Developmental Workshops 2011-2015

CCPR Workshops 2014-2015


“Longitudinal Data Analysis”
Michael Tzen
May 21, 2:00pm-5:00pm
2400 Public Affairs Building
An increasing number of longitudinal datasets are being made available. The longitudinal nature of the dataset may be represented as a hierarchy of stages, say, measurements across time nested within an individual. We’ll discuss how hierarchical models account for the nested structures and how Generalized Linear Models account for different outcome-response data types. Through hands-on exercises, the workshop will give a brief overview of the motivation and intuition of longitudinal data analysis.

“Bayesian Statistical Modeling Using Stan”
Daniel Lee
June 23, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
4240 Public Affairs Building
Stan is an open-source, Bayesian inference tool with interfaces in R, Python, Matlab, Julia, Stata, and the command line. Users write statistical models in a high-level statistical language. The default Bayesian inference algorithm is the no-U-turn sampler (NUTS), an auto-tuned version of Hamiltonian Monte Carlo. Stan was developed to address the speed and scalability issues of existing Bayesian inference tools. The goal of the workshop is the practical application of Stan to different models starting with ordinary linear regression and ending with more complex models such as generalized linear mixed and hierarchical models.


“Identifying and Accessing Datasets for Studies on Health and Aging”
Sharon Stein Merkin and Mei-Hua Huang
March 13, 12:00 AM – 1:00 PM
4240 Public Affairs Building
This presentation outlines the general approach to identifying and accessing datasets for secondary data analyses related to health and aging. Within this framework, we will outline the services provided by the UCLA Older American Independence Center’s Data Access Pilot Project (DAPP). We will provide a brief overview of several datasets, including MIDUS (Mid-Life in the US), MESA (Multi-ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis) and SWAN (Study of Women’s Health across the Nation).


“Introduction to Stata”
Andrew Hicks (UCLA)
October 3, 12:00-1:30pm

“Introduction to Stata”
Andrew Hicks (UCLA)
October 3, 12:00-1:30pm
Bunche Hall A258

“Leaping the Hurdles and Navigating the Maze: Getting NIH Funding”
Susan Newcomer, PHD
NIH Extramural Program Staff
October 23, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
4240 Public Affairs Building
Co-sponsored with The Williams Institute
This is an introduction to the culture of the US National Institutes of Health. I will talk about how the NIH functions, describe the process of an award from application to review to funding and provide some suggestions on grant writing including mechanisms, tips and things to avoid. There will be time for questions.

“How to Effectively Talk About Your Research with Diverse Audiences”
Shelley Wiseman and Prof. Jennie Brand
December 10, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
4240 Public Affairs Building
When you are asked to talk about your research, many of the challenges are the same no matter who your audience and what your communications medium (PowerPoint or not). How to get and keep the audience on board. How to choose what to say and what to leave out. How to identify and reinforce take-away messages. With your peers, you can assume some shared understanding and common language. Start at Point C and with your help the audience will hop on board and follow along. But what are the pitfalls? How can your presentation be more effective? Non-academic audiences pose other challenges. How to establish context and explain complicated concepts. How to tweak main messages for high-stakes audiences such as policymakers and the media.

CCPR Workshops 2013-2014


“Agent-Based Modeling Using AnyLogic Workshop”
Prof. Nathan Osgood, University of Saskatchewan
July 28–August 1, 2014
University of California, Los Angeles

“The Los Angeles Family and Neighborhood Survey Data Users”
September 12-13, 2014
California Center for Population Research, UCLA Campus


“NBER Cohort Studies Meeting”
April 4, 9:00 AM-5:30 PM
4240 Public Affairs Bldg.

“Learn About New Datasets in Health and Aging”
Sharon Stein Merkin, Mei-Hua Huang
April 11, 12:00 PM-1:30 PM
4240 Public Affairs Bldg.

“Publishing in a Social Science Journal: Advice for Graduate Students and Early Career Scholars”
Merril Silverstein, Syracuse University, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences
April 18, 12:00 PM-1:30 PM
4240 Public Affairs Bldg.

“Research Using Restricted Data: Ethics and Access Issues”
Gary Gates (UCLA), Elizabeth Stephenson
May 19, 12:00 PM-1:30 PM
4240 Public Affairs Bldg.


“Introduction to Methods for Longitudinal Survey Analysis using Stata”
Andrew Hicks (UCLA)
January 31, 12:00 PM-2:00 PM
SSC Computer Lab 2035H, located on the second floor in the Public Affairs Building.

“Exploring Contextual Dimensions of Behavioral and Mental Health Interventions in Diverse Racial/Ethnic Minority Populations”
March 6, 1:30 PM-5:30 PM
4240 Public Affairs Bldg.
Co-sponsored with the UCLA BRITE Center

“Econ Mini-Conf: Perspectives on Health and Aging”
Robert Willis (University of Michigan), Mark Hayward (UT Austin), and Robert Pollak (University of Washington, St. Louis)
March 7, 9:00 AM-3:30 PM
4240 Public Affairs Bldg.


