Lisa F. Berkman

Internationally recognized social epidemiologist who confronts the challenges of an aging world


Lisa F. Berkman PhD MS ’75, PhD ’77 is an internationally recognized social epidemiologist whose work focuses on understanding inequalities in health related to socioeconomic status, different racial and ethnic groups, and social networks, support and isolation. She is the director of the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies and the Thomas D. Cabot Professor Professor of Public Policy, Epidemiology, and Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Berkman is the principal investigator of the Health and Aging Study in Africa: A Longitudinal Study of an INDEPTH Community in South Africa, which aims to study the drivers and consequences of HIV and non-communicable diseases in an aging population in Agincourt, South Africa.

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