Stephen Gilman

Adjunct Associate Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Epidemiology

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677 Huntington Avenue
Kresge Building Room 605
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617.432.6383

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Stephen Gilman is Associate Professor in the Departments of Social & Behavioral Sciences and Epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health. His research program focuses on the life course epidemiology of common mental disorders (mood, anxiety, and substance use disorders)–disorders that, cumulatively, account for a substantial proportion of the global burden of disease. His research addresses the problem of social inequalities in common mental disorders, and seeks answers to the question, why do social inequalities in common mental disorders emerge early in the life course, persist into adulthood, and become transmitted to the next generation? Results of Dr. Gilman’s research demonstrate the link between disadvantaged childhood environment and the development and subsequent recurrence of mood and substance disorders in adulthood. Ongoing studies are investigating the mechanisms for these increased risks. A key proposition in this research is that discovering the mechanisms that produce social inequalities in psychopathology is integral to advancing our understanding of the etiology of psychiatric disorders.

Dr. Gilman graduated from Tufts University with a degree in Social Psychology. He earned his masters and doctorate degrees in Health and Social Behavior from Harvard School of Public Health, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Behavioral Medicine at Brown University.


Sc.D., 2001, Harvard School of Public Health
Sc.M., 1999, Harvard School of Public Health
B.A., 1991, Tufts University