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Population Dynamics Scientist Development Award Program

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Overview

The Population Dynamics Scientist Development Award Program, supported through the NICHD's Population Dynamics Branch (PDB) (formerly the Demographic and Behavioral Sciences [DBS] Branch), funds career development for junior-level researchers in population dynamics. Population dynamics is defined as demographic, behavioral, and social scientific research on fertility, family and household structures, mortality and morbidity, migration, immigration, population and the environment, and population distribution and characteristics. This program is part of the NIH-wide Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01) Program, through which the NICHD supports early-career investigators in several specific fields.

Each grant recipient, under the mentorship of an experienced population dynamics researcher, undertakes 3 to 5 years of advanced study and supervised research with the goal of developing into an independent investigator. An advisory committee consults with each awardee at least annually to review his or her career development plan and research project, to evaluate his or her progress, and to provide guidance for future scientific career development.

The specific objectives of the Population Research Scientist Development Award Program are to:

  • Expand the range and depth of technical and scientific inquiry skills of junior doctoral-level candidates in population dynamics that will allow them to pursue independent research careers and to conduct scientifically sophisticated studies in the field of population dynamics;
  • Develop the necessary grant-application writing knowledge and skills of junior doctoral-level candidates in population dynamics to allow them to compete effectively for funding to support future research projects;
  • Provide a mentored research experience in population dynamics for junior doctoral-level candidates who conduct research in other disciplines, such as anthropology, geography, biological sciences, in order to enhance their scientific careers and encourage the application of novel or highly promising interdisciplinary approaches to the field of population dynamics; and
  • Provide a mentored research experience in other disciplines for junior doctoral-level candidates who conduct studies in population dynamics in order to enhance their scientific careers and encourage the application of novel or highly promising interdisciplinary approaches to the field of population dynamics.

Topic Areas

The program supports research consistent with the interests of the PDB population dynamics research program, which focuses on but is not limited to the following topics:

  • Fertility
  • Reproductive health
  • Family and household structures
  • Health
  • Mortality and morbidity
  • Migration
  • Immigration
  • Population and the environment
  • Population distribution and characteristics

Current Grantees

  • Achyuta Adhvaryu, Ph.D. (University of Michigan)
  • Marcella M. Alsan, M.D. (Stanford) 
  • Elizabeth E. Bruch, Ph.D. (University of Michigan)
  • Jessica Diane Gipson, Ph.D. (University of California, Los Angeles)
  • Bridget J. Goosby, Ph.D. (University of Nebraska, Lincoln)
  • Kelli S. Hall, (Emory University)
  • Pamela Jagger, Ph.D. (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
  • Michael R. Kramer, (Emory University)
  • William Kuang-Yao Pan, Dr.P.H. (Johns Hopkins University)
  • Gina S. Lovasi, (Columbia University)
  • Chunling Lu, Ph.D. (Brigham and Women’s Hospital)
  • Yao Lu, Ph.D. (Columbia University)
  • Tyler McCormick, (University of Washington)
  • William r. Mills-Koonce, (University of NC, Greensboro)
  • Andrew Penner, Ph.D. (University of California, Irvine)
  • Kammi K. Schmeer, (Ohio State University)
  • Valerie A. Simon, (Wayne State University)
  • Julia R. Steinberg, (University of Maryland, College Park)
  • Harsha Thirumurthy, (University of NC, Chapel Hill)
  • Amanda Thompson, Ph.D. (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
  • Ushma D. Upadhyay, (University of California, San Francisco)
  • Kari White, (University of Alabama at Birmingham)

More Information

Last Reviewed: 11/24/2015
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