CDHA Scholar-in-Residence Program

CDHA Scholar-in-Residence

The CDHA Scholar-in-Residence Program has two aims: to support research by U.S.-based health and aging scholars from underrepresented racial and ethnic populations; and to enhance resources and networks available to these scholars and our local affiliates.

Applicants may choose to visit CDHA for approximately one week, to become acquainted with resident faculty, staff, and resources and present a seminar.

Call for Applications

Scholar-in-Residence program applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants should send a CV, tentative seminar topic and short list of UW researchers with overlapping interests to Michal Engelman. 

Past CDHA Scholars

Vikesh Amin


Vikesh Amin is a Professor at Central Michigan University. His research fields are economics of education, labor and health economics. Amin is associated with the Social Genomics Research Group. Amin visited October 23rd-October 26th and presented at DemSem, and a video recording of his presentation at the “From the Synergies in Longitudinal Studies Conference” hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Institute on Aging can be found here.

Cameron Campbell


For 2022-23, Campbell is a Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Study in the Behavioural Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University. While at CASBS, he is on leave from his regular position as Chair Professor in the Division of Social Science at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). He is also a Distinguished Professor in the School of History and Culture at Central China Normal University. Before he came to HKUST in 2013, he was Professor in the Department of Sociology at UCLA and an affiliate of the California Centre for Population Research (CCPR) at UCLA. He visited March 6th-9th, 2023. A video recording of Campbell’s DemSem can be found here and his Demography Training Seminar can be found here.


Javier de la Fuente


Javier de la Fuente is a Research Associate at the Department of Psychology and Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include life course epidemiology, genomics, and individual differences. He visited April 24th-28th, 2023. The video recording of de la Fuente’s Social Genomics Research Group talk can be found here. 

Monica Deza

Monica Deza is an Assistant Professor of Economics. Her research interests include Economics of crime, Economics of Risky Health Behaviors, Applied Microeconometrics and Labor Economics. A common theme in her work is how various policies affect adolescent propensity to engage in crime and drug consumption. She is an NBER/NSF Crime Research Fellow, and previously worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. During Summer 2016, Dr. Deza was a Visiting Assistant Professor at UC Berkeley. Prof. Deza visited September 9-13, 2019.

Research Interests:

Health Economics and Health Services Research

Jennifer Smith


Jennifer Smith is a genetic epidemiologist with appointments in the Epidemiology Department, School of Public Health and the Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research. Broadly, her research investigates the relationship between genetic, epigenetic, and transcriptomic variation and age-related chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease and dementia. She is a core faculty member of the Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health (CSEPH) and is affiliated with the Michigan Center on the Demography of Aging (MiCDA), the Center for Midlife Science, and the Population, Neurodevelopment and Genetics (PNG) Program. She also directs SPH’s Certificate Program in Public Health Genetics. Smith visited February 13th-16th, 2023 and the video recording of her presentation to the Social Genomics Research Group can be found here.

A video of Smith’s Fall 2022 DemSem can be found here.

Sebastian Tello-Trillo

Sebastian Tello-Trillo is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Economics at the University of Virginia Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. He is an economist whose research focuses on health policy in the U.S and Latin America. Most of his research focuses on understanding how policies affect individuals’ health behaviors and economic outcomes. His fields of specialization are in Health Economics and Applied Microeconomics. Professor Tello-Trillo visited November 8th-12th, 2021.

A video of Tello-Trillo’s Population Health Science Seminar can be found here, his DemSem can be found here, and his Demography Training Seminar can be found here.