Katia Bruxvoort, PhD, MPH

"Grappling with transracial adoption. Examining how addiction and body image affect behavior. Coming to terms with dementia, depression, and anxiety. Taking stock of mental health across time. “This Is Us” showed all of this and more during six outrageously successful seasons."

"This NBC series explored the lives of three children — twins Kevin and Kate, whose parents adopted a third baby, Randall, whose father had abandoned him at a fire station. As avid fans, we debriefed weekly to discuss the twists, turns, and tears of the Pearson family saga, which wraps up on May 24. From our public health and ethnic studies perspectives, the series accomplished a rarity for a fictional TV show: It showed the ways the conditions in which people live, work, and play can influence their health."

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