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Research Expertise and Focus

Examining the interrelationships between mental and physical health over the life course, particularly between depression and chronic conditions associated with aging such as frailty and type 2 diabetes

Professional Highlights


  • Adjunct Faculty Affiliate, Research Center for Group Dynamics, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan
  • Adjunct Faculty, Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics


Education and Training

  • Ph.D, Department of Mental Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore


  • Fellow, Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars Program, University of Michigan School of Public Health, 2007 – 2009

Selected Publications

Agyemang AA, Mezuk B, Perrin P, Rybarczyk B. Quality of depression treatment  in Black Americans with major depression and comorbid medical illness. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2014 Jul-Aug;36(4):431-6. doi: 10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2014.02.011.Epub 2014 Mar 7. PubMed PMID: 24793895; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4141460.

Savage JE, Mezuk B. Psychosocial and contextual determinants of alcohol and drug use disorders in the National Latino and Asian American Study. Drug Alcohol  Depend. 2014 Jun 1;139:71-8. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2014.03.011. Epub 2014 Mar 19. PubMed PMID: 24742864; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4117235.

Brown MJ, Masho SW, Perera RA, Mezuk B, Cohen SA. Sex and sexual orientation disparities in adverse childhood experiences and early age at sexual debut in the United States: results from a nationally representative sample. Child Abuse Negl. 2015 Aug;46:89-102. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2015.02.019. Epub 2015 Mar 21. PubMed PMID: 25804435; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4527947.

Brown MJ, Perera RA, Masho SW, Mezuk B, Cohen SA. Adverse childhood experiences and intimate partner aggression in the US: sex differences and similarities in psychosocial mediation. Soc Sci Med. 2015 Apr;131:48-57. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.02.044. Epub 2015 Mar 2. PubMed PMID: 25753285; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4479130.

Brown MJ, Cohen SA, Mezuk B. Duration of U.S. residence and suicidality among racial/ethnic minority immigrants. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2015 Feb;50(2):257-67. doi: 10.1007/s00127-014-0947-4. Epub 2014 Aug 10. PubMed PMID: 25108531; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4469644.

Sundquist K, Eriksson U, Mezuk B, Ohlsson H. Neighborhood walkability, deprivation and incidence of type 2 diabetes: a population-based study on 512,061 Swedish adults. Health Place. 2015 Jan;31:24-30. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2014.10.011. Epub 2014 Nov 14. PubMed PMID: 25463914; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4305451.

Concha JB, Mezuk B. Neighborhoods and Risk of Diabetes Mellitus: Person and Place or Person in Place? JAMA Intern Med. 2015 Dec 1;175(12):2002. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.6686. PubMed PMID: 26641364.

Concha JB, Mayer SD, Mezuk BR, Avula D. Diabetes Causation Beliefs Among Spanish-Speaking Patients. Diabetes Educ. 2015 Nov 13. pii: 0145721715617535. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26568376.

Lohman MC, Mezuk B, Dumenci L. Depression and frailty: concurrent risks for adverse health outcomes. Aging Ment Health. 2015 Oct 21:1-10. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26488225.

Mezuk B, Li X, Cederin K, Concha J, Kendler KS, Sundquist J, Sundquist K. Ethnic enclaves and risk of psychiatric disorders among first- and second-generation immigrants in Sweden. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2015  Nov;50(11):1713-22. doi: 10.1007/s00127-015-1107-1. Epub 2015 Aug 27. PubMed PMID: 26311534.

Concha JB, Mezuk B, Duran B. Culture-centered approaches: the relevance of assessing emotional health for Latinos with type 2 diabetes. BMJ Open Diabetes Res Care. 2015 Sep 10;3(1):e000064. doi: 10.1136/bmjdrc-2014-000064. eCollection  2015. PubMed PMID: 26380094; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4567659.

Kendler KS, Ohlsson H, Mezuk B, Sundquist K, Sundquist J. A Swedish National Prospective and Co-relative Study of School Achievement at Age 16, and Risk for Schizophrenia, Other Nonaffective Psychosis, and Bipolar Illness. Schizophr Bull. 2015 Jul 31. pii: sbv103. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26231719.

