Nancy E. Adler

Nancy Adler


  • Advisor
  • Child & Brain Development


  • University of California San Francisco
Department of Psychiatry and Pediatrics


  • United States


PhD (Psychology), Harvard University
BA, Wellesley College


Nancy Adler’s earlier research examined the utility of decision models for understanding health behaviours, with particular focus on reproductive health.

This work identified both determinants and consequences of unwanted pregnancy. Adler’s current work examines the pathways from socio-economic status (SES) to health. As director of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on SES and Health, she co-ordinates research spanning social, psychological and biological mechanisms by which SES influences health. At the network, she has focused on the role of subjective social status in health.


UCSF Chancellor’s Award for Advancement of Women
George Sarlo Prize for Excellence in Teaching
Outstanding Contribution to Health Psychology Award from APA’s Division of Health Psychology

Relevant Publications

Adler, N.E. et al. "Social status and health: A comparison of British civil servants in Whitehall II with European- and African-Americans in CARDIA." Soc. Sci. Med. 66 (January 2008): 1034–1045.


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