Benjamin A. Shaw, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Department Chair
Health Policy, Management & Behavior 

Associate Professor
Health Policy, Management & Behavior

Faculty Associate
Center for Social and Demographic Analysis, University at Albany

Affiliated Faculty
Prevention Research Center, School of Public Health, University at Albany

University at Albany, School of Public Health
One University Place, Room 169
Rensselaer, NY       12144-3456
Phone Number:         (518) 402-0290
Fax Number:             (518) 402-0414
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B.A. Psychology Colgate University 1993
M.P.H Health Behavior & Health Education University of Michigan, School of Public Health 1998
Ph.D Gerontology University of Michigan, School of Public Health 2002

Personal Statement

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

Research Interests

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

Murayama, H., Liang, J., Bennett, J., Shaw, B., Botoseneanu, A., Kobayashi, E., Fukaya, & T., Shinkai, S. (2014). Socioeconomic status and the trajectory of body mass index among older Japanese: a nationwide cohort study of 1987-2006. Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, doi:10.1093/geronb/gbu183

Shaw, B. A., & Agahi, N. (2012). A prospective cohort study of health behavior profiles after age 50 and mortality risk. BMC Public Health, 12(1)

Shaw, B.A., Liang, J., Krause, N., Gallant, M., & McGeever, K.  Age differences and social stratification in the long-term trajectories of leisure-time physical activity.  In press at Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences.

Shaw, B.A., Krause, N., Liang, J., & McGeever, K.  Cohort differences in long-term patterns of change in alcohol consumption among aging adults.  In press at Journal of Aging and Health.

Shaw, 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(6), 917-925.

Krause, N., Shaw, B.A., Liang, J.  Social relationships in religious institutions and healthy lifestyles.  In press at Health Education and Behavior.

Shaw, 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]

Shaw, B.A. & Spokane, L. (2008).  Examining the association between education-level and physical activity changes during early old age.  Journal of Aging and Health, 20, 767-787.

Liang, J., Shaw, B.A., Bennett, J.M., Krause, N., Kobayashi, E., Fukaya, T., & Sugihara, Y. (2007). Intertwining courses of functional status and subjective health among older Japanese.  Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 62B, S340-S348.

Shaw, B.A., Krause, N., Liang, J., Bennett, J. (2007).  Tracking changes in social relations throughout late life. Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 62B, S90-S99.

Shaw, B.A., Gallant, M.P., Riley-Jacome, M., & Spokane, L. (2006).  Assessing sources of support for diabetes self-care in urban and rural underserved communities. Journal of Community Health, 31, 393-412.

Shaw, B.A., Krause, N., Chatters, L M., Connell, C.M, & Ingersoll-Dayton, B.  (2004). Emotional support from parents early in life, aging, and health.  Psychology and Aging, 19, 4-12.

Shaw, B.A. & Krause, N. (2001). Exploring race variations in aging and personal control. Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 56B, S119-S124.