Professor Joan Monin’sresearch examines how emotional processes affect health in older adult relationships by combining survey methods and laboratory experiments to understand the mechanisms (e.g. emotional contagion, cardiovascular reactivity) and moderators (gender, individual differences in attachment) involved in these processes. She is currently studying how exposure to a loved one’s suffering affects the physical and psychological health of older adult caregivers.
The mission of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) is to promote training and research that is focused on:
(1) understanding the psychosocial, behavioral, community, and societal influences on health in the general population, including those who are disadvantaged; and
(2) creating multilevel interventions that eliminate barriers to health, from infancy to old age.
The Department of SBS, which takes an interdisciplinary approach to addressing health problems, is the conceptual successor to Yale School of Medicine’s former Institute of Human Relations, which was founded in 1929.
Due to the longer survival afforded by antiretroviral therapy and high rates of new infections among people over age 50, senior service agencies in Connecticut have more clients than ever living with or at risk for HIV.