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Maxine Weinstein

Maxine Weinstein

Professor, Center for Population and Health
Georgetown University

Like other animals, people are born and die, and in between they form and dissolve pair bonds, reproduce, migrate, and live in communities. Demography -- the study of human populations -- is starting to explore its biological roots. Most of my research has attempted to link our biological foundation to demography. Besides my work on the MIDUS II project, my recent research includes: 1) A study of the health of older Taiwanese adults. We are exploring the interrelationships among health, exposure to environmental stressors, and the social environment (position in social hierarchies and social networks). The study is based on a national, population-based sample of older adults in Taiwan who have been providing information since 1989. A health examination (including blood and urine specimens) was done in 2000 and 2006; a follow up study is scheduled for 2011. 2) A study of the transition to menopause. A subset of Tremin Trust respondents provided daily first-morning urine specimens for 6-month windows in each of five years. These specimens have been assayed for the urinary conjugates of estradial, progesterone, LH, and FSH. We are documenting age-related changes in these hormones and attempting to understand their relationship to the onset of menopause.

Representative Publications
Sloan, R. P., Schwarz, E., McKinley, P. S., Weinstein, M., Love, G., Ryff, C., Mroczek, D., Choo, T. H., Lee, S., & Seeman, T. (2016). Vagally-mediated Heart rate variability and indices of well-being: Results of a nationally representative study. Health Psychology, 36(1), 73-81.
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Cornman, J. C., Glei, D. A., Goldman, N., Ryff, C. D., & Weinstein, M. (2015). Socioeconomic status and biological markers of health: An examination of adults in the United States and Taiwan. Journal of Aging and Health, 27(1), 75-102.
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Glei, D. A., Goldman, N., Shkolnikov, V. M., Jdanov, D., Shkolnikov, M., Vaupel, J. W., & Weinstein, M. (2013). Perceived stress and biological risk: Is the linkage stronger in Russians than in Taiwanese and Americans? Stress, 16(4), 411-420.
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Swann, J. R., Spagou, K., Lewis, M., Nicholson, J. K., Glei, D. A., Seeman, T. E., Coe, C. L., Goldman, N., Ryff, C. D., Weinstein, M., & Holmes, E. (2013). Microbial-mammalian co-metabolites dominate the age-associated urinary metabolic phenotype in Taiwanese and American populations. Journal of Proteome Research, 12(7), 3166-3180.
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Glei, D.A., Goldman, N., Lin, Y.-H., & Weinstein, M. (2012). Age-related changes in biomarkers: longitudinal data from a population-based sample. Research on Aging, 33(3), 312-326 .

Glei, D. A., Goldman, N., Ryff, C. D., Lin, Y.-H., & Weinstein, M. (2012). Social relationships and inflammatory markers: An analysis of Taiwan and the U.S. Social Science & Medicine, 74(12), 1891-1899.
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Crowley, O. V., McKinley, P. S., Burg, M. M., Schwartz, J. E., Ryff, C. D., Weinstein, M., Seeman, T. E., & Sloan, R. P. (2011). The interactive effect of change in perceived stress and trait anxiety on vagal recovery from cognitive challenge. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 82(3), 225-232.
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Shcheslavskaya, O. V., Burg, M. M., McKinley, P. S., Schwartz, J. E., Gerin, W., Ryff, C. D., Weinstein, M., Seeman, T., Sloan, R. P. (2010). Heart rate recovery after cognitive challenge is preserved with age. Psychosomatic Medicine, 72(2), 128-133.
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Love, G. D., Seeman, T. E., Weinstein, M., & Ryff, C. D. (2010). Bioindicators in the MIDUS national study: Protocol, measures, sample and comparative context. Journal of Aging and Health, 22(8), 1059-1080.
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Glei, D., & Weinstein, M. (2010). Biomarkers in population-based studies. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 182(18), 1943-1944.

