Tag Archives: RWJF Health & Society scholar

Cumulative lifetime use of marijuana found to impact verbal memory in middle age

Glymour_from SF pageHarvard Pop Center faculty member Maria Glymour is an author on a paper published in JAMA Internal Medicine that explores the long-term effects of lifetime marijuana use on memory and other aspects of cognitive function.

What is role of school context in rapid rise of adolescent e-cigarette use?

e-cigarettes_Flickr_Mike-MozartHarvard Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society program alum Adam Lippert, PhD, and former Harvard Bell Fellow Daniel Corsi, PhD, have authored a study published in the journal Health & Place that examines the influence that particular school environments may have on e-cigarette use among adolescence.

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Why is Flint community particularly vulnerable to lead pipe water contamination?

lead-water-pipesHarvard RWJF Health & Society Scholar alum Kristi Pullen, PhD, now a staff scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC) health program, comments on why the Flint community is particularly vulnerable to the water contamination issue in this news piece on gizmodo.com.

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Study first to find intervention helpful in preventing traits in adolescent boys that are considered a precursor to psychopathy

sheridan_McLaughlin_300x181Former Harvard RWJF HSS program scholars Margaret Sheridan, PhD, and Katie McLaughlin, PhD, are co-authors on a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry that found a foster care intervention to be effective in preventing the onset of CU (callous-unemotional) traits—a development precursor to psychopathy—among adolescent boys who had been exposed to severe, early deprivation.

Can psychological insights bring relief to U.S. consumer debt burden?

O'Brien-RourkeHarvard RWJF Health & Society Scholar Rourke O’Brien, PhD, is author on a paper in Perspectives in Psychological Science that examines psychological barriers to the responsible use of credit and debt, and suggests ways that policymakers could help to remedy the consumer debt issue in the U.S.

Focused gun violence reduction program shown to be effective among gangs in Chicago

papachristos.resizedFormer Harvard RWJF Health & Society Scholar Andrew Papachristos, PhD, is lead author on a study published in Criminology & Public Policy that suggests that a focused approach, such as Chicago’s Group Violence Reduction Strategy (VRS), to reducing gun violence significantly reduced gun violence (especially gunshot victimization) among gangs. Papachristos has recently commented on the national spike in homicides in Time and inlandnews.com.

Children who are physically abused or witness domestic violence at increased risk of higher BMI as adolescents

Sheridan_McLaughlinHarvard Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Program alumnae Margaret Sheridan, PhD,  and Katie McLaughlin, PhD, are co-authors on a study in Child Abuse & Neglect that finds that children who witnessed domestic violence had almost six times the odds of being overweight or obese as adolescents.

How can we better link scholarship to policy?

robertoThe disconnect between the evidence provided by research and the successful use of that evidence to create policy is the topic of a recent Lancet article written by former RWJF scholar Christina Roberto. Roberto and her co-author propose a 4-step Strategic Science model to improve the translation of research into policy.

Universal education in Uganda and its impact on HIV stigma

AlexanderAtheendar Venkataramani and Alexander Tsai Tsai and Atheendar Venkataramani have co-authored a study in Social Science and Medicine examining the causal effect of education on HIV stigma in Uganda. The study found that negative attitudes about HIV were as prevalent among younger people as among older, despite the younger people having received additional schooling (as a result of a 1997 policy that mandated universal primary education in Uganda).