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Benjamin Chapman, Ph.D., M.P.H.

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Ben Chapman completed his psychology PhD at the University of North Texas in 2005, trained on a National Research Service Award fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center from 2005-2008, joined the faculty as an assistant professor in 2008 with a K08 award from the National Institute on Aging, completed an MPH in 2010 in the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and is finishing an MS in statistics in the Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology, expected in Fall 2015. He has been an associate professor since 2013. He serves on the editorial boards for the journals Psychology and Aging and Frontiers in Psychology, is a member of the Social, Personality, and Interpersonal Processes study section at the National Institute of Health's Center for Scientific Review, and consults periodically with the National Institute on Aging. He teaches and mentors post-doctoral fellows and graduate students, and his research spans topics from personality and healthy aging, to lifecourse models of socioeconomic health disparities, to quantitative methods in the behavioral and health sciences.


My research focuses on the interface between social class and individual psychological traits related to "healthy aging". The social patterning of health is well understood, and attributed to fundamental social forces producing socioeconomic stratification. The role of the individual in these processes is less well understood, and subject to competing hypotheses with differing policy implications. Some models attributing people's individual traits, as well as the health risk they pose, to social class and other broader societal forces. Support for these models favors health policy based on the concept of social or collective responsibility for the health of persons. Models attributing social gradients in health to personality or cognitive traits point toward health policies based on "personal responsibility". Economic, population health, ethical, and social theory implications differ substantially between these two classes of models.

My work examines these issues in the context of three kinds of health outcomes. First, longevity is the most fundamental of all definitions of successful aging. Second, inflammatory biomarkers provide a semi-objective indicator of systemic integrity, as well as information about antecedents or sequelae of common diseases of aging. Third, cognitive function is a crucial element of "successful aging". A final aspect of my work involves methodology connected to many of these questions, including psychometrics and measurement, applications of machine learning within behavioral and health sciences, and large scale hypothesis testing.


Post-doctoral Training & Residency

09/01/2005 - 09/01/2008
Fellowship in Psychiatry at University of Rochester School of Nursing

08/16/2004 - 08/16/2005
Internship in Psychology at University of Missouri School of Medicine-Kansas City


2014 - Present
Sponsor: National Institute on Aging
Location: Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences

"Rising Stars" White House Public Policy Workshop
Sponsor: • National Institute on Aging-Association for Psychological Scie

2012 - 2014
Sponsor: National Institute on Aging Conscientiousness and Healthy Aging

Nominee, Early Career Development Award (Personality Research)
Sponsor: American Psychological Association

2008 - 2010
Outstanding Reviewer Award
Sponsor: Medical Care

Dissertation Award for Research Achievement in the Social Sciences
Sponsor: University of North Texas Graduate Council

Psychology Department nominee
Sponsor: APA Dissertation Research Award

Psychology Department nominee, Student of the Year
Sponsor: Sage Publications National Counseling Psychology

Ellen Ladenberger Award for Outstanding Graduate Student in the Psychology Department

Kappa Kappa Gamma Outstanding Undergraduate Instructor Recognition

Ellen Ladenberger Award for Outstanding Graduate Student in the Psychology Department

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Journal Articles

McGarry BE, Tempkin-Greener H, Grabowski DC, Chapman BP, Li Y. "Consumer Decision-Making Abilities and Long-Term Care Insurance Purchase." The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences.. 2018 Apr 16; 73(4):e1-e10.

Cheng H, Deighton J, Wolpert M, Chapman BP, Kornilaki EN, Treglown L, Furnham A. "Hay fever in childhood, traits Neuroticism and Conscientiousness as independent predictors of the occurrence of hay fever in adulthood." Journal of health psychology.. 2016 Oct; 21(10):2367-75. Epub 2015 Apr 02.

Turiano NA, Chapman BP, Gruenewald TL, Mroczek DK. "Personality and the leading behavioral contributors of mortality." Health psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association.. 2015 Jan; 34(1):51-60. Epub 2013 Dec 23.