Monnat talks to Bloomberg about rising suicide rates among US kids

Lerner Center Chair and Director Shannon Monnat was recently quoted in this Bloomberg piece on rising suicide rates among U.S. kids”There are many reasons to suspect that suicide rates will increase this year too, not just because of Covid-19 but because stress and anxiety seem to be permeating every aspect of our lives,” says Shannon Monnat, Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion. “Anxiety is high in the population as a whole, thanks to political and social unrest. Children are not immune from those stressors.” Read the piece here:

Lerner Faculty Affiliate Jennifer Karas Montez interviewed in Huffington Post

Lerner Faculty Affiliate and Sociology Professor Jennifer Karas Montez was interviewed in this Huffington Post article about her new research study showing that conservative state policies have led to declines in life expectancy of residents in conservative states. “Across a huge range of issues, the more liberal version of state policies predicts longer life expectancy and the conservative version predicts shorter life expectancy,” said Jennifer Karas Montez, a sociologist at Syracuse University and the study’s lead author. Passing tougher regulations on tobacco and guns while enhancing labor rights and pay could extend U.S. life expectancy by as much as 2.8 years for women and 2.1 years for men. “Our findings are very powerful and very consistent,” Montez said.

To read Karas Montez’s Lerner Center research brief that summarizes the study’s findings, click here:

Danielle Rhubart interviewed for U.S. News and World Report article on extreme heat health tips

Lerner Postdoctoral Scholar, Danielle Rhubart, was interviewed for this U.S. News and World Report article ( on extreme heat health tips. “Dense concentrations of concrete and asphalt combined with a lack of vegetation reduce the cooling capabilities of evaporation,” explains Danielle Rhubart, a postdoctoral fellow with the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Although it may seem surprising, the most rural U.S. areas have the second-highest rates of heat-related morality. “Higher rates of poverty and preexisting conditions, combined with less access to health care, may account for this rural disadvantage,” Rhubart explains. Read Rhubart’s brief: Preventing Heat-Related Fatalities during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Danielle Rhubart’s research on gender disparities in caretaking featured in Public Radio International

Lerner Postdoctoral Fellow Danielle Rhubart’s research on the gender disparities in caretaking was included in this article from Public Radio International. Her research finds that working mothers of young children cut down their hours four to five times more than working fathers. Read the Public Radio International Story and Rhubart’s brief Gender Disparities in Caretaking during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Lerner Faculty Affiliate Jennifer Karas Montez’s new research featured on NPR and LA Times

A new paper by Sociology Professor Jennifer Karas Montez published this week in The Milbank Quarterly is garnering significant media attention. The paper, “US State Policies, Politics, and Life Expectancy” shows that changes in US state policies since the 1970s, particularly after 2010, have played an important role in the stagnation and recent decline in US life expectancy. Some US state policies appear to be key levers for improving life expectancy, such as policies on tobacco, labor, immigration, civil rights, and the environment. The authors estimate that U.S. life expectancy is estimated to be 2.8 years longer among women and 2.1 years longer among men if all U.S. states enjoyed the health advantages of states with more liberal policies, which would put U.S. life expectancy on par with other high‐income countries.

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To read Karas Montez’s Lerner Center research brief that summarizes the study’s findings, click here:

Danielle Rhubart’s Research Cited in Marketwatch

Research by Lerner Postdoctoral Scholar, Danielle Rhubart, was cited in this Dow Jones Marketwatch article about how much school closures will cost parents.

“Research also suggests that mothers aren’t just reducing their hours, they’re leaving their jobs to cope. Among women who said they were not working due to the pandemic, more than 16% said it was because they had to care for children not in school or daycare, according to a research brief from Syracuse University’s Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion. That’s compared to less than 5% of men.”

Click here to read Dr. Rhubart’s brief, Gender Disparities in Caretaking during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Lerner Research Affiliate Andrew London Interviewed for

Lerner Center Research Affiliate Andrew London was interviewed in this article about his recent Lerner Center research brief on alcohol consumption among veterans with psychiatric disorders and traumatic brain injuries. The story was also printed by To read the brief, click below:

The Influence of Military Experiences on Current and Daily Drinking

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Lerner Faculty Research Affiliate Jennifer Karas Montez receives grant from National Institutes of Health to fund SU’s Center on Aging and Policy Studies

Jennifer Karas Montez, Professor of Sociology and Gerald B. Cramer Faculty Scholar in Aging Studies, is the principal investigator on a 5-year $1.5 million grant from the NIH National Institute on Aging to fund the Center for Aging and Policy Studies (CAPS) at SU. CAPS is a consortium of Syracuse University, Cornell University, and the University at Albany. It is headquartered at SU. The goal of CAPS is to improve the health, well-being, and independence of older adults by addressing issues facing middle-age and older adults and the families that care for them. The Lerner Center is excited to be affiliated with CAPS! Read more about CAPS in this Maxwell news release