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Anusha Vable, ScD, MPH

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Family Community Medicine
SchoolSchool of Medicine
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0002-2202-0294 Additional info
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    Grinnell College, Grinnell, IowaBA2004Chemistry
    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MichiganMPH2007Epidemiology
    Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MassachusettsScD2015Social Epidemiology
    Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MassachusettsPostdoctoral fellow2016Social Epidemiology
    Stanford Center for Population Health Sciences, Stanford, CaliforniaPostdoctoral fellow2018Social Epidemiology
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    Grinnell College2000  - 2004Incentive Scholarship
    Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health2010  - 2012Mitchell L. & Robin LaFoley Dong Scholarship
    Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health2013  - 2014Harvey V. Fineberg Fellowship in Cancer Prevention
    Society for Epidemiologic Research  - 2014Travel Scholarship
    American Public Health Association  - 2016Finalist for the Erickson Foundation Award for Excellence in Research on Positive Aging
    Society for Epidemiologic Research  - 2018Poster Winner
    University of California San Francisco, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics  - 2018"Good Ideas" Contest Winner
    National Institutes of Health 2019  - 2021Health Disparities Loan Repayment Program Recipient

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    I am a Social Epidemiologist and my research agenda focuses on identifying scalable, population-level solutions to racial and socioeconomic health disparities. In particular, I focus on education and educational interventions and how they impact dementia, cognition, and other diseases of aging. I found that the Korean War GI Bill, which subsidized college education for qualifying veterans, predicted smaller socioeconomic disparities in markers of mental, physical and cognitive health among veterans compared to non-veterans, and that structurally marginalized groups (women, racial minoritized people, and those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds) seem to benefit more from each year of education than structurally advantaged groups (e.g. high socioeconomic status White men). My work to date suggests programs and policies to increase educational attainment could be powerful mechanism to reduce racial and socioeconomic health inequities.

    Methodologically, I employ methods from basic linear regression to more sophisticated approaches for identifying causal effects using methods from modern epidemiology, econometrics, and psychometrics. I am especially interested in novel approaches for identifying heterogenous treatment effects (HTEs) such as quantile regression, distributional decomposition, and causal forests (a machine learning technique). HTEs are important for reducing disparities, e.g. when the structurally marginalized group benefits more from the exposure than the advantaged group. I additionally have expertise in matching methods and the measurement of childhood socioeconomic status.

    I am especially interested in training the next generation of Social Science researchers and welcome research interns with a range of statistical skills from new learners to those with advanced quantitative skills interested in making a quantitative argument for social change and a more equitable society.

    I also organize a monthly happy hour for Bay Area Population Health Researchers, typically on first Fridays; you can add yourself to the listserv here: https://bit.ly/2GlXpyX

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    Reducing socioeconomic and racial disparities in CVD: evaluation of potential effects of educational interventions
    American Heart Association 19CDA34660304Apr 1, 2019 - Mar 31, 2022
    Role: PI
    Role Description: I will evaluate if socially vulnerable groups benefit more from educational policies than socially advantaged groups resulting in smaller socioeconomic and racial disparities in CVD outcomes.
    Educational Trajectories & Health: When people finish school and how it matters
    NIH/NIA 5R01AG05636003Jun 1, 2018 - May 31, 2022
    Role: Co-Investigator on Administrative Supplement
    Role Description: I am overseeing the analyses for the administrative supplement to extend our work on educational trajectories and health to cognition and cognitive decline.

