A Life Course Approach to Mental Disorders examines the interplay of social and biological factors in the production of a wide range of mental disorders throughout life, from the peri-natal period through to old age.
The aging into adulthood of numerous birth cohorts, especially over the past twenty years, has provided increasing evidence that mental disorders previously perceived to emerge in adulthood may have their origins early in life. This book brings together, in a single resource, the research in life course epidemiology of mental disorders, forging a consensus on the current science and pointing the way forward for the field.
Assembling researchers across disparate disciplines including epidemiology, developmental psychopathology, psychiatric genetics, sociology, developmental cognitive neuroscience, and epigenetics the book reviews the methods and synthesizes existing knowledge about the life course epidemiology of mental disorders in populations. It also presents discussions of the mechanisms that drive the production of mental disorders over the life course including emerging areas of research in the field.
A Life Course Approach to Mental Disorders brings together the state-of-the-art science of life course epidemiology to inform training, research, practice and policy with regard to mental disorders. The first comprehensive articulation of a life course perspective in the area, it will be a key resource for academics, researchers and students.
About the Author
Karestan C. Koenen, Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, USA,Sasha Rudenstine, Professor of Epidemiology and Psychiatry, Columbia University Epidemiology Merit Fellow, USA,Ezra Susser, Department of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, and New York State Psychiatric Institute, USA,Sandro Galea, Gelman Professor and Chair, Department of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, USA
Sasha Rudenstine is an early-career investigator. She is interested in how genetic and environmental factors affect the manifestation of psychopathology over the life course and in how determinants at multiple levels – individual, network, and community – influence the prevalence, trajectories, and treatment of mental disorders globally. She received her B.A. from Haverford College and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from City University of New York, USA.
Ezra Susser is Professor of Epidemiology and Psychiatry at Columbia University. He is Director of the Imprints Center for Genetic and Environmental Lifecourse Studies, and co-founder of the Global Mental Health Program at Columbia University. Much of his work has focused on neurodevelopmental disorders (ND) across the life course, including but not limited to autism and schizophrenia.
Sandro Galea is a physician and an epidemiologist. He is the Anna Cheskis Gelman and Murray Charles Gelman Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Dr Galea’s research program seeks to uncover how determinants at multiple levels including policies, features of the social environment, and genetic factors-jointly influence the health of urban populations.