Dr. Steve Cohen has been featured in an APHA podcast regarding immunizations in the aging population. The podcast is available at




GREMAP doctoral student Natalie Bareis has helped author a paper published in Molecular Psychiatry. The paper, "Depression, anxiety and telomere length in young adults: evidence from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey" is available on the Nature website.



GREMAP group at bowling alley

In the spirit of "The Dude," GREMAP goes bowling to kick off the Fall 2014 semester!

lohman grad

Congratulations to Matthew Lohman, MHS, PhD on his graduation from the VCU PhD in Epidemiology Program! Dr. Lohman has accepted a postdoctoral fellowship with the Weill Cornell Medical College, Institute of Geriatric Psychiatry.

Julia Foutz, Lauren Kelley, and Kristen Rice graduated with their Masters of Public Health from VCU's Department of Family Medicine and Population Health, Division of Epidemiology. Julia and Lauren have accepted positions within the Division of Epidemiology. Kristen has accepted a position as Research Consultant with The Lewin Group's Center on Aging and Disability. Congratulations graduates!

Elderly suicide prevention: Focus on housing transition

By Bruce Jancin, Clinical Psychiatry News Digital Network

ORLANDO- Transition to an assisted-living facility or nursing home is a period of high risk for suicide among the elderly- as well as an opportunity for preventive intervention. That was the key message of a study, which earned its presenter, Briana Mezuk, Ph.D., the Best Early Investigator Award for the top research study presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry.

Click here to read the full article.


The Clayton awards honor the memory of the founder of advanced degree education at Virginia Commonwealth University by recognizing and tangibly rewarding student achievement. Awards are made to students in Master's and Ph.D. Programs. Congratulations Monique and Kristen!

The American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry congratulated their 2014 award winners with a release published online April 3rd, 2014. Dr. Mezuk was featured for winning the Barry Lebowitz Early Career Scientist Award at the AAGP Annual Meeting in March. Click here to read the article.

Congratulations, Dr. Mezuk!



Dr. Mezuk, along with Dr. Kiarri Kershaw of Northwestern University, were featured in Men's Health Magazine. The article, written by Laura Beil, discusses the association between "negative relationships" and belly fat accumulation. Click here to read the full article.