Benjamin Capistrant, ScD

Assistant Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Benjamin Capistrant

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-624-2891

Office Address:
West Bank Office Building, 437

Mailing Address:
1300 S. 2nd St.
Minneapoils, MN 55454

ScD, Social Epidemiology, Harvard University

ScM, Society, Human Development, and Health, Harvard University

BA, History and Political Science, Boston University

Post-Doctoral Scholar, Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill


My research focuses on older adults’ care needs and the health effects of caregiving for those care needs. As a social epidemiologist, I focus on two main areas within an aging context. The first is how cardiovascular disease, physical function, and cognitive function generate care needs among older adults. The second looks at how providing informal care to family members affects the caregiver's health. I apply this interest in caregiving to diverse populations where notions of “family” vary, such as social support and caregiving for gay and bisexual men with prostate cancer and older adults in India.


Aging, chronic diseases, equity, methods, global health, cardiovascular disease, social epidemiology, caregiving, families, LGBT health, population health

Professional Associations

  • Society of Epidemiologic Research
  • Gerontological Society of America
  • Population Association of America


Research Funding Grants

  • 9/15-6/19, NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, "ARIC Neurocognitive Study," Co-Investigator


See a full list of publications on PubMed

Recent Publications

  • Capistrant BD, Torres B, Merengwa E, West WG, Mitteldorf D, Rosser BR. "Caregiving and Social Support for Gay and Bisexual Men with Prostate Cancer," Psycho-Oncology, Nov 2016
  • Rosser BR, Capistrant B, Torres B, Konety B, Merengwa E, Mitteldorf D, West W. The Effects of Radical Prostatectomy on Gay and Bisexual Men's Mental Health, Sexual Identity and Relationships: Qualitative Results from the Restore Study," Sexual and Relationship Therapy, Sept 2016
  • Gildner TE, Liebert MA, Capistrant BD, D'Este C, Snodgrass JJ, Kowal P. "Perceived Income Adequacy and Well-being Among Older Adults in Six Low- and Middle-Income Countries," Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences & Social Sciences, Oct 2016
  • Kucharska-Newton AM, Palta P, Burgard S, Griswold ME, Lund JL, Capistrant BD, Kritchevsky SB, Bandeen-Roche K, Windham BG. "Operationalizing Frailty in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study Cohort," The Journals of Gerontology: Biological Sciences & Medical Sciences, July 2016
  • Liu SY, Manly JJ, Capistrant BD, Glymour MM. "Historical Differences in School Term Length and Measured Blood Pressure: Contributions to Persistent Racial Disparities among US-Born Adults," PLoS One, June 2015



  • PubH 6034, Evaluation
  • PubH 6636, Qualitative Research Methods in Public Health Practice


In The News

SPH News

  • Capistrant Finds Gay Prostate Cancer Patients Have Unique Social Support Networks and Needs (Read more)
  • A Student of the World: Four weeks in India help MPH student Subin Jang finder her focus (Read more)

In the Media

  • Minnesota's Retirement Population is about to Explode. Are we Ready? (Pioneer Press)