Population Studies & Training Center

PSTC: 50 Years

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] In recognition of its 50th anniversary, the PSTC is celebrating with the release of a video that reflects on the rich and productive history of the Center. A new booklet highlights the ongoing integrative and interdisciplinary scholarship conducted by PSTC affiliates. And a reception brought together many current and former PSTC affiliates, including the Center's founder, Sidney Goldstein, for a celebratory evening at the top of the Prudential Tower in Boston during the PAA annual meeting in May.

While social disadvantage is often thought to impact long-term health, PSTC Associate and Assistant Professor of Epidemiology Eric Loucks has co-authored a study, “Childhood Social Disadvantage, Cardiometabolic Risk, and Chronic Disease in Adulthood,” to confirm it. Read more...

In an effort to address alcohol dependence issues in American Samoa and the Western Pacific, PSTC Associate and Professor of Epidemiology and Anthropology Stephen McGarvey has worked with a team to develop a bilingual version of Semi-Structured Assessment for Drug Dependence and Alcoholism. An article on the study, "Translating the Semi-Structured Assessment for Drug Dependence and Alcoholism in the Western Pacific," was published in June by Alcohol and Alcoholism.

In urban planning, sustainability and livability play two important guiding roles. PSTC Associate and Associate Director of S4 Rachel Franklin has co-authored an article evaluating the current discourse on livability and exploring strategies for transforming the livability concept. The article, “Livability for all? Conceptual limits and practical implications,” was published in May by Applied Geography.