CHP Faculty Seminar Series: Dr. Joanna Maselko

Nov 13, 2013, 12:10 PM - 1:30 PM
HPC2 room 165

Dr. Joanna Maselko, from Duke Universitys Global Health Institute, will speak on Neurophysiology of Religious Experience as part of the CHP Faculty Seminar Series.

Dr. Joanna Maselko, from Duke University’s Global Health Institute, will speak on “Neurophysiology of Religious Experience” as part of the CHP Faculty Seminar Series from 12:10 to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 13 in HPC2 room 165.

Professor Maselko’s research uses a developmental and social epidemiological approach to study the mechanisms through which social and cultural factors influence mental health over the lifecourse. One specific area of interest is trying to identify how the family and social context shapes the intergenerational transmission of psychopathology risk.

To this end, Dr. Maselko is currently evaluating the long-term cognitive and socio-emotional outcomes among school-aged children whose mothers participated in a community-based perinatal depression intervention in Pakistan. Dr. Maselko also leads a project that examines the family and social context determinants of well-being and cognitive decline among elderly in Sri Lanka. Another area of research focuses on how religious engagement facilitates risk or resilience in the context of socioeconomic adversities.

With an emphasis of on disentangling causal processes, Maselko’s previous research has described the potential contribution of selection effects in the observed religious engagement-depression association.

Sponsored by the College of Health Professions and the Center for Peace & Spirituality.

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