Health/Aging/Place Research Group

Faculty, Postdocs, & Scientists

Shubhashrita Basu

Credentials: Postdoctoral Researcher, CDHA

Joseph Clark

Credentials: Research Associate, Center for Demography of Health and Aging

Katherine Curtis

Credentials: Professor, Community and Environmental Sociology

Michal Engelman

Credentials: Associate Professor, Sociology

Jason Fletcher

Credentials: CDHA Director; Professor, Public Affairs and Sociology, UW–Madison

Katie Jajtner

Credentials: Assistant Scientist

Malia Jones

Credentials: Scientist, Community and Environmental Sociology

Natascha Merten

Credentials: Assistant Scientist, School of Medicine and Public Health

Jenna Nobles

Credentials: Professor, Sociology

Hamid Noghanibehambari

Credentials: Postdoctoral Researcher, CDHA

Alberto Palloni

Credentials: Professor Emeritus, Sociology

Lauren Schmitz

Credentials: Assistant Professor, Public Affairs, UW–Madison

Wei Xu

Credentials: Assistant Scientist, CDHA

Yan Zhang

Credentials: Postdoctoral Researcher, CDHA


Megan Agnew

Position title: Graduate Student, Population Health Sciences

Leah Foltman

Position title: Graduate Student, Sociology

Shiro Furuya

Position title: Graduate Student

Julia Goodwin

Position title: Graduate Student

Hans Schwarz

Position title: Graduate Student

Eva Vasiljevic

Position title: Graduate Student, Population Health Sciences

Grace Venechuk

Position title: Graduate Student, Sociology

Leafia Zi Ye

Position title: Graduate Student

Boyan Zheng

Position title: Graduate Student

Sarah Salas

Position title: Graduate Student, Sociology

Michael Topping

Position title: Graduate Student

Fall 2021 Schedule

The Health/Aging/Place group will meet from 12:00-2:00 pm on Fridays during the fall 2021 semester. Meetings will be held in 1328 Sterling Hall.

Events Archive

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Fall 2020

September 11, 2020: “The Effect of In Utero Exposure to the 1918 Influenza Pandemic on Child Mortality in the United States,” Elaine Hernandez (Indiana University)

September 25, 2020: “Longevity and In Utero Exposure to the Pandemics in the 19th Century,” Won-tak Joo

October 2, 2020: “A Machine Learning Approach to Place and Mortality,” Wei Xu

October 23, 2020: “Widening Nativity Gaps in Income in Mid-to-Later Life,” Leafia Ye

November 6, 2020: “Drilling, Pollution, and Infant Health,” Hamid Noghanibehambari (Texas Tech University)

November 20, 2020: “Parenthood in Later Life and Risk of Cognitive Impairment,” Yan Zhang (Michigan State University)

December 4, 2020: “Living Arrangement and Chronic Loneliness at Older Age,” Shiro Furuya

December 11, 2020: “Do Urgent Care Centers Reduce Spending and Increase Access to Care?” Giacomo Meille (University of Michigan)

Summer 2020

July 8, 2020: CENSOC  discussion, Leah Foltman and Gracie Venechuk

July 22, 2020: “A Rising ‘0.5 Generation’? Age at Migration and Retirement Outcomes of the Foreign-born,” Leafia Ye

July 29, 2020: “The Impact of State Income Tax Breaks for the Elderly on Savings and Income Security,” Ngoc Dao

August 5, 2020: “Early-life Diet Associations with Late-life Cognition,” Eva Vasiljevic

August 12, 2020: “Mortality Variation/CenSoc 1918 Influenza Pandemic,” Michal Engelman and Jason Fletcher

August 19, 2020: “Multiplex Intergenerational Mobility: A Place-based Analysis,” Katie Jajtner with Jason Fletcher

Spring 2020

January 23, 2020: Katie Jajtner
January 30, 2020: Hans Schwarz
February 6, 2020: Wei Xu
February 27, 2020: Won-tak Joo
March 5, 2020: B. Piedad Urdinola
March 12, 2020: Ngoc Dao
April 16, 2020: Jessica Polos
April 30, 2020: Shiro Furuya
May 7, 2020: Nathan Seltzer

Spring 2021

February 8, 2021

“Understanding Geographic Disparities in Mortality,” Hans Schwarz

February 22, 2021 

“Trend in lifespan variation across US states: 1959-2017,” Wei Xu

March 1, 2021

“Space, Race and Mental Health: COVID-19 in Wisconsin” (pilot study), Gracie Venechuk and Leah Foltman

March 8, 2021

“Variations in Health Outcomes by Educational Attainment with a Regression,” Shiro Furuya

March 15, 2021 

“The Association of Psychological Well-being with Sensory and Cognitive Function and Neuronal Health in Aging Adults,” Natascha Merten

“Multidimensional Intergenerational Mobility,” Katie Jajtner

March 22, 2021 

“Space-time Geography: An Organizing Framework for Infectious Disease Epidemiology Research,” Malia Jones

April 19, 2021

“Lifespan variations in the US: state of birth vs. state of residence,” Wei Xu

April 26, 2021

“Area Deprivation Index, Education, and Daily Stress and Well-being,” Julie Kirsch