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Handbook of Life Course Health Development

By Neal Halfon, Christopher B. Forrest, Richard M. Lerner, Elaine M. Faustman

ONLINE VERSION OUT NOW! This handbook synthesizes and analyzes the growing knowledge base on life course health development (LCHD) from the prenatal period through emerging adulthood, with implications for clinical practice and public health. It presents LCHD as an innovative field with a sound theoretical framework for understanding wellness and disease from a lifespan perspective, replacing previous medical, biopsychosocial, and early genomic models of health. Interdisciplinary chapters discuss major health concerns (diabetes, obesity), important less-studied conditions (hearing, kidney health), and large-scale issues (nutrition, adversity) from a lifespan viewpoint. In addition, chapters address methodological approaches and challenges by analyzing existing measures, studies, and surveys. The book concludes with the editors’ research …

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Growing Inequality: Bridging Complex Systems, Population Health and Health Disparities

By George A. Kaplan, Ana V. Diez Roux, Carl P. Simon, Sandro Galea (Eds.)

Growing evidence indicates that no single factor—but a system of intertwined causes—explains why America’s health is poorer than the health of other wealthy countries and why health inequities persist despite our efforts. Teasing apart the relationships between these many causes to find solutions has proven extraordinarily difficult. But now researchers are uncovering groundbreaking insights using computer-based systems science tools to simulate how these determinants come together to produce levels of population health and disparities and test new solutions. The culmination of over five years of work by experts from a more than a dozen disciplines, this book represents a bold step forward in identifying why some populations are healthy and …

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TADPOHLS: Enabling integrative longitudinal studies of positive health

By Margaret Kern

This webinar – part of LCRN’s series on Using Existing Data to Examine Life Course Health Development – features Margaret L. Kern, PhD.   Dr. Kern is a senior lecturer at the Centre for Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education in Australia. Originally trained in social, personality, and developmental psychology, Dr. Kern received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Arizona State University, a Masters and PhD in social/personality psychology from the University of California, Riverside, and postdoctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania. She has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles and chapters, and was recently selected as an early career rising star by the Association for …

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The Anatomy of Developmental Predictors of Healthy Lives Study (TADPOHLS)

By Margaret L. Kern, Lizbeth Benson, Emily Larson, Christopher B. Forrest, Katherine B. Bevans, and Laurence Steinberg

Abstract: Numerous studies have followed people across significant portions of their lives. Secondary analyses with these studies offer opportunities to study life trajectories across diverse samples. To aid integrative efforts, we introduce The Anatomy ofDevelopmental Predictors of Healthy Lives Study (TADPOHLS), a data base that categorizes items and constructs from 14 prospective longitudinal studies that followed participants from adolescence into adulthood. To classify items and measures, we created an extensive typology that provides a common language for categorizing study concepts. We illustrate the utility of the data base by examining adolescent perseverance and optimism as predictors of physical health outcomes across six studies. Adolescent perseverance and optimism were related to …

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Just One Wish for the Study of Human Development

By Richard A. Settersten, Jr. and Megan McClelland

If you had just one wish for the study of human development, what would it be? How would it advance the field? And what would it take for your vision to be realized? This was the charge given to 28 scholars who come from different disciplines and fields, and who study different periods of the life course. In this article, Richard A. Settersten, Jr. and Megan McClelland, the issue’s editors, provide an overview of the contributors’ wishes, organized into seven thematic areas: (1) conceptual advances; (2) systems, levels, and contexts; (3) individual differences; (4) methodological advances; (5) harnessing science for human welfare and social justice; (6) underexplored life course dynamics; …

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Using the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (FFCWS) to Conduct Life Course Analyses

By Amanda Geller

This webinar, part of the LCRN’s series based on the Handbook of Life Course Health Development, features Amanda Geller, PhD, presenting on the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (FFCWS) of nearly 5,000 children born in large US cities between 1998 and 2000, roughly three-quarters of whom were born to unmarried parents. The FFCWS consists of parent interviews at birth and ages 1, 3 and 5, plus in-home assessments of children and home environments at ages 3 and 5.   Amanda Geller is a Clinical Associate Professor of Sociology at New York University. Her research examines the interactions between criminal justice policy and socioeconomic disadvantage, and their joint effects on urban …

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Using the New England Family Study (NEFS) to Conduct Life Course Analyses

By Stephen Buka

This webinar – the third in the LCRN’s series on Using Existing Data to Examine Life Course Health Development – features Stephen Buka, Sc.D.   Dr. Buka was at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) for 20 years in the Departments of Maternal Child Health and Epidemiology, and currently holds an appointment as an Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at HSPH. He is Professor and Chair of Epidemiology at Brown University, and also directs Brown’s Center for Population Health and Clinical Epidemiology and the Center for the Study of Human Development. Dr. Buka is an expert in the measurement of the key obstetric events and their effect on adult neuropsychiatric conditions …

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Using the PSID to Conduct Life Course Analyses

By Narayan Sastry

This webinar, part of the LCRN’s series based on the Handbook of Life Course Health Development, features Narayan Sastry, PhD.   Dr. Sastry is a Research Professor in the Population Studies Center and Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research, Adjunct Senior Social Scientist at the RAND Corporation, Co-Director of the Los Angeles Family and Neighborhood Survey (L.A.FANS), and Associate Director on the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID). He is also Director of the Displaced New Orleans Residents Survey (DNORS) that is being designed to study the long-term demographic effects of Hurricane Katrina on the pre-storm population of New Orleans. Dr. Sastry has been at …

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Using the NLSY to Conduct Life Course Analyses

By Elizabeth Cooksey

This webinar, part of the LCRN’s series based on the Handbook of Life Course Health Development, features Elizabeth Cooksey, PhD.   Dr. Cooksey is a professor of the Department of Sociology and Associate Director of The Center for Human Resource Research at The Ohio State University. Elizabeth received her MA and PhD in Sociology from Brown University, and then held a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Carolina Population Center, UNC, Chapel Hill.  Her research interests focus on early childhood through young adulthood and have a strong life course component.  She has a special interest in adolescent sexual and pregnancy behaviors, on the transition to adulthood, and on linkages between family situations …

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Handbook of Developmental Systems Theory and Methodology

By Peter C. M. Molenaar, Richard M. Lerner, and Karl M. Newell

Developmental systems theory provides powerful tools for predicting complex, dynamic interactions among biological and environmental processes in human behavior and health. This groundbreaking handbook provides a roadmap for integrating key concepts of developmental systems theory (such as self-organization, reciprocal dynamic interaction, and probabilistic epigenesis) and simulation models (connectionist and agent-based models) with advanced dynamic modeling approaches for testing these theories and models. Premier developmental science scholars present innovations in research design, measurement, and analysis that offer new means of generating evidence-based decisions to optimize the course of health and positive functioning across the life span. Topics include epigenetic development and evolution; the relationship between neural systems growth and psychological development; …

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