What is the connection between slow-onset climate change and mental health outcomes?

The mental health impacts of weather-related disasters, such as hurricanes, have been well studied, but what about the effects of slow-onset climate change (e.g., droughts and temperature changes over longer periods of time) on mental health indicators, such as depression, anxiety, suicide, worry, grief, and frustration? Faculty member Laura Kubzansky is a co-author on this systematic review published in Nature Mental Health that examines the findings of quantitative and qualitative…

Exploratory workshop examines concept of community in context of climate change and energy transition

Jason Beckfield at podium at community and climate resilience exploratory workshop

The Harvard Center for Population and Development (HCPDS) co-sponsored a one-day workshop with the goal of bringing together policy experts and decision makers, researchers, and community-based advocates to explore the concept of “community” recently prioritized by federal legislation as it relates to climate change and energy transition. “Defining community for climate resilience and energy transition,” which was co-sponsored by The Salata Institute for Climate and Sustainability Research at Harvard University…

Does the link between dementia and increased risk of COVID-19 that has been observed in wealthier countries exist in LMICs?

HAALSI letters with images from project

Researchers affiliated with HAALSI, a longitudinal study on health and aging in South Africa, have published a novel study that investigates the link between cohort-derived dementia (using a predictive model for dementia) and confirmed COVID-19 infection in a low- and middle-income, rural, community setting. Findings point to the risk of COVID-19 being doubled for those who received a consensus-based dementia diagnosis.

Announcing the winner of the 2023 Sissela Bok Ethics and Population Research Prize

Head shot of Leah Pierson

We’re thrilled to announce that Leah Pierson, PhD, has been selected from a competitive pool of applicants as the recipient of the 2023 Sissela Bok Ethics and Population Research Prize. Leah is currently a third-year medical student at Harvard Medical School, and recently completed her PhD in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her research focuses on ethical issues in…

New York Times cites research by Koga & Kubzansky on why positive mind-set is one of the most powerful of their “7 Keys to Longevity”

The 7th “Key to Longevity” (“Cultivate a positive mind-set”) in this NYT piece is laced with links to research by our postdoc fellow, Hayami Koga, and faculty member Laura Kubzansky (& their colleagues) that supports the case for why a positive mind-set is right up there with physical activity when it comes to healthy practices that are associated with longevity.

“Overtime” makes Princeton’s short list of Noteworthy Books in 2022

Overtime Book cover with screen shot of Princeton's list of noteworthy books in 2022

“Overtime: America’s Aging Workforce and the Future of Working Longer,” a volume co-edited by HCPDS Director Lisa Berkman and former Sloan Fellow on Aging and Work Beth C. Truesdale featuring 30 contributing interdisciplinary researchers has been named one of 11 Noteworthy Books in 2022 by Princeton University’s Industrial Relations section in the area of industrial relations and labor economics.

Nancy Krieger delivers Sedgewick Memorial Medal address at APHA’ s annual meeting

HCPDS faculty member Nancy Krieger was awarded the American Public Health Association’s 2023 Sedgwick Memorial Medal for her “activism and research surrounding health equity and social science.” Watch the 5-minute video of her Sedgewick Memorial Medal address at the APHA’s annual meeting, or read her speech published in the Journal of Public Health Policy.

Study links changes in work environment with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease among most at-risk employees

Graph showing greater protection of risk for those at higher cardiometabolic risk

A reduction in stressful conditions at work has now been linked to a reduction in cardiovascular disease (CVD) among those employees who were at an elevated risk of CVD at the start of the intervention study, especially if they were older workers. Researchers affiliated with The Work, Family & Health Network Study deployed interventions at two different types of works sites (IT and long-term care) designed to increase work-life balance…

Call for Applications: The Sissela Bok Ethics and Population Research Prize

Head shot of Sisslea Bok

We are pleased to announce that the call for applications is now open for the Sissela Bok Ethics and Population Research Prize. The $5,000 prize will be awarded to a doctoral student, postdoctoral fellow, or full-time, untenured faculty member at Harvard who has incorporated ethical considerations into his/her population science research. The deadline to apply is Friday, December 8, 2023.            

What’s to blame for the lagging U.S life expectancy? A closer look at mid-life ‘deaths of despair’ and retirement-age chronic disease

Head shot of Leah Abrams

Recent Sloan Fellow on Aging and Work Leah Abrams, PhD, is lead author on A Brief Report published in PNAS Demography that explores what could be driving the troubling status of U.S. life expectancy which has been stagnating since 2010. Abrams and her colleagues find chronic disease at the time of retirement to be a bigger factor than the ‘deaths of despair’ (drug overdose, alcohol abuse, and suicide) that have…