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Behavioral Epidemiology Section

Alan Zonderman, Ph.D., Chief

Investigators in the Behavioral Epidemiology Section examine individual differences in psychological and behavioral attributes and changes in cognitive performance and health over the adult lifespan in community-dwelling adults to assess whether and which psychological changes occur, the extent to which such changes predict physical and psychological health outcomes, and the roles of these factors in health disparities, especially those related to racial and socioeconomic differences. Section investigators use data from a variety of longitudinal studies, including nationally representative epidemiologic surveys and representative samples of diverse populations.

List of Portfolio/Research Areas

  • Behavioral epidemiology
  • Age-associated cognitive function
  • Symptoms of depression
  • Longitudinal trajectories of health disparities
  • Behavioral risk factors for morbidity & mortality
  • Socioeconomic risk factors for morbidity & mortality
  • Race differences in risk factors for morbidity & mortality

Findings and Publications

Wendell CR, Waldstein SR, Evans MK, Zonderman AB. Distributions of subclinical cardiovascular disease in a socioeconomically and racially diverse sample. Stroke. 2017. 

Waldstein SR, Dore GA, Davatzikos C, Katzel LI, Gullapalli R, Seliger SL, Kouo T, Rosenberger WF, Erus G, Evans MK, Zonderman AB. Differential associations of socioeconomic status with global brain volumes and white matter lesions in African American and white adults: The HANDLS SCAN study. Psychosomatic Medicine. 2016.

Beydoun MA, Beydoun HA, Dore GA, Canas JA, Fanelli-Kuczmarski MT, Evans MK, Zonderman AB. White blood cell inflammatory markers are associated with depressive symptoms in a longitudinal study of urban adults. Translational Psychiatry. 2016;6(9):e895.

Zonderman AB, Mode NA, Ejiogu N, Evans MK. Race and poverty status as a risk for overall mortality in community-dwelling middle-aged adults. JAMA Internal Medicine. 2016;176(9):1394-1395.

Beydoun MA, Fanelli-Kuczmarski MT, Allen A, Beydoun HA, Popkin BM, Evans MK, Zonderman AB. Monetary value of diet is associated with dietary quality and nutrient adequacy among urban adults, differentially by sex, race and poverty status. PLoS One. 2015;10(11):e0140905. PMCID: PMC4633204.