E. Jane Costello, Ph.D.

Photo of E. Jane Costello

Phone: 919-687-4686 x 230

Brightleaf Square, Suite 22
905 W. Main Street
Durham, NC 27701

Box 3454
Duke University Medical Ctr.
Durham, NC 27710

Email: jcostell AT psych DOT duhs DOT duke DOT edu

Professor; Associate Director for Research, Center for Child & Family Policy

Developmental Epidemiology

Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Division of Medical Psychology, School of Medicine

DIBS Faculty

Research Description

I run the Center for Developmental Epidemiology in conjunction with Adrian Angold. The Center brings together researchers from different disciplines in order to advance our understanding of the origins, course, and prevention of mental illness across the life course. My own program of empirical and theoretical work is designed to integrate developmental science and epidemiology, with the goal of improving the understanding, treatment, and prevention of psychiatric disorders in childhood and adolescence. I am also associate director of research at Duke’s Center for Child and Family Policy.

In my work as an epidemiologist, I use data sets available through the Center for Developmental Epidemiology to develop a model of child psychopathology that will help us to integrate findings about the causes of mental illness ("etiologic epidemiology") with a better understanding of risk factors and the options for prevention ("public health epidemiology"). An important aim is to use findings from this work as the basis for developing a set of propositions about how public health can use a primary care/primary prevention model to improve the emotional and behavioral development of children.


Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pittsburgh, Psychiatric Epidemiology, 1981-1983

Ph.D., University of London (England), Psychology, 1981

M.Phil., London School of Economics (England), Social Psychology, 1976

B.Sc., London School of Economics (Englad), Social Psychology, 1974

M.A., Oxford University (England), 1962

Recent Publications

Angold A & Costello EJ (2009). Nosology and measurement in child and adolescent psychiatry. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 50(1-2):9-15.

Beskow LM, Dame L, & Costello EJ (2008). Certificates of Confidentiality and compelled Disclosure of data. Science, 332: 1054-1055.

Brown RA, Adler NE, Worthman CM, Copeland WE, Costello EJ, Angold A (2008). Cultural and community determinants of subjective social status among Cherokee and White youth. Ethnicity & Health, 13:289-303.

Research Areas

Research Topics

  • Mental Illness
  • Childhood and Adolescence
  • Epidemiology