Socioeconomic Status and Brain Health: Biological, Psychosocial, and Behavioral Pathways

Shari WaldsteinHumanities Forum and Social Sciences Forum
Shari Waldstein, professor of psychology, UMBC
“Socioeconomic Status and Brain Health: Biological, Psychosocial, and Behavioral Pathways”

Lipitz Lecture
Tuesday, May 3, 4 p.m. 
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery 

Lower socioeconomic status (SES) is associated with poor clinical brain health outcomes, including stroke and dementia. However, SES influences on brain health status are noted long before such devastating outcomes. This talk will provide an exploration of the complex biological, psychosocial, and behavioral pathways whereby SES affects the brain and cognitive function. Also considered will be the intersection of SES and self-identified race in disparities in brain health.

Shari R. Waldstein completed her A.B. in Psychology at Duke University, and received her M.S. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Pittsburgh with specialty training in cardiovascular behavioral medicine. She recently served as President of the American Psychosomatic Society. Dr. Waldstein also recently completed a term as a regular member of the MESH (Mechanisms of Emotion, and Stress in Health) study section for the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Waldstein is an Editorial Board member for Psychosomatic Medicine, and has previously served as an Associate Editor for Health Psychology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Behavioral Medicine and Division 38 of the APA, and is an elected member of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research. Dr. Waldstein is recipient of an Early Career Award from the APS, an Outstanding Scientific Contributions to Health Psychology Award from Division 38 of the APA, and an Outstanding Contributions to Science Award from the Maryland Psychological Association.

This event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; the Dresher Center for the Humanities; and the Social Sciences Forum.


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