DUPRI is proud to have been awarded a T32 training grant in the social, medical, and economic demography of aging from the National Institute on Aging. This program has been a core part of Duke demography for nearly three decades and has trained some of the top scholars in the field of aging.
The purpose of this program is to provide rigorous training to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in the field of aging. The program has six major areas of focus, including: (1) social disparities in health, (2) the biodemography of longevity, vitality, and frailty, (3) life course transitions, such as family change and retirement, (4) the economics of aging, (5) international studies of the health of aging populations, and (6) demographic and statistical methodology for aging research.
There are four core departments involved in the program, including Sociology, Psychology & Neuroscience, Economics, and Public Policy. The program is directed by Professor Scott M. Lynch, from the Department of Sociology and has four co-directors, one from each of the four core departments: Professors Linda K. George (Sociology), Avshalom Caspi (Psychology & Neuroscience), V. Joseph Hotz (Economics), and Elizabeth Frankenberg (Public Policy). In addition to these co-directors, the program has 19 other faculty mentors from these four departments, the School of Medicine, the Social Science Research Institute, the Department of Biology, and the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology. Click HERE for a listing of the core faculty mentors
The program has five predoctoral student and two postdoctoral scholar positions. Predoctoral students are required to take five courses relevant to the demography of aging and methodology necessary to conduct cutting edge research in aging. The course requirements are listed HERE. Postdoctoral students are not required to take courses but are encouraged to.
Trainees at both the predoctoral and postdoctoral level are required to attend the weekly [LINK—just link this to the dupri seminar page] DUPRI seminar, which focuses broadly on demography, and a monthly T32 Seminar Series that focuses specifically on the demography of aging.