Megan Todd, PhD

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Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Columbia Aging Center

Megan Todd is a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at the Columbia Aging Center. She received her PhD in demography and public affairs in 2015 from the Office of Population Research and the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. Megan studies how social factors influence health and aging. Her work primarily focuses on 1) the biological pathways that link social and economic disadvantage with health disadvantage, 2) benefits and drawbacks of various measures of population health, and 3) determinants of healthy aging.


Education and training:
PhD, 2015, Demography and Public Affairs, Princeton University
MA, 2013, Public Affairs, Princeton University
AB, 2003, Economics (Cum Laude), Harvard University


Selected Publications:
Todd, M. “Inflammation and subclinical cognitive decline in older adults: Evidence from Taiwan.” Under review.
Todd, M. A., Shkolnikov, V. M., & Goldman, N. (2016). Why are well-educated Muscovites more likely to survive? Understanding the biological pathways. Social Science & Medicine, 157, 138–147. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.02.041.
Todd, M., Goldman, N. (2013) “Do interviewer and physician health ratings predict mortality? A comparison with self-rated health.” Epidemiology 24(6): 913-920.
Dorélien, A., Balk, D.L., Todd, M. (2013)  “What is urban? Comparing a satellite view with the Demographic and Health Surveys.” Population and Development Review 39(3): 413-439.
Dowd, J., Todd, M. (2011) “Does self-reported health bias the measurement of health inequalities in U.S. adults? Evidence using anchoring vignettes from the Health and Retirement Study.” The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 66B: 478-489. PMID: 21666144.
Clayton, E., Todd, M., Dowd, J. and Aiello, A. (2011) “The impact of bisphenol A and triclosan on immune parameters in the US population, NHANES 2003-2006.” Environmental Health Perspectives, 119(3). PMID: 21062687.
McDonald, R., Green, P. Balk, D., Fekete, B., Revenga, C., Todd, M. and Montgomery, M. (2011) “Urban growth, climate change, and freshwater availability.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108(15): 6312-7. PMID: 21444797