Berkman streaming live on uptick in death rates of middle-aged white Americans on MPR Tues., Nov. 10

MPR_Lisa-Berkman_Nov-10_2015Join Kerri Miller of Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) on Tuesday, November 10 at 10:00 a.m. ET when she will talk with Lisa Berkman, PhD, director of the Harvard Pop Center, about the recent piece in the New York Times on the increase in deaths among middle-aged white Americans.

Does work stress combined with family circumstances impact mortality of US mothers?

ivanMany previous studies have separately linked job stress and family circumstances with later-life mortality among working mothers, but a new study published in Social Science & Medicine by Recent Pop Center Fellow Erika Sabbath, Harvard Pop Center Research Associate Iván Mejía-Guevara, former Bell Fellow Clemens Noelke, and Harvard Pop Center Director Lisa Berkman explores how job stress combined with family circumstances, such as being a single mother, may jointly impact mortality risk.

Israel National Institute for Health Policy Research to hold international health policy conference

Call-for-Papers-–-The-6th-International-Jerusalem-ConferenceThe 6th International Jerusalem Conference on Health Policy will be held May 23-25, 2016 in Jerusalem. Harvard Pop Center Director Lisa Berkman and faculty member Mauricio Avendano will be speaking at the conference. There is also a Call for Papers with a submission deadline of December 17, 2015. Learn more!

Lisa Berkman’s expertise on aging takes center stage as we prepare to live longer & our population grows

Berkman_Lisa_254_OFFICIAL_300x220Harvard Pop Center Director Lisa Berkman’s expertise on aging societies and healthy aging is being called on as we prepare to live longer and grow our population to 9 billion. In the piece “Can You Get Smarter?” in today’s New York Times, Lisa comments on the impact of social networks on cognitive decline; today’s Harvard Gazette headline directs readers to the piece entitled “The Aging Game” in Harvard Public Health magazine that features extensive commentary by Lisa; and she will be a featured speaker at Harvard University’s inaugural, university-wide TEDx event entitled “9 Billion: Surviving & Thriving in 2050” on November 7.

Berkman, Canning and Pop Center faculty featured in cover story on “Silver Tsunami”

Berkman_Lisa_254_OFFICIAL_300x220Harvard Public Health, The Magazine of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is out with its Fall issue featuring a cover story entitled The Aging Game, Perils and Promises of a Graying Society. The Harvard Pop Center Director Lisa Berkman, along with Associate Director David Canning, and faculty members David Bloom and Ichiro Kawachi, are among the experts who share their thoughts on “successful aging” including physical, financial and psychological health, social connection, and employment status.

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.

Job stress that impacts family life linked to increased cardiometabolic risk

Berkman_Lisa_croppedA WFHN study of nursing home employees found that job stress that impacts family life (work-to-family conflict) is linked to increased cardiometabolic risk, whereas being married and having younger children at home was protective against this increased risk. Lisa Berkman is lead author on study, published in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, which also found that family conflict that impacted work life (family-to-work conflict) was associated with getting less sleep.

Single motherhood before age 50 linked to poorer health later in life

Berkman_Lisa_croppedHarvard Pop Center Director Lisa Berkman, PhD, is lead author on a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health that found that single motherhood before the age of 50 was associated with poorer health in later life. The association was stronger in England, the US, Denmark, and Sweden than in some of the other countries, such as those in Southern Europe, suggesting that social supports (e.g., a strong family network) may play an important role. Co-authors include Harvard Pop Center faculty members Maria Glymour, PhD, and Mauricio Avendano, PhD, and former Pop Center Fellow Erika Sabbath, ScD. The study is receiving international media attention including this article in The Telegraph and this spot on the Today Show on NBC. It is also the subject of this news brief from the Harvard. T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Lisa Berkman on link between maternity leave & mental health featured in Harvard Chan School’s The Big 3

big-3-Berkman-homepage_pngThe Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s news feature The Big 3 asks Pop Center Director Lisa Berkman, PhD, three questions about a recent paper that found that women who received more generous maternity leave benefits with their first born child experienced better mental health that extended in older age. Other co-authors of the study, published in Social Science & Medicine, include Pop Center faculty member and former Bell Fellow Mauricio Avendano, PhD, along with Giacomo Pasini, PhD, who was a visiting scientist at the Harvard Pop Center during the month of January.