Combatting mental distress by shoring up resilience during COVID-19 pandemic

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A study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders by our recent Bell Fellow Leslie Adams, PhD, and her colleagues takes a longitudinal look (with baseline and nine waves of follow-up data from March through August, 2020) at the relationship between resilience and mental distress in 6,008 participants in the Understanding America Study. “Adults living below the poverty line were less likely to report high resilience . . . participants…

Assessing the scale for assessing depression in rural South Africa

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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 in the Journal of Affective Disorders that finds that the reliability of the commonly used scale to assess depression (Center for Epidemiologic Depression Scale (CES-D)) differed by gender. Authors of the study include: Leslie B. Adams, Meagan Farrell, Sumaya Mall,…

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

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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 depression treatment preferences. The study provides a more in-depth investigation of the implications of negative interactions in the health care sector for diverse people with lived experience of depression. The study was funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute…

Harvard Bell Fellow Leslie Adams awarded two grants related to suicide prevention among Black men

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Our Bell Fellow Leslie Adams, PhD, has been awarded two grants that will help to fuel her research aimed at reducing inequalities in the use of mental health care services in marginalized populations. Congratulations to Dr. Adams on being selected as the recipient of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Young Investigators Award. This grant will allow her to pursue a two-year study (“Real-time assessments of suicidality among Black men:…

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

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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 Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression (CES-D) — accurately assesses depression among Black men. Findings show that several items on the CES-D scale may not fully capture the gendered depression experience for this group and should be interpreted with caution in…

Harvard Pop Center welcomes new cohort of David E. Bell postdoctoral fellows

The fall semester has arrived, and so has the 2018-2020 cohort of Harvard Bell Fellows. We are very pleased to have Leslie Adams, Emilie Courtin, and Angela Dixon join us at the Harvard Pop Center. Learn more about these accomplished individuals and their research aspirations. Photo: (left to right): Angela Dixon, Emilie Courtin, Leslie Adams