Lisa Berkman

Lisa Berkman

Director, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies and Professor of Public Policy and Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
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Lisa Berkman, Ph.D.- Director of the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy, Epidemiology, and Global Health and Population, School of Public Health Dr. Berkman is the director of the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies (HCPDS) and the Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy, Epidemiology, and Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She currently is the Director of Graduate Studies for the School of Public Health/GSAS new program in Population Health Sciences.  She is an internationally recognized social epidemiologist whose workfocuses extensively on social and policy influences on population health. Her research is aimed at understanding inequalities in health related to socioeconomic status, different racial and ethnic groups, and social networks, and isolation.

Dr. Berkman is the principal investigator of the Health and Aging Study in Africa: A Longitudinal Study of an INDEPTH Community in South Africa (HAALSI), a program project funded by the National Institute on Aging. HAALSI aims to study the social, economic and behavioral drivers and consequences of HIV and non-communicable diseases in an aging population in Agincourt, South Africa. She also leads the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Study of Workplace redesign and worker well-being, a study identifying ways in which companies and workplaces can create a healthier environment especially for low and middle wage workers.

She is  a past  Board member of the Population Association of America, past president of the American Population Centers and a member of the National Academy of Medicine. She is author or co-author of several books and 300 publications/chapters. In 2003, she co-edited (with Ichiro Kawachi) Social Epidemiology, a groundbreaking textbook on this burgeoning field. A second edition was published in 2014. It is the leading work on social epidemiology internationally.