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Belinda L. Needham

Research Affiliate, Population Studies Center.

Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health.

Faculty Affiliate, Center on Biodemography and Population Health, UCLA.

Ph.D., University of Texas - Austin

Dr. Needham's research focuses on health disparities and biosocial interactions. She is particularly interested in identifying the social structural, psychological, behavioral, and physiological mechanisms by which social disadvantage leads to health disparities, and in developing and testing interventions to reduce the effect of social disadvantages.

Recent Publications

Journal Articles

Bateman, Lori Brand, Nancy M. Tofil, Marjorie Lee White, Leon S. Dure, Jeffrey Michael Clair, and Belinda L. Needham. Forthcoming. "Physician Communication in Pediatric End-of-Life Care: A Simulation Study." American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. DOI. Abstract.

Mitro, Susanna D., Linda S. Birnbaum, Belinda L. Needham, and Ami R. Zota. 2016. "Cross-Sectional Associations between Exposure to Persistent Organic Pollutants and Leukocyte Telomere Length among U.S. Adults in NHANES, 2001-2002." Environmental Health Perspectives, 124(5): 651-658. DOI. Abstract.

Joseph, Joshua J., Xu Wang, Elias Spanakis, Teresa Seeman, Gary Wand, Belinda L. Needham, and Sherita Hill Golden. 2015. "Diurnal salivary cortisol, glycemia and insulin resistance: The multi-ethnic study of atherosclerosis." Psychoneuroendocrinology, 62: 327-335. PMCID: PMC4637243. DOI. Abstract.

Catherine, Kim, Kong Shengchun, Ronald M. Krauss, Frank Z. Stanczyk, Srinivasa T. Reddy, Belinda L. Needham, and Alka M. Kanaya. 2015. "Endogenous Sex Steroid Hormones, Lipid Subfractions, and Ectopic Adiposity in Asian Indians." Metabolic Syndrome and Related Disorders, 13(10): 445-452. PMCID: PMC4696444. DOI. Abstract.

Needham, Belinda L., Jennifer Smith, Wei Zhao, Xu Wang, Bhramar Mukherjee, Sharon LR Kardia, Carol A. Shively, Teresa E. Seeman, Yongmei Liu, and Ana Diez Roux. 2015. "Life course socioeconomic status and DNA methylation in genes related to stress reactivity and inflammation: The multi-ethnic study of atherosclerosis." Epigenetics, 10(10): 958-969. DOI. Abstract.

Needham, Belinda L., Catherine Kim, Bhramar Mukherjee, Pramita Bagchi, Frazk Z. Stanczyk, and Alka M. Kanaya. 2015. "Endogenous sex steroid hormones and glucose in a South-Asian population without diabetes: the Metabolic Syndrome and Atherosclerosis in South-Asians Living in America pilot study." Diabetic Medicine, 32(9): 1193-1200. PMCID: PMC4449322. DOI. Abstract.

Needham, Belinda L., David Rehkopf, Nancy Adler, Steven Gregorich, Jue Lin, Elizabeth H. Blackburn, and Elissa S. Epel. 2015. "Leukocyte telomere length and mortality in the national health and nutrition examination survey, 1999-2002." Epidemiology, 26(4): 528-535. DOI. Abstract.

Needham, Belinda L., B. Mezuk, N. Bareis, J. Lin, E.H. Blackburn, and E.S. Epel. 2015. "Depression, anxiety and telomere length in young adults: evidence from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey." Molecular Psychiatry, 20(4): 520-528. PMCID: PMC4346549. DOI. Abstract.

Zota, Ami R., Belinda L. Needham, Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Jue Lin, Sung Kyun Park, David H. Rehkopf, and Elissa S. Epel. 2015. "Associations of Cadmium and Lead Exposure With Leukocyte Telomere Length: Findings From National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1999–2002." American Journal of Epidemiology, 181(2): 127-136. PMCID: PMC4351349. DOI. Abstract.

Leung, Cindy W., Barbara A. Laraia, Belinda L. Needham, David H. Rehkopf, Nancy E. Adler, Jue Lin, Elizabeth H. Blackburn, and Elissa S. Epel. 2014. "Soda and cell aging: associations between sugar-sweetened beverage consumption and leukocyte telomere length in healthy adults from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys." American Journal of Public Health, 104(12): 2425-2431. PMCID: PMC4229419. DOI. Abstract.

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