Cornman, J.C., Glei, D., Rodriguez, G., Goldman, N., Hurng, B.-S., & Weinstein, M. (2010). Demographic and socioeconomic status differences in perceptions of difficulty with mobility in late life. Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. Advance online publication.

Haaga, J., O'Connor, K., Weinstein, M., & Wise, P. (2010). Reproductive aging: Theoretical perspectives, mechanisms, nonhuman models, and health correlates. In M. Weinstein & K. O'Connor (Eds.), Reproductive aging. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1204(1), 1-10.

Goldman, N., Glei, D., Lin, Y.-H. & Weinstein, M. (2010). The serotonin transporter polymorphism (5-HTTLPR): Allelic variation and links with depressive symptoms. Depression and Anxiety, 27(3), 260-269.

O'Connor, K.A., Ferrell, R., Brindle, E., Trumble, B., Shofer, J., Holman, D.J., & Weinstein, M. (2009). Progesterone and ovulation across stages of the transition to menopause. Menopause, 16(6), 1178-87.

O'Connor, K.A., Brindle, E., Ferrell, R., Shofer, J., Holman, D.J., Miller, R.C., Schecter, R.E., & Weinstein, M. (2009). Total and unopposed estrogen exposure across stages of the transition to menopause. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, 18(3), 828-836.

Goldman, N., Glei, D., Lin, Y-H., & Weinstein, M. (2009). Improving mortality prediction using biosocial surveys. American Journal of Epidemiology, 169(6), 769-279.

Chang, M.-C., Glei, D., Goldman, N. & Weinstein, M. (2008). The Taiwan Biomarker Project. In M. Weinstein, J.W. Vaupel, & K. Wachter (Eds.), Biosocial surveys. National Academy of Sciences.

Vaupel, J.W., Wachter, K. & Weinstein, M. (2008). Introduction. In M. Weinstein, J. Vaupel, & K. Wachter (Eds.), Biosocial Surveys. National Academy of Sciences Press.

Glei, D., Goldman, N., Chuang, Y.-L., & Weinstein, M. (2007). Do chronic stressors lead to physiological dysregulation? Testing the theory of allostatic load. Psychosomatic Medicine, 69, 769-76.

Hu, P., Wagle, N., Goldman, N., Weinstein, M., & Seeman, T. (2007). The associations between socioeconomic status, allostatic load, and measures of health in older Taiwanese persons: Taiwan Social Environment and Biomarkers of Aging Study. Journal of Biosocial Science, 39, 545-556.

Ferrell, R. K., O'Connor, A., Rodriguez, G., Holman, D.J., Brindle, E., Miller, R.C., Simon, J.A., Mansfield, P.K., Wood, J.W., & Weinstein, M. (2007). Monitoring reproductive aging in a 5-Year prospective study: Aggregate and individual changes in luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) with age. Menopause, 14(1), 29-37.

Gorrindo, T., Lu, Y., Riley, A., Singer, B., Pincus, S., Simon, J.A. & Weinstein, M. (2007). Lifelong menstrual histories are typically erratic and trending: A taxonomy. Menopause, 14(1), 74-88.

Yeager, D.M., Glei, D., Au, M., Lin, H.-S., Sloan, R.P. & Weinstein, M. (2006). Religious involvement and health outcomes among older persons in Taiwan. Social Science and Medicine, 63, 2228-2241.

Goldman, N., Turra, C, Glei, D., Lin, Y.-H., & Weinstein, M. (2006). Physiological dysregulation and changes in health in an older population. Experimental Gerontology, 41, 862-870.

Seplaki, C., Goldman, N., Weinstein, M., & Lin, Y.-H. (2006). Before and after the 1999 Chi Chi Earthquake: Change in depressive symptoms in older Taiwanese. Social Science and Medicine, 62(12), 3121-3132.

Goldman, N., Turra, C., Glei, D., Seplaki, C., Weinstein, M., & Lin, Y.-H. (2006). Predicting mortality from clinical and non-clinical biomarkers. Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, 61(10), 1070-1074.
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