Stress and Health Disparities: Merging Laboratory, Clinical, and Population Scientific Approaches

In this initiative, sponsored by the Harvard Catalyst Health Disparities Resarch Program, the community was invited to submit applications for pilot grants to support novel research partnerships with the potential to generate new evidence, methodologies, or tools that will contribute to translational research fostering deeper understanding of the roles of psychosocial stress response in human health and health disparity.

The specific research priority areas represented topics covered during the Stress and Health Disparities Symposium held in October 2013. Sponsored by Harvard Catalyst’s Health Disparities Research Program, the symposium “Stress and Health Disparities: Merging Laboratory, Clinical, and Population Scientific Approaches” brought together leading laboratory and clinical scientists from around the world to dialog with the epidemiological community about how to advance current research approaches towards improved understanding of psychological stress and health outcomes on a population level.

Applications in response to this request for applications (RFA) related to the following research priority areas:

(1) Stress Biology and Disease Pathways

(2) Measuring Stressors, Stress Response, and Resiliency

All Harvard University-appointed junior and senior faculty members were encouraged to apply for this funding opportunity.

Three pilot grants were awarded in amounts of up to $75,000 for each one-year project.

Funding decisions were announced in August 2015.

Sponsoring Program

Community Engagement


Michelle Hacker ScD MPH, Heather Burris MD MPH | Prenatal Stress and Resiliency: Implications for Offspring Epigenetic Programming
Olivia Okereke MD | Psychosocial and Molecular Stress and Disparities in Mental Health and Aging
Janet Rich-Edwards ScD MPH , Jukka-Pekka Onnela, PhD | Digital Phenotyping of Stress and Disordered Eating Among Women with a History of Child Abuse