Tag Archives: RWJF Health & Society scholar

Does childhood abuse affect blood pressure as early as adolescence?

Harvard Pop Center Sheridan_McLaughlinRWJF Health & Society Scholars program alumnae Margaret Sheridan, PhD, and Kate McLaughlin, PhD, are co-authors on a study in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology that finds that adolescents who had a history of child abuse had higher diastolic blood pressure (DBP), suggesting a potential pathway by which child abuse leads to hypertension.

Do children from immigrant families in U.S. receive equal quality of pediatric healthcare?

summer_headshotRobert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar program alumna Summer Hawkins, PhD, along with lead author Rocio Calvo Vilches, PhD, a former Harvard Pop Center Bell Fellow, have published a study in Maternal and Child Health Journal that finds that perceived disparities in pediatric healthcare tended to lessen from first to third generation immigrant status, although there was some variation between racial/ethnic groups.

Early childhood environments impact development of children’s stress response system development

McLaughlin_Sheridan for news itemHarvard Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars program alumnae Kate McLaughlin, PhD, and Margaret Sheridan, PhD, have published a study that shows a link between early caregiving environments and how children’s stress response systems develop. The negative effects of early deprivation can be mitigated if environment is improved before the age of two. The results of the study have received attention on ScienceDaily.com.

Study suggests connection between emotion regulation difficulties & symptoms of anorexia

robertoRobert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar alumna Christina Roberto, PhD, is co-author on a study published in Comprehensive Psychiatry that supports a growing literature that find a positive association between emotion regulation deficits and eating disorder symptoms in anorexia nervosa. The study suggests that certain individuals with anorexia could benefit by developing some emotion regulation skills.

Recent violence negatively impacts mental health consequences for predisposed women at risk for HIV

Tsai_AlexanderHarvard Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society scholar alum and current Harvard Pop Center faculty member Alexander Tsai, MD, is lead author on a paper that investigates association between recent violence and the mental health consequences for women with preexisting psychiatric conditions who are at risk for HIV.

Early exposure to Medicaid may promote intergenerational mobility & economic opportunity

O'Brien-RourkeRourke O’Brien, PhD, a Harvard Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar, has co-authored a discussion paper released by the Institute for Research on Poverty that evaluates the impact of the expansion of Medicaid on intergenerational mobility.

Childhood abuse linked to mental illness among chronically homeless

Adam.LippertHarvard Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar Adam Lippert, PhD, is lead author on a study published in Sociological Inquiry that finds that the chronically homeless –  a population much more likely to suffer from mental illness – are also more likely to have experienced early childhood abuse, a risk factor frequently overlooked during clinical intake, which typically focuses more on current risks, such as chronic illness, nighttime sleeping arrangements, and access to services.

Christina Roberto in the news on reframing obesity debate

robertoIn this article in MedicalXpress, Harvard RWJF Health & Society Scholars program alumna Christina Roberto, PhD, (who was lead author of this recent article in a special series of The Lancet devoted to obesity) shares insights into the complex relationship between individuals and their environments.