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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. Online Access 2015. "Physician Communication in Pediatric End-of-Life Care: A Simulation Study." American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine, . 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.

Needham, Belinda L., Catherine Kim, Bhramar Mukherjee, Pramita Bagchi, Frazk Z. Stanczyk, and Alka M. Kanaya. Online Access 2014. "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, . PMCID: PMC4449322. 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.

Needham, Belinda L., Ana Diez Roux, Chloe Bird, Ryan Bradley, Annette Fitzpatrick, David Jacobs, Pamela Ouyang, Teresa Seeman, Rebecca Thurston, Dhananjay Vaidya, and Steven Wang. 2014. "A test of biological and behavioral explanations for gender differences in telomere length: the multi-ethnic study of atherosclerosis." Biodemography and Social Biology, 60(2): 156-173. PMCID: PMC4460606. DOI. Abstract.

Needham, Belinda L., Judith E. Carroll, Ana Diez Roux, Annette L. Fitzpatrick, Kari Moore, and Teresa E. Seeman. 2014. "Neighborhood characteristics and leukocyte telomere length: the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis." Health and Place, 28: 167-172. PMCID: PMC4096814. DOI. Abstract.

Flagg, Lee A., Belinda L. Needham, and Julie L. Locher. 2014. "Neighborhood Disadvantage, Preconception Health Behaviors and Infant Birthweight: A Preliminary Study." International Journal of Contemporary Sociology, 51(1): 7-25. PMCID: PMC4360973. Abstract.

Hill, Terrence D., and Belinda L. Needham. 2013. "Rethinking gender and mental health: a critical analysis of three propositions." Social Science & Medicine, 92: 83-91. DOI. Abstract.

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