The view of the Carillon Tower framed by the golden autumn leaves.



Graduate work at CDHA provides training in the demographic and biological models of health and aging. Through course work, research, and mentorships, the program enables students to build expertise in demographic concepts and methods while cultivating their professional skills.

Graduate students attend two weekly seminars. The first, Demography Seminar (DemSem)—co-sponsored by the Center for Demography and Ecology (CDE)—features lectures by top scholars in the field. A list of DemSem presentations related to CDHA Research Themes can be found here. The second, Demography Training Seminar, aims to enhance the craft of research, foster individual mentoring relationships, and address methodological standards and ethical concerns in the field. Under faculty supervision, students develop the expertise needed to undertake independent research and present at professional conferences.

Postdoctoral fellowships at the Center are designed individually to meet the needs and interests of each scholar. CDHA typically receives NIA funding for one postdoctoral position.

Support for CDHA’s training program comes from a training grant (T32 AG000129-30) from the National Institute of Aging. CDE receives training support from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (T32 HD007014-42).

Demography Training Seminar

Together with the CDE, CDHA hosts a weekly training seminar that provides training and professional development to graduate students studying population sciences. This seminar is led by Max Bebris, is open to all and meets on Wednesday from 2:00-3:15 p.m. in room 8417 of the Sewell Social Sciences Building. An archive of past seminars is available here.

Fall 2022

September 7: Introductions 

September 14: PAA Abstract PanelMichal Engelman (UW Sociology), Corina Mommaerts (UW Economics) 

September 21: The Publication Process, Matt Wiswall (UW Economics) 

September 28: PAA Abstract Workshop, Max Besbris (UW Sociology) 

October 5: No Class – Yom Kippur 

October 12: Bayesian Model Selection and Model Uncertainty, David Kaplan (UW Educational Psychology) 

October 19: Asking Research Questions, Meg Bea (UW Human Ecology) 

October 26: Interacting with Advisors/Mentors, Marcy Carlson, (UW Sociology) 

November 2:  

November 9: What is an Academic Job? Jason Fletcher (UW Public Affairs/Sociology/Economics) 

November 16: Where to find Spatial Data, Marah Curtis (UW Social Work) 

November 23No class –day before Thanksgiving recess

Nov 30: Mixed Methods Demographic Research, Sarah Halpern-Meekin (UW Human Development and Public Affairs) 

December 7: Equitable Health Measurements and Health Demography Careers, Amanda Gatewood and Nicholas Schmuhl (UW Population Health Institute)