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Professors Don Kerr and Roderic Beaujot Publish Book

Professors Don Kerr and Roderic Beaujot published Population Change in Canada, 3rd Edition, Oxford University Press, 2016

Alumni News

Godfred Boateng, PhD 2015, is a postdoctoral fellow in Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition at Northwestern University.
Nicole Etherington, PhD 2016, is a clinical research associate in Clinical Epidemiology and Knowledge Translation, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. 
Stacey Hallman, PhD 2016, is an Analyst for Statistics Canada.
Sasha Koba, MA 2015, is a Census Processing Officer for Statistics Canada.
Laura Wright, PhD 2015, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Saskatchewan

New Faculty Member

CPAH welcomes Dr. Michael Haan, Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Migration and Ethnic Relation in the Department of Scoiology. Dr. Haan’s research interests intersect the areas of demography, immigrant settlement, labour market integration, and data development.

PhD Candidate Receives CIHR Excellence Award in Sex and Gender Research

Nicole Etherington, PhD Candidate in Sociology, was recognized by the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health for her innovative research on women's health. Her dissertation research applies unique methodological and theoretical approaches to the study of women's and men's health over time, and across a variety of disease outcomes to further our understanding of the complexity of social determinants of women's health over the life course. Her research has been published in Women and Health, and is forthcoming in Women and Aging and Longitudinal and Life Course Studies.

Professor Rachel Margolis and Natalie Iciaszczyk Publish Article

Professor Rachel Margolis and MA Student Natalie Iciaszczyk recently publised "The Changing Health Of Canadian Grandparents" in Canadian Studies in Population. For a link to the article, please click here.

Professor Rachel Margolis and Colleague Publish Article

Professor Rachel Margolis recently published "Parental Well-being Surrounding First Birth as a Determinant of Further Parity Progression" with colleague Mikko Myrskylä in Demography. The article has been featured in many recent news reports, including the Huffington Post.

Roderic Beaujot Earns Lifetime Contribution Award

Sociology professor emeritus Roderic Beaujot recently received the 2015 Lifetime Contribution Award, presented by the Canadian Population Society. Read more from Western News.

Nicole Etherington Publishes Article

PhD candidate Nicole Etherington recently published the article "Race, Gender, and the Resources That Matter: An Investigation of Intersectionality and Health" in the Journal of Women and Health. For a link to the article, please click here.

The Centre for Population, Aging and Health Graduate Student Paper Award Winners

The recipients of the CPAH 2015 Graduate Student Paper Award are Jinette Comeau, for her paper "Economic Resources and Children's Trajectories of Mental Health over the Early Life Course" and Jonathan Amoyaw and Godfred Boateng for "Conundrum of Sexual Decision-Making in Marital Relationships: Safer Sex Knowledge, Behaviour, and Attitudes of Married Women in Zambia".

Professor Rachel Margolis and Laura Wright Publish Article

Professor Rachel Margolis and PhD candidate Laura Wright recently published "Better off Alone Than With a Smoker: The Influence of Partner's Smoking Behavior in Later Life" in the Journal of Gerontology Social Sciences. For a link to the article, please click here. The article has further been featured in Reuters Health News and Business Insider

Upcoming Symposium at Trent Univerisy 

Trent University and the Trent Centre for Aging and Society are hosting an upcoming symposium entitled "Critical Intersections: Mild Cognitive Impairment, Aging and Dementia in Theory and Practice." The symposium will be held at Trent University from Thursday May 7th to Friday May 8th, 2015. For more information and registration details please visit https://www.regonline.ca/builder/site/?eventid=1664993.

Recent Publication by Professor Lorraine Davies 

Professor Lorraine Davis and colleague Jessica Braimoh have published "When 'breast' is no longer 'best': Post-partum constructions of infant feeding in the hospital" in Social Science and Medicine, 123:82-89.

Professors Kim Shuey and Andrea Willson Publish article

Professors Kim Shuey and Andrea Willson have published the article "Economic Hardship in Childhood and Adult Health Trajectories: An Alternative Approach to Investigating Life-Course Processes" in Advances for Life Course Research, 22:49-61.

Recent Publication and Accomplishments by Professor Ingrid Connidis

In March, Ingrid Connidis was invited to present the Barbara Pittard Payne Annual Lecture in Gerontology at Georgia State University, Atlanta. Her lecture was entitled “Part of the Family: The Long-term Ties of Gay and Lesbian Adults.”  

In September, Ingrid Connidis gave a paper as part of a symposium on long-term unions at the British Society of Gerontology meetings: "Maintaining Otherness: The Study of Long-term Marriage and Partnerships Among Straight and Gay Couples."

