Belinda L. Needham, Ph.D., M.A.

Belinda Needham

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology

2649A SPH Tower      Vcard icon
1415 Washington Heights
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2029

Office: 734-615-9228; Fax: 734-764-3192


Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Professional Summary

Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2014 - present)

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2012 - 2014)

Adjunct Professor, Korea University, Seoul, Korea (Summer 2011)

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Alabama at Birmingham (2008-2012)

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar, University of California, San Francisco and Berkeley (2006- 2008)

Courses Taught

EPID514: Social Epidemiology


Ph.D., Sociology, The University of Texas at Austin, 2006
M.A., Sociology, The University of Texas at Austin, 2002
B.S., Sociology, Texas A&M University, Cum Laude, 1999

Research Interests & Projects

My research focuses on health disparities. In general, members of socially disadvantaged groups have worse mental and physical health than those who have higher social status. My work seeks to identify, explain, and reduce gender, socioeconomic, racial/ethnic, and sexual orientation health disparities. My primary research goals are: (1) To use novel approaches to assess health disparities across the life course, (2) To identify the social structural, psychological, behavioral, and physiological mechanisms by which social disadvantage leads to health disparities, and (3) To develop and test interventions to reduce the effect of social disadvantage on morbidity and mortality.

Selected Publications

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Hill, Terrence D. and Belinda L. Needham (2013). Rethinking Gender and Mental Health: A Critical Analysis of Three Propositions Social Science and Medicine, 83-91.

Needham, Belinda L., Nancy Adler, Steven Gregorich, David Rehkopf, Jue Lin, Elizabeth Blackburn, and Elissa Epel (2013). Socioeconomic Status, Health Behavior, and Leukocyte Telomere Length in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1999-2002 Social Science & Medicine

Needham, B.L., Fernandez, J., Epel.E., Lin, J., Blackburn, E. (2012). Socioeconomic Status and Cell Aging in Children Social Science and Medicine, 74(12), 1948-1951.

Needham, B.L. (2012). Sexual Attraction and Health-Related Trajectories during the Transition from Adolescence to Adulthood Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 41(2), 179-190.

Burdette, A., Needham, B.L. (2012). Neighborhood Environment and BMI Trajectories from Adolescence to Adulthood. Journal of Adolescent Health, 50(1), 30-37.

Needham, B.L. (2010). Gender Differences in Mental and Physical Health: Are They Related? Social Science and Medicine, 171(8), 1472-1479.

Needham, B.L. (2010). Sexual Orientation, Parental Support, and Health. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 39(10), 1189-1198.

Professional Affiliations

- American Sociological Association
- Population Association of America
- Society for Epidemiologic Research