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Yale Child Study Center Gesell Lecture: "Health Disparities: A Psychosocial Perspective"

Description & Learning Objectives

Health disparities by socioeconomic status (SES) have been extensively documented, but less is known about the health implications of achieving upward mobility. This talk will address the mental health and physical health effects of upward mobility, particularly among youth of color. The conditions under which mobility can come at a cost will be discussed. In addition, psychosocial, behavioral, and physiological pathways from upward mobility to health will be described. The learning objectives for this session are to understand:

  1. disparities in health outcomes by race and socioeconomic status
  2. psychosocial pathways related to upward mobility
  3. health behavior and biological mechanisms explaining health disparities

This will be a hybrid session, held live and in person from the Cohen Auditorium and simulcast via Zoom.

Continuing Education Credit

This program has been approved for one Continuing Education Credit Hour by the National Association of Social Workers, CT and meets the continuing education criteria for Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapist, Professional Counselor, and Licensed Psychologist Licensure renewal. Additional information will be provided at the live event.


  • Northwestern University Department of Psychology

    Edith Chen, PhD
    John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor



Host Organization




Grand Rounds
Oct 20233Tuesday