Selected recent publications (also see here)


Mezuk B., Allen J.O. (2021). Rethinking the Goals of Diabetes Prevention Programs. Diabetes Care.

Lohman C. M., Ko TM, Rapp A, Bennion E, Mezuk B (2021). State Variation in Long-Term Care Availability, Regulation, and Cost and Suicide Mortality Among Older Adults in the United States: 2010-2015. J Am Med Dir Assoc.

Fleming J, Nguyen K, Winston J, Allen JO, Smith J, Thornton W, Mejia Ruiz MJ, Mezuk B (2021). Promoting sustained diabetes management: Identifying challenges and opportunities in developing an alumni peer support component of the YMCA Diabetes Control Program. Patient Educ Couns.

Mezuk B, Del Toro J, Gough Courtney M, Kirk KF, Zhang X, Spears EC, Green T, Lee H, Hudson D (2021). Theory and empiricism: A comment on “Interrogating the environmental affordances model” by Pamplin and colleagues. Soc Sci Med.

Bergmans RS, Larson P, Bennion E, Mezuk B, Wozniak MC, Steiner AL, Gronlund CJ (2021). Short-term exposures to atmospheric evergreen, deciduous, grass, and ragweed aeroallergens and the risk of suicide in Ohio, 2007-2015: Exploring disparities by age, gender, and education level. Environ Res.

Ko TM, Kalesnikava VA, Jurgens D, Mezuk B (2021). A Data Science Approach to Estimating the Frequency of Driving Cessation Associated Suicide in the US: Evidence From the National Violent Death Reporting System. Front Public Health.

Lohman C. M., Ko TM, Rapp A., Bennion E., Mezuk B (2021). State Variation in Long-Term Care Availability, Regulation, and Cost and Suicide Mortality Among Older Adults in the United States: 2010–2015. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association.

Kelly K., Smith J. A., Mezuk B (2021). Depression and interleukin-6 signaling: A Mendelian Randomization Study. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity.


Allen J.O., Watkins D.C., Mezuk B., Chatters, L., Johnson-Lawrence, V. (2020). Mechanisms of Racial Health Disparities: Relationships between Coping and Psychological and Physiological Stress Responses. Ethn Dis.

Allen J.O., Concha J.B., Mejía Ruiz M.J., Rapp A., Montgomery J., Smith J., Wolfson J.A., Thornton W., Mezuk B. (2020). Engaging Underserved Community Members in Diabetes Self-Management: Evidence From the YMCA of Greater Richmond Diabetes Control Program. Diabetes Educ.

Bergmans RS, Rapp K. M., Kelly K. M., Weiss D., Mezuk B (2020). Understanding the relationship between type 2 diabetes and depression: lessons from genetically informative study designsSystematic review or meta-analysis.

Green TL, Son Y.K., Simuzingili M., Mezuk B., Bodas M., Hagiwara N. (2020). Pregnancy-Related Weight and Postpartum Depressive Symptoms: Do the Relationships Differ by Race/Ethnicity? J Womens Health (Larchmt).

Griffin SC, Mezuk, B., Williams, A.B., Perrin, P.B., Rybarczyk, B.D. (2020). Isolation, Not Loneliness or Cynical Hostility, Predicts Cognitive Decline in Older Americans. J Aging Health.

Mattingly, DT, Fleischer, N. L., Colston, D. C., Mezuk, B. (2020). Perceived racial discrimination and polysubstance use among African American and Afro-Caribbean adults: Results from the National Survey of American Life. Journal of ethnicity in substance abuse.

Mezuk B., Tarraf W., Johnson-Lawrence V., Ilardo J., Lightenberg P. A., Jackson J. S. (2020). Analytic Training for Junior Investigators in Minority Aging Research: The Michigan ModelThe Gerontologist.

Mezuk B., Lexima E., Kalesnikava V., A., Fleming J., Montgomery J., Wanderimam T., Winston J., Perrin P. B., Green T., Wheeler D. C. (2020). Stress Reactivity as a Contributor to Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities: Rationale and Baseline Results From the Richmond Stress and Sugar Study . Psychosomatic Medicine.

Tam J., Mezuk B., Zivin K., Meza R. (2020). U.S. Simulation of Lifetime Major Depressive Episode Prevalence and Recall Error. American Journal of Preventive Medicine.


Bergmans RS, Kelly KM, Mezuk B (2019). Inflammation as a unique marker of suicide ideation distinct from depression syndrome among U.S. adults. Journal of Affective Disorders.

Bergmans RS, Zivin K, Mezuk B (2019). Depression, food insecurity and diabetic morbidity: Evidence from the Health and Retirement Study. Journal of Psychosomatic Research.

Bergmans RS, Zivin, K., Mezuk B. (2019). Perceived sleep quality, coping behavior, and associations with major depression among older adults. J Health Psychol.

Currao A and Mezuk B (2019). Association between unintended pregnancy and internalizing disorders among Latina and Asian American mothers. Journal of Affective Disorders

Dang L, Dong L, Mezuk B (2019). Shades of Blue and Gray: A Comparison of the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale and the Composite International Diagnostic Interview for Assessment of Depression Syndrome in Later Life. Gerontologist.

Dong L, Eaton WW, Spira AP, Agnew J, Surkan PJ, Mojtabai R (2019). Job strain and cognitive change: the Baltimore Epidemiologic Catchment Area follow-up study. Occupational & Environmental Medicine.

Dong L, Freedman VA, Sánchez BN, Mendes de Leon CF (2019). Racial and Ethnic Differences in Disability Transitions Among Older Adults in the United States. The Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences.

