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:

  • Associate Chair of Epidemiology, Epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health


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

Classes Taught

  • SPHEP713
  • SPHEP740
  • SPHEP817


  • 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 12/1/2012

    Edwards EM, Stuver SO, Heeren TC, Fredman L. Job strain and incident metabolic syndrome over 5 years of follow-up: the coronary artery risk development in young adults study. J Occup Environ Med. 2012 Dec; 54(12):1447-52.

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  • Published on 10/1/2012

    Byers AL, Vittinghoff E, Lui LY, Hoang T, Blazer DG, Covinsky KE, Ensrud KE, Cauley JA, Hillier TA, Fredman L, Yaffe K. Twenty-year depressive trajectories among older women. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2012 Oct; 69(10):1073-9.

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  • Published on 9/1/2012

    White DK, Keysor JJ, Neogi T, Felson DT, LaValley M, Gross KD, Niu J, Nevitt M, Lewis CE, Torner J, Fredman L. When it hurts, a positive attitude may help: association of positive affect with daily walking in knee osteoarthritis. Results from a multicenter longitudinal cohort study. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2012 Sep; 64(9):1312-9.

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  • Published on 8/21/2012

    Reeves KW, Bacon K, Fredman L. Caregiving associated with selected cancer risk behaviors and screening utilization among women: cross-sectional results of the 2009 BRFSS. BMC Public Health. 2012; 12:685.

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  • Published on 6/2/2012

    Reeves KW, McLaughlin V, Fredman L, Ensrud K, Cauley JA. Components of metabolic syndrome and risk of breast cancer by prognostic features in the study of osteoporotic fractures cohort. Cancer Causes Control. 2012 Aug; 23(8):1241-51.

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  • Published on 10/14/2011

    Ellis T, Cavanaugh JT, Earhart GM, Ford MP, Foreman KB, Fredman L, Boudreau JK, Dibble LE. Factors associated with exercise behavior in people with Parkinson disease. Phys Ther. 2011 Dec; 91(12):1838-48.

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  • Published on 9/20/2011

    Bertrand RM, Saczynski JS, Mezzacappa C, Hulse M, Ensrud K, Fredman L. Caregiving and cognitive function in older women: evidence for the healthy caregiver hypothesis. J Aging Health. 2012 Feb; 24(1):48-66.

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  • Published on 8/30/2011

    Ross C, Ancoli-Israel S, Redline S, Stone K, Fredman L. Association between insomnia symptoms and weight change in older women: caregiver--study of osteoporotic fractures study. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2011 Sep; 59(9):1697-704.

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  • Published on 6/28/2011

    Boynton-Jarrett R, Rich-Edwards J, Fredman L, Hibert EL, Michels KB, Forman MR, Wright RJ. Gestational weight gain and daughter's age at menarche. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2011 Aug; 20(8):1193-200.

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