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Assistant Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Other Affiliations: Public Health Science
Campus: UMD | Building: School of Public Health | Room: 2234DD
Phone: (301) 405-6589 |
CV / Resume
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Natalie Slopen joined the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Maryland College Park in the fall of 2014. Dr. Slopen’s research focuses on social influences on health, health disparities, and psychological and biological mechanisms through which childhood experiences are embedded to increase risk for later chronic diseases. The overarching goal of her research is to identify processes and conditions that can be targeted by interventions in order to reduce health disparities and promote health over the life course. Dr. Slopen completed her Doctorate of Science in Social Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, and her postdoctoral fellowship training at the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University.


Undergraduate Course:

EPIB 301: Epidemiology for Public Health Practice (Syllabus)

Graduate Course:

EPIB 622: Social Determinants of Health (Syllabus)

EPIB 623: Epidemiologic Methods for Health Disparities Research


Slopen, N., Loucks, E., Appleton, A., Kawachi, I., Kubzansky, L., Non, A., Buka, S., Gilman, S. E. Early origins of inflammation: an examination of prenatal and childhood social adversity in a prospective cohort study. Psychoneuroendocrinology (in press).

Slopen, N., Non, A., Williams, D. R., Roberts, A. L., Albert, M. A. (2014) Childhood adversity, adult neighborhood context, and cumulative biological risk for chronic diseases in adulthood. Psychosomatic Medicine (in press).

Slopen, N., McLaughlin, K. A., Shonkoff, J. P. (2013) Interventions to improve cortisol regulation in children: A systematic review. Pediatrics, 133(2): 312-26.

Slopen, N., Kubzansky, L. D., Koenen, K. C. (2013) Internalizing and externalizing symptoms predict elevated inflammatory markers in childhood. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 38(12): 2854-62.

Slopen, N., Goodman, E., Koenen, K. C., Kubzansky, L. D. (2013) Neglected pathways between socioeconomic and social stressors in childhood and cardiometabolic risk: A systematic review. Plos One, 8(7): e64418. 

Slopen, N., Kubzansky, L. D., McLaughlin, K. A., Koenen, K. C. (2012) Childhood Adversity and Inflammatory Processes in Youth: A Prospective Study. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 38(2): 188-200.

Slopen, N., McLaughlin, K. A., Fox, N. A., Zeanah, C. H., Nelson, C. A. (2012) Alterations in neural processing of facial emotions and psychopathology in children exposed to institutional rearing. Archives of General Psychiatry, 69(10): 1022-1030.

Slopen, N., Koenen, K. K., Kubzansky, L.D. (2011). Childhood adversity and inflammatory and immune biomarkers associated with cardiovascular risk in youth: a systematic review. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 26: 239-250.

Slopen, N., Williams, D. R., Fitzmaurice, G., Gilman, S. E. (2011). Sex, stressful life events, and adult onset depression and alcohol dependence: are men and women equally vulnerable? Social Science & Medicine, 73: 615-622

Slopen, N., Lewis, T. T., Gruenewald, T. L., Mujahid, M. S., Ryff, C. A., Albert, M. A., Williams, D. R. (2010). Early life adversity and inflammation in African Americans and Whites in the Midlife in the United States Survey. Psychosomatic Medicine, 72(7): 694-701.

Slopen, N., Fitzmaurice, G., Williams, D. R., Gilman, S.E. (2010) Poverty, food insecurity and the risk for childhood internalizing and externalizing disorders. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 49(5), 444-452.