Director’s Statement

Welcome to the California Center for Population Research (CCPR), UCLA’s campus-wide interdisciplinary center for population-related research. CCPR was established in 1998 and, since 2001, has been supported by a center grant (P2CHD041022) from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). CCPR is also very grateful to NICHD (T32HD007545) for the training grant for our graduate students and to UCLA and other funders for their ongoing support.

CCPR includes over 100 UCLA faculty affiliates and over 100 graduate student affiliates whose diverse disciplines include biostatisticscommunity healtheconomicseducationepidemiologygeographylawmedicinepolitical science, psychiatrypsychologypublic policysocial welfaresociologystatistics, and urban planning. We also have a number of affiliates who are faculty at other universities, in the United States and abroad, and postdoctoral fellows. CCPR provides faculty and graduate student affiliates with services that support the highest quality research on key issues in the field of population studies, broadly defined. CCPR activities and services include our regular seminar series; proseminars for graduate students; didactic workshops on computing, statistical methods, and professional development; and consulting on research design. CCPR also offers support for research working groups, a seed grant program, a junior faculty course release program, office space enabling faculty and student interdisciplinary interaction, assistance in preparing grant proposals, managing grants after award, computing hardware and software assistance, statistical consulting, and a working paper series.

Research at CCPR focusses on the analysis of demographic behavior. Recent projects include studies of neighborhood effects on health, residential segregation, the effects of job loss on health, the health and health-related behaviors of immigrants, social disparities in contraceptive use, processes underlying intergenerational support, social networks and the diffusion of knowledge, and methods for causal inference. CCPR research also includes large-scale projects such as the Los Angeles Family and Neighborhood Survey (L.A.FANS), the Latin American Mortality Database (LAMBDA), the Mexican Family Life Survey (MxFLS), the Union Army Veterans Data, and the China Multigenerational Panel Dataset – Liaoning (CMGPD-LN) and Shuangcheng (CMGPD-SC). These projects enable affiliates to conduct innovative research on individuals’ health and population dynamics.

As Director, I am very fortunate to work with two outstanding Directors: Hiram Beltran-Sanchez, Development Core Director, and Patrick Heuveline, Research Services Core Director . CCPR benefits from a wonderful staff, headed by the Executive Director Lucy Shao, which includes Denise Gonzalez, Steven Johnson, Matthew Lahmann, and Michael Tzen. Please explore our website to find out more about what we do.

Jennie E. Brand