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Lisa F. Berkman, PhD

Harvard T.H. Chan School Of Public Health

Harvard T.H. Chan School Of Public Health
Phone: (617) 432-3915
Fax: (617) 432-3123

Lisa F. Berkman, PhD

Harvard T.H. Chan School Of Public Health


  • Thomas D. Cabot Professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School Of Public Health
  • Department Chair, Society, Human Development, and Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School Of Public Health
  • Director, Center for Population and Development Studies, Harvard T.H. Chan School Of Public Health


Research Abstract

Dr. Berkman is a social epidemiologist whose work focuses extensively on psychosocial influences on health outcomes. Her research has been oriented towards understanding social inequalities in health related to socioeconomic status, different racial and ethnic groups, and social networks, support and social isolation. The majority of her work is devoted to identifying the role of social networks and support in predicting declines in physical and cognitive functioning, onset of disease and mortality, especially related to cardiovascular or cerebrovascular disease and cancer.

Primary studies in which Dr. Berkman is involved are several large prospective cohort studies: The Established Populations for the Epidemiologic Study of the Elderly Studies (EPESE) and the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Successful Aging longitudinal studies in communities. The second set of studies are clinical trials to test the effects of psychosocial interventions in improving prognosis in people with chronic illness.


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  • Berkman LF, Buxton O, Ertel K, Okechukwu C. Managers' practices related to work-family balance predict employee cardiovascular risk and sleep duration in extended care settings. J Occup Health Psychol 2010; 15:316-29. PubMed
  • Berkman LF. Social Epidemiology: Social Determinants of Health in the United States: Are We Losing Ground? Annu Rev Public Health 2009. PubMed
  • Berkman LF,Sivaramakrishnan K. WHO Commission on the social determinants of health: a bold new venture. Eur J Public Health 2008; 18:547. PubMed
  • Rehkopf DH,Berkman LF,Coull B,Krieger N. The non-linear risk of mortality by income level in a healthy population: US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey mortality follow-up cohort, 1988-2001. BMC Public Health 2008; 8:383. PubMed
  • Loucks EB, Magnusson KT, Cook S, Rehkopf DH, Ford ES, Berkman LF. Socioeconomic position and the metabolic syndrome in early, middle, and late life: evidence from NHANES 1999-2002. Ann Epidemiol 2007; 17:782-90. PubMed
  • Sorensen G, Stoddard AM, Dubowitz T, Barbeau EM, Bigby J, Emmons KM, Berkman LF, Peterson KE. The Influence of Social Context on Changes in Fruit and Vegetable Consumption: Results of the Healthy Directions Studies. Am J Public Health 2007; 97:1216-27. PubMed
  • Melchior M, Berkman LF, Kawachi I, Krieger N, Zins M, Bonenfant S, Goldberg M. Lifelong socioeconomic trajectory and premature mortality (35-65 years) in France: findings from the GAZEL Cohort Study. J Epidemiol Community Health 2006; 60:937-44. PubMed