Current and Past Scholars

Associate Professor, Resource Economics and Public Policy and Administration
Family Research Scholar 2015-16
Research:

Sylvia Brandt  studies how asthma impacts a child’s quality of life. In her proposed project, “New Methods to Assess the Burden of Childhood Asthma in Massachusetts.” Brandt and a group of leading epidemiologists and policymakers in Massachusetts will develop a risk assessment of the burden of asthma onset due to pollution exposure.  

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Professor, Psychological & Brain Sciences
Family Research Scholar 2015-16
Research:

A fundamental assumption in my work is that affective feelings convey valuable information that guides individuals’ thoughts, judgments, and actions. My work embraces the notion that affect and cognition are necessary allies that work in tandem to produce adaptive responses to the world.

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Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences
Family Research Scholar 2003-04 & 2015-16
Stress Research Group
Steering Committee
Research:

Paula Pietromonaco is a social psychologist whose work focuses on how people think, feel, and behave in the context of their closest relationships. Her particular interest lies in how couple members influence each other’s ability to manage their emotions, and how these relationship processes are connected to emotional and physical health over time.

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Assistant Professor, Environmental Health Sciences
Family Research Scholar 2015-16
Research:

J. Richard Pilsner is a molecular epidemiologist committed to investigating how environmental and nutritional factors influence health outcomes via epigenetic processes. Epigenetic plays an important role in the functionality of DNA by controlling how genes are expressed. Dr. Pilsner’s environmental epigenetic laboratory has state-of-the-art equipment for high-throughput DNA methylation analyses tailored to population-based research.

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Assistant Professor, Extension Faculty
School Public Health & Health Sciences, Nutrition
Family Research Scholar 2015-16
Steering Committee
Research:

Nutrition researcher and Board Certified Lactation Consultant Lindiwe Sibeko, possesses an expertise in maternal and child health focused on socially and economically vulnerable and underserved populations in local, national and international settings.

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Assistant Professor, Environmental Health Sciences
Family Research Scholar 2015-16
Research:

Laura Vandenberg's research explores how early life exposures to chemicals and chemical mixtures can predispose individuals to diseases that manifest later in life. Classical toxicology often focuses on how fetal chemical exposures can produce birth defects, an important part of chemical safety. 

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