Farah Qureshi, ScD, MHS '10, is a social epidemiologist who studies the early life origins of cardiovascular health disparities.
Social epidemiology; cardiovascular epidemiology; mental health; life course; positive youth development
Experiences & Accomplishments
Dr. Qureshi is a social epidemiologist studying the interplay between young people's social environments, mental health, and chronic disease risk. Her research uses positive youth development theory to explore the extent to which early psychosocial assets (e.g., psychological well-being, positive family relationships, and social capital) help adolescents (1) establish positive mental and physical health trajectories through the transition to adulthood, and (2) mitigate social disparities in stress-related chronic diseases across the life course. Her areas of expertise include cardiovascular epidemiology, psychiatric epidemiology, life course models of health and disease, longitudinal data analysis, and advanced epidemiologic methods. Dr. Qureshi has conducted research in numerous longitudinal cohorts, including the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, the Coronary Artery Risk in Young Adults Study, the Nurses’ Health Study, Project Viva, the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, the Generation R Study, and the 1958 British Birth Cohort.
Honors & Awards
2020-2022 – Loan Repayment Program Recipient in Health Disparities, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
2020 – Telomere Research Network Pilot Award, Tulane University
2020 – Young Investigator Colloquium Program, American Psychosomatic Society
2017 – Dissertation Award Recipient, Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
2017 – Rose Travelling Fellowship, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
2016-2017 – Julius B. Richmond Fellowship, Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University
Selected list of peer-reviewed publications
Qureshi F, Guimond AJ, Tsao E, Delaney S, Boehm JK, Kubzansky LD. Adolescent psychological assets and cardiometabolic health maintenance in adulthood: Implications for health equity. Journal of the American Heart Association. 2023; 12: e026173. DOI: 10.1161/JAHA.122.026173
Boehm JK, Qureshi F, Kubzansky LD. Psychological well-being in childhood and cardiometabolic risk in middle adulthood: Findings from the 1958 British Birth Cohort. Psychological Science. 2022; 33(8): 1199-1211. DOI: 10.1177/09567976221075608.
Qureshi F, Derks IPM, Williams MA, Koenen KC, Tiemeier H, Kubzansky LD. Adverse intergenerational effects of ethnically divisive social contexts on children’s mental health in The Netherlands. Social Science and Medicine. 2021; 277: 113932. DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2021.113932.
Qureshi F, Derks IPM, Williams MA, Koenen KC, Tiemeier H, Kubzansky LD. Mental health in early childhood and changes in cardiometabolic dysregulation by preadolescence. Psychosomatic Medicine. 2021; 83(3): 256-264. DOI: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000927.
Qureshi F, Koenen, KC, Tiemeier H, Williams MA, Misra S, Kubzansky LD. Childhood assets and cardiometabolic health in adolescence. Pediatrics. 2018; 143(3): e20182004. DOI: 10.1542/peds.2018-2004.