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 2019 Calendar


A downloadable electronic calendar file is available here.

Wednesday, February 6: The Academic Job Market: What Do Hiring Committees Look For? Jason Fletcher (public affairs; sociology) and Christine Schwartz (sociology)

Wednesday, February 13: Job Market Tips for International Students, Chaeyoon Lim and Alberto Palloni (sociology)

Wednesday, February 20: Research Ethics Case Studies, Michal Engelman (sociology)

Monday, February 27: Regression Diagnostics, Mark Banghart (SSCC)

Wednesday, March 6: Media Relations and Communications Strategies, Veronica Rueckert and Eric Hamilton (university communications)

Wednesday, March 13: PAA practice talk

  • Leafia Ye: Assimilation for Whom? Country of Origin and Immigrant Men’s Working Life
  • Rachel Rosenfeld: Migratory Response to Climate Change in Viet Nam
  • Won-tak Joo: Educational Differences in Health Discussion Mobilization through Social Networks

Wednesday, March 20: Spring Break – No seminar

Wednesday, March 27: PAA practice talks

  • Qian He: Multigenerational Class Gradients in Housing Tenure Trajectories during Young Adulthood
  • Julia Thomas: Segregation and Violence Reconsidered: Do Whites Benefit from Residential Segregation?
  • Won-tak Joo: Changes in Social Networks after Retirement: Comparison of the USA and European Countries
  • Kelsey Quinn Wright: Intersectionality and Intentionality: The Effects of Tolerance for Risk of Unintended Pregnancy, Side Effects, and Identity on Contraceptive Practices over Time

Wednesday, April 3: PAA practice talks

  • Ariane Ophir: Caring and Working Life Expectancy at 50: A Comparative Analysis of Gender Differences in Europe
  • Yiyue Huangfu: Population-Level Impact of Adverse Early Life Conditions on Adult Trajectories of Morbidity, Disability and Mortality for Low- and Middle- Income Countries
  • Leafia Ye: Does Destination Matter? Geographic Patterns of Immigrant Health in the US

Wednesday, April 10: PAA Conference – No seminar

Wednesday, April 17: Introducing the UW Survey Center, Nora Cate Schaeffer (sociology; UW Survey Center)  Please note: This seminar will take place at the UW Survey Center in Room 4327 Sterling Hall.

Wednesday, April 24: Embodying Landscapes of Violence: Impacts of Conflict- and Displacement-related Stressors on Women’s Health at the Thai-Burma Border, Stephanie Koning

Wednesday, May 1: Information Design and Presentation Best Practices, James R. Carey (Davis)