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, co-sponsored with CDE (DemSem), features lectures by top scholars in the field. A list of DemSem presentations related to CDHA Research Themes can be found here. The second 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 are designed individually to meet the needs and interests of each scholar. CDHA typically receives NIA funding for one postdoctoral position.

Demography Training Seminar

Together with the Center for Demography and Ecology, CDHA hosts a weekly training seminar that provides training and professional development to graduate students studying population sciences. This seminar is open to all and usually meets on Wednesday at 2-3:15 PM in room 8417 of the Sewell Social Sciences building. An archive of past seminars is available here.

Spring 2020 Calendar


A downloadable electronic calendar file is available here.

A copy of the seminar schedule can be downloaded from this link.

Wednesday, January 22: Giving A Good Research Talk
Michal Engelman, UW-Madison Sociology

Wednesday, January 29: Preparing Scientific Posters
Renee Kremer, UW-Madison Population Health Sciences
Mike King, UW-Madison Sociology
Sandra Spirovska, UW-Madison Economics

Wednesday, February 5: Data Management *This seminar is cancelled.*
Jim Walker, UW-Madison Economics

Wednesday, February 12: “Concerned Demography:” Ethics in Population Research
Michal Engelman, UW-Madison Sociology

Wednesday, February 19: Reproducibility
Jenna Nobles, UW-Madison Sociology

Wednesday, February 26: Postdocs: What are they for and how do you get them?
Katie Jajtner, Center for Demography of Health & Aging
Xing Sherry Zhang, Health Disparities Research Scholar
Amanda Bosky, Center for Financial Security
Ngoc Dao, Center for Financial Security, Retirement & Disability Research Center
Linnea Evans, Health Disparities Research Scholar
Wei Xu, Center for Demography of Health and Aging

Wednesday, March 4: A recent grad reflects on the Academic Job Market
Eric Vogelsang, Cal State San Bernardino

Wednesday, March 11: Bayesian Statistics
Scott Lynch, Duke University Sociology

Wednesday, March 18: Spring Break

Wednesday, March 25: PAA Practice Talks I **This event is cancelled.**
Leah Foltman: The Persistent Influence of Redlining on Racial Disparities in Educational Attainment in Milwaukee, WI
Shiro Furuya: Detecting Genetic Heterogeneities in Response to Trauma: The case of 9/11
Emma Romell: Family Complexity and Fathers’ Parenting Quality
Hans Schwartz: Understanding Geographic Disparities in Mortality (flash presentation)
Grace Venechuk: Health at the Intersection of Work and Family for American Mothers (flash presentation)

Wednesday, April 1: PAA Practice Talks II **This event is cancelled.**
Won-tak Joo: Restructuring of Social Networks after the Onset of Health Problems
Ellie Hozhausen: The Validity of Self- and Proxy-Reported Health Measures in Children
Joanna Venator: Undue Burden Beyond Texas: An Analysis of Abortion Clinic Closures, Births, And Abortions in Wisconsin
Leah Foltman: Racial Disparities in Health: An Investigation in Wisconsin

Wednesday, April 8: PAA Practice Talks III **This event is cancelled.**
Leafia Ye: Forced-Choice Dilemma? Immigrant Youth’s School Achievement and Popularity
Alex Mikulas: Beyond Area Disadvantage: How Disadvantage Indexes Make – and Miss – the Mark for Predicting Sense of Community
Shiro Furuya: Loneliness and Isolation at Older Ages in Japan: A Life Table Approach
Nathan Seltzer, Cohort-Specific Experiences of Industrial Decline and Intergenerational Income Mobility

Wednesday, April 15: PAA Practice Talks IV **This event is cancelled.**
Ariane Ophir: Housemates and Housework: A New Context for the Gendered Division of Labor
Kelsey Wright: The Effects of Method-Related Sexual Effects on Contraceptive Method Satisfaction and Continuation
Ang Yu: The Impact of Parental Wealth on Children’s Nest-Leaving, Renting, and Home-Buying
Lindsay Cannon: The Role of Violent and Coercive Experiences in Sexual and Reproductive Health Outcomes among Women in Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

Wednesday, April 22: No Seminar: PAA in Washington, DC

Wednesday, April 29: Varied Career Options for PhDs **This event is cancelled.**
Amelia Karraker, National Institute of Aging
Esteban J. Quiñones, Mathematica Policy Research