Assessing the scale for assessing depression in rural South Africa

Researchers from the Harvard Pop Center in Cambridge, MA and the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa who are affiliated with the HAALSI study have published a paper … Continue reading “Assessing the scale for assessing depression in rural South Africa”

When trying to receive health care for depression, discrimination does not help

Our Bell Fellow Leslie Adams collaborated on this paper based on a qualitative component of a larger, mixed-methods, community-based participatory research study focused on understanding how health care discrimination influences … Continue reading “When trying to receive health care for depression, discrimination does not help”

Mental health status check of young adults in U.S. during first wave of COVID-19 pandemic

Harvard Pop Center faculty member Cindy H. Liu, PhD, and colleagues have published a study in Psychiatry Research that found that nearly half of the U.S. young adults (18-30) in … Continue reading “Mental health status check of young adults in U.S. during first wave of COVID-19 pandemic”

Impact of traumatic events earlier in life still registers among older cohort in rural South Africa

Researchers affiliated with a longitudinal study on aging in South Africa (HAALSI) have published a paper that examines the impact of traumatic events experienced earlier in the life course on … Continue reading “Impact of traumatic events earlier in life still registers among older cohort in rural South Africa”

Untangling depression and anxiety using hair samples in India

Harvard Pop Center Director Lisa Berkman, PhD, and her colleagues have published a study that has found a connection between higher levels of the sex hormone dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and lower … Continue reading “Untangling depression and anxiety using hair samples in India”

Are brief, population-based depression measures suitable for Black men?

Harvard Bell Fellow Leslie Adams, PhD, is lead author on a paper published in the American Journal of Men’s Health that explores whether the commonly used psychometric scale — the … Continue reading “Are brief, population-based depression measures suitable for Black men?”

Longer compulsory education not necessarily better for cognitive & mental health outcomes; a natural experiment finds differences between genders

A new study published in the BMJ Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health examined the long-term health impacts of a policy enacted in France that extended compulsory education by two … Continue reading “Longer compulsory education not necessarily better for cognitive & mental health outcomes; a natural experiment finds differences between genders”

Depression and anxiety levels increase with age and vary by gender in aging South African population

Harvard Bell Fellow Collin Payne, PhD, is author on a paper in Demography that takes a rare look at the mental health status of aging adults in Malawi, South Africa, a … Continue reading “Depression and anxiety levels increase with age and vary by gender in aging South African population”