Choi M, O’Connor ML, Mingo CA, Mezuk B. Gender and Racial Disparities in Life-Space Constriction Among Older Adults. Gerontologist. 2015 Jul 16. pii: gnv061. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26185148.

Ratliff S, Mezuk B. Depressive symptoms, psychiatric medication use, and risk  of type 2 diabetes: results from the Health and Retirement Study. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2015 Sep-Oct;37(5):420-6. doi:

Foutz J, Mezuk B. Advanced paternal age and risk of psychotic-like symptoms in adult offspring. Schizophr Res. 2015 Jul;165(2-3):123-7. doi: 10.1016/j.schres.2015.04.014. Epub 2015 May 9. PubMed PMID: 25972109; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4472338.

Mezuk B, Heh V, Prom-Wormley E, Kendler KS, Pedersen NL. Association between major depression and type 2 diabetes in midlife: findings from the Screening Across the Lifespan Twin Study. Psychosom Med. 2015 Jun;77(5):559-66. doi: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000182. PubMed PMID: 25967355; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4459909.

Lohman M, Dumenci L, Mezuk B. Depression and Frailty in Late Life: Evidence for a Common Vulnerability. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2015 Jan 23. pii: gbu180. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25617399.

Choi M, Mezuk B. Aging without driving: Evidence from the health and retirement study, 1993 to 2008. J Appl Gerontol. 2013 Oct;32(7):902-912. PMCID: PMC4029065

Hicken MT, Lee H, Mezuk B, Kershaw KN, Rafferty J, Jackson JS. Racial and ethnic differences in the association between obesity and depression in women. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2013 May;22(5):445-52. PMCID: PMC3666217

Choi M, Mezuk B, Lohman MC, Edwards JD, Rebok GW. Gender and racial disparities in driving cessation among older adults. J Aging Health. 2012 Dec;24(8):1364-79. PMCID: PMC3676683

Mezuk B and Kendler KS. Examining variation in depressive symptoms over the life course: a latent class analysis. Psychol Med. 2012 Oct;42(10):2037-46. PMID: 22361210

Mezuk B, Edwards L, Lohman M, Choi M, Lapane K. Depression and frailty in later life: a synthetic review. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2012 Sep;27(9):879-92. PMCID: PMC3276735

Mezuk B, Lohman M, Dumenci L, Lapane KL. Are depression and frailty overlapping syndromes in mid- and late-life? A latent variable analysis. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2012 May 16. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 22595995

Mezuk B, Bohnert AB, Ratliff S, Zivin K. Job strain, depressive symptoms, and drinking behavior among older adults: results from the health and retirement study. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2011 Jul;66(4):426-34. PMCID: PMC3166196

Mezuk B, Kershaw KN, Hudson D, Lim KA, Ratliff S. Job strain, workplace discrimination, and hypertension among older workers: The Health and Retirement Study. Race Soc Probl. 2011 Mar;3(1):38-50. PMCID:  PMC3215400

Parsons PL, Mezuk B, Ratliff S, Lapane KL. Subsidized housing not subsidized health: health status and fatigue among elders in public housing and other community settings. Ethn Dis. 2011 Winter;21(1):85-90. PMCID:  PMC3111957

Scott T, Matsuyama R, Mezuk B. The relationship between treatment settings and diagnostic attributions of depression among African Americans.  Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2011 Jan–Feb; 33(1): 66-74. PMCID: PMC3073627

Mezuk B, Rafferty JA, Kershaw KN, Hudson D, Abdou CM, Lee H, Eaton WE, Jackson JS.  Reconsidering the role of social disadvantage in physical and mental health: stressful life events, health behaviors, race and depression. Am J Epidemiol. 2010 Dec 1;172(11):1238-49. PMCID: PMC3025628

Mezuk B, Roux AV, Seeman T. Evaluating the buffering vs. direct effects hypotheses of emotional social support on inflammatory markers: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. Brain Behav Immun. 2010 November; 24(8): 1294–1300. PMCID: PMC2949452

Mezuk B, Eaton WW, Albrecht S, Golden SH. Depression and type 2 diabetes over the lifespan: a meta-analysis. Diabetes Care. 2008 Dec;31(12):2383-90. PMID: 19033418