This year there were two winners of the SSPH+ "Best published PhD Article Award". We are glad that Kathryn Dawson-Townsend, PhD student at the Department of Health Sciences and Medicine, is one of them. Kathryn Dawson-Townsend won with her article "Social participation patterns and their associations with health and wellbeing for older adults" published in "SSM - Population Health". In the article, she uses data from the Swiss Household Panel and a latent class analysis as well as regression methods to investigate the extent to which different participation profiles in the older population are associated with health and well-being. The results show that social participation is a very individual phenomenon and that the positive relation with health and well-being can be explained first of all by unobserved individual heterogeneity. Prof. Dr. Stefan Boes, supervisor of the dissertation, comments: "This award is a great recognition of Kathryn Dawson-Townsend's research achievements and confirms our strong position in research as a department".
Congratulations to the winner!