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A recent study led by Arijit Nandi compared data from low and middle income countries and shows that additional maternity leave is associated with a reduction in infant mortality during the first year of life. See RCI interview, Montreal Gazette, McGill Newsroom. Photo: Wikipedia Commons

Reporting on their GrOW projects, Ari Nandi, Stella Muthuri, and Shelley Clark participate as panelists at the IDRC International Women’s Day event, Knowledge to Action: Improving Women’s Lives, March 8th, 2016. Video recording.

A new study by Shelley Clark and Sarah Brauner-Otto finds that divorce rates across 20 African countries over the past 20 years have remained stable or declined. See BBC Newsday interviewMcGill Reporter, the Standard Digital News (Kenya), Radio France Internationale,  Photo credit: Cassandra Cotton.

CPD members joined in the chorus of researchers calling for the reinstatement of the mandatory long-form census on October 22 and celebrating the November 5th announcement of its return.

The sweaty but happy team of CPD faculty, staff, students and loved ones, after a run/walk at the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Run for the Cure event on Sunday, October 4th, Parc Maisonneuve, Montreal.

Funded by the IDRC, CPD members Shelley Clark (PI), Sonia Laszlo, Franque Grimard, Sarah Brauner-Otto and team members from PCL, ISID, and APHRC will test the effects of child care on improvements in economic opportunities for poor, urban women in Nairobi, Kenya. More info.

Arijit Nandi and Sam Harper, with Centre for Microfinance and funded by IDRC, will lead an experimental field study to quantify the health and economic benefits of the non-profit Seva Mandir’s community-based day-care (Balwadi) program in rural Rajasthan. More info.  (Photo: Seva Mandir)

A mother carrying her child to a Nairobi slum daycare. See new African Population Health Research Centre (APHRC) video describing daycare issues and the McGill-APHRC GrOW daycare project (PI Shelley Clark). (Photo: APHRC)

Each week the popular Social statistics and population dynamics seminar features prominent domestic and international scholars addressing key topics across the areas of family, aging, health, immigration, education, skills acquisition and labour.

Welcome to the McGill Centre on Population Dynamics (CPD)!

The Centre on Population Dynamics was founded by Shelley Clark (Director), Céline Le Bourdais and Amélie Quesnel-Vallée and approved by the McGill University’s Board of Governors on May 1, 2012. A collaboration between three departments in two faculties (Sociology and Economics in the Faculty of Arts and Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health in the Faculty of Medicine), the Centre focuses on five research axes:  

  1.     Family Dynamics;
  2.     Social and Economic Determinants of Health;
  3.     Education, Skill Acquisition, and Labour;
  4.     Migration;
  5.     Aging over the life course.

These research axes are united by three overarching themes:

  •     Applied Quantitative Methods
  •     Life Course Perspectives;
  •     Global in scope, covering both developed and developing countries.


José Ignacio Nazif-MuñozJune 2016. Congratulations to José Ignacio Nazif-Muñoz for winning the Steinberg Global Health Postdoctoral Fellowship, from the McGill Global Health program. He will carry out his fellowship with the Institute of Health and Social Policy at McGill University, in collaboration with Arijit Nandi and Mónica Ruiz-Casares.

Jill Baumgartner McGill Centre on Population Dynamics, Institute for Health and Social Policy, and Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational HealthMay 2016. Congratulations to Professor Jill Baumgartner, winner of the the 2016 Maude Abbott Prize which recognizes outstanding record of achievements for female, early career stage Faculty Members in the Faculty of Medicine. 

Nichole Austin doctoral candidate in Epidemiology, McGill University and CPD student traineeCongratulations to Nichole Austin! PhD candidate in Epidemiology and CPD trainee, Nichole (supervisor: Sam Harper) is the recipient of a Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé doctoral award.

Marianne Paul doctoral candidate Sociology McGill University and student trainee at the Centre on Population Dynamics, McGill UniversityCongratulations to marianne [dot] paul2 [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Marianne Paul)! Doctoral student in Sociology and CPD trainee, Marianne (supervisor: Shelley Clark) is the recipient of a Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC) doctoral award.

Helen Cerigo, doctoral student, McGill University Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health and doctoral trainee, Centre on Population DynamicsApril 2016. Congratulations to Helen Cerigo! Doctoral student in Epidemiology and CPD trainee, Helen (supervisor: Amélie Quesnel-Vallée) is the recipient of a CIHR Doctoral award from the Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships competition.

Davis Daumler, recent graduate, Sociology and study trainee at the Centre on Population Dynamics, McGill UniversityCongratulations to Davis Daumler! Davis (supervisor: Céline Le Bourdais), a recent CPD trainee and graduate (MA Sociology), was the winner of the best presentation award at the Québec Interuniversity Centre for Social Statistics (QICSS) annual new researchers conference April 14, 2016.

