Lisa Fredman, PhD

Professor, Epidemiology
Lisa Fredman


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.

Other Positions

  • Director of Faculty Development, Boston University School of Public Health


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

Classes Taught

  • SPHEP740
  • SPHEP817


  • Published on 1/24/2018

    Boehmer U, Clark MA, Heeren TC, Showalter EA, Fredman L. Differences in Caregiving Outcomes and Experiences by Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. LGBT Health. 2018 Feb/Mar; 5(2):112-120. PMID: 29364755.

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  • Published on 12/15/2017

    Song Y, Harrison SL, Martin JL, Alessi CA, Ancoli-Israel S, Stone KL, Fredman L. Changes in Caregiving Status and Intensity and Sleep Characteristics Among High and Low Stressed Older Women. J Clin Sleep Med. 2017 Dec 15; 13(12):1403-1410. PMID: 29065957.

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  • Published on 7/15/2017

    Fonda JR, Fredman L, Brogly SB, McGlinchey RE, Milberg WP, Gradus JL. Traumatic Brain Injury and Attempted Suicide Among Veterans of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Am J Epidemiol. 2017 Jul 15; 186(2):220-226. PMID: 28472407.

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  • Published on 7/10/2017

    Cawthon PM, Patel S, Ewing SK, Lui LY, Cauley JA, Lyons JG, Fredman L, Kado DM, Hoffman AR, Lane NE, Ensrud KE, Cummings SR, Orwoll ES. Bone Loss at the Hip and Subsequent Mortality in Older Men: The Osteoporotic Fractures in Men (MrOS) Study. JBMR Plus. 2017 Aug; 1(1):31-35. PMID: 29124252.

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  • Published on 12/13/2016

    Gardiner P, Lestoquoy AS, Gergen-Barnett K, Penti B, White LF, Saper R, Fredman L, Stillman S, Lily Negash N, Adelstein P, Brackup I, Farrell-Riley C, Kabbara K, Laird L, Mitchell S, Bickmore T, Shamekhi A, Liebschutz JM. Design of the integrative medical group visits randomized control trial for underserved patients with chronic pain and depression. Contemp Clin Trials. 2017 Mar; 54:25-35. PMID: 27979754.

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  • Published on 11/22/2016

    Lyons JG, Ensrud KE, Schousboe JT, McCulloch CE, Taylor BC, Heeren TC, Stuver SO, Fredman L. Slow Gait Speed and Risk of Long-Term Nursing Home Residence in Older Women, Adjusting for Competing Risk of Mortality: Results from the Study of Osteoporotic Fractures. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016 Dec; 64(12):2522-2527. PMID: 27874194.

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  • Published on 11/12/2016

    Ashburner JM, Go AS, Chang Y, Fang MC, Fredman L, Applebaum KM, Singer DE. Influence of Competing Risks on Estimating the Expected Benefit of Warfarin in Individuals with Atrial Fibrillation Not Currently Taking Anticoagulants: The Anticoagulation and Risk Factors in Atrial Fibrillation Study. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017 Jan; 65(1):35-41. PMID: 27861698.

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  • Published on 11/7/2016

    Ensrud KE, Harrison SL, Cauley JA, Langsetmo L, Schousboe JT, Kado DM, Gourlay ML, Lyons JG, Fredman L, Napoli N, Crandall CJ, Lewis CE, Orwoll ES, Stefanick ML, Cawthon PM. Impact of Competing Risk of Mortality on Association of Weight Loss With Risk of Central Body Fractures in Older Men: A Prospective Cohort Study. J Bone Miner Res. 2017 Mar; 32(3):624-632. PMID: 27739103.

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  • Published on 8/6/2016

    Fredman L. Interconnections Between My Research and Experience as a Caregiver: Impacts on Empirical and Personal Perspectives. Gerontologist. 2017 Feb; 57(1):40-45. PMID: 27497449.

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  • Published on 4/15/2016

    Barbour KE, Lui LY, McCulloch CE, Ensrud KE, Cawthon PM, Yaffe K, Barnes DE, Fredman L, Newman AB, Cummings SR, Cauley JA. Trajectories of Lower Extremity Physical Performance: Effects on Fractures and Mortality in Older Women. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2016 Dec; 71(12):1609-1615. PMID: 27084313.

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