March 2021 Newsletter

March Research Briefs

March 2: Stroke: Identifying Symptoms and Acting Fast to Save Lives and Prevent Permanent Disabilities
Author(s): Mary E. Helander, Bernard Appiah, Miriam Mutambudzi

March 4: More Uncertainty Leads to Less Accuracy on Death Certificates for Adults with Intellectual Disability
Author(s): Erin Bisesti, Scott D. Landes

March 9: New York State’s Counties Have Different Trends in Population Aging
Author(s): Nader Mehri

March 16: Introducing the Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD) Age-at-Death Data Tracker
Author(s): Scott D. Landes, Nader Mehri, Janet M. Wilmoth

March 23: Battling the Public Health Harms of Tobacco Takes Time, Persistence, and Political Will: Reflecting on the New York State Clean Indoor Air Act of 2003
Author(s): Mary E. Helander

March 24: Family Ties Protect against Opioid Misuse among U.S. Young Adults
Author(s): Alexander Chapman, Ashton M. Verdery, Shannon M. Monnat

March 30: How Do Emergency Medical Service Workers Cope with Daily Stressors?
Author(s): Bryce Hruska, Marley S. Barduhn

In the News

Program Coordinator Mary Kate Schutt

Assistant Director Mary Kate Schutt was interviewed for a Healthline article on the mental health effects of COVID19.

“‘In order to maintain good mental health over the long term, people should find ways to connect with loved ones and, importantly, find ways to be of service,’ Schutt said.” -excerpt from article.

Professor Kevin Antshel

Lerner Affiliate Kevin Antshel quoted in this CNBC story about re-integrating into society after the pandemic.

“‘Extraordinarily high levels of uncertainty are really against how we’ve advanced as human beings,’ Kevin Antshel, clinical psychologist and director of the clinical psychology program at Syracuse University previously told CNBC Make It.” -excerpt from article.


Lerner Center Postdoctoral Scholar Danielle Rhubart

Lerner Postdoctoral Scholar, Dr. Danielle Rhubart was awarded a grant to study Mental Health among Rural Older Adults and accepted a tenure track position as Assistant Professor of Biobehavioral Health at Penn State University, to begin in Fall 2021. Dr. Rhubart conducts research on rural population health and health disparities.

Graduate Research Affiliate Claire Pendergrast

Claire Pendergrast received an honorable mention for the Graduate Dean’s Award.

Lerner Fellow Xiaoyan (Amanda) Zhang

Xiaoyan Zhang received an honorable mention for the Graduate Dean’s Award.

Lerner Fellow Mariah Brennan

Lerner Fellow Mariah Brennan was selected for a prestigious position in RAND’s 2021 Graduate Student Summer Associate Program.

Research Profile of the Month

Associate Professor Shannon Monnat

Lerner Center Director Shannon Monnat was part of a National Academy of Sciences Consensus Committee that released a report in March titled: High and Rising Mortality Rates among Working-Age Adults.

Report Summary: The past century has witnessed remarkable advances in life expectancy in the United States and throughout the world. In 2010, however, progress in life expectancy in the United States began to stall, despite continuing to increase in other high-income countries. Alarmingly, U.S. life expectancy fell between 2014 and 2015 and continued to decline through 2017, the longest sustained decline in life expectancy in a century (since the influenza pandemic of 1918-1919). The recent decline in U.S. life expectancy appears to have been the product of two trends: (1) an increase in mortality among middle-aged and younger adults, defined as those aged 25-64 years (i.e., “working age”), which began in the 1990s for several specific causes of death (e.g., drug- and alcohol-related causes and suicide); and (2) a slowing of declines in working-age mortality due to other causes of death (mainly cardiovascular diseases) after 2010. View the report release webinar.