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By Sarah Damaske, PhD While there have been sizable gains in women’s paid employment over the last thirty years, women’s employment rates remain uneven and some research suggests that employment rates have stalled in ...
Social inequalities in infant health are a highly prioritized population health issue in our country. Rates of adverse birth outcomes, such as low birthweight (<2,500g), are consistently higher among poor and unmarried w ...
UPDATE NEEDED: Graduate training in behavioral and social sciences…2.0? Graduate training in the behavioral and social sciences remains largely unchanged from the training I received as a graduate student 35 years ago. While the current curricula reflect new knowledge gleaned from decades of ...
By Kerry L. McIver, PhD Given the epidemic of childhood obesity and the relationship between weight status and physical activity, understanding children’s physical activity behaviors is of particular public health in

Understanding how social norms shape health behaviors: The case of teen pregnancy

Sleep—it’s a precious commodity. It’s also a basic necessity for good mental and physical health. Considered a critically important process for brain and body recovery, sleep allows the brain to rest and restore. Yet, wh ...
Behavioral and social science in medical education: Patients, doctors, and communities; Integrating social problems and bioethics in medical school curriculum: An example from University of North Carolina; Integrating behavioral and social sciences into medical education: Why it matters? How to do it?
Danielle S. Bassett, Ph.D. Department of Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania Thursday, May 5, 2016 browser does not support iframe ABSTRACT Cognitive function is driven by dynamic interactions between
What do hearing the voice of God, experiencing hallucinations, hearing voices, and the suddenly feeling motivated to pray have in common? According to anthropologist Tanya Marie Luhrmann, PhD, they are all shaped by
What do place and the built environment have to do with alcohol and drug addictions? According to Debra Furr-Holden, PhD, quite a bit. Behavioral and mental health studies have shown that environmental risk is a