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.

Spring 2023

Jan 25: “Data Management” – Jim Walker (UW Economics)

Feb 1: No in person meeting. Individual research consultations.

Feb 8: “Promoting Research and Media Tips” – Malia Jones (UW C&E Sociology)

Feb 15: “The Academic Job Market” – Christine Schwartz (UW Sociology)

Feb 22: “Inference for Just-Identified Instrumental Variables – Jack Porter (UW Economics)

March 1: “How to Give a Great PAA Presentation” – Monica Grant (UW Sociology)

March 8: “Workshop: Datasets for Research on Family, Population, and Social Mobility in Historical China” – Cameron Campbell (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology) from 2:15-4:00pm

March 15: Spring Break

March 22: PAA Practice Talks and Posters

March 29: PAA Practice Talks and Posters

April 5: PAA Practice Talks and Posters

April 12: No Dem Training, PAA Annual Meeting

April 19: “Postdocs: What Are They and Are they Right for You” – Hector Pifarre Arolas (UW Public Affairs)

April 26: Panel on Sociogenomic Data and Analysis – James Li (UW Psychology); Qionshi Lu (UW Biostatistics); Lauren Schmitz (UW Public Affairs)