Lisa Fredman, PhD
Adjunct Professor
Boston University School of Public Health

PhD, University of North Carolina
MSPH, University of North Carolina
BA, Swarthmore College

Dr. Fredman has been with BUSPH for over 18 years as a professor and researcher, and is currently the Director of Faculty Development. Dr. Fredman’s research focuses on associations between psychosocial factors and disease, with special attention to elderly populations. She is conducting studies on the effects of chronic stress on psychological, cognitive and physical health outcomes in elderly caregivers and non-caregivers, and on the health effects of positive affect. Examples include a randomized trial of Mindfulness-based stress reduction in caregivers to persons with dementia; Caregiver-SOF, a cohort study of elderly women caregivers and non-caregivers that is ancillary to the Study of Osteoporotic Fractures (SOF); and studies of metabolic syndrome, inflammation, and HPA-axis markers as potential mediators of the association between stress and health outcomes. Her other research is on psychological factors that affect outcomes of hip fracture. Dr. Fredman teaches courses in the epidemiology of aging and epidemiologic methods. Prior to joining BUSPH in 1998, Dr. Fredman spent eight years as a faculty member with the Departments of Family Medicine and Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore.

Director of Faculty Development
Boston University School of Public Health

Framingham Heart Study

Improved measures of caregiving intensity to predict health outcomes
09/15/2015 - 05/31/2020 (PI of Sub-Project / SP)
PI: Michael P. LaValley, PhD
NIH/National Institute on Aging

Health Decline in Aged Caregivers: Epidemiologic Study
09/01/2011 - 06/30/2018 (PI)
NIH/National Institute on Aging

Study of Osteoporotic Fractures
09/01/2012 - 05/31/2017 (Subcontract PI)
Sutter Bay Hospitals dba California Pacific Medical Center NIH NIA

Biological Pathways of Acute and Chronic Stress in Aged Hip Fracture Caregivers
08/01/2008 - 05/31/2016 (PI)
NIH/National Institute on Aging

Health Decline in Aged Caregivers: An Epidemiologic Study
09/30/1999 - 08/31/2011 (PI)
NIH/National Institute on Aging

Caregiver Definition Effects on Sociodemographics and Health
08/01/1999 - 07/31/2000 (PI)
NIH/National Institute on Aging
1 R03 AG17269 01


Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2015 Improved Measures Of Caregiving Intensity To Predict Health Outcomes 1R21AG050428-01 4
2014 Health Decline in Aged Caregivers: Epidemiologic Study 5R01AG018037-14 29
2013 Health Decline in Aged Caregivers: Epidemiologic Study 5R01AG018037-13 29
2012 Biological Pathways of Acute and Chronic Stress in Aged Hip Fracture Caregivers 5R01AG028556-05 7
2012 Health Decline in Aged Caregivers: Epidemiologic Study 5R01AG018037-12 29
2011 Biological Pathways of Acute and Chronic Stress in Aged Hip Fracture Caregivers 5R01AG028556-04 7
2011 Pathways from Stress to Metabolic Syndrome and Health Decline in Aged Caregivers 5R01AG028144-05 14
2011 Health Decline in Aged Caregivers: Epidemiologic Study 2R01AG018037-11A1 29
2010 Biological Pathways of Acute and Chronic Stress in Aged Hip Fracture Caregivers 5R01AG028556-03 7
2010 Pathways from Stress to Metabolic Syndrome and Health Decline in Aged Caregivers 5R01AG028144-04 14
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  1. Smith ML, Heeren TC, Ranker LR, Fredman L. Associations of spousal and non-spousal caregiving with six-year trajectories of depressive symptoms among older women in the Caregiver-Study of Osteoporotic Fractures study. Aging Ment Health. 2022 Aug; 26(8):1533-1540.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34353186
  2. Roseen EJ, Rajendran I, Stein P, Fredman L, Fink HA, LaValley MP, Saper RB. Association of Back Pain with Mortality: a Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Cohort Studies. J Gen Intern Med. 2021 10; 36(10):3148-3158.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33876379; PMCID: PMC8481518; DOI: 10.1007/s11606-021-06732-6;
  3. Berlowitz J, Hall DL, Joyce C, Fredman L, Sherman KJ, Saper RB, Roseen EJ. Changes in Perceived Stress After Yoga, Physical Therapy, and Education Interventions for Chronic Low Back Pain: A Secondary Analysis of a Randomized Controlled Trial. Pain Med. 2020 10 01; 21(10):2529-2537.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32500130; PMCID: PMC7778331; DOI: 10.1093/pm/pnaa150;
  4. Ko D, Kapoor A, Rose AJ, Hanchate AD, Miller D, Winter MR, Palmisano JN, Henault LE, Fredman L, Walkey AJ, Tripodis Y, Karcz A, Hylek EM. Temporal trends in pharmacologic prophylaxis for venous thromboembolism after hip and knee replacement in older adults. Vasc Med. 2020 10; 25(5):450-459.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32516054; DOI: 10.1177/1358863X20927096;
  5. Fonda JR, Gradus JL, Brogly SB, McGlinchey RE, Milberg WP, Fredman L. Traumatic Brain Injury and Opioid Overdose Among Post-9/11 Veterans With Long-Term Opioid Treatment of Chronic Pain. J Head Trauma Rehabil. 2020 May/Jun; 35(3):209-217.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31834063
  6. Smith ML, Heeren TC, Ranker LR, Fredman L. Assessing the Role of Selection Bias in the Protective Relationship Between Caregiving and Mortality. Am J Epidemiol. 2019 11 01; 188(11):1961-1969.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31429867; PMCID: PMC6825828; DOI: 10.1093/aje/kwz173;
  7. Fredman L, Ranker LR, Strunin L, Smith ML, Applebaum KM. Caregiving Intensity and Mortality in Older Women, Accounting for Time-Varying and Lagged Caregiver Status: The Caregiver-Study of Osteoporotic Fractures Study. Gerontologist. 2019 09 17; 59(5):e461-e469.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30649308; PMCID: PMC6857683; DOI: 10.1093/geront/gny135;
  8. Boehmer U, Clark MA, Lord EM, Fredman L. Caregiving Status and Health of Heterosexual, Sexual Minority, and Transgender Adults: Results From Select U.S. Regions in the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System 2015 and 2016. Gerontologist. 2019 07 16; 59(4):760-769.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30215703
  9. Roseen EJ, LaValley MP, Li S, Saper RB, Felson DT, Fredman L. Association of Back Pain with All-Cause and Cause-Specific Mortality Among Older Women: a Cohort Study. J Gen Intern Med. 2019 01; 34(1):90-97.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30350028; PMCID: PMC6318166; DOI: 10.1007/s11606-018-4680-7;
  10. Huang G, Coviello A, LaValley MP, Ensrud KE, Cauley JA, Cawthon PM, Fredman L. Surgical Menopause and Frailty Risk in Community-Dwelling Older Women: Study of Osteoporotic Fractures. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2018 11; 66(11):2172-2177.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30251302; PMCID: PMC6292428; DOI: 10.1111/jgs.15505;
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2011 BUSPH: Excellence in Teaching Award
2009 BUSPH: Excellence in Teaching Award
2003 BUSPH: Excellence in Teaching Award
2000 BUSPH: Fall Course Web Site Award
1986 Delta Omega Award
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healthy aging
positive affect
psychosocial epidemiology
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