Ingird Connidis also recently published "Age Relations and Family Ties Over the Life Course: Spanning the Macro-Micro Divide" in Research in Human Development, 11:291-308

To add balance to her life, Ingird Connidis had a solo art show of her paintings at the ARTS Project this fall in London, Ontario. 

Professor Paul Paré new Academic Co-Director of the RDC@Western and Recent Publication 

Professor Paul Paré is the Academic Co-Director (with Piotr Wilk) of the RDC@Western. The RDC@Western provides researchers with access to restricted/confidential datasets for quantitative analysis. It also organizes lectures and workshops on statistical techniques and methodology, and promotes knowledge transfer from academia to the real world.

Professor Paul Paré, along with colleagues Michael Massoglia, Jason Schnittker and Alain Gagnon, recently published "The relationship between incarceration and premature adult mortality: Gender specific evidence" in Social Science Research, 46:142-154. 

Recent Publication by Jinette Comeau and Professor William Avison

PhD candidate Jinette Comeau and Professor William Avison publish "Social Disparities in Family and Health." Pp. 68-82 in Joyce Arditti (Ed.), Family Problems: Stress, Risk and Resilience. New York: Wiley/Blackwell.

Post-Doc Position in Life Course Research at the University of Lausanne (NCCR LIVES)

The Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research "LIVES - Overcoming Vulnerability: Life Course Perspectives" (NCCR LIVES) announces:


The NCCR LIVES offers a one-year post-doctoral position for a promising early career researcher in disciplines from the social sciences (social psychology, sociology, social demography, etc.).

The candidate will join a research group already working in the framework of the NCCR LIVES (www.nccr-lives.ch). The NCCR LIVES is a very stimulating interdisciplinary and international scientific research environment. It analyses vulnerability across the life course from different perspectives and disciplines, notably on the basis of longitudinal data. Our aim is also to combine advanced interdisciplinary basic research with efficient social policy interventions in order to contribute to a sustainable societal environment for human development.

The position will have two parts. A 50% will be devoted to theoretical developments on the multilevel definition of vulnerability within the core of the NCCR LIVES. The other 50% will be devoted to empirical research of the candidate, preferably in collaboration with one of the individual research projects of the NCCR LIVES in which the supervisor is involved (IP1 and IP12).

Languages: Proficiency in English is necessary, communication skills in more than one Swiss national language (French, German, Italian) are an asset.

Contractual period: possibly from the 1st January 2015

Contract duration: 12 months

Deadline for application: 20th November 2014

Please send a curriculum vitae and a motivation letter specifying your main theoretical interests to Mrs. Christelle Burri by e-mail: Christelle.Burri@unil.ch.

For additional information please contact Prof. Dario Spini (Dario.Spini@unil.ch) who is responsible for this position.

The NCCR LIVES strongly encourages women to apply.



Professor Rachel Margolis and Colleagues Publish Articles

Professor Rachel Margolis and Colleague Mikko Myrskylä publish "Happiness: before and after the kids" in Demography.  The publication has received an abundance of positive press coverage, including coverage in The New York TimesThe Huffington PostScience DailyLondon Free Press, and CTV.

Professor Rachel Margolis and PhD Candidate Scott Mandich publish "Changes in Disability-Free Life Expectancy in Canada between 1994 and 2007" in Canadian Studies in Population.

Professor Rachel Margolis recently published "Siblings, Friends, Course-Mates, Club-Mates: How adolescent health behavior homophily varies by race, class, gender, and health status" in the Journal of Social Science & Medicine.  

Quebec Inter-University Center for Social Statistics Summer School

"The Quebec Inter-University Center for Social Statistics (QICSS) is designed for professors, university or public sector researchers, postdoctoral and postgraduate students, and, occasionally, for undergraduates who need training in methods of analysis for large-scale complex surveys, such as those of Statistics Canada and l'Institut de la statistique du Québec in order to conduct research in the context of their work or studies."

For more information please visit http://www.ciqss.umontreal.ca/en/summerSchool.html

Student Graduate Conference on "Mobility & Immobility: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Migration and Settlement" on April 3, 2014 at Western University

Western University's Collaborative Graduate Program in Migration and Ethnic Relations and the Graduate Program in Immigration and Settlement Studies at Ryerson University are hosting the 1st student graduate conference on "Mobility & Immobility: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Migration and Settlement" on April 3, 2014 at Western University.  The conference will feature Dr. Sedef Arat-Koç's keynote address "Exaltation of a Shrinking Citizenship: Depolotocizing Disciplining Citizenship in the New Hard Times."

For more information and to register for the free event please visit http://mobility-immobility.eventbrite.com.

