Reducing the global burden of mental disorder: lessons from developmental epidemiology

Professor Stephen Buka, Chair for the Department of Epidemiology at Brown University’s School of Public Health, will give a talk at 1pm on March 12th at the Geary Institute. Title: Reducing the global burden of mental disorder: lessons from developmental epidemiology

Professor Buka is also Director of the Center for Population Health and Clinical Epidemiology and Director of the Center for the Study of Human Development. His work focuses on the causes and prevention of major psychiatric and cognitive disorders of children, youth and adults. He directs the New England Family Study, a 50-year, three-generation longitudinal study of 17,000 infants born in New England in the 1960s. This work provides a unique opportunity to identify both environmental and genetic factors that contribute to the etiology, and ideally prevention, of major forms of psychiatric illness. He is also the PI of the U.S. National Children's Study sites in Providence County, RI and Bristol County, MA.