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Health in Social Context

hsc-icon-100The establishment on campus of a school of public health emphasizing the social and behavioral sciences provides the opportunity to integrate innovative basic social science approaches pioneered by MPRC scholars with outstanding research on improving health and reducing health disparities situated in a social and environmental context. Examples to date include the application of time use methods to obesity, the application of models of gender and parenthood to health, and the environmental context of physical activity.

Research in this area includes:

  1. determinants of infant, child, and youth health;
  2. health and aging; and
  3. impact of health care systems and social programs.

Some examples of current research in this area can be seen below.


Chen studying women's transition to later adulthood

Chen studying women's transition to later adulthood

Interdisciplinary project working with scholars from the University of North Carolina

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How Does Parental Stress Affect Child Outcomes?

How Does Parental Stress Affect Child Outcomes?

Natasha Cabrera has completed a paper on “Parenting and early predictors of Latino children’s cognitive and social development: Direct and Indirect Effects”

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Intergenerational Parenting and Health

Intergenerational Parenting and Health

MPRC Associate Terrence Thornberry is studying Intergenerational Health using the Rochester Youth Development Study

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Using IHDS Data to Explore Inequality in India

Using IHDS Data to Explore Inequality in India

Sonalde Desai and Reeve Vanneman study the "Determinants of Maternal and Child Health in India"

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