We all hope for “a healthy mind in a healthy body”, but how do mental and physical health relate to each other and what can research do to promote health and well-being throughout the life course? Answering such questions requires a multi-disciplinary approach that connects physical changes in the functioning of the body to psychological changes in the way people think, feel, and relate to each other. Contextual factors such as culture, social inequality, and institutional systems play a critical role as well. Faculty in the Health and Well-Being area conduct cutting-edge research on topics including the lasting health consequences of childhood poverty, the impact of pubertal timing and sense of purpose on adolescents’ well-being, predictors of resilience in mid-life, the role of social relationships and networks in life-long health, and interactions between health systems and individual patients in managing chronic disease in older adults. An overarching goal is to translate basic research findings into interventions and policies that will benefit individuals and communities.
Karl Pillemer,Director Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research, Hazel E. Reed Professor in the Department of Human Development, Professor of Gerontology in Medicine at the Weill Cornell Medical College