Benjamin Capistrant ScD » Faculty

Research Interests:Epidemiology and Demography of Aging; Disability; Social Epidemiology; Cardiovascular Disease; Depression; Cognitive Function; Global Health;Caregiving; Families; Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology & Community Health

Address West Bank Office Building, Room 437 1300 S. 2nd Street, Suite 300 Minneapolis MN 55455 USA Work Phone: 612-624-2891 Website: Benjamin Capistrant
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Benjamin Capistrant earned his Masters and Doctorate in social epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. He later received postdoctoral training in demography and epidemiology of aging from the Carolina Population Center at University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. His research focuses on social determinants of aging and non-communicable diseases, both in the U.S., and in low and middle income countries. In particular, he is interested in how social factors like family dynamics, race/ethnicity, and education are associated with health outcomes like disability, cognitive function, and cardiovascular disease.


Aging; Cardiovascular Disease; Disparities; Epidemiology; Global Health; Sociology

Professional Experience

  • 2013-present, Assistant Professor, Division of Epidemiology & Community Health, University of Minnesota
  • 2013-present, Affiliate, Minnesota Population Center
  • 2012-2013, Postdoctoral Scholar, Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Selected Publications 

  • Capistrant BD, Wang Q, Liu SY, Glymour MM. Stroke-Associated Differences in Rates of Activity of Daily Living Loss Emerge Years Before Stroke Onset. Forthcoming at Journal of American Geriatrics Society.
  • Capistrant BD, Berkman LF, Glymour MM. Does Duration of Spousal Caregiving Affect Risk of Depression Onset? Forthcoming at American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.
  • Capistrant BD, Gilsanz P, Moon JR, Kosheleva A, Patton KK, Glymour MM. Does the association between depressive symptoms and cardiovascular mortality risk vary by race? Evidence from the Health and Retirement Study. Ethnicity & Disease. 2013; 23(2): 155-160.
  • Wang Q, Capistrant BD, Ernholdt A, Glymour MM. Long-term rate of change in memory functioning before and after stroke onset. Stroke. 2012; 43(10): 2561-2566
  • Capistrant BD, Moon JR, Glymour MM. Spousal Caregiving and Incident Hypertension. American Journal of Hypertension. 2012; 25(4): 437–443
  • Capistrant BD, Moon JR, Berkman LF, Glymour MM. Current and Long-Term Spousal Caregiving and Onset of Cardiovascular Disease. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 2012; 66(10): 951-956