José Ignacio Nazif-Muñoz, recent doctoral student graduate from Sociology and Centre on Population Dynamics, McGill UniversityCongratulations to José Ignacio Nazif-Muñoz, CPD doctoral graduate (Sociology, supervisor Amélie Quesnel-Vallée) has received the Arts Insights Dissertation Award from the Faculty of Arts, McGill University for the best dissertation in the Social Sciences. The McGill Department of Sociology also selected Ignacio as the outstanding PhD graduating student in 2015/2016.

Alissa Koski, doctoral student Epidemiology and student member of the Centre on Population Dynamics, McGillCongratulations to Alissa Koski, a CPD doctoral student (Epidemiology, supervisor: Arijit Nandi) who will be taking up a postdoctoral fellowship at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health in July 2016 with with Dr. Jody Heymann at the WORLD Policy Analysis Center.

Sean WaiteMarch, 2016. Congratulations to Sean Waite, CPD doctoral student (supervisor: Michael Smith) who will be beginning a new position as Assistant Professor in Work, Labour Markets, and Occupations in the Department of Sociology, Memorial University, on July 1, 2016.

Nicole DenierCongratulations to Nicole Denier, CPD doctoral student (supervisor: Michael Smith) who will be taking up a postdoctoral fellowship at the Department of Sociology, Colby College in September.

James FalconerCongratulations to James Falconer, CPD doctoral student (supervisor: Amélie Quesnel-Vallée) who has been awarded a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Alberta with Dr. Lisa Strohschein (Sociology).

Ignacio NazifCongratulations to jose [dot] nazifmunoz [at] MAIL [dot] MCGILL [dot] CA (José Ignacio Nazif-Muñoz), CPD doctoral graduate (supervisor Amélie Quesnel-Vallée) who has been awarded a two-year postdoctoral fellowship.

Claudia MasferrerJanuary, 2016. Congratulations to Claudia Masferrer, CPD doctoral graduate (co-supervisors: Céline Le Bourdais and Zoua Vang), for her new position as Assistant Professor at the Centro de Estudios Demograficos, Urbanos y Ambientales, El Colegio de México.

Recent Publications

*CPD trainee, student member, or post-doctoral fellow

Frank J. Elgar, Xie A, Pförtner T, White J, Pickett K. Relative deprivation and risk factors for obesity in Canadian adolescents. Social Science and Medicine. On-line Jan 28, 2016.

David Ruths, Ruths J. Estimating the minimum control count of random network modelsScientific Reports. On-line Jan 28, 2016.

McCusker J, Cole M, Yaffe M, Erin C. Strump, Sewitch M, Sussman T, Ciampi A, Lavoie K, Belzile E. Adherence to a depression self-care intervention among primary care patients with chronic physical conditions: A randomised controlled trialHealth Education Journal. On-line Jan 15, 2016.

Saeed S, Erin C. Strumpf, Walmsley S, Rollet-Kurhajec K, Pick N, Martel-Laferrière V, Hull M, Gill M, Cox J, Cooper C, Klein M. How Generalizable Are the Results From Trials of Direct Antiviral Agents to People Coinfected With HIV/HCV in the Real World? Clinical Infection Diseases. On-line Jan 6, 2016. 

Auger N, ZC Luo, AM Nuyt, Jay S. Kaufman, AI Naimi, RW Platt, WD Fraser. Secular trends in preeclampsia incidence and outcomes in a large Canada database: a longitudinal study over 24 years. Canadian Journal of Cardiology. On-line Dec 18, 2016.

Shelley Clark and Sarah Brauner-Otto. 2015. Divorce in sub-Saharan Africa: Are Unions Becoming Less Stable? Population and Development Review. 41(4): 583–605. DOI: 10.1111/j.1728-4457.2015.00086.x. On-line Dec. 15, 2015.

hailey [dot] banack [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (subject: your%20paper%20in%20the%20American%20Journal%20of%20Epidemiology) (Hailey R. Banack)* and Jay S. Kaufman. Estimating the Time-Varying Joint Effects of Obesity and Smoking on All-Cause Mortality Using Marginal Structural Models. American Journal of Epidemiology. DOI: 10.1093/aje/kwv168. On-line Dec. 10, 2015.

Liu Q, Jill Baumgartner, Zhang Y, Schauer J. 2016Source apportionment of Beijing air pollution during a severe winter haze event and associated pro-inflammatory responses in lung epithelial cells. Atmospheric Environment. On-line Dec, 2015. DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2015.11.031

Hajna S, Ross N, Joseph L, Sam Harper, Dasgupta K. 2015. Neighbourhood walkability, daily steps and utilitarian walking in Canadian adults. BMJ Open. On-line Nov 24, 2015. DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-008964

Aniruddha Das, Otis N. 2015. Sexual Contact in Childhood, Revictimization, and Lifetime Sexual and Psychological Outcomes. Archives of Sexual Behavior. On-line Nov 18, 2015. DOI: 10.1007/s10508-015-0620-3