Welcome to the Center for Demography and Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

CDE is a multi-disciplinary faculty research cooperative for social scientific demographic research whose membership includes sociologists, rural sociologists, economists, epidemiologists, and statisticians. CDE is one of the leading centers of social science research in the world, as indicated by the scholarly productivity of its faculty, the level of extramural funding secured by researchers, the production and distribution of high quality demographic data, and the quality of its graduate training program. The intellectual collegial environment of the Center makes it an exciting and stimulating place in which to conduct research.

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Tova Walsh, PhD, MSW was recently appointed as a Scholar with the University of Wisconsin-Madison BIRCHWH Program, a NIH funded K-12 institutional training grant and mentoring program. Dr. Walsh is an Assistant Professor with the School Social Work and a CDE Affiliate. Her research focuses on understanding and improving health and wellbeing in multi-stressed families, with a special interest in women service members/veterans and their families.
Two teams with CDE affiliates will receive funding from the UW2020 project, a new initiative designed to jump-start innovative interdisciplinary projects at UW-Madison. Led by co-principal investigators Lawrence Berger and Nora Cate Schaeffer, the project titled "Wisconsin Study of Family Complexity and Public Policy" includes co-investigators Marcy Carlson and Dan Meyer. Corinne Engelman is part of a team investigating Alzheimer's disease, titled "Molecular Atlas of Alzheimer's Disease Stages". Congratulations to all! | Read more...
CDE receives funding via a Population Research Infrastructure grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (P2C HD047873). Our sister center CDHA receives Center Grant funding from the National Institute on Aging (P30 AG017266). See how to acknowledge this support.

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Recent Publications

Berger, L. M., and McLanahan, S. S. 2015. "Income, Relationship Quality, and Parenting: Associations with Child Development in Two-Parent Families." Journal of Marriage and Family 77(4) 112-126.

DeLamater, John and Erica Koepsel. 2015. "Relationships and sexual expression in later life: a biopsychosocial perspective." Sexual and Relationship Therapy 30(1): 37-59.

Domingue, D., Conley, D., Fletcher, J., & Boardman, JD. 2015. "Cohort effects in the genetic influence on smoking." Behavior Genetics July 30. 1-12.

Laxy M, Malecki KC, Givens ML, Walsh MC, Nieto FJ. 2015. "The Association between Neighborhood Economic Hardship, the Retail Food Environment, Fast Food Intake, and Obesity: Findings from the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin." BMC Public Health , 15(1) 237.

Nobles, J., Frankenberg, E., & Thomas, D. 2015. "The effects of mortality on fertility: population dynamics after a natural disaster." Demography, 52(1), 15-38.