Interdisciplinary Research: Case Studies from Health and Social Science / Edition 2

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Overview

Interdisciplinary research now receives a great deal of attention because of the rich, creative contributions it often generates. But a host of factors—institutional, interpersonal and intellectual—also make a daunting challenge of conducting research outside one's usual domain. This newly updated and revised edition of Interdisciplinary Research is a substantive and practical guide to the most effective avenues for collaborative and integrative research in the social, behavioral, and bio-medical sciences. It provides answers to questions such as what is the best way to conduct interdisciplinary research on topics related to human health, behavior, and development? Which are the most successful interdisciplinary research programs in these areas? How do you identify appropriate collaborators? How do you find dedicated funding streams? How do you overcome peer-review and publishing challenges? This is the only book that provides answers directly from researchers who have carried out successful interdisciplinary programs. The editors give a concise of account of the lessons that can be taken from the book, and then present a series of case studies that reveal the most successful interdisciplinary research programs. These programs provide a variety of models of how best to undertake interdisciplinary research. Each of the chapter authors has carried out innovative, collaborative programs, and all give compelling accounts of the benefits of interdisciplinary research and the central strategies required to achieve them.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This new edition significantly advances our understanding of the circumstances that facilitate or impede effective interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaboration among health and social scientists, community professionals, and health practitioners. It is essential reading for anyone seeking a more complete understanding of the emerging science of team science."—Daniels Stokols, Professor of Social Ecology and Public Health, University of California, Irvine

"The debate is over. Interdisciplinary research has finally come of age. An impressive and rigorous updated volume."—Donna E. Shalala, President, University of Miami, and former Secretary of Health and Human Services

"Moves us beyond clichés about 'interdisciplinarity' to understanding how, in fact, research at and across disciplinary boundaries actually happens and why its scientific pay-offs are substantial."—Kenneth Prewitt, Carnegie Professor of Public Affairs, Columbia University, and former Director, United States Census Bureau

"Interdisciplinary research has been exceedingly difficult to accomplish, for many reasons. This significantly updated volume provides valuable lessons from some of the most important cutting-edge health and social science research of our time. It illuminates the way forward in research that will make a difference for humankind."—Anne C. Petersen, Professor of Psychology and Deputy Director, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University

"Individuals concerned about any and all of the five subject areas of the case studies will find this book informative. Others may find the volume inspirational and use it as a guide to their own research. Administrators and decision-makers can certainly read this book with an eye to making changes in their own domains."—Allen D. Spiegel, in JAMA

"Each of this welcome volume's case studies of successful interdisciplinary collaborations related to health is not only intrinsically interesting, but also illuminates how such research can be conducted."—Steven E. Hyman, Provost, Harvard University, and former Director, National Institute of Mental Health

"Interesting, informative, and motivational. The variety of subjects and perspectives...enhance my own latent interest in several areas of supervision and field instruction...Excellent!"—Donald R. Bardill, Professor, School of Social Work, Florida State University, Tallahassee

"This is a first-rate work with a first-rate message."—The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease

"Many talk about the virtues of working across disciplines: this volume reveals how it can be accomplished."—Harvey V. Fineberg, President, the Institute of Medicine, the National Academies

"This important work reflects the increased understanding that addressing many of the most important and difficult questions facing both science and the rest of society demands interdisciplinary approaches. The essays also reflect increased understanding that mind and body are not separable domains; neither is independent of the other."—Alan I. Leshner, Chief Executive Officer, American Association for the Advancement of Sciencr

"These chapters reveal the excitement, the "hybrid-vigor", and the value of interdisciplinary research for tackling some of the greatest problems that we as human beings face. These problems simply cannot be addressed successfully without the type of research that is described in the pages of this provocative and fascinating book."—Bruce S. McEwen, Alfred E. Mirsky Professor and Head, Harold and Margaret Milliken Hatch Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology, The Rockefeller University

"This new edition significantly advances our understanding of the circumstances that facilitate or impede effective interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaboration among health and social scientists, community professionals, and health practitioners. It is essential reading for anyone seeking a more complete understanding of the emerging science of team science."—Daniels Stokols, Professor of Social Ecology and Public Health, University of California, Irvine

