Monthly Archives: May 2017

Determinants of neonatal brain-derived neurotrophic factor and association with child development

By |May 30th, 2017|Research Highlights|

Development and Psychopathology Ghassabian, Akhgar, Rajeshwari Sundaram, Nikhita Chahal, Alexander C. McLain, Erin Bell*, David A. Lawrence, and Edwina H. Yeung ABSTRACT Using a population-based birth cohort in upstate New York (2008–2010), we examined the determinants of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) measured in newborn dried blood spots (n = 2,637). We also examined the association [...]

A Spatial Analysis of Homicide Across Brazil’s Municipalities

By |May 30th, 2017|Research Highlights|

Homicide Studies Matthew C. Ingram* and Marcelo Marchesini da Costa ABSTRACT Examining homicide across Brazil’s 5,562 municipalities, we find that violence nearby has a positive effect on local violence (diffusion effect), violence exerts an unusual negative spatial effect in small clusters of communities in northeastern Brazil, and a prominent poverty-reduction program (Bolsa Família [BF]) has [...]

A life course approach to health literacy: the role of gender, educational attainment and lifetime cognitive capability

By |May 30th, 2017|Research Highlights|

Age and Ageing Sean A. P. Clouston, Jennifer A. Manganello*, and Marcus Richards ABSTRACT Objective: social inequalities in health are believed to arise in part because individuals make use of social and economic resources in order to improve survival. In recent years, health literacy has received increased attention as a factor that can help explain [...]

Prenatal exposure to neurotoxic metals is associated with increased placental glucocorticoid receptor DNA methylation

By |May 30th, 2017|Research Highlights|

Epigenetics Allison A. Appleton*, Brian P. Jackson, Margaret Karagas, and Carmen J. Marsit ABSTRACT Epigenetic alterations related to prenatal neurotoxic metals exposure may be key in understanding the origins of cognitive and neurobehavioral problems in children. Placental glucocorticoid receptor (NR3C1) methylation has been linked to neurobehavioral risk in early life, but has not been examined [...]

Aging Faces in Aging Cities

By |May 24th, 2017|News|

May 24, 2017 CSDA Associate Stacy Torres's research on Aging Faces in Aging Cities was discussed on UAlbany news center.

US Immigration Policy and the Case for Family Unity

By |May 16th, 2017|Research Highlights|

Center for Migration Studies Zoya Gubernskaya* and Joanna Dreby* EXECUTIVE SUMMARY As the Trump administration contemplates immigration reform, it is important to better understand what works and what does not in the current system. This paper reviews and critically evaluates the principle of family unity, a hallmark of US immigration policy over the past 50 [...]

Study links cellphone proliferation, more frequent calls to mom by adult children

By |May 12th, 2017|News|

May 11, 2017 A study by CSDA Associate Zoya Gubernskaya on cell phone proliferation and contact with mothers was discussed on

Public Health Professor Creates 30-Second Tool to Assess Adolescent Health Literacy

By |May 5th, 2017|News|

May 8, 2017 A study on adolescent health literacy led by CSDA Associate Jennifer Manganello was discussed on,, and

A Tale of Two Margins: Exploring the Probabilistic Processes that Generate Prison Visits in the First Two Years of Incarceration

By |May 4th, 2017|Research Highlights|

Journal of Quantitative Criminology Audrey Hickert. Sarah Tahamont. and Shawn Bushway* ABSTRACT Objective: The study extends previous literature (Cochran in J Crim Justice 40:433–440, 2012, J Res Crime Delinq 51(2):200–229, 2014) by simultaneously examining two margins: the probability of receiving a visit and the number of visits a prisoner receives conditional on receiving any visits; [...]

Feasting and Building an Urban Society at Cerro Jazmín, Oaxaca, Mexico

By |May 4th, 2017|Research Highlights|

Journal of Field Archaeology Verónica Pérez Rodríguez*, Antonio Martínez Tuñón, Laura R. Stiver Walsh, Gilberto Pérez Roldán, and Fabiola Torres Estévez ABSTRACT Here we present new excavation data from the urban site of Cerro Jazmín, Oaxaca, Mexico. Based on a comparative analysis of ceramic, faunal, botanical, and architectural evidence collected from a prominent city sector [...]