Associate Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences
How do social inequalities in major mental disorders emerge and persist over the life course? Dr. Gilman’s research seeks to address this question by investigating the early childhood determinants of depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders. Results of Dr. Gilman’s research demonstrate the importance of the childhood environment for the onset and subsequent recurrence of major depression in adults. This work is currently being extended to investigate the associations between childhood factors and adult anxiety and substance use disorders. A key proposition in this research is that investigating social inequalities in psychopathology is integral research on the etiology of mental illness.
Dr. Gilman is co-investigator of the New England Family Study, a three-generation cohort study of individuals born in Massachusetts and Rhode Island in the early 1960’s, their parents, and their children. He is also a co-investigator on the Harvard-Brown Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Center, funded by the National Institutes of Health to investigate individual, familial, and social contextual determinants of tobacco use and co-occurring disorders across generations.
Sc.D., 2001, Harvard School of Public Health