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Joanna Maselko

Adjunct Associate Professor

Trent 230
(919) 613-5062

Asia Maselko


Asia Maselko's research uses a developmental and social epidemiological approach to study the mechanisms through which social and cultural factors influence mental health over the lifecourse. One specific area of interest is trying to identify how the family and social context shapes the intergenerational transmission of psychopathology risk. Towards this end, Dr. Maselko is currently evaluating the long term cognitive and socio-emotional outcomes among school-aged children whose mothers participated in a community based perinatal depression intervention in Pakistan. Dr. Maselko also leads a project that examines the family and social context determinants of well-being and cognitive decline among elderly in Sri Lanka. Another area of research focuses on how religious engagement facilitates risk or resilience in the context of socioeconomic adversities. With an emphasis of on disentangling causal processes, Maselko's previous research has described the potential contribution of selection effects in the observed religious engagement-depression association.


Recent Publications

Maselko J., Sikander S., Bangash O., Bhalotra S., Franz L., Ganga N., Guru Rajan D., O'Donnell K., Rahman A. Child mental health and maternal depression history in Pakistan. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. 2015; online first. doi: 10.1007/s00127-015-1143-x

Benjamin Neelon SE., Stroo M., Mayhew M., Maselko J., Hoyo C. Correlation between maternal and infant cortisol varies by breastfeeding status. Infant Behavior and Development, 2015; 40: 252-258. doi: 10.1016/j.infbeh.2015.06.005

Maselko J., Sikander S., Bhalotra S., Bangash O., Ganga N., Mukherjee S., Egger H., Franz L., Bibi A., Liaqat R., Kanwal M., Abbasi T., Noor M., Ameen N., Rahman A. Impact of an Early Perinatal Depression Intervention on Longer-term Child Development Outcomes. Lancet Psychiatry, 2015; 2(7): 609-617. doi: 10.1016/S2215-0366(15)00109

Perera B., Watt M., Østbye T., Rajapakse H., Ranabahu S., Maselko J. Ideals of and barriers to successful aging: A qualitative study of Sri Lankan older people. Asian Journal of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 2015; 10: 22-30

Sikander S., Maselko J., Haq Z., Ahmad I., Hafeez A., Rahman A. Integrating cognitive-behavioral techniques in routine counseling to improve exclusive breastfeeding in a traditional, non-literate population in North-West Pakistan: a clustered-randomized trial. Pediatrics, 2015; 2014-1628; doi: 10.1542/peds.2014-1628.

Ukegbu U, Maselko J, Malhotra R, Perera B, Østbye T. Correlates of hand grip strength and activities of daily living in elderly Sri Lankans. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2014; 62(9):1800-1801. DOI: 10.1111/jgs.13000

Maselko J, Sebranek M, Hodzic Mun M, Perera B, Ahs J, Østbye T. The Contribution of Generative Leisure Activities to Cognitive Function among Sri Lankan Elderly. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 2014; 62(9):1707-13. doi: 10.1111/jgs.12985.

Maselko, J. The neurophysiology of religious experience. In: APA Handbook of Psychology, Religion and Spirituality. Pargament, K. I., Exline, J., Jones, J., Mahoney, A., & Shafranske, E. (Ed). 2012

Shin, JH., Kyung Do, Y., Maselko J., Brouwer, RJN., Song, SW., Ostbye, T. Correlates of and health care utilization related to major depressive symptoms among Korean elderly. Social Science and Medicine. July 2012 75(1): 179-185

Hayward, RD., Maselko J., Meador, KG.,. Predictors of changing one's recollection of religious identity over time. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion. 2012 22(1), 79-88

Maselko J., Hayward RD., Hanlon A., Buka, SL., Meador K. Religious service attendance and major depression: A case of reverse-causality? 175(6): 576-583 American Journal of Epidemiology