Benjamin Shaw

Benjamin Shaw

Health Policy, Management and Behavior

MPH, University of Michigan, 1996
PhD, University of Michigan, 2002

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Benjamin A. Shaw, Ph.D. is the Associate Dean for Research at the University at Albany School of Public Health, and a Professor in the Department of Health Policy, Management, and Behavior. He received his PhD and MPH in Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. He served as Director of University at Albany’s NICHD-funded Center for Social and Demographic Analysis (CSDA) from 2015-2017, and as Chair of the Department of Health Policy, Management, and Behavior from 2011-2015. He has been an invited Guest Researcher at the Karolinska Institutes’ Aging Research Center, in Stockholm, Sweden, on several occasions.

Dr. Shaw’s research focuses on the study of social and behavioral determinants of health within populations and communities of older adults who are aging in place. He has thus far published 69 peer-reviewed articles, and has led and co-led two NIH-funded R01 projects. He was awarded Fellow status in the Gerontological Society of America in 2015, and currently serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences; Journal of Aging and Health; and Research on Aging.


Research Interests:

  • Healthy aging
  • Aging in place
  • Social determinants of health
  • Global aging
  • Risk behaviors and health among older adults
  • Early life adversity and late life health
  • Socioeconomic inequalities in late life health


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