Our Publications

Our Publications

Since its founding in 2016, the Human Flourishing Program at Harvard University has published over 60 articles in leading academic journals. Below is a sample of our work:

Publications by Topic

Flourishing - Measurement and Promotion

Promotion of Flourishing:

VanderWeele, T.J. and Brooks, A.C. (2020). A public health approach to negative news media: the 3-to-1 solution. American Journal of Health Promotion, in press.

VanderWeele, T.J. (2020). Activities for flourishing: an evidence-based guide. Journal of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing, 4:79-91.

VanderWeele, T.J., Chen. Y., Long, K.N., Kim, E.S., Trudel-Fitzgerald, C., and Kubzansky, L.D. (2020). Positive epidemiology? Epidemiology, 31:189-193.

Trudel-Fitzgerald, C., Millstein, R., von Hippel, C., Howe, R., Tomasso, L. P., Wagner, G., and VanderWeele, T.J. (2019). Psychological well-being as part of the public health debate? Insight into dimensions, interventions, and policy. BMC Public Health, 15;9(12):e033697.

VanderWeele, T.J., McNeely, E., and Koh, H.K. (2019). Reimagining health: flourishing. Journal of the American Medical Association, 321(17):1667-1668.

VanderWeele, T.J. (2017). On the promotion of human flourishing. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 31:8148-8156.

Measurement:

Lee, M., Kubzansky, L.D., and VanderWeele, T.J. (2020). Measuring Well-Being: Interdisciplinary Perspectives from the Social Sciences and the Humanities. Oxford University Press, forthcoming.

VanderWeele, T.J., Trudel-Fitzgerald, C., Allin, P., Farrelly, C., Fletcher, G., Frederick, D.E., Hall, J., Helliwell, J.F., Kim, E.S., Lauinger, W.A., Lee, M.T., Lyubomirsky, S., Margolis, S., McNeely, E., Messer, N., Tay, L., Viswanath, V., Węziak-Białowolska, D., and Kubzansky, L.D. (2020). Current recommendations on the selection of measures for well-being. Preventive Medicine, 133:106004.

VanderWeele, T.J., Trudel-Fitzgerald, C., Allin, P., Farrelly, C., Fletcher, G., Frederick, D.E., Hall, J., Helliwell, J.F., Kim, E.S., Lauinger, W.A., Lee, M.T., Lyubomirsky, S., Margolis, S., McNeely, E., Tay, L., Viswanath, V., Węziak-Białowolska, D., and Kubzansky, L.D. (2020). Brief well-being assessments, or nothing at all? Preventive Medicine, 135:106095.

VanderWeele, T.J. (2019). Measures of community well-being: a template. International Journal of Community Well-Being, 2:253-275.

VanderWeele, T.J. (2019). Suffering and response: directions in empirical research. Social Science and Medicine, 224:58-66.

Węziak-Białowolska, D., McNeely, E., and VanderWeele, T.J. (2019). Flourish index and secure flourish index – validation in workplace settings. Cogent Psychology, 6 (1598926): 1-10.

Węziak-Białowolska, D., McNeely, E., and VanderWeele, T.J. (2019). Human flourishing in cross cultural settings: evidence from the US, China, Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Mexico. Frontiers in Psychology, 10 (Article 1269): 1-13.

VanderWeele, T.J. (2017). Discussion of: "New statistics for old? - measuring the wellbeing of the UK." Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A, 180:38-39.

Well-Being and the Workplace

Hanson, J.A. (2020). Work in the Platonic Tradition: A History of Labor and Human Flourishing. Bloomsbury, forthcoming.

Frederick, D.E. and VanderWeele, T.J. (2020). Longitudinal meta-analysis of job crafting shows positive association with work engagement. Cogent Psychology, 7:1,1746733.

Weziak-Bialowolska, D., Bialowolski, P., Sacco, P.L., VanderWeele, T.J., and McNeely, E. (2020). Well-being in life and well-being at work: which comes first? Evidence from a longitudinal study. Frontiers in Public Health, 8:103.

