Meet the New Affiliates

CDE welcomed ten new affiliates to its membership in Fall 2016. Affiliates are active participants in the CDE community and utilize CDE's broad array of research support services.

Corbett Grainger, Assistant Professor, Agricultural and Applied Economics

Corbett is an economist with interests in environmental and natural resource economics, property rights, political economy, and applied microeconomics. His recent research focuses on the distributional effects of regulations, property rights and institutions, especially estimating the causal effects of environmental regulations on different income and demographic groups. Areas of research at CDE: Demography of Inequality; Environmental and Spatial Demography.




Amy Kind, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics

As a practicing geriatrician and a PhD health services/implementation scientist, Amy leads an active research program focused on assessing, understanding and improving care system fragmentation, particularly for disadvantaged older adult populations, especially those with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. Areas of research at CDE: Health and Mortality; Environmental and Spatial Demography.







Rourke O'Brien, Assistant Professor, La Follette School of Public Affairs

Rourke is a sociologist whose research focuses on household and public finance, economic mobility and population health. He currently has projects that explore the social determinants of subnational tax structures, household savings and credit behavior, and the interplay between health and intergenerational economic mobility. Areas of research at CDE: Demography of Inequality; Health and Mortality.




David Monaghan, Senior Researcher, Wisconsin HOPE Lab

David is a sociologist whose research focuses on nontraditional undergraduates and broad-access higher educational institutions, the impact of socioeconomic inequality on college experiences and outcomes, and the relationship between educational credentialing and the labor market. His recent publications have considered how mothers' college education affects children's educational outcomes, community college as a route toward a bachelor's degree, and income inequality and educational assortative mating. Areas of research at CDE: Demography of Inequality.

Paul Peppard, Associate Professor, Population Health Sciences

Paul is an epidemiologist whose research is focused on the causes and consequences of sleep disorders, as well as on health disparities, summary measures of population health, and population health monitoring. He is also the Co-Director of the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW), a statewide research study designed to measure a broad range of health conditions in Wisconsin. Areas of research at CDE: Biodemography; Health and Mortality; Environmental and Spatial Demography.





Claudia Persico, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis

Claudia is an economics-oriented policy scholar, whose work lies at the intersection of inequality, education policy and early childhood health. Her recent work has focused on the effects of school spending on educational and economic outcomes and how in utero exposure to environmental toxins is linked to long-term cognitive and developmental outcomes for children. Areas of research at CDE: Demography of Inequality; Spatial and Environmental Demography; Health and Mortality.




Yajuan Si, Assistant Professor, Department of Biostatistics & Medical Informatics and Department of Population Health Sciences

Yajuan is a statistician whose longstanding goal is to develop innovative statistical methodology to solve problems emerging from public health research. Her current research lies in cutting-edge statistical methodology development in streams of Bayesian hierarchical models, missing data, causal inference and survey statistics. Area of Research at CDE: Health and Mortality.






Emilia Tjernstroem, Assistant Professor, La Follette School of Public Affairs

Emilia is an economist whose research interests lie primarily in the fields of development economics, behavioral economics, political economy, and environmental and resource economics. Her research employs econometrics, field-, and lab-in-the-field experiments to study technology diffusion, food security, and the impact that heterogeneity has on the success and optimal design of public policy. Areas of research at CDE: Demography of Inequality; Spatial and Environmental Demography.






Tova Walsh, Assistant Professor of Social Work

Tova has an interdisciplinary background in social work and psychology, with expertise in both qualitative and quantitative research. Her recent work focuses on understanding and improving health and wellbeing in multi-stressed families, with an emphasis on pregnancy and early parenting in various contexts of risk. Areas of research at CDE: Fertility, Families, & Households; Demography of Inequality.





Yang Wang, Assistant Professor, La Follette School of Public Affairs

Yang is an economist who works in the areas of health economics, applied microeconomics, and applied econometrics. Her recent research has focused on topics that include eating, obesity, alcohol abuse, maternal smoking, and depression, and her current projects include examining how minimum wages and an expanded Earned Income Tax Credit are linked to health outcomes. Areas of research at CDE: Demography of Inequality; Health and Mortality.