"The debate is over. Interdisciplinary research has finally come of age. An impressive and rigorous updated volume."—Donna E. Shalala, President, University of Miami, and former Secretary of Health and Human Services

"Moves us beyond clichés about 'interdisciplinarity' to understanding how, in fact, research at and across disciplinary boundaries actually happens and why its scientific pay-offs are substantial."—Kenneth Prewitt, Carnegie Professor of Public Affairs, Columbia University, and former Director, United States Census Bureau

"Interdisciplinary research has been exceedingly difficult to accomplish, for many reasons. This significantly updated volume provides valuable lessons from some of the most important cutting-edge health and social science research of our time. It illuminates the way forward in research that will make a difference for humankind."—Anne C. Petersen, Professor of Psychology and Deputy Director, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University

"This book illustrates important cutting edge interdisciplinary research. It illustrates how teams have created new methods for combining social and biological measures, new ways to combine data from brain imaging and genetic analysis with social and behavioral analysis. New insights from these interdisciplinary studies have provided the knowledge base for recent state policy advances." —Robert O. Valdez, Executive Director, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy, University of New Mexico

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195324273
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Approaching Interdisciplinary Research John W. Rowe Rowe, John W. 3

Pt. I Home is Where the Heart Is: The Social World and Cardiovascular Health and Disease

1 Domain Introduction John T. Cacioppo Cacioppo, John T. 13

2 A Contemporary Perspective on Multilevel Analyses and Social Neuroscience Gary G. Berntson Berntson, Gary G. John T. Cacioppo Cacioppo, John T. 21

3 Risk of Hypertensive Heart Disease: The Joint Influence of Genetic and Behavioral Factors Kathleen C. Light Light, Kathleen C. Susan S. Girdler Girdler, Susan S. Alan L. Hinderliter Hinderliter, Alan L. 44

4 Status, Stress, and Heart Disease: A Monkey's Tale Jay R. Kaplan Kaplan, Jay R. Stephen B. Manuck Manuck, Stephen B. 74

Pt. II Mind Matters: Affective and Cognitive Neuroscience

5 Domain Introduction Richard J. Davidson Davidson, Richard J. 105

6 Affective Neuroscience: A Case for Interdisciplinary Research Richard J. Davidson Davidson, Richard J. 111

7 Visual Mental Imagery: A Case Study in Interdisciplinary Research S. M. Kosslyn Kosslyn, S. M. 135

8 Plasticity and Health: Social Influences on Gene Expression and Neural Development Michael J. Meaney Meaney, Michael J. 160

Pt. III Positive Health: What Nourishes Who Flourishes?

9 Domain Introduction Carol D. Ryff Ryff, Carol D. 193

10 Thriving in the Face of Challenge: The Integrative Science of Human Resilience Carol D. Ryff Ryff, Carol D. Burton Singer Singer, Burton 198

11 Integrating Psychosocial Factors with Biology: The Role of Protective Factors in Trajectories of Health and Aging Teresa E. Seeman Seeman, Teresa E. 228

12 Religion, Spirituality, and Health: The Duke ExperienceLinda K. George George, Linda K. 255

Pt. IV In Search of Methuselah: Population Perspectives on Health and Longevity

13 Domain Introduction Linda Waite Waite, Linda 287

14 Social Resources and Health Michael Marmot Marmot, Michael 292

15 A Journey through the Interdisciplinary Landscape of Biodemography S. Jay Olshansky Olshansky, S. Jay Bruce A. Carnes Carnes, Bruce A. 322

Pt. V A Tale of Two Cities: Prevention and Management of HIV/AIDS

16 Domain Introduction Neil Schneiderman Schneiderman, Neil 357

17 Learning to Cope with HIV/AIDS Neil Schneiderman Schneiderman, Neil Michael Antoni Antoni, Michael 358

18 The Evolution of HIV Prevention in San Francisco: A Multidisciplinary Model Margaret A. Chesney Chesney, Margaret A. Thomas J. Coates Coates, Thomas J. 393

Closing Commentary Fostering Interdisciplinary Research: The Way Forward Patricia L. Rosenfield Rosenfield, Patricia L. Frank Kessel Kessel, Frank 429

Index 465

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