Bialowolski, P., McNeely, E., VanderWeele, T.J., and Weziak-Bialowolska, D. (2020). Ill health and distraction at work: costs and drivers for productivity loss. PLoS One, 15(3):e0230562.

VanderWeele, T.J., Węziak-Białowolska, D., Białowolski, P., and McNeely, E. (2019). Re: A comprehensive approach to problems of performance measurement. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A, 182:797-798.

Frederick, D.E. and VanderWeele, T.J. (2019). Supported employment: meta-analysis and review of randomized controlled trials of individual placement and support. PLoS One, 14(2):e0212208.

Im, Y. and VanderWeele, T.J. (2018). The role of first-year maternal employment and paternal involvement in behavioral and cognitive development of young children. Infant Mental Health Journal, 39(4):449-465. 

Family and Marriage

Chen, Y., Haines, J. Charlton, B., and VanderWeele, T.J. (2019). Positive parenting improves multiple aspects of health and well-being in young adulthood. Nature Human Behavior, 3:684-691.

VanderWeele, T.J., Mathur, M.B., and Chen, Y. (2019). Media portrayals and public health implications for suicide and other behaviors. JAMA Psychiatry, 76:891-892.

Mathur, M. and VanderWeele, T.J. (2019). Finding common ground in meta-analysis “wars” on violent video games. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 14:705–708.

Chen, Y. Kubzansky, L., and VanderWeele, T.J. (2019). Parental warmth and flourishing in mid-lifeSocial Science and Medicine, 220:65-72.

Im, Y. and VanderWeele, T.J. (2018). The role of first-year maternal employment and paternal involvement in behavioral and cognitive development of young children. Infant Mental Health Journal, 39(4):449-465.

Li, S., Kubzansky, L.D., VanderWeele, T.J. (2018). Religious service attendance, divorce, and remarriage among U.S. Nurses in mid and late life. PLoS One, 13(12): e0207778.

Chen, Y. and VanderWeele, T.J. (2018). Associations of religious upbringing with subsequent health and well-being from adolescence to young adulthood: an outcome-wide analysisAmerican Journal of Epidemiology, 187:2355–2364.

Religious Communities

Original Empirical Research:

Chen, Y., Kim, E.S., and VanderWeele, T.J. (2020). Religious service attendance and subsequent health and well-being throughout adulthood: evidence from three prospective cohorts. International Journal of Epidemiology, in press.

Chen, Y., Koh, H.K., Kawachi, I., Botticelli, M., and VanderWeele, T.J. (2020). Religious service attendance and deaths related to drugs, alcohol, and suicide among US health care professionals. JAMA Psychiatry, 77:737-744.

Kim, E.S., and VanderWeele, T.J. (2019). Mediators of the association between religious service attendance and mortality. American Journal of Epidemiology, 188:96-101.

Pawlikowski, J., Białowolski, P., Węziak-Białowolska, D., and VanderWeele, T.J. (2019). Religious service attendance, health behaviors and well-being – an outcome wide longitudinal analysis. European Journal of Public Health, 9:1177-1183.

Chen, Y. and VanderWeele, T.J. (2018). Associations of religious upbringing with subsequent health and well-being from adolescence to young adulthood: an outcome-wide analysis. American Journal of Epidemiology, 187:2355–2364.

Li, S., Kubzansky, L.D., VanderWeele, T.J. (2018). Religious service attendance, divorce, and remarriage among U.S. Nurses in mid and late life. PLoS One, 13(12): e0207778.

VanderWeele, T.J., Yu, J., Cozier, Y.C., Wise, L., Argentieri, M.A., Rosenberg, L., Palmer, J.R., and Shields, A.E. (2017). Religious service attendance, prayer, religious coping, and religious-spiritual identity as predictors of all-cause mortality in the Black Women’s Health Study. American Journal of Epidemiology, 185:515-522.

