Exploring the Intersection of Community Development and Health
Federal Reserve Board of Governors
Martin Building, July 13, 2010
Nancy E. Adler, Ph.D., is the Lisa and John Pritzker Professor of Psychology, Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics Vice-Chair of the Department of Psychiatry, and Director of the Center for Health and Community. She received a BA from Wellesley College and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Harvard University. She directs an NIMH-sponsored postdoctoral program in “Psychology and Medicine: Translational Research on Stress, Behavior and Disease,” and co-directs the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation “Health and Society Scholars Program”. Her research has examined determinants and consequences of health-risking behaviors, particularly in relation to reproductive health, and on the mechanisms by which socioeconomic status determines health. As director of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on SES and Health, she coordinates studies spanning social, psychological and biological determinants of health and health disparities and conducts research on the role of subjective social status in health. She has served on the Advisory Committee to the Director of the NIH, and been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Institute of Medicine (IOM). She recently chaired an IOM committee on the psychosocial needs of cancer patients and currently chairs a committee on women’s health research and a workshop on health effects of the Gulf oil spill. She has been awarded the UCSF Chancellor’s Award for the Advancement of Women and the Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award, the Distinguished Science Award from the American Psychological Association, and the Marion Spencer Fay Award from the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership.