Stephanie Child, PhD

Dr. Child’s research examines, through a social determinants and life course framework, changes in social networks as adults age and the implications for health-related behaviors and chronic disease outcomes, with a focus on race- and socioeconomically-based disparities. She has studied critical periods of transition in which social networks and support help to shape health trajectories and chronic disease risk across the life span. Her recent work has examined how social and economic factors lead to differences in personal networks that may affect the risk of cardiovascular disease in Black Americans via behavioral and physiological pathways. Prior to joining the Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness, she held a joint position as research associate in both the Berkeley Population Center and the University of California, San Francisco’s Nurture Center.