Life Course Health
The Life Course Health Program supports research on trajectories of health and mortality from pre-conception through the reproductive years, including birth outcomes, childhood and adolescence, the transition to adulthood and middle age, and transgenerational influences. Specific areas of interest include interrelationships between fertility, fecundity, and health and between assisted reproductive technologies and health; research that examines the downstream effects of early intervention programs on later health outcomes; and research that examines the dynamic influences of the social, economic, political, institutional, cultural, and physical environments over the life course. This Program includes research on work-family conflict and health, but health promotion interventions that take place within the workplace but are unconnected to family processes are not within the mission of the PDB.
The Biopsychosocial Program supports research that integrates social science, behavioral, and biomedical approaches to understanding health. Specific areas of interest include research on integrative theories and methodologies to advance population sciences (including but not limited to the collection of biomarkers in population-representative surveys) and population-level studies of gene-environment interactions and the role of extra-familial influences in epigenetics.
Contact: Dr. Rosalind King