Disciplines: Psychology and Public Health
Stephen Buka, Sc.D. is an epidemiologist and developmental psychologist whose work focuses on the causes, development, and prevention of major psychiatric and cognitive disorders. His current research includes investigations of prenatal risks for schizophrenia, attention deficit disorder, and addictive disorders using neuroimaging and molecular genetics techniques; the long-term effects of maternal smoking on offspring health and behavior; and community-level influences on youth substance use and delinquency. He directs the New England Family Study, a 50-year, three-generation longitudinal study of 17,000 infants born in New England in the 1960s, and Brown's Center for Population Health & Clinical Epidemiology. He received his Sc.D. from Harvard University and his B.S. from Brown University.