The Group for Research on the Epidemiology of Mobility, Aging and Psychiatry (affectionately known as GREMAP) is an interdisciplinary research team based in the Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health at the University of Michigan. Our team is focused on understanding the interrelationships between mental and physical health in later life. As noted by Dr. Tom Insel, the former director of the National Institute of Mental Health: There is no health without mental health.
Depression, anxiety, and feelings of emotional distress are now recognized as important contributors to medical morbidity and disability throughout the life course. Social and contextual factors also impact mental and physical health, and disparities in health, over the lifespan. The goal of GREMAP is to conduct innovative public health research that embodies a transdisciplinary, integrative, multi-level approach to understanding the determinants of mental health over the life course.
A key strength of GREMAP is the interdisciplinary nature of our team. We are housed within the Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health at the University of Michigan. Faculty, fellows and students trained in epidemiology, psychology, community health, and social work all contribute to papers and projects. We also have active collaborations with faculty and students at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research, the Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research, Pine Rest Mental Health Services in Grand Rapids, MI, the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, and the Centre for Primary Health Care Research at Lund University in Malmo, Sweden.