Li, S., Okereke, O.I., Chang, S.-C., Kawachi, I., and VanderWeele, T.J. (2016). Religious service attendance and depression among women – a prospective cohort study. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 50:876-884.

VanderWeele, T.J., Li, S., Tsai, A., and Kawachi, I. (2016). Association between religious service attendance and lower suicide rates among US women. JAMA Psychiatry, 73(8):845-851.

Li, S., Stamfer, M., Williams, D.R. and VanderWeele, T.J. (2016). Association between religious service attendance and mortality among women. JAMA Internal Medicine, 2016;176(6):777-785.

Summary, Synthesis and Commentary:

VanderWeele, T.J. (2020). Effects of religious service attendance and religious importance on depression: examining the meta-analytic evidence. The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, in press.

VanderWeele, T.J. and Chen, Y. (2020). Religion as a social determinant of health. American Journal of Epidemiology, in press.

VanderWeele, T.J. (2018). Religious communities. In: Kivimaki, M., Batty, D.G., Kawachi, I., and Steptoe, A. (eds.). Routledge International Handbook of Psychosocial Epidemiology. Routledge, 114-135.

VanderWeele, T.J. (2018). Religious communities, health, and well-being - Address to the US Air Force Chaplain. Military Medicine, 183:105-109.

VanderWeele, T.J. (2017). Religion and health: a synthesis. In: Balboni, M.J. and Peteet, J.R. (eds.). Spirituality and Religion within the Culture of Medicine: From Evidence to Practice. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, p 357-401.

VanderWeele, T.J. (2017). Religious communities and human flourishing. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 26:476-481.

VanderWeele, T.J., Li, S. and Kawachi, I. (2017). Re: Religious service attendance and suicide rates. JAMA Psychiatry, 74:197-198.

VanderWeele, T.J., Palmer, J.R., and Shields, A.E. (2017). Re: Church attendance and mortality. American Journal of Epidemiology, 185:526-528.

VanderWeele, T.J. (2017). Physical activity and physical and mental well-being in church settings. American Journal of Public Health, 107:1023-1024.

VanderWeele, T.J., Jackson, J.W., and Li, S. (2016). Causal inference and longitudinal data: a case study of religion and mental health. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 51(11):1457-1466.

Spirituality in Medicine and Public Health 

Koenig, H.G., Peteet, J.R., and VanderWeele, T.J. (2020). Religion and psychiatry: clinical applications. British Journal of Psychiatry - Advances, in press.

Koenig, H.G., Al-Zaben, F., and VanderWeele, T.J. (2020). Religion and psychiatry: recent developments in research. British Journal of Psychiatry - Advances, in press.

VanderWeele, T.J. (2020). Spiritual well-being and human flourishing: conceptual, causal, and policy relations. In: A.B. Cohen (Ed.). Religion and Human Flourishing. Baylor University Press, 43-54.

VanderWeele, T.J., Long, K. and Balboni, M.J. (2020). On tradition-specific measures of spiritual well-being. In: M. Lee, L.D. Kubzansky, and T.J. VanderWeele (Eds.). Measuring Well-Being: Interdisciplinary Perspectives from the Social Sciences and the Humanities. Oxford University Press, forthcoming.

Chen, Y., and VanderWeele, T.J. (2020). Spirituality, religion and suicide. In: D.H. Rosmarin and H.G. Koenig (Eds.): Handbook of Spirituality, Religion, and Mental Health, 2nd Edition, Academic Press, p. 27-40.

Long K.N.G., Gregg R.J., VanderWeele, T.J., Oman, D., and Laird, L.D. (2019). Boundary Crossing: meaningfully engaging religious traditions and religious institutions in public health. Religions, 10(7):412.

Idler, E., Levin, J., VanderWeele, T.J., and Khan, A. (2019). Partnerships between public health agencies and faith communities. American Journal of Public Health, 109:346-347.

VanderWeele, T.J., Balboni, M.J., Balboni, T.A. (2018). The Initiative on Health, Religion and Spirituality at Harvard: from research to education. In Oman, D. (ed.). Why Religion and Spirituality Matter for Public Health: Evidence, Implications, and Resources. Springer-Verlag, p. 371-382. 