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    1. Vable AM, Gilsanz P, Kawachi I. Is it possible to overcome the 'long arm' of childhood socioeconomic disadvantage through upward socioeconomic mobility? J Public Health (Oxf). 2019 09 30; 41(3):566-574. PMID: 30811528.
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    2. Vable AM, Kiang MV, Glymour MM, Rigdon J, Drabo EF, Basu S. Performance of Matching Methods as Compared With Unmatched Ordinary Least Squares Regression Under Constant Effects. Am J Epidemiol. 2019 Jul 01; 188(7):1345-1354. PMID: 30995301.
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    3. Hamad R, Nguyen TT, Glymour MM, Vable A, Manly JJ, Rehkopf DH. Quality and quantity: The association of state-level educational policies with later life cardiovascular disease. Prev Med. 2019 09; 126:105750. PMID: 31195021.
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    4. Vable AM, Nguyen TT, Rehkopf D, Glymour MM, Hamad R. Differential associations between state-level educational quality and cardiovascular health by race: Early-life exposures and late-life health. SSM Popul Health. 2019 Aug; 8:100418. PMID: 31249857.
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    5. Vable AM, Cohen AK, Leonard SA, Glymour MM, Duarte CDP, Yen IH. Do the health benefits of education vary by sociodemographic subgroup? Differential returns to education and implications for health inequities. Ann Epidemiol. 2018 11; 28(11):759-766.e5. PMID: 30309690.
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    6. Vable AM, Kiang MV, Basu S, Rudolph KE, Kawachi I, Subramanian SV, Glymour MM. Military Service, Childhood Socio-Economic Status, and Late-Life Lung Function: Korean War Era Military Service Associated with Smaller Disparities. Mil Med. 2018 09 01; 183(9-10):e576-e582. PMID: 29509934.
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    7. Vable AM, Eng CW, Mayeda ER, Basu S, Marden JR, Hamad R, Glymour MM. Mother's education and late-life disparities in memory and dementia risk among US military veterans and non-veterans. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2018 12; 72(12):1162-1167. PMID: 30082424.
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    8. Nguyen TT, Vable AM, Glymour MM, Nuru-Jeter A. Trends for Reported Discrimination in Health Care in a National Sample of Older Adults with Chronic Conditions. J Gen Intern Med. 2018 03; 33(3):291-297. PMID: 29247435.
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    9. Vable AM, Gilsanz P, Nguyen TT, Kawachi I, Glymour MM. Validation of a theoretically motivated approach to measuring childhood socioeconomic circumstances in the Health and Retirement Study. PLoS One. 2017; 12(10):e0185898. PMID: 29028834.
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    10. Nguyen TT, Vable AM, Glymour MM, Nuru-Jeter A.Discrimination in health care and biomarkers of cardiometabolic risk in U.S. adults. Social Science and Medicine Population Health. 2017; 7:100306.
    11. Vable AM, Kawachi I, Canning D, Glymour MM, Jimenez MP, Subramanian SV. Are There Spillover Effects from the GI Bill? The Mental Health of Wives of Korean War Veterans. PLoS One. 2016; 11(5):e0154203. PMID: 27186983.
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    12. Vable AM, Canning D, Glymour MM, Kawachi I, Jimenez MP, Subramanian SV. Can social policy influence socioeconomic disparities? Korean War GI Bill eligibility and markers of depression. Ann Epidemiol. 2016 Feb; 26(2):129-135.e3. PMID: 26778285.
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    13. Vable AM, Subramanian SV, Rist PM, Glymour MM. Does the "widowhood effect" precede spousal bereavement? Results from a nationally representative sample of older adults. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2015 Mar; 23(3):283-92. PMID: 24974142.
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    14. Farahani M, Vable A, Lebelonyane R, Seipone K, Anderson M, Avalos A, Chadborn T, Tilahun H, Roumis D, Moeti T, Musuka G, Busang L, Gaolathe T, Malefho KC, Marlink R. Outcomes of the Botswana national HIV/AIDS treatment programme from 2002 to 2010: a longitudinal analysis. Lancet Glob Health. 2014 Jan; 2(1):e44-50. PMID: 25104635.
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    15. Moon JR, Glymour MM, Vable AM, Liu SY, Subramanian SV. Short- and long-term associations between widowhood and mortality in the United States: longitudinal analyses. J Public Health (Oxf). 2014 Sep; 36(3):382-9. PMID: 24167198.
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    16. Quinn MT, Gunter KE, Nocon RS, Lewis SE, Vable AM, Tang H, Park SY, Casalino LP, Huang ES, Birnberg J, Burnet DL, Summerfelt WT, Chin MH. Undergoing transformation to the patient centered medical home in safety net health centers: perspectives from the front lines. Ethn Dis. 2013; 23(3):356-62. PMID: 23914423.
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    17. Wilkes AE, John PM, Vable AM, Campbell A, Heuer L, Schaefer C, Vinci L, Drum ML, Chin MH, Quinn MT, Burnet DL. Combating Obesity at Community Health Centers (COACH): a quality improvement collaborative for weight management programs. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2013; 24(2 Suppl):47-60. PMID: 23727964.
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    18. Lewis SE, Nocon RS, Tang H, Park SY, Vable AM, Casalino LP, Huang ES, Quinn MT, Burnet DL, Summerfelt WT, Birnberg JM, Chin MH. Patient-centered medical home characteristics and staff morale in safety net clinics. Arch Intern Med. 2012 Jan 09; 172(1):23-31. PMID: 22232143.
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    19. Birnberg JM, Drum ML, Huang ES, Casalino LP, Lewis SE, Vable AM, Tang H, Quinn MT, Burnet DL, Summerfelt T, Chin MH. Development of a safety net medical home scale for clinics. J Gen Intern Med. 2011 Dec; 26(12):1418-25. PMID: 21837377.
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    20. Vable AM, Drum ML, Tang H, Chin MH, Lindau ST, Huang ES. Implications of the new definition of diabetes for health disparities. J Natl Med Assoc. 2011 Mar; 103(3):219-23. PMID: 21671525.
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    21. Lindau ST, Tang H, Gomero A, Vable A, Huang ES, Drum ML, Qato DM, Chin MH. Sexuality among middle-aged and older adults with diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes: a national, population-based study. Diabetes Care. 2010 Oct; 33(10):2202-10. PMID: 20802158.
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