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Thomas A. Glass, PhD

Dr. Glass is a Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he is conducting research on the role of psychosocial factors in health and functioning among the elderly. He recently conducted a randomized clinical trial to test a psychosocial intervention in stroke patients.

In his research as a Brookdale National Fellow, Dr. Glass has explored the contribution of various psychosocial factors to levels of functioning in a community dwelling older population in New Haven, Connecticut. After interviewing a sample of 50 older individuals, he has developed a scale of enacted functioning designed to assess several domains of social, psychological and physical function as realized by people in their home environment.

Dr. Glass completed his doctoral research at Duke University on the role of social support in recovery from stroke. Later, he completed a two year post-doctoral training program in aging at Yale in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health. His training is as a medical sociologist and social epidemiologist with concentrations in aging and life-course analysis.

Research and Professional Experience

Dr. Glass is a social epidemiologist with broad interests in the role of social and behavioral factors in population health. He has conducted research on social support, social networks and social engagement and how they impact health and functioning in older adults. He has conducted intervention studies in older adults to improve functioning. He is working to develop and test a new real-time data acquisition system to measure social, physical and cognitive function using sensors. Other recent work explores the characteristics of the built and social environments and how they impact a variety of health outcomes including obesity. He is co-director of the Johns Hopkins Global Center on Childhood Obesity. He directs the Baltimore Neighborhood Research Consortium (www.jhsph.edu/bnrc) for the advancement of neighborhood research in the Baltimore area.

Brookdale Fellow Class of 1992