Recent Graduate Student Achievements 

Congratulations to three graduate students who have been accepted to part take in the LIVES Life Course Winter School in Les Diablerets, Switzerland.  Graduate Students Melissa JacksonEunjeong Eugena Kwon and Laura Wright will participate in the Lives winter school where they will be immersed in a one week intensive program geared towards life course research.  The program utilizes a multidisciplinary approach, integrating various academic fields of research.  The goal of the program is to aid students in the development of collaborative research articles while facilitating learning by doing.

Several students have received travel grants to present papers and to attend workshops, congratulations to the following graduate student recipients of travel awards:

Laura Wright - Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America (PAA), Boston, USA
Eunjeong Eugena Kwon - LIVES Life Course Winter School 2014, Les Diablerets, Switzerland
Melissa Jackson - LIVES Life Course Winter School 2014, Les Diablerets, Switzerland
Nicole Etherington - QICSS International Conference Social Policy and Health Inequalities: An International Perspective, Montreal, Canada

Connidis awarded Wiley's Inaugural Alexis Walker Award

Professor Ingrid Connidis is a recipient of Wiley's Inaugural Alexis Walker Award for Family Studies Research.  The award was established in the memory of Professor Alexis Walker, a leader in Family Studies and an editor of the Journal of Marriage and Family. Ingrid received the award in recognition of her research published in the Journal of Family Theory and Review which used interviews and memoirs to explore gay men's ties with parents and siblings, in order to reveal a clearer and more inclusive picture of gay men in families. 

Read more from Western News and AlphaGalileo

Rachel Margolis Publishes Two Articles

Rachel Margolis just published "Educational Differences in Healthy Behavior Changes and Adherence Among Middle-aged Americans" in Journal of Health and Social Behavior.  Read more from Western News.
The article has received some press coverage.  In the Huffington Post "What Education Has To Do With Making Lifestyle Changes In The Face Of A Medical Diagnosis" and in Jama "Better-educated Middle-aged People More Likely to Adopt Healthy Lifestyle Changes When a Chronic Health Problem Arises."  Furthermore, the Journal of Health and Social Behavior did a podcast of Rachel Margolis discussing her publication.
Rachel Margolis also published "Health Shocks in the Family: Gender Differences in Smoking Changes" in Journal of Aging and Health 25(5):882-903.

Ingrid Connidis Receives Honorable Mention

The Anselm Strauss Award Committee, part of the Qualitative Family Research Network, Research and Theory Section, National Council on Family Relations, has given honorable mention to an article by Ingrid Arnet Connidis, “Interview and Memoir: Complementary Narratives on the Family Ties of Gay Adults,” which was published last year (2012) in Journal of Family Theory & Review. Quoting from the notification of the award: “Your article moves the field forward through a comparison of memoirs and interviews, drawing out the relative strengths and limitations of each method. Committee members also noted that memoirs are underutilized in family research, and so this article draws attention to an underused data source. Finally, they appreciated the article’s use of narrative and the emphasis on theoretical underpinnings of research method.”

CPAH PhD Student Earns Women's Health Scholars Award

Sociology PhD Student, Nicole Etherington, is among eight women at Ontario Universities honoured with 2013-14 Women's Health Scholars Award. Administered by the Council of Ontario Universities (COU), the awards celebrate Ontario's pre-eminent women's health scholars who excel in the creation of knowledge about women's health and translate that into better health outcomes for them. Etherington, who is interested in issues pertaining to gender and health equity, plans to use longitudinal data from the Panel Survey of Income Dynamics to examine the effects of childhood exposure to poverty on women's health over the course of their lives. She hopes her research will contribute to the development of evidence-based social and health policy aimed at reducing health disparities among older adults. Etherington also received a 2012-2013 Graduate Student Teaching Award. Congratulations, Nicole!

Dr. William Avison has been elected Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences  

Dr. Avison's election to the CAHS recognizes his international reputation in research in the sociology of mental health, his leadership nationally in support of health research, his commitment to training the next generation of researchers in family and children's health, and his contributions to the promotion of children's health.

The Canadian Academy of Health Sciences works in partnership with the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Engineering to form the three Member Academies of the Council of Canadian Academies. Fellows elected to the Academy are recognized by their peers nationally and internationally for their contributions to the promotion of health science. Membership is one of the highest honours in the Canadian health sciences community. New Fellows will be inducted into the Academy at the dinner ceremony during the CAHS Annual General Meeting in Ottawa on September 20, 2012. 

CPAH and the Department of Sociology welcome Professor Kate H. Choi

This year the sociology department welcomes a new faculty member, Assistant Professor Kate Choi.  Professor Choi will be teaching graduate level statistics courses in the department.  She received her PhD from UCLA in 2010, and most recently held a postdoctoral research associate position at Princeton University.