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Stephen Gilman, NICHD

The developmental origins of disparities in common mental disorders
When Sep 17, 2018
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where 1101 Morrill Hall
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Contact Phone 301-405-6403
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About the Presentation

Mental disorders disproportionately burden economically disadvantaged individuals. Dr. Gilman’s presentation will address the historical origins of socioeconomic disparities and how these historical origins may be rooted in aspects of child development. A life course approach to health disparities provides a conceptual framework for Dr. Gilman’s studies which seek a better understanding of the mechanisms that generate disparities beginning in the prenatal period and extending through childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and potentially become transmitted to the next generation. He will present results of studies conducted in diverse populations on the role of early environments in the long-term risks for common mental disorders. 

About the Speaker

Stephen Gilman

Stephen E. Gilman, ScD, is a social epidemiologist focusing on the emergence and persistence of inequalities in common mental disorders over the life course. His work demonstrates the importance of the childhood environment for neurodevelopment and the subsequent onset and recurrence of Major Depressive Disorder in adults. His current studies address the prenatal origins of inequalities including the role of fetal exposure to maternal inflammation on children’s neurodevelopment as well as the developmental origins of suicide mortality. Dr. Gilman has investigated long-term outcomes of depression including social inequalities in anti-depressant treatment outcomes and the physical health consequences of depression including mortality. Dr. Gilman is co-investigator of the New England Family Study, a three-generation cohort of individuals born in the early 1960’s, their parents, and their children. Dr. Gilman received his Doctor of Science degree in Health and Social Behavior from the Harvard School of Public Health and post-doctoral training in Behavioral Medicine from Brown Medical School. He is currently Senior Investigator in the Intramural Research Program of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, where he serves as Chief of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Branch of the Division of Intramural Population Health Research; he is also Adjunct Professor in the Department of Mental Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 

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