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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 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.

Spring 2022 Schedule

Unless noted otherwise, all sessions are in person and will have an option to join virtually via Zoom.
Please email Mary Lynn Dombrowski for the link.

January 26: Introductions

February 2: Causal Decompositions of Group Disparities, Felix Elwert (UW)

February 9: Coding: Best Practices, Jenna Nobles (UW)

February 16, 10:30-noon:* Structural Racism and Quantitative Causal Inference, Nick Graetz (Princeton) and Courtney Boen (Penn), virtual only
*Please note different time and format

February 23: Principles of Design, UW Design Lab

*March 1, 3-4:30: Poster Design Workshop, UW Design Lab
*Optional session at the Writing Center

March 2: PAA Practice talks & posters

March 9: PAA Practice talks & posters

March 16: No class—Spring Break

March 23: PAA Practice talks & posters

March 30: PAA Practice talks & posters

April 6: No class, PAA

April 13: Inference for Just-identified Instrumental Variables, Jack Porter (UW econ)

April 20: Correcting for Multiple Hypothesis Testing, Damian Clarke –Part I (University of Chile), virtual only

April 27: Correcting for Multiple Hypothesis Testing, Damian Clarke–Part II (University of Chile), virtual only

May 4: Backward Paper Writing, Jon Zelner and Ella August (Michigan), virtual only