The Center for Demography of Health and Aging (CDHA) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison is one of twelve demography of aging centers funded by the National Institute on Aging (P30 AG017266). Through the integration of research, training, and teaching, CDHA aims to increase the understanding of behavioral processes related to health and aging.

The interdisciplinary research program at CDHA is designed to create links between social demography, biomedical, and epidemiological research on health and aging. Research focuses on five major themes: aging and the life course; biodemography; determinants of disparities of aging trajectories; health economics and health services research; and impacts of place on aging processes.

CDHA enjoys a close relationship with the Center for Demography and Ecology, and affiliates benefit from the centers’ shared resources, such as funding opportunities and access to a secure data enclave.



Featuring presentations from CDHA special events and conferences, co-sponsored sessions of the Demography Seminar, and the Initiative in Social Genomics working group.


  • Palloni Receives Advanced Investigator Grant from the European Research Council

    Congratulations to Alberto Palloni, CDHA affiliate and former director, on receiving a prestigious Advanced Investigator grant from the European Research Council (ERC). Advanced Investigator awards fund ground-breaking, high-risk projects led by principal investigators who are …

  • Fall 2020 ISG Updates

    This fall, Philipp Koellinger and Sam Trejo join past cluster-hire Lauren Schmitz in filling the three tenure-track faculty positions created within the Initiative in Social Genomics (ISG). This interdisciplinary group of scholars, along with other …

  • Affiliates Secure New External Research Funding

    Lauren Schmitz received NIA funding for her project “Life Course Determinants of Epigenetic Age Acceleration and Subsequent Dementia.” Schmitz seeks to understand the impact of interactions between socioeconomic status (SES), genotype, and health behaviors on …

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