Dong L, Kalesnikava VA, Gonzalez R, Mezuk B (2019). Beyond Depression: Estimating 12-Months Prevalence of Passive Suicidal Ideation in Mid- and Late-Life in the Health and Retirement Study. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

Gicquelais RE, Mezuk, B., Foxman, B., Thomas, L., Bohnert, A. (2019). Justice involvement patterns, overdose experiences, and naloxone knowledge among men and women in criminal justice diversion addiction treatment. Harm reduction journal.

Hagiwara N, Elston Lafata J, Mezuk B, Vrana SR, Fetters MD (2019). Detecting implicit racial bias in provider communication behaviors to reduce disparities in healthcare: Challenges, solutions, and future directions for provider communication training. Patient Education and Counseling.

Kelly, K.M., Ratliff, S, Mezuk, B. (2019). Allergies, asthma, and psychopathology in a nationally-representative US sample. Journal of Affective Disorders.

Mezuk B., Ohlsson H., Cederin K., Sundquist J., Kendler K.S., Sundquist K. (2019). Immigrant enclaves and risk of drug involvement among asylum-seeking immigrants in Sweden: A quasi-experimental study. Drug Alcohol Depend.

Mezuk, B. (2019). Becoming a Statistic in the Middle of an Epidemic-A Call to Consider Alternate Risk Factors for Early-Onset Colorectal Cancer. JAMA Oncology.

Mezuk B., Ko T. M., Kalesnikava V. A., Jurgens D. (2019). Suicide Among Older Adults Living in or Transitioning to Residential Long-term Care, 2003 to 2015. JAMA Network Open.


Brown KL, JaRose JG, Mezuk B. (2018) The relationship between body mass index, binge eating disorder, and suicidality. BMC Psychiatry.

Dong L, Sánchez BN, Skolarus LE, Morgenstern LB, Lisabeth LD (2018). Ethnic Differences in Prevalence of Post-stroke Depression. Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

Gall S, Phan H, Madsen TE, Reeves M, Rist P, Jimenez M, Lichtman J, Dong L, Lisabeth LD (2018). Focused Update of Sex Differences in Patient Reported Outcome Measures After Stroke. Stroke.

Griffin SC, Mezuk B, Williams AB, Perrin PB, Rybarczyk BD. (2018) Isolation, not loneliness or cynical hostility, predicts cognitive decline in older Americans. Journal of Aging and Health.

Mezuk B, Thornton W, Sealy-Jefferson S, Montgomery J, Smith J, Lexima E, Mejia Ruiz MJ, Concha JB. (2018) Successfully managing diabetes in a community setting: Evidence from the YMCA of Greater Richmond Diabetes Control Program. Diabetes Educator.


Kelly KM and Mezuk B. (2017). Predictors of remission from Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders.

Mezuk B, Concha JB, Perrin P, Green T. (2017). Reconsidering the role of context in diabetes prevention. Ethnicity & Disease.

Mezuk B, Ratliff S, Concha JB, Abdou CM, Rafferty J, Lee H, & Jackson JS. (2017). Stress, self-regulation, and context: Evidence from the health and retirement survey. SSM – Population Health.

Montgomery J., Lu J., Ratliff S., Mezuk B. (2017). Food Insecurity and Depression Among Adults With Diabetes: Results From the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). The Diabetes Educator.


Jaggi L, Mezuk B, Watkins DC, Jackson JS. (2016). The relationship between trauma, arrest, and incarceration history among Black Americans: Findings from the National Survey of American Life. Society & Mental Health.

Brown MJ, Cohen SA, Mezuk B. (2015). Duration of US residence and suicidality among racial/ethnic minority immigrants. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology.

Concha JB and Mezuk B. (2015). Neighborhoods and Risk of Diabetes Mellitus: Person and Place or Person in Place? JAMA Intern Med.

Lohman M., & Mezuk B. (2015). Depression and Frailty in Late Life: Evidence for a Common Vulnerability. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

Lohman M., Mezuk B., & Dumenci L. (2015). Depression and frailty: Concurrent risks for adverse health outcomes. Aging & Mental Health, 1-10.

Mezuk B, Heh V, Prom-Wormley E, Kendler KS, Pedersen NL. (2015). Association between major depression and type 2 diabetes in midlife: findings from the Screening Across the Lifespan Twin Study. Psychosom Med.

Mezuk B., Li X., Cederin K., Concha JB., Kendler KS, Sundquist J., & Sundquist K. (2015). Ethnic enclaves and risk of psychiatric disorders among first- and second-generation immigrants in Sweden. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology.

Mezuk B, Lohman M, Leslie M, Powell V. (2015). Suicide Risk in Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities: 2003-2011. Am J Public Health.

Needham BL, Mezuk B, Bareis N, Lin J, Blackburn EH, Epel ES. (2015). Depression, anxiety and telomere length in young adults: evidence from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Mol Psychiatry.

Earlier papers:

Moscati AMezuk B. (2014). Losing faith and finding religion: Religiosity over the life cource and substance use and abuse. Drug Alcohol Depend.

Engeda JMezuk B, Ratliff S, Ning Y. (2013). Association between duration and quality of sleep and the risk of pre-diabetes: evidence from NHANES. Diabet Med.

Mezuk B, Gallo JJ. (2013). Depression and medical illness in late life: Race, resources, and stress. In Depression in Late Life. Levretsky H, Sajatovic M, Reynolds CF, eds. Oxford University Press: New York, 2013, pp. 270-294.

Mezuk B, Johnson-Lawrence V, Lee H, Rafferty JA, Abdou CM, Uzogara EE, Jackson JS. (2013). Is ignorance bliss? Depression, antidepressants, and the diagnosis of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. Health Psychol.

Mezuk B. (2011). Depression and type 2 diabetes mellitus: a call to explore the common cause hypothesis. Arch Intern Med.