Tag Archives: Lisa Berkman

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.

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.

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.

Is education a factor in mortality gap between U.S. & Europe?

Berkman_Lisa_croppedHarvard Pop Center Director Lisa Berkman, PhD, and faculty member Mauricio Avendano, PhD, are co-authors on a study published in the American Journal of Public Health that suggests that the larger educational disparities in mortality in the United States partly explain why US adults have higher mortality than their European counterparts. Although more evidence is needed, the study suggests that policies to reduce mortality among the lower educated could be necessary to bridge the mortality gap between the United States and European countries.

Lisa Berkman speaks on NPR’s Here & Now on American Workplace Policies

Forum_What-Shapes-Health_Lisa Berkman_headshotHarvard Pop Center Director Lisa Berkman shares findings from the Work, Family & Health Network intervention study with Robin Young in this NPR story that aired on Here & Now. This news story, “Are American Workplace Policies Stuck in the 1950s?,” is part of NPR’s focus this month on what factors shape health, the topic of a recent poll by NPRthe Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, as well a recent Forum panel discussion.

Can we learn about mortality risk by comparing data from self-reports vs. claims on heart attacks?

Laura-Yasaitis_310_x_440Three Harvard Pop Center researchers, including research fellow Laura C. Yasaitis, PhD, Pop Center Director Lisa Berkman, PhD, and faculty member Amitabh Chandra, PhD, have published a study in Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association, that compares self-reported data to administrative data (Medicare claims) on acute myocardial infarction events.