“Introduction to Stata”
Andrew Hicks (UCLA)
October 11, 12:30 PM-2:00 PM
Bunche Hall A258

“How to be an Effective Researcher”
Xi Song, Devin Bunten, Malia Jones, Andrew Hicks, Jennie Brand (CCPR)
October 22, 2:30 PM-4:00 PM
Bunche Hall 9383

CCPR Workshops 2012-2013


“Advanced Stata Programming”
Andrew Hicks
April 4, 3:00pm-5:00pm
SSC Computer Lab 2400A

“Sexual Fluidity and its Legal and Policy Implications for Sexual Minority Populations”
Lisa Diamond, Univ. of Utah
April 23, 12:20pm-1:40pm

“Grant Writing Workshop”
Dora Costa, Anne Pebley, Andrew Fuligni
May 3, 9:00am-1:00pm
Workshop materials can be downloaded from
Gilbert Gee, Meredith Phillips, Till von Wachter (UCLA)
“Balancing Work and Family”
June 7, 12:00-1:00pm
4240 Public Affairs Building


“Data Sharing: Public Release”
Cameron Campbell (UCLA)
January 22, 3:30-5:00 pm

“Working with the IRB”
Annette Stanton
January 29, 2:30-3:30pm
Franz 3621C

“Combining Community-based, Bench, and Quantitative Research Through Collaboration”
Eli Puterman (UCSF)
January 29, 3:30-4:30pm
Franz Hall 5532B

“Colleting Your Own (Biological) Data: Graduate Student Experiences”
Alexandra Dupont, Keely Muscatell
February 5, 3:30-4:30pm

“Transitions from Graduate Student to Postdoc and Independent Investigator”
Prof. KaYuet Lieu (UCLA)
February 12, 3:30-5:00pm
4355 Public Affairs Building

“How Economists Study the Determinants of Health”
Adriana Lleras-Muney (UCLA)
February 19, 3:30-5:00pm
4355 Public Affairs Building

“Deductive Disclosure”
David Rigby, Mark Handcock and Narayan Sastry (UCLA)
March 1, 12:00-1:30pm
279 Haines Hall

“Who is Gay? Queer? Dilemmas of Adolescence and Youth”
Stephen T. Russell, Univ. of Arizona
March 5, 12:20-1:40pm PST
UCLA Law, Room 1314


“Introduction to Stata”
Andrew Hicks (UCLA)
October 26, 12:00-1:30pm
Bunche Hall A258

“Who Is Gay” (WIG) Working Group Meeting (UCLA)
December 7, 12:00-2:00pm PST
Public Affairs Conference Room #3333

CCPR Workshops 2011-2012


“CCPR von Gremp MiniConference: Health and Early Life”
Janet Currie (Princeton)
Seth Sanders (Duke)
Joseph Ferrie (Northwestern)
Adriana Lleras-Muney (UCLA)
March 2, 2012 8:30 AM-3:30 PM
4240 Public Affairs Bldg

“Dissertation Proposal Workshop”
Panel: Jenjira Yahirun, Dwight Davis, Malia Jones, and Bethay Rainisch
May 30, 2012 1:30PM-3:00PM
4240 Public Affairs Bldg


“Multilevel Modeling Workshop”
Andrew Hicks (UCLA)
January 27, 12:00-2:00pm
SSC Computer Lab 2035H

“Data Roundtable Meeting”
Suzanne Bianchi, Narayan Sastry, David Rigby, Jennie Brand (UCLA)
February 15, 1:30-3:00pm
4240 Public Affairs Bldg


“Training Session about Non-Academic Careers”
Melissa Chiu (Census Center)
July 26, 2011
4240 Public Affairs Bldg

“LAFANS Survey”
Anne Pebley (UCLA)
October 07, 2011
4240 Public Affairs Bldg

“Data Analysis”
Jennie Brand (UCLA)
October 17, 2011
4240 Public Affairs Bldg

“Preparing for the Job Market”
Leah Platt Boustan, Chandra Ford, and Partrick Heuveline (UCLA)
October 26, 1:30-2:30pm
4240 Public Affairs Bldg

“The physiological basis of good and bad aging–the role of psychosocial factors”
Arun Karlamangla (UCLA)
November 02, 1:30-2:30pm
4240 Public Affairs Bldg

“Racial Discrimination”
Gilbert C.Gee (UCLA)
November 07, 9:00-10:00am
DCPCR Conference Room, A2-125 CHS

“What do I think population scientists and demographers ‘do’? What constitutes population science and demography?”
Jessica Gipson (UCLA)
November 22, 10:00-11:00am
3621C Franz Hall

“Adolescent Allostatic Load & UCLA study of Family Health”
Bethany Wexler Rainisch (UCLA)
November 29, 10:00-11:00am

“Retirement and Social Security Reform”
Dayanand S. Manoli (UCLA)
December 2, 12:00-1:00pm