University of Wisconsin–Madison


The Center for Demography of Health and Aging (CDHA) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison is one of eleven 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.


  • NSFH Waves 1, 2, and 3 Curated at ICPSR

    Between 1987 and 2003, the NSFH collected data on family living arrangements in childhood, departures and returns to the parental home, and histories of marriage, cohabitation, education, fertility, and employment. All three waves of data are now …

  • New Study to Examine Place of Birth, Health, and Mortality at Older Ages

    Congratulations to Katherine Curtis (community and environmental sociology; Applied Population Lab), Michal Engelman (sociology), Jason Fletcher (public affairs; sociology), Alberto Palloni (sociology), and Malia Jones (Applied Population Lab; CDE) on receiving an R01 grant from the National Institute on Aging. Fletcher and Palloni …

  • New Affiliates Join CDHA

    Since May, 18 new affiliates, representing 12 different departments, joined the Center’s ranks. CDHA also welcomed a new NIA postdoctoral fellow, Katie Jajtner, who came to Madison after completing her doctoral work at Fordham University. …

  • Cluster Hiring Initiative in Social Genomics

    The Initiative in Social Genomics is one of six successful proposals for Cluster Hires at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The aim is for UW to become home to the largest and most innovative group of researchers pursuing …

  • CDHA Welcomes New Director

    The CDHA executive committee has selected Jason Fletcher to become the Center’s next director, effective this month.  The Center has been funded through the National Institute on Aging for nearly 20 years.  Fletcher is Romnes …

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Wed 14

Demography Training Seminar (Jennifer Stenglein)

November 14 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Tue 27

DemSem (Christopher Seplaki)

November 27 @ 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
Wed 28

Demography Training Seminar

November 28 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Dec 04

DemSem (David Rehkopf)

December 4 @ 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
Dec 05

Demography Training Seminar (Susan Lederer)

December 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Dec 11

DemSem (Jeffrey Smith)

December 11 @ 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
Dec 12

Demography Training Seminar (Esteban Quiñones)

December 12 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm