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 UCLA faculty affiliates whose diverse disciplines include biostatistics, community health, economics, education, epidemiology, geography, law, medicine, political science, population, psychiatry, psychology, public policy, social welfare, sociology, statistics, and urban planning. We also have a number of affiliates who are faculty at other universities, in the United States and abroad. Postdoctoral fellows and graduate students from a wide variety of UCLA departments are part of CCPR. CCPR provides faculty and 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, a proseminar for graduate students, didactic workshops on computing, GIS, methods, measurement and analysis of biomarker data, specialized research topics, consulting on research design, measurement, and statistical methods, support for research working groups, a seed grant program, office space where faculty and students interact daily, assistance in preparing grant proposals, managing grants after award, help with computing hardware and software problems, a working paper series, and many others.
Research at CCPR 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. Examples of other recent projects are 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, how parents and children help each other throughout life with financial assistance and everyday household tasks, social networks and the diffusion of knowledge, and methods for causal inference.
Please take advantage of our website to find out more about what we do.
As Director, I am very fortunate to work with two outstanding Associate Directors: Jennie Brand, Associate Director for Training and Development, and Patrick Heuveline, Associate Director of Research Services. CCPR benefits from a wonderful staff, headed by the Assistant Director Lucy Shao, which includes Ana Ramirez, Steven Johnson, Edward Moss, Michael Tzen.
Judith A. Seltzer