Lisa Fredman, PhD

Professor, Epidemiology
Lisa Fredman
Talbot – T330E
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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, 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
  • Swarthmore College, BA
  • University of North Carolina, MSPH

Classes Taught

  • SPHEP817
  • SPHEP817


  • Published on 1/26/2016

    Ashburner JM, Go AS, Chang Y, Fang MC, Fredman L, Applebaum KM, Singer DE. Effect of Diabetes and Glycemic Control on Ischemic Stroke Risk in AF Patients: ATRIA Study. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2016 Jan 26; 67(3):239-47.

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  • Published on 4/15/2015

    Fredman L, Lyons JG, Cauley JA, Hochberg M, Applebaum KM. The Relationship Between Caregiving and Mortality After Accounting for Time-Varying Caregiver Status and Addressing the Healthy Caregiver Hypothesis. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2015 Sep; 70(9):1163-8.

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  • Published on 3/20/2015

    Lyons JG, Cauley JA, Fredman L. The Effect of Transitions in Caregiving Status and Intensity on Perceived Stress Among 992 Female Caregivers and Noncaregivers. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2015 Aug; 70(8):1018-23.

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  • Published on 3/20/2015

    Gardiner P, Sadikova E, Filippelli AC, Mitchell S, White LF, Saper R, Kaptchuk TJ, Jack BW, Fredman L. Stress Management and Relaxation Techniques use among underserved inpatients in an inner city hospital. Complement Ther Med. 2015 Jun; 23(3):405-12.

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  • Published on 2/18/2015

    Roth DL, Fredman L, Haley WE. Informal caregiving and its impact on health: a reappraisal from population-based studies. Gerontologist. 2015 Apr; 55(2):309-19.

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  • Published on 2/9/2015

    Bacon KL, Heeren T, Keysor JJ, Stuver SO, Cauley JA, Fredman L. Longitudinal and Reciprocal Relationships Between Depression and Disability in Older Women Caregivers and Noncaregivers. Gerontologist. 2015 Feb 9.

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  • Published on 11/4/2014

    Lyons JG, Heeren T, Stuver SO, Fredman L. Assessing the agreement between 3-meter and 6-meter walk tests in 136 community-dwelling older adults. J Aging Health. 2015 Jun; 27(4):594-605.

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  • Published on 10/12/2014

    Ashburner JM, Go AS, Reynolds K, Chang Y, Fang MC, Fredman L, Applebaum KM, Singer DE. Comparison of Frequency and Outcome of Major Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation on Versus Not Receiving Warfarin Therapy (from the ATRIA and ATRIA-CVRN Cohorts). Am J Cardiol. 2015 Jan 1; 115(1):40-6.

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  • Published on 12/1/2013

    Gordon SA, Fredman L, Orwig DL, Alley DE. Comparison of methods to measure height in older adults. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2013 Dec; 61(12):2244-6.

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  • Published on 5/15/2013

    Fredman L, Gordon SA, Heeren T, Stuver SO. Positive affect is associated with fewer sleep problems in older caregivers but not noncaregivers. Gerontologist. 2014 Aug; 54(4):559-69.

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