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Ageing with wellbeing: The contributions of psychosocial assets and deficits

28 February 2024, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

Woman comforts an older woman at home. Credit: Pressmaster / Adobe Stock.

Join this event to hear Laura D. Kubzansky examine the epidemiologic evidence suggesting that both negative and positive psychosocial factors matter to human health and ageing.

This event is free.

Event Information

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Tobias Ruttenauer


Room G03
55-59 Gordon Square

With a growing share of the population living longer, identifying factors that improve people’s chances of maintaining optimal health later in life is a public health priority. Social stress and other negative psychosocial factors have been increasingly tied to chronic disease, but whether any psychosocial factors confer health benefits is less well understood.

Laura will discuss and evaluate how some of these social and psychological experiences could influence physical health and ageing processes, exploring possible mechanisms behind their links.

This event will be particularly useful for those interested in public health, ageing and wellbeing.

Please note this is a hybrid event and can be joined either in-person or online.

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About the Speaker

Dr Laura D. Kubzansky

Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Society and Health Laboratory at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

She has published extensively on the role of psychological and social factors in health, with a particular focus on the effects of stress and emotion on heart disease. She also conducts research on whether stress, emotion and other psychological factors help to explain the relationship between social status and health.

Other interests include a) studying the biological mechanisms linking emotions, social relationships, and health; b) relationships between early childhood environments, resilience, and healthy ageing, and; c) how interactions between psychosocial stress and environmental exposures (e.g., lead, air pollution) may influence health.

More about Dr Laura D. Kubzansky