October 9, 2012 | Research Brief
Dr. Jennifer Dowd publishes in Social Science and Medicine: Neighborhood-level stressors, social support, and diurnal patterns of cortisol: the Chicago Community Adult
Health Study. The authors found that residents of neighborhoods with higher stress and lower social support had blunted levels of the stress hormone cortisol, suggesting that low rather than high cortisol patterns may be one biological link between disadvantage and poor health. Dr. Dowd is an Associate Professor at CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College.
Link to News Article or Research Study (abstract or article): http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22698925