Balboni, M.J. and Balboni, T.A. (2018). Hostility to Hospitality: Spirituality and Professional Socialization within Medicine. Oxford University Press.

VanderWeele, T.J. (2018). Is forgiveness a public health issue?American Journal of Public Health, 108:189-190. 

VanderWeele, T.J., Balboni, T.A., Koh, H.K. (2017). Health and spiritualityJAMA, 318(6):519-520. 

VanderWeele, T.J. and Koenig, H.G. (2017). A course on religion and public health at Harvard. American Journal of Public Health, 107:47-49.

Other Well-Being Research

VanderWeele, T.J. (2020). Challenges estimating total lives lost in COVID-19 decisions: consideration of mortality related to unemployment, social isolation, and depression. JAMA, in press.

Kim, E.S., Chen, Y., Kawachi, I., and VanderWeele, T.J. (2020). Perceived neighborhood social cohesion and subsequent health and well-being in older adults: an outcome-wide longitudinal approach. Health and Place, in press.

Lee, M.T., Weziak-Bialowolska, D., Mooney, K.D., Lerner, P.J., McNeely, E., VanderWeele, T.J. (2020). Self-assessed importance of domains of flourishing: demographics and correlations with well-being. Journal of Positive Psychology, in press.

Białowolska, P., Węziak-Białowolska, D., and VanderWeele, T.J. (2019). The impact of savings and credit on health and health behaviours: an outcome wide longitudinal approach. International Journal of Public Health, 64:573-584.

Li, S., Hagan, K., Grodstein, F., and VanderWeele, T.J. (2018). Social integration and healthy aging among U.S. women. Preventive Medicine Reports, 9:144-148.

Meaning and Purpose

Hanson, J.A. and VanderWeele, T.J. (2020). The Comprehensive Measure of Meaning: psychological and philosophical foundations. In: M. Lee, L.D. Kubzansky, and T.J. VanderWeele (Eds.). Measuring Well-Being: Interdisciplinary Perspectives from the Social Sciences and the Humanities. Oxford University Press, forthcoming.

Hanson, J.A. (2020). Perspectives on and standards of life's meaningfulness: a reply to Landau. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, in press.

Chen, Y., Kim, E.S., Koh, H.K., Frazier, A.L., and VanderWeele, T.J. (2019). Sense of mission and subsequent health and well-being among young adults: an outcome-wide analysisAmerican Journal of Epidemiology, 188(4):664-673.

Character and Formation

Character:

Wilson, M.F. (2020). High-fidelity experiments, situationism, and the measurement of virtue. Journal of Value Inquiry, in press.

Kim, E.S., Whillans, A.V., Lee, M.T., Chen, Y. and VanderWeele, T.J. (2020). Volunteering and subsequent health and well-being in older adults: an outcome-wide longitudinal approach. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 59:176-186.

Long, K.N.G., Kim, E.S., Chen, Y., Wilson, M.F., Worthington, E.L., and VanderWeele, T.J. (2020). The role of hope in subsequent health and well-being for older adults: an outcome-wide longitudinal approach. Global Epidemiology, 2:100018.

 

Forgiveness:

Long, K., Chen, Y., Potts, M., Hanson, J., and VanderWeele, T.J. (2020). Spiritually motivated self-forgiveness and divine forgiveness, and subsequent health and well-being among middle-aged female nurses: an outcome-wide longitudinal approach. Frontiers in Psychology, 11 (Article 1337):1-12.

    Chen, Y., Harris, S.K, Worthington, E.L., and VanderWeele, T.J. (2018). Religiously or spiritually-motivated forgiveness and subsequent health and well-being among young adults: an outcome-wide analysisJournal of Positive Psychology, 187:2355-2364.

    VanderWeele, T.J. (2018). Is forgiveness a public health issue? American Journal of Public Health, 108:189-190.