Stephen Edward Gilman, Sc.D.


Health Behavior Branch


6710B 3154


Research Topics

Developmental epidemiology of common mental disorders

We investigate the life course epidemiology of common mental disorders (mood, anxiety, and substance use disorders)--disorders that, cumulatively, account for a substantial proportion of the global burden of disease. This work addresses the problem of social inequalities in common mental disorders, and seeks answers to the question, why do social inequalities in common mental disorders emerge early in the life course, persist into adulthood, and become transmitted to the next generation? Research is investigating the mechanisms for the link between disadvantaged childhood environments and the development and subsequent recurrence of mood and substance disorders in childhood and adulthood. Discovering the mechanisms that produce social inequalities in psychopathology is integral to advancing our understanding of the developmental origins of psychiatric disorders.


I call myself a social, developmental, and psychiatric epidemiologist. I earned masters and doctoral degrees in Health and Social Behavior from the Harvard School of Public Health, and received post-doctoral training in behavioral medicine at Brown Medical School. Before joining the intramural research program at NICHD, I served on the faculty of Harvard School of Public Health in the departments of Social & Behavioral Sciences and Epidemiology.

Selected Publications

  1. Gilman SE, Hornig M, Ghassabian A, Hahn J, Cherkerzian S, Albert PS, Buka SL, Goldstein JM. Socioeconomic disadvantage, gestational immune activity, and neurodevelopment in early childhood. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017;114(26):6728-6733.

  2. Gilman SE, Cherkerzian S, Buka SL, Hahn J, Hornig M, Goldstein JM. Prenatal immune programming of the sex-dependent risk for major depression. Transl Psychiatry. 2016;6(5):e822.

  3. Breslau J, Gilman SE, Stein BD, Ruder T, Gmelin T, Miller E. Sex differences in recent first-onset depression in an epidemiological sample of adolescents. Transl Psychiatry. 2017;7(5):e1139.

  4. Chin-Lun Hung G, Hahn J, Alamiri B, Buka SL, Goldstein JM, Laird N, Nelson CA, Smoller JW, Gilman SE. Socioeconomic disadvantage and neural development from infancy through early childhood. Int J Epidemiol. 2015;44(6):1889-99.

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