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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 Research Group.


  • Welcome New Affiliates and Postdoctoral Researchers

    Five new affiliates have joined CDHA: please welcome Sigan Hartley, Olayinka Shiyanbola, Alvin Thomas, Nicole Werner, and Victoria Zhang! Sigan Hartley is an associate professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies in …

  • Save the Date: Fall 2021 Events

    Mark your calendars: two exciting events are coming up this fall. On Wednesday, September 29, the UW Health Economics Research Group will host a workshop exploring research on the opioid epidemic with presentations by Adibah …

  • Data Librarian Lu Chou Retires after 30 Years at UW

    Congratulations and a big thank you go to Lu Chou, who retired in July from her position as senior special librarian at the Data and Information Services Center (DISC) after 30 years of service to …

  • 2021-22 Pilot Projects Awarded

    Through the center grant from the National Institute on Aging, CDHA provides financial support to affiliates who are developing innovative projects likely to receive federal funding. Each year, CDHA invites interested investigators to submit proposals …

  • Graduate Student Profile: Won-tak Joo

    Name: Won-tak Joo Department: PhD Student, Sociology Hometown: Seoul, South Korea Educational background: BA and MA in Sociology, Yonsei University Can you describe your research interests? Current research projects and/dissertation? My research interests are in …

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