Cleopatra Abdou, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Gerontology and Psychology
Global health and human flourishing; lifespan and intergenerational health and development; reproductive health and pregnancy; culture; social identity; interpersonal and intergroup relationships; psychological and physiological stress; community-based participatory research.
What factors allow individuals, families, communities, and societies to be positive outliers; that is, to be healthy, happy, and successful against the odds? This is the question at the heart of Dr. Abdou’s global health and human flourishing research program.
Dr. Abdou’s interdisciplinary research highlights cultural and psychosocial resources which promote flourishing and buffer stress. She investigates how these effects are reflected in the body, brain, and behavior to improve mental and physical health during critical lifespan developmental phases, including pregnancy and early childhood, thereby reducing social status-based health disparities within the U.S. and health inequity globally. Dr. Abdou currently pursues two lines of inquiry in her global health and human flourishing research: 1) Maternal-child-family/
Dr. Abdou’s work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Michigan Center for Integrative Approaches to Health Disparities, and is published in scientific journals in psychology, public health, and medicine. Dr. Abdou is engaged in multiple international collaborations, including with the American University in Cairo.
University of Southern California
Office Location: GER 238
Office Phone: (213) 740-6678
Lab Location: GER 219
Fax: (213) 740-4420