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Molly Rosenberg

Former Bell Fellow

Molly Rosenberg, PhD, is an epidemiologist who studies how social, structural, and economic factors influence sexual health outcomes. Molly holds a PhD from the University North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MPH from the Yale School of Public Health. Molly’s dissertation examined how the sexual health outcomes of rural South African adolescents are linked to the adolescents’ association with two very different places: school and alcohol outlets. As a…

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J.M. Ian Salas

Former Bell Fellow

J.M. Ian Salas, PhD, is an applied microeconomist with research interests in the fields of development, labor, demography, and health. His research focused on the causal explanations for high fertility in many developing countries, with an eye towards credibly identifying the contributions of several supply-side and demand-side factors in shaping fertility behavior. As a Bell Fellow, he investigated the behavioral mechanisms behind the persistence of fertility differentials by socioeconomic status.…

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Nikkil Sudharsanan

Former Bell Fellow

Nikkil Sudharsanan is a population health scientist whose research combines demography, epidemiology, and economics to study adult health and aging in developing countries. He earned a PhD in demography and an MA in statistics from the University of Pennsylvania. Nikkil’s research is motivated by two questions: why do individuals in some populations live shorter and unhealthier lives than others; and why are investments in preventive health low in developing countries?…

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Yulya Truskinovsky

Former Sloan Fellow

Yulya Truskinovsky is an economist who studies aging and health economics, with a focus on how family responsibilities influence women’s physical and economic well-being over the life course. She holds a PhD from Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, and an MA from Tufts University. As a Sloan Fellow, Yulya studied how early- and mid-life experiences and outcomes— including fertility, marriage, and caregiving—impact work- and health-related outcomes at older…

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Lisa Berkman, PhD


Lisa F. Berkman is the director of the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies (HCPDS), and the Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy and of Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Harvard Chan School). Berkman is an internationally recognized social epidemiologist whose extensive work has focused on social and policy influences on health outcomes. She is noted for identifying the effects of social networks…

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Jason Beckfield, PhD

Associate Director

Jason Beckfield is the associate director of HCPDS, and the Robert G. Stone, Jr. Professor of Sociology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. He served as chair of the Sociology Department from 2017 to 2020. Conceptually, Beckfield is interested in how social and political institutions shape structures of inequality, both within and between national societies. He deploys comparative research methods to capitalize on and investigate the…

Laura Price

Deputy Director

Laura is responsible for overseeing operations, administration, finance, communications, training programs and seminars/events. Laura also works closely with the Center director and stakeholders in setting programmatic goals, building strategic partnerships both domestically and internationally, and disseminating the work and accomplishments of the Center. She has over 25 years experience in project management, marketing, and development at both Harvard and other academic institutions.

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S. Bryn Austin, ScD

Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

S. Bryn Austin is professor of social and behavioral sciences at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School; a member of the research faculty in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital; and director of the Strategic Training Initiative for the Prevention of Eating Disorders: A Public Health Incubator. She is also the founder of the Sexual Orientation,…

Rob Correia

Associate Director of Finance

Rob is the associate director of finance for the Center, responsible for budgeting and forecasting, endowment and grant management, pre- and post-award financial stewardship, as well as some human resource functions. Rob has over 20 years of operations, financial and administrative management experience with organizations in the non-profit, government, and corporate sectors. Rob holds a master’s degree in management from Lesley University, and a BS in accounting from the University…

Mauricio Avendano, PhD

Adjunct Associate Professor
Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Mauricio Avendano is associate professor at the University of Lausanne and co-director of the Health Policy Lab at the department of epidemiology and health systems at Unisanté. He is also visiting professor of public policy and global health at King’s College London, and adjunct associate professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Avendano’s research leverages quasi-experimental methods and data from…