Research Highlights: Faculty
Dr. Adolfo G. Cuevas receives Tufts CTSI Career Development Award (KL2)
This award is provided to junior faculty to conduct multidisciplinary clinical/patient-oriented
research for a period of two years. This federally funded program provides the faculty with a
team of highly-trained experts to foster the development and implementation of the mentored research project.
Achieving or maintaining a heathy weight has been shown to decrease chronic disease risk and improve
quality of life. However, body weight is hindered by a complex interaction of environmental, biological,
cultural, and cognitive factors. A National Institute of Health working group recently suggested that
up-stream contributors to weight gain and regain, such as biological effects of stress, need to be
considered in approaches to weight loss. While lifestyle behaviors have been shown to have profound
impacts on weight, the contribution of psychological and social stress (psychosocial stress) to the
risk of weight gain has been understudied. Using the Health and Retirement Study, this project will
(1) longitudinally examine the association multiple types of stressors and the risk of overweight/obesity
across race/ethnicity, (2) longitudinally examine the association between multiple types of stressors
and obesity-related inflammation across race/ethnicity, and (3) longitudinally examine the protective
effects of social resources on psychosocial stress and risk of overweight/obesity and obesity-related
inflammation across race/ethnicity. : Defining the relationship between psychosocial stress and
overweight/obesity will provide the foundation for developing an intervention protocol that seeks
to reduce the impact of stress, improve BMI, and contribute to Tufts CTSI's mission.
Dr. Alecia McGregor receives 2018 Tufts Collaborates Award
Dr. Alecia McGregor received a 2018 Tufts Collaborates Award for her project
'Obstetric Unit Closures and Racial Disparities in Maternal Mortality Rates: Geospatial Analyses in New Jersey, 1990-2014'
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Dr. Keren Ladin named Greenwall Faculty Scholar
Dr. Keren Ladin was recently named as Greenwall Faculty Scholar by the Greenwall Foundation.
The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics is a career development award to enable junior
faculty members to carry out innovative bioethics research. This award supports research that goes
beyond current work in bioethics to help resolve pressing ethical issues in clinical care, biomedical
research, and public policy.
Dr. Ladin's project incorporates bioethics, social psychology, and health services approaches
to examine disparities in transplantation and in access to health care more broadly.
Although social support is routinely assessed during transplant candidate evaluation, we hypothesize
that inconsistent definitions of social support and evaluation procedures may result in unequal treatment
of patients with limited support. We hypothesize that clinicians have unconscious bias in favor of more
socially connectedness patients, and that this bias will be significantly associated with waitlist decisions.
Clinicians may experience moral distress and cognitive dissonance, which occurs when actions
(using a discriminatory criterion) do not align with values (treating all patients fairly).
Perspective-taking interventions, more supportive center-level and Medicaid policies, and
reforming the social support criterion may be needed to reduce this source of bias and ensure
equal access to solid organ transplantation.
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Dr. Ladin's research and the REACH Lab >
Information about the Greenwall Foundation >