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Public Health Dynamics Seminars

February 11, 2019 - Depression’s Got a Hold of Me: Generational Trends in Substance Use and Mental Health Among U.S. Adolescents

Katherine Keyes, PhD, Associate Professor

Department of Epidemiology, Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health

Monday, February 11, 2019
12:00 – 1:00 PM
1149 Public Health

Abstract:

Alcohol, tobacco, and many other substances are at historically low prevalence among U.S. adolescents and continue to decrease annually. At the same time, after a long period of relative stability, depression, suicidal behavior and death by suicide, and other mental health indicators have begun increasing among US adolescents, especially girls and women. In this talk, Dr. Keyes will provide a cross-generational and sociological framework to understand the connection (and recent disconnection) between substance use and mental health among adolescents across birth cohorts from the last 40 years, with a particular focus on gender. Topics will also include the discontinuity between temporal trends in adolescent and adult substance use/mental health, theories and evidence regarding why these patterns are emerging, and appropriate public health responses.

About the speaker:

Katherine M. Keyes is an associate professor of epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. Keyes' research focuses on life course epidemiology with particular attention to psychiatric disorders, including early origins of child and adult health and cross-generational cohort effects on substance use, mental health, and chronic disease. She is particularly interested in the development of epidemiological theory to measure and elucidate the drivers of population health, and in methodological challenges in estimating age, period, and cohort effects. She is the author of more than 230 peer-reviewed publications, and two textbooks published by Oxford University Press: "Epidemiology Matters: A New Introduction to Methodological Foundation", published in 2014 and "Population Health Science" published in 2016.

NOTE: This seminar will be video recorded and livestreamed as a Society of Epidemiologic Research (SER) Talk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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