Laura Kubzansky

Dr. Kubzansky was a panelist for the Forum’s discussion on Managing Stress.

Laura Kubzansky, Ph.D., M.P.H. is Associate Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Society and Health Psychophysiology Laboratory at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Kubzansky received her Ph.D. (social psychology) from the University of Michigan, and completed a two year postdoctoral fellowship in social epidemiology as well as a M.P.H. at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Kubzansky 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. Widely recognized for her work demonstrating that emotions play an important role in the development of a number of disease outcomes including cardiovascular disease, lung function decline, and cancer, she is a frequent speaker on the topic. She also conducts research on whether stress, emotion and other psychological factors may help to explain the relationship between social status and health. Other research projects and interests include studying the biological mechanisms linking emotions, social relationships, and health; relationships between early childhood environments, resilience, and healthy aging; how interactions between stress and environmental exposures (e.g., lead, air pollution) may influence health; pathways by which education and cognitive performance may influence adult mental and physical health outcomes over the life course. She has served as a member of the External Advisory Board for the Harvard Center for Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research and as a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Behavioral Medicine. She is currently a member of the Division 38 Research Committee with the American Psychological Association for research on health disparities in Health Psychology, Senior Advisor to the Steering Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson funded Positive Physical Health Agenda Setting Project, and a member of the Department of Health and Human Services/Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Healthy People 2020 Health-Related Quality of Life and Well-Being Workgroup. She is PI or co-investigator on a wide variety of grants funded through the Veterans Administration, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, EPA, NIH and others.