Epidemiology and Biostatistics Seminar Series Presents: Katherine M. Keyes, PhD, MPH Associate Professor Epidemiology Co-Director, Psychiatric Epidemiology Training Program Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
“Depression's got a hold of me: Gender difference and generational trends in alcohol use and mental health among US adolescents and adults”
Available evidence indicates that psychiatric disorders and suicidality are increasing among US adolescents, more so that any generation in recent history. At the same time, substance use among adolescents is declining to historic lows, even at a time when it is increasing among adults. Understanding these diverging patterns of adolescent health are critical to supporting the next generations of Americans. Dr. Keyes will present the evidence for these patterns as well as the predominant theories underlying the etiology of these time-dependent patterns. Katherine M. Keyes is an associate professor of epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Katherine’s research focuses on life course epidemiology with particular attention to alcohol use disorders, including long-term outcomes of adverse childhood environments, and cross-generational cohort effects on alcohol outcomes, drug use, and related psychiatric and chronic health outcomes. Her work has centrally focused on adolescent mental health and substance use, including the epidemiology of adolescent opioid, marijuana, and alcohol use in adolescence across historical time. Katherine is an expert in methodological issues in age-period-cohort effect estimation. She is the author or co-author of over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles, has authored two books on epidemiological methods, and her work is funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the National Institute for Drug Abuse.