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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; 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]
    2. Belsky, DW; Snyder-Mackler, N. "Invited Commentary: Integrating Genomics and Social Epidemiology-Analysis of Late-Life Low Socioeconomic Status and the Conserved Transcriptional Response to Adversity.." American Journal of Epidemiology 186.5 (September, 2017): 510-513. [doi]  [abs]
    3. Belsky, DW; Caspi, A; Cohen, HJ; Kraus, WE; Ramrakha, S; Poulton, R; Moffitt, TE. "Impact of early personal-history characteristics on the Pace of Aging: implications for clinical trials of therapies to slow aging and extend healthspan.." Aging Cell 16.4 (August, 2017): 644-651. [doi]  [abs]
    4. Domingue, BW; Belsky, DW; Harrati, A; Conley, D; Weir, DR; Boardman, JD. "Mortality selection in a genetic sample and implications for association studies." International Journal of Epidemiology 46.4 (August, 2017): 1285-1294. [doi]
    5. Belsky, DW. "Translating Polygenic Analysis for Prevention." Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics 10.3 (June, 2017): e001798-e001798. [doi]


    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