Megan Todd, PhD

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Postdoctoral Research Scientist 
Dr. 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. Dr. Todd studies how social factors influence health and aging. Dr. Todd’s 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:
Megan Todd. “Inflammation and subclinical cognitive decline in older adults: Evidence from Taiwan.” Under review.
Megan Todd, Noreen Goldman, 2013. “Do interviewer and physician health ratings predict mortality? A comparison with self-rated health.” Epidemiology 24(6): 913-920.
Audrey Dorélien, Deborah L. Balk, Megan Todd, 2013. “What is urban? Comparing a satellite view with the Demographic and Health Surveys.” Population and Development Review 39(3): 413-439.
Jennifer Dowd, Megan Todd, 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.
Erin Clayton, Megan Todd, Jennifer Dowd, Allison Aiello, 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. Robert McDonald, Pamela Green, Deborah Balk, Balazs Fekete, Carmen Ravenga, Megan Todd, Mark Montgomery, 2011. “Urban growth, climate change, and freshwater availability.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108(15): 6312-7. PMID: 21444797