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Agus Surachman, PhD, MS

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Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Drexel FIRST Program
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PhD, Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University
MS, Human Development and Family Studies, Purdue University Northwest
BS, Family and Consumer Sciences, Bogor Agricultural University


Agus Surachman, PhD, MS, is an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics with a secondary appointment in Nursing at Drexel's College of Nursing and Health Professions. Surachman joined the Dornsife School of Public Health as part of the Drexel FIRST (Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation) program.

Surachman is a developmental and health disparities scholar trained at Penn State’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies. He was a predoctoral fellow in the T32 Pathways training program, focusing on identifying psychosocial determinants and biological pathways that underlie healthy and unhealthy aging. He completed postdoctoral training at the UCSF's Aging, Metabolism, and Emotion (AME) Center to further his research on the biopsychosocial aspect of aging. His research program examines how social factors create disparities in health through complex biopsychosocial mechanisms.

Surachman is mainly interested in understanding the intersectionality between life course socioeconomic status (SES) and race as critical social factors that differentiate access to gain and accumulate resources that promote health and avoid diseases. In addition, his research examines the impact of social stratifications on psychological factors implicated in health disparities through the lens of the daily stress process or minor day-to-day challenges. One major pathway that links the daily stress process to disease is accelerated aging, an important biological marker for multiple chronic diseases for which there are known SES and racial disparities. He examines accelerated aging through multiple physiological pathways, including gene expression and epigenetic modification, inflammation, metabolic syndrome, and accelerated renal aging.

Research Interests

  • Aging
  • Biopsychosocial Factors of Health
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Health Disparities
  • Life Course
  • Racial Health Inequalities
  • Renal Disease
  • Socioeconomic Status
  • Stress


Surachman, A., Wardecker, B., Chow, S-M., & Almeida, D. (2019). Life course socioeconomic status, daily stressors, and daily well-being: Examining chain of risk models. The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 74(1), 126-135.

Surachman, A., Rice, C., Bray, B., Gruenewald, T., & Almeida, D. (2020). Association between socioeconomic status mobility and inflammation markers among White and Black adults in the United States: A latent class analysis. Psychosomatic Medicine, 82(2), 224-233.

Surachman, A., Daw, J., Bray, B., Alexander, L., Coe, C., & Almeida, D. M. (2020). Childhood socioeconomic status, comorbidity of chronic kidney disease risk factors, and kidney function among adults in the Midlife in the United States (MIDUS) Study. BMC Nephrology, 21, 188.

Surachman, A., Jenkins, A., Santos, A., Almeida, D. M. (2021). Socioeconomic status trajectories across the life course, daily discrimination, and inflammation among Black and white adults. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 127, 105193.

Surachman, A., Santos, A. R., Daw, J. K., Alexander, L. M., Coe, C. L., Almeida, D. M. (2021). Life course pathways from parental education to age-related decrements in kidney function among Black and white American adults. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 131, 105291.

See Dr. Surachman's complete list of publications on Google Scholar