Leah Abrams recently completed her PhD in health services organization & policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Her dissertation examined the depressive symptoms in the aging population, motivated by concern about rising suicide, drug-use, and despair in midlife. As a Sloan Fellow, Leah is exploring how policies that push for later retirement (e.g. changing SS’s full retirement age) are leaving behind certain groups of older adults who lack agency in their retirement timing. She is also examining how public and employer policies can extend working life for this population, rather than punish them for exiting the labor force early.
Christina Cross holds a PhD in public policy and sociology from the University of Michigan, and will be joining the faculty at Harvard University as an assistant professor of sociology in 2021. Her research examines how family structure, change, and dynamics influence individual well-being across the life course, particularly among minority and/or low-income populations. Her current work focuses on 1) documenting the prevalence and predictors of previously underexplored family structures that are common among disadvantaged populations (e.g., the extended family); 2) investigating the relationship between family dynamics and child outcomes and the extent to which it differs by structural position; and 3) examining within-group heterogeneity in family processes among major racial/ethnic groups.
Madeleine Daepp recently completed her doctorate in the department of urban studies and planning at MIT. Her PhD research spanned public health and demography, with papers on post-disaster residential mobility, neighborhood attainment, and the effect of healthcare reform on housing prices. She also served as a research fellow at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, where she used consumer credit data to examine changes in the relationships between migration and mobility, and neighborhood poverty exposures over time. As a Bell Fellow, she is creating a research agenda that better understands the experiences of people displaced after disasters, and is addressing key questions on the role of social capital in resilience.
Jennifer Manne-Goehler, MD, ScD, ScM, resident physician, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and clinical fellow, Harvard Medical School. Her research is focused on health systems and infectious diseases, including current work on HIV and aging with the HAALSI cohort. She received her MD from Boston University School of Medicine and her doctorate from the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Anna Grummon is a behavioral scientist who studies how nutrition policies affect what we eat and how healthy we are. She holds a PhD and MSPH in health behavior from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her dissertation integrated randomized experiments with mathematical modeling to examine whether health warning labels cause consumers to buy fewer sugary drinks, and whether changes in consumer behavior could lead to improved population health. As a Bell Fellow, she is examining whether companies reformulate products in response to the recent federal mandate that requires food retailers to post calorie information. She also hopes to examine other promising nutrition policies in the U.S. and internationally, including laws that would set minimum prices for sugary drinks, change federal food assistance programs, or limit the sodium content in processed foods.
Adedotun Ogunbajo holds a PhD in behavioral and social health sciences from Brown University and a MPH in social and behavioral sciences from Yale University. His dissertation explored how psychosocial health outcomes and substance use influences sexual risk taking among gay and bisexual men in Nigeria. As a Yerby Fellow, he is continuing to broadly focus on the intersection of structural barriers and sexual health outcomes among racial and sexual minority communities both in the United States and various Sub-Saharan African countries.
Sung S. Park is a sociologist whose research is aimed at understanding how both family and group-level determinants and processes contribute to population-level social inequality, particularly as it relates to racial/ethnic disparities in aging. She has published work on intergenerational support and family availability across the life course, with an emphasis on differences between minority and non-minority families. As a Sloan Fellow, Sung is extending her prior research on caregiving and the family safety net to investigate the potential benefits and penalties of familial and job-specific circumstances on women’s labor force activities by race/ethnicity, and their implications for the American workforce. Sung holds a PhD in sociology from University of California, Los Angeles.
Justin Rodgers is a social epidemiologist whose research explores the interconnected relationships between social and environmental determinants, psychosocial stress, and chronic health conditions. He recently completed his Doctor of Science in Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where his dissertation examined the relative contributions of biopsychosocial pathways in explaining socioeconomic inequalities in all-cause mortality. As a postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Rodgers investigates novel methods for quantifying patterns of social inequalities in health within the U.S. and globally.