Growing Older, Thinking Wider: From Child to Life-Course Epidemiology

June 23, 2017
11:45 AM-5:00 PM

Colleagues and former students of Jane Costello will discuss Costello’s impact on the field of epidemiology during this Festschrift June 23 at the Sanford Building on Duke’s West Campus. Speakers include Randall Akee, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs; Tom Cook, Northwestern University; Helen Egger, NYU Langone Medical Center; Ronald Kessler, Harvard Medical School; Barbara Maughan, King’s College, London; Edwin van den Oord, Virginia Commonwealth University; and Adrian Angold, Daniel Blazer, William Copeland, and Candice Odgers of Duke University.

Costello is associate director of the Center for Child and Family Policy and professor of medical psychology in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke. She came to Duke in 1988 to found a research program in child psychiatric epidemiology with her husband, Adrian Angold. Together, they redefined the topic as developmental epidemiology and began a longitudinal study on the need for and access to psychiatric services. Costello studied the same group of 1,400 people living in the mountains of western North Carolina for more than 20 years as part of the Great Smoky Mountains Study, a landmark longitudinal study that began in 1992. Her research team recorded the long-term effects of investment in participants’ health, education and welfare. In 2014 she testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, stating that small infusions of cash provided by the local casino were associated with considerable improvements in children’s rates of depression, anxiety and conduct problems. Costello’s research followed the children into adulthood, and she found that, as they grew older, they used less alcohol and fewer drugs, had fewer teen pregnancies and were more likely to graduate from high school.

Costello has published over 200 papers, as well as 40 chapters and eight books. She has served as a member of various NIH initial review groups since 1991 and is a member of the Center for Scientific Review’s College of Reviewers. She has been on three National Academy of Science’s National Research Council panels. For six years she was on the editorial committee of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and she has reviewed grants for the Medical Research Council, the Wellcome Trust, and the Nuffield Foundation in England, as well as grants in Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Canada, New Zealand, Austria and Germany.

Costello was a member of the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-5 workgroup on developmental disorders. She received a Faculty Scholar Award from the William T. Grant Foundation in 1991, the Rema Lapouse Award of the American Public Health Association in 1999, and in 2007 a Distinguished Investigator Award from NARSAD. In 2009 she and Angold were awarded the Joy and William Ruane Prize for Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Research by the American Academy for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She will serve as president of the American Psycho-Pathological Society in 2018.

Lunch will be served. Please join us for a reception following the Festschrift.