B.A. Psychology Colgate
M.P.H Health Behavior & Health
Education University of Michigan, School of Public Health 1998
Ph.D Health Behavior & Health Education University
of Michigan, School of Public Health 2002
Because the aging of our population is a relatively recent phenomenon, our current understanding of how to promote healthy aging is still underdeveloped. I am motivated by the thought that my own research on social determinants of healthy aging will contribute to improving this understanding, and will ultimately lead to improvements in health and well-being for individuals during the latter half of the life course.
Courses Frequently Taught
HPM 520 Fundamental of Research Design
HPM 525 Social & Behavioral Aspects of Public Health
HPM 623 Stress, Social Relationships, and Health
HPM 647 Program Evaluation in Public Health
My research seeks to advance our understanding of the influential social, psychological, and behavioral contexts of health during the aging process. By working to make both theoretical and methodological contributions to the study of health and aging, my ultimate aim is to improve our understanding of the aging process in order to better inform public health interventions and policies that promote healthy aging.
Selected Publications (since 2010)
Murayama, H., Liang,
J., Bennett, J., Shaw, B.A., Botoseneanu, A., Kobayashi, E.,
Fukaya, T., & Shinkai, S. (2015). Trajectories of body mass index and their
associations with mortality among older Japanese: Do they differ from Western
populations? American Journal of Epidemiology, 182(7), 597-605.
Shaw, B.A., & Agahi, N. (2014). Smoking and physical inactivity
patterns during midlife as predictors of all-cause mortality and disability: A
39-year prospective study.European Journal of Ageing, 11, 195-204.
Agahi, N., Shaw,
B.A., & Fors, S. (2014). Social and economic conditions in childhood
and the progression of functional health problems from midlife into old age.Journal
of Epidemiology & Community Health, 68, 734-740.doi:10.1136/jech-2013-203698
Insaf, T., Strogatz,
D.S., Yucel, R., Chasan-Taber, L., & Shaw, B.A. (2014).
Associations between race, lifecourse socioeconomic position and prevalence of
diabetes among US women and men: Results from a population-based panel study. Journal
of Epidemiology & Community Health, 68, 318-325. doi:10.1136/jech-2013-202585
Shaw, B.A., McGeever, K., Vasquez, E., Agahi, N., & Fors, S. (2014).
Socioeconomic inequalities in health after age 50: Are health risk behaviors to
blame? Social Science and Medicine, 101, 52-60.
Agahi, N. & Shaw,
B.A. (2013). Smoking trajectories from midlife to old age and the
development of non-life-threatening health problems: A 34-year prospective
study.Preventive Medicine, 57, 107-112. doi:
10.1016/j.ypmed.2013.04.016. PMCID: PMC3714327.
B.A. & Agahi, N. (2012).
A prospective cohort study of health behavior profiles after age 50 and
mortality risk. BMC Public Health, 12: 803. doi:10.1186/1471-2458-12-803
B.A. Agahi, N., &
Krause, N. (2011). Are changes in financial strain associated with changes in
alcohol use and smoking among older adults? Journal of Studies on
Alcohol and Drugs, 72, 917-925. [PMID 22051205]
B.A., Krause, N., Liang, J.,
& McGeever, K. (2011). Age differences in long-term patterns of
change in alcohol consumption among aging adults. Journal of Aging and
Health, 23(2), 207-227. doi:10.1177/0898264310381276 [PMID 20847362]
N., Shaw, B.A., Liang, J. (2011). Social relationships in religious
institutions and healthy lifestyles. Health Education and Behavior, 38,
25-38. [PMID 21169477.001]
B.A., Liang, J., Krause, N.,
Gallant, M., & McGeever, K. (2010). Age differences and social
stratification in the long-term trajectories of leisure-time physical activity. Journal
of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 65B(6), 756-766. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbq073 [PMID 20855534].
B.A., Liang, J., & Krause N.
(2010). Age and race differences in the trajectories of self-esteem. Psychology
and Aging, 25, 84-94. [PMID 20230130]