Selected recent publications (also see here)


Mezuk B., Kelly K., Bennion E., Concha J. (2023). Leveraging a genetically-informative study design to explore depression as a risk factor for type 2 diabetes: Rationale and participant characteristics of the Mood and Immune Regulation in Twins Study. doi: 10.3389/fcdhc.2023.1026402

Johns L., Zhong C., Mezuk B. (2023). Understanding Suicide over the Life Course Using Data Science Tools within a Triangulation Framework. Journal of Psychiatry and Brain Science. doi: 10.20900/jpbs.20230003


Kahsay E., Mezuk B. (2022). The Association between John Henryism and Depression and Suicidal Ideation Among African-American and Caribbean Black Adolescents in the United States. Journal of Adolescent Health. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2022.07.006

Qin W., Clarke P., Ehrlich J. (2022). Self-Reported Visual Difficulty and Daily Activity Limitations: The Moderating Role of Neighborhood Characteristics. The Gerontologist. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnac143

Mezuk B., Dang L., Jurgens D., Smith J. (2022) Work expectations, depressive symptoms, and passive suicidal ideation among older adults: Evidence from the Health and Retirement Study. The Gerontologist. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnac110

Dang L., Ananthasubramaniam A., Mezuk B. (2022) Spotlight on the Challenges of Depression following Retirement and Opportunities for Interventions. Clinical Interventions in Aging. doi:10.2147/CIA.S336301

Mezuk B., Maust D., Zivin K. (2022). A Response to the President’s Call to Support Public Mental Health. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2022.05.009

Dong L., Mezuk B., Lisabeth L.D. (2022). Trends in Prevalence of Serious Psychological Distress and Depression Among Adults with Stroke in the United States. Journal of Stroke Cerebrovascular Diseases.doi: 10.1016/j.jstrokecerebrovasdis.2021.106235.

Eastman M.R., Kalesnikava V.A., Mezuk B. (2022). Experiences of care coordination among older adults in the United States: Evidence from the Health and Retirement Study. Patient Education and Counseling. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2022.03.015.

Dong L., Mezuk B., Williams L.S., Lisabeth L.D. (2022). Trends in Outpatient Treatment for Depression in Survivors of Stroke in the United States, 2004-2017. Neurology. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000200286.

Mezuk B., Kalesnikava V., Spears E., Kirk K., Rafferty J., Del Toro J. (2022). Self-Regulatory Coping Behaviors and Stress Reactivity: Exploring the Environmental Affordance Model of Health Disparities. Journal of Aging and Health. doi: 10.1177/08982643221085403.

Qin, W. (2022). Health Behavior Changes after a Diabetes Diagnosis: The Moderating Role of Social Support. Behavioral Medicine

Qin, W. (2022). Technology Learning and the Adoption of Telehealth among Community-Dwelling Older Adults During the COVID-19 Outbreak. Journal of Applied Gerontology.

Qin, W. (2022). A diagnosis of diabetes and health behavior maintenance in middle-aged and older adults in the United States: The role of self-efficacy and social support. Preventive Medicine.


Dong L., Mezuk B., Lisabeth L.D. (2021). Trends in Prevalence of Serious Psychological Distress and Depression Among Adults with Stroke in the United States. Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases. 

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

Lohman C. M., Ko T.M., 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: 2010-2015Journal of the American Medical Directors Association.

Fleming J., Nguyen K., Winston J., Allen J.O., Smith J., Thornton W., Mejia Ruiz M.J., 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 Education and Counseling. 

Mezuk B., Del Toro J., Gough Courtney M., Kirk K.F., Zhang X., Spears E.C., Green T., Lee H., Hudson D. (2021). Theory and empiricism: A comment on “Interrogating the environmental affordances model” by Pamplin and colleagues. Social Science & Medicine.

Bergmans R.S., Larson P., Bennion E., Mezuk B., Wozniak M.C., Steiner A.L., Gronlund C.J. (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. Environmental Research.

Ko T.M., Kalesnikava V.A., 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. Frontiers in Public Health.

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. Ethnicity & Disease.

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. The Diabetes Educator.

Bergmans R.S., 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 T.L., 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? Journal of Women’s Health.

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

Mattingly D.T., 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 R.S., Kelly K.M., Mezuk B. (2019). Inflammation as a unique marker of suicide ideation distinct from depression syndrome among U.S. adults. Journal of Affective Disorders.

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

Bergmans R.S., Zivin, K., Mezuk B. (2019). Perceived sleep quality, coping behavior, and associations with major depression among older adults. Journal of Health Psychology.

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. The Gerontologist.

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

Dong L., Freedman V.A., Sánchez B.N., Mendes de Leon C.F. (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 V.A., 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 R.E., 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 treatmentHarm Reduction Journal.

Hagiwara N., Elston Lafata J., Mezuk B., Vrana S.R., Fetters M.D. (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 and Alcohol Dependence. 

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 K.L., JaRose J.G., Mezuk B. (2018) The relationship between body mass index, binge eating disorder, and suicidality. BMC Psychiatry.

Dong L., Sánchez B.N., Skolarus L.E., Morgenstern L.B., Lisabeth L.D. (2018). Ethnic Differences in Prevalence of Post-stroke Depression. Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

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

Griffin S.C., Mezuk B., Williams A.B., Perrin P.B., Rybarczyk B.D. (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 M.J., Concha J.B. (2018) Successfully managing diabetes in a community setting: Evidence from the YMCA of Greater Richmond Diabetes Control Program. The Diabetes Educator.


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

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

Mezuk B., Ratliff S., Concha J.B., Abdou C.M., Rafferty J., Lee H., Jackson J.S. (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 D.C., Jackson J.S. (2016). The relationship between trauma, arrest, and incarceration history among Black Americans: Findings from the National Survey of American Life. Society & Mental Health.

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

Concha J.B. 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 K.S., Pedersen N.L. (2015). Association between major depression and type 2 diabetes in midlife: findings from the Screening Across the Lifespan Twin Study. Psychosomatic Medicine.

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. American Journal of Public Health.

Needham B.L., Mezuk B., Bareis N., Lin J., Blackburn E.H., Epel E.S. (2015). Depression, anxiety and telomere length in young adults: evidence from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Molecular Psychiatry.

Earlier papers:

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

Engeda J.Mezuk B., Ratliff S., Ning Y. (2013). Association between duration and quality of sleep and the risk of pre-diabetes: evidence from NHANES. Diabetic Medicine.

Mezuk B., Gallo J.J. (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 J.A., Abdou C.M., Uzogara E.E., Jackson J.S. (2013). Is ignorance bliss? Depression, antidepressants, and the diagnosis of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. Health Psychology.

Mezuk B. (2011). Depression and type 2 diabetes mellitus: a call to explore the common cause hypothesis. Archives of Internal Medicine.