Monthly Archives: February 2018


Confidence Bands for ROC Curves With Serially Dependent Data.

By |February 6th, 2018|Research Highlights, Spatial Inequality|

Journal of Business & Economic Statistics Lahiri, Kajal*, and Liu Yang. Abstract We propose serial correlation-robust asymptotic confidence bands for the receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve and its functional, viz., the area under ROC curve (AUC), estimated by quasi-maximum likelihood in the binormal model. Our simulation experiments confirm that this new method performs fairly well [...]

Air Pollution and Otitis Media in Children: A Systematic Review of Literature

By |February 6th, 2018|Population Health, Research Highlights|

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health Bowatte, Gayan, Rachel Tham, Jennifer L. Perret, Michael S. Bloom*, Guanghui Dong, Nilakshi Waidyatillake, Dinh Bui, Geoffrey G. Morgan, