Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars Program was designed to build the field of population health by training scholars to investigate the connections among biological, behavioral, environmental, economic, and social determinants of health; and develop, evaluate, and disseminate knowledge and interventions based upon integration of these determinants.This award provides Margaret Sheridan, Ph.D., a third year of support as a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar (HSS) at her current site, Harvard University. Up to three third-year support awards are available for HSS to allow scholars who are making a major change in direction from their previous discipline and work, or scholars whose research requires longer time periods to complete, such as original primary data collection or community-based participatory research, an additional year to gain sufficient training and experience to pursue their new career trajectory with success. Dr. Sheridan was selected by the HSS National Advisory Committee for third-year support because her research investigating the relationships between environmental conditions associated with socioeconomic status and neural outcomes requires additional time for collecting primary data. Dr. Sheridan's interdisciplinary work combines the methods of psychophysiology, functional magnetic resonance imaging, and geo-coding of participants in their neighborhoods. Collecting this data required the learning of new skills, setting up several collaborations, and is time-consuming. Over this third year, the Harvard site will provide in-kind resources to cover Dr. Sheridan's benefits, mentoring, administrative support, office space and travel costs to the annual meeting.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $56,000.00

Awarded on: 7/1/2009

Time frame: 9/1/2009 - 8/31/2010

Grant Number: 66087


Harvard University T. H. Chan School of Public Health

677 Huntington Avenue
Boston, 02115-6028


Lisa F. Berkman
Project Director


Ichiro Kawachi
Project Director