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Daniel W Belsky, Assistant Professor of Population Health Sciences and Affiliate in the Center for Child and Family Policy and Assistant Research Professor of Social Science Research Institute and Faculty Research Scholar of DuPRI's Population Research Center and Senior Fellow in the Center for Study of Aging  

Office Location: 2200 W. Main St., Suite 720A, Durham, NC 27705
Office Phone: (919) 684-6057
Duke Box: 104023
Email Address: daniel.belsky@duke.edu
Web Page: http://sites.duke.edu/danbelsky

Areas of Expertise

    Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2012

    Recent Publications   (More Publications)

    1. Domingue, BW; Belsky, DW; Fletcher, JM; Conley, D; Boardman, JD; Harris, KM. "The social genome of friends and schoolmates in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health.." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of USA 115.4 (January, 2018): 702-707. [doi]  [abs]
    2. Belsky, DW; Huffman, KM; Pieper, CF; Shalev, I; Kraus, WE. "Change in the Rate of Biological Aging in Response to Caloric Restriction: CALERIE Biobank Analysis.." Journals of Gerontology: Series A 73.1 (December, 2017): 4-10. [doi]  [abs]
    3. Hastings, WJ; Shalev, I; Belsky, DW. "Translating measures of biological aging to test effectiveness of geroprotective interventions: What can we learn from research on telomeres?." Frontiers in Genetics 8.NOV (November, 2017). [doi]  [abs]
    4. Schaefer, JD; Scult, MA; Caspi, A; Arseneault, L; Belsky, DW; Hariri, AR; Harrington, H; Houts, R; Ramrakha, S; Poulton, R; Moffitt, TE. "Is low cognitive functioning a predictor or consequence of major depressive disorder? A test in two longitudinal birth cohorts.." Development and Psychopathology (November, 2017): 1-15. [doi]  [abs]
    5. Domingue, BW; Liu, H; Okbay, A; Belsky, DW. "Genetic Heterogeneity in Depressive Symptoms Following the Death of a Spouse: Polygenic Score Analysis of the U.S. Health and Retirement Study.." American Journal of Psychiatry 174.10 (October, 2017): 963-970. [doi]  [abs]


    The goal of Dan’s work is to reduce social inequalities in aging outcomes in the US and elsewhere. Dan's research seeks to understand how genes and environments combine to shape health across the life course. His work uses tools from genome science and longitudinal data from population-based cohort studies. The aim is to identify targets for policy and clinical interventions to promote positive development in early life and extend healthspan.

    Areas of interest: Aging, health disparities, epidemiology, life course, genetics, genomics, gene-environment interaction, health measurement

    After finishing his Ph.D. at the UNC Gillings School of Public Health in 2012, Dan came to Duke for a postdoc at the Center for The Study of Aging and Human Development. Dan joined the faculty at Duke in 2014. He is Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics at the Duke University School of Medicine and Social Science Research Institute. Dan is a Senior Fellow at the Aging Center and a Research Scholar at the Duke Population Research Institute.

    Areas of expertise: Epidemiology and Health Measurement

    Daniel W Belsky