Lisa Fredman

Lisa Fredman, PhD

Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology - Boston University School of Public Health


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
  • Investigator - Framingham Heart Study


  • University of North Carolina, PhD Field of Study: Epidemiology
  • University of North Carolina, MSPH Field of Study: Epidemiology
  • Swarthmore College, BA Field of Study: Psychology

Classes Taught

  • SPHEP740


  • Published on 8/6/2021

    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. PMID: 34353186.

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  • Published on 4/19/2021

    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. PMID: 33876379.

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  • Published on 10/1/2020

    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. PMID: 32500130.

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  • Published on 6/9/2020

    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. PMID: 32516054.

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  • Published on 5/1/2020

    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. PMID: 31834063.

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  • Published on 11/1/2019

    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. PMID: 31429867.

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  • Published on 9/17/2019

    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. PMID: 30649308.

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  • Published on 7/16/2019

    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. PMID: 30215703.

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  • Published on 10/22/2018

    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. PMID: 30350028.

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  • Published on 9/24/2018

    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. PMID: 30251302.

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