Selected Health and Well-Being Publications


Flourishing and Well-Being:

Chen, Y., Cowden, R.G., Fulks, J., Plake, J.K., and VanderWeele, T.J. (2022). National data on age gradients in wellbeing among U.S. adults. JAMA Psychiatry, 79:1046-1047.

Shiba, K., Cowden, R.G., Gonzalez, N., Lee, M.T., Lomas, T., Lai, A.Y., and VanderWeele, T.J. (2022). Global trends of mean and inequality in multidimensional wellbeing: analysis of 1.2 million individuals from 162 Countries, 2009-2019. Frontiers in Public Health, 10:824960.

VanderWeele, T.J. and Brooks, A.C. (2022). A public health approach to negative news media: the 3-to-1 solution. American Journal of Health Promotion, in press.

Lee, M., Kubzansky, L.D., and VanderWeele, T.J. (2021). Measuring Well-Being: Interdisciplinary Perspectives from the Social Sciences and the Humanities. Oxford University Press.

VanderWeele, T.J., Chen. Y., Long, K.N., Kim, E.S., Trudel-Fitzgerald, C., and Kubzansky, L.D. (2020). Positive epidemiology? Epidemiology, 31:189-193.

VanderWeele, T.J. (2020). Activities for flourishing: an evidence-based guide. Journal of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing, 4:79-91.

VanderWeele, T.J., McNeely, E., and Koh, H.K. (2019). Reimagining health: flourishing. JAMA, 321(17):1667-1668.

VanderWeele, T.J. (2017). On the promotion of human flourishing. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, U.S.A., 31:8148-8156.


Religion and Health:

VanderWeele, T.J., Balboni, T.A., and Koh, H.K. (2022). Religious service attendance and implications for clinical care, community participation and public health. American Journal of Epidemiology, 191:31-35.

Balboni, T.A., VanderWeele, T.J., Doan-Soares, S.D., Long, K.N.G., Ferrell, B., Fitchett, G., Koenig, H.G., Bain, P., Puchalski, C., Steinhauser, K.E., Sulmasy, D.P., and Koh, H.K. (2022). Spirituality in Serious Illness and Health. JAMA, 328:184-197.

Chen, Y., Kim, E.S., and VanderWeele, T.J. (2020). Religious service attendance and subsequent health and well-being throughout adulthood: evidence from three prospective cohorts. International Journal of Epidemiology, 49:2030–2040.

Chen, Y., Koh, H.K., Kawachi, I., Botticelli, M., and VanderWeele, T.J. (2020). Religious service attendance and deaths related to drugs, alcohol, and suicide among US health care professionals. JAMA Psychiatry, 77:737-744.

VanderWeele, T.J., Balboni, T.A., and Koh, H.K. (2017). Health and spirituality. JAMA, 318:519-520.

VanderWeele, T.J. (2017). Religious communities and human flourishing. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 26:476-481.

VanderWeele, T.J. (2017). Religion and health: a synthesis. In: Balboni, M.J. and Peteet, J.R. (eds.). Spirituality and Religion within the Culture of Medicine: From Evidence to Practice. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, p 357-401.

VanderWeele, T.J., Yu, J., Cozier, Y.C., Wise, L., Argentieri, M.A., Rosenberg, L., Palmer, J.R., and Shields, A.E. (2017). Religious service attendance, prayer, religious coping, and religious-spiritual identity as predictors of all-cause mortality in the Black Women’s Health Study. American Journal of Epidemiology, 185:515-522.

VanderWeele, T.J., Li, S., Tsai, A., and Kawachi, I. (2016). Association between religious service attendance and lower suicide rates among US women. JAMA Psychiatry, 73(8):845-851.

Li, S., Stamfer, M., Williams, D.R. and VanderWeele, T.J. (2016). Association between religious service attendance and mortality among women. JAMA Internal Medicine, 2016;176(6):777-785.


Forgiveness and Love:

VanderWeele, T.J. (2023). On an analytic definition of loveJournal of Ethics and Social Philosophy, 25:105-135.

Long, K., Worthington, E.L., VanderWeele, T.J. and Chen, Y. (2020). Forgiveness of others and subsequent health and well-being in mid-life: a longitudinal study on female nurses. BMC Psychology, 8:104.

Long, K., Chen, Y., Potts, M., Hanson, J., and VanderWeele, T.J. (2020). Spiritually motivated self-forgiveness and divine forgiveness, and subsequent health and well-being among middle-aged female nurses: an outcome-wide longitudinal approach. Frontiers in Psychology, 11 (Article 1337):1-12.

Chen, Y. Kubzansky, L., and VanderWeele, T.J. (2019). Parental warmth and flourishing in mid-lifeSocial Science and Medicine, 220:65-72.

VanderWeele, T.J. (2018). Is forgiveness a public health issue? American Journal of Public Health, 108:189-190.


Social Connectedness:

Weziak-Bialowolska, D., Bialowolski, P., Lee, M.T., Chen, Y., VanderWeele, T.J., and McNeely, E. (2022). Prospective associations between social connectedness and mental health. Evidence from a longitudinal survey and health insurance claims data. International Journal of Public Health, 67, Article 1604710: 1-9.

Kim, E.S., Chen, Y., Kawachi, I., and VanderWeele, T.J. (2020). Perceived neighborhood social cohesion and subsequent health and well-being in older adults: an outcome-wide longitudinal approach. Health and Place, 66:102420.

VanderWeele, T.J. (2019). Measures of community well-being: a template. International Journal of Community Well-Being, 2:253-275.

Cacioppo, J.T., Cacioppo, S., Gonzaga, G., Ogburn, E.L., and VanderWeele, T.J. (2013). Marital satisfaction and break-ups differ across on-line and off-line meeting venues. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110:10135-10140.

VanderWeele, T.J., Hawkley, L.C., Thisted, R.A. and Cacioppo, J.T. (2011). A marginal structural model for loneliness: implications for intervention trials and clinical practice. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 79:225-235.


Character and Health:

VanderWeele, T.J. (2022). The importance, opportunities, and challenges of empirically assessing character for the promotion of flourishing. Journal of Education, 202:170–180.

Weziak-Bialowolska, D., Lee, M.T., Bialowolski, P., Chen, Y., VanderWeele, T.J., and McNeely, E. (2022). Prospective associations between strengths of moral character and health. Longitudinal evidence from survey and insurance claims data. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, in press.

Węziak-Białowolska, D., Białowolski, P., VanderWeele, T.J., and McNeely, E. (2021). Character strengths involving an orientation to promote good can help your health and well-being. Evidence from two longitudinal studies. American Journal of Health Promotion, 35:388-398.

Long, K.N.G., Kim, E.S., Chen, Y., Wilson, M.F., Worthington, E.L., and VanderWeele, T.J. (2020). The role of hope in subsequent health and well-being for older adults: an outcome-wide longitudinal approach. Global Epidemiology, 2:100018.

Kim, E.S., Whillans, A.V., Lee, M.T., Chen, Y. and VanderWeele, T.J. (2020). Volunteering and subsequent health and well-being in older adults: an outcome-wide longitudinal approach. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 59:176-186.

Chen, Y., Kim, E.S., Koh, H.K., Frazier, A.L., and VanderWeele, T.J. (2019). Sense of mission and subsequent health and well-being among young adults: an outcome-wide analysisAmerican Journal of Epidemiology, 188(4):664-673.


Parenting Practices:

Chen, Y., Hinton, C., and VanderWeele, T.J. (2021). School types in adolescence and subsequent health and well-being in young adulthood: An outcome-wide analysis. PLoS One 16(11): e0258723.

Chen, Y., Haines, J. Charlton, B., and VanderWeele, T.J. (2019). Positive parenting improves multiple aspects of health and well-being in young adulthood. Nature Human Behavior, 3:684-691.

Mathur, M. and VanderWeele, T.J. (2019). Finding common ground in meta-analysis “wars” on violent video games. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 14:705–708.

Chen, Y. and VanderWeele, T.J. (2018). Associations of religious upbringing with subsequent health and well-being from adolescence to young adulthood: an outcome-wide analysisAmerican Journal of Epidemiology, 187:2355–2364.


Suffering, Adversity, Homelessness:

Cowden, R.G., Węziak-Białowolska, D., McNeely, E., and VanderWeele, T.J.  (2022). Are depression and suffering distinct? an empirical analysis. Frontiers in Psychology, 13:970466.

Roncarati, J.S., Tiemeier, H., Tachick, R., VanderWeele, T.J., and O’Connell, J.J. (2021). Housing Boston’s chronically homeless unsheltered population: 14-years later. Medical Care, 59:S170-S174.

Cowden, R.G., Rueger, S.Y., Davis, E.B., Counted, V., Kent, B.V., Chen, Y., VanderWeele, T.J., Rim, M., Lemke, A.W., Glowiak, K.J., and Worthington, E.L. (2021). Suffering, mental health, and psychological well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic: a longitudinal study of U.S. adults with chronic health conditions. Wellbeing, Space and Society, 2:100048.

VanderWeele, T.J. (2019). Suffering and response: directions in empirical research. Social Science and Medicine, 224:58-66.

Sadowski, L.S., Kee, R., VanderWeele, T.J. and Buchanan, D. (2009). Effect of a housing and case management program on emergency department visits and hospitalizations among chronically ill homeless adults: a randomized trial. JAMA, 301:1771-1778.


COVID-19 Pandemic:

Levin, J., Idler, E., and VanderWeele, T.J. (2022). Faith-based organizations and SARS-COV-2 vaccination: challenges and recommendations. Public Health Reports, 137:11-16.

VanderWeele, T.J., Fulks, J., Plake, J.F., and Lee, M.T. (2021). National well-being measures before and during the COVID-19 pandemic in online samples. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 36:248–250.

Koh, H.K. Geller, A.C., VanderWeele, T.J. (2021). Deaths From COVID-19. JAMA. 2021;325:133–134.

VanderWeele, T.J. (2020). Challenges estimating total lives lost in COVID-19 decisions: consideration of mortality related to unemployment, social isolation, and depression. JAMA, 324:445-446.

VanderWeele, T.J. (2020). Love of neighbor during pandemic: navigating the competing goods of religious gatherings and physical health. Journal of Religion and Health, 59: 2196–2202

Pearce, N., Vandenbroucke, J., VanderWeele, T.J., Greenland, S. (2020). Accurate statistics on COVID-19 are essential for policy guidance and decisions. American Journal of Public Health, 110:949-951.