Benjamin Shaw

Studies quality of life during old age, smoking and alcohol use among the elderly

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Benjamin Shaw

School of Public Health
Department: Health Policy, Management and Behavior

Health during old age; social and behavioral determinants of health among aging populations; physical activity among elderly; smoking among elderly; alcohol use among the elderly; the long-term effects of early life adversity; quality of life in old age; aging in Japan; aging in Sweden

Campus phone: (518) 402-0290
Campus email: [email protected]


Benjamin Shaw is the Associate Dean for Research at the School of Public Health and a professor of Health Policy, Management and Behavior who examines population health in aging societies. His primary focus is on social (e.g., socioeconomic status; social networks; living arrangements) and behavioral (e.g., physical activity; substance use) determinants of health among older adults in the US. He also has ongoing collaborations in Sweden and Japan to study population health among the aging populations in these countries.

He has a master's degree in public health and a doctorate from the University of Michigan. He is a Fellow in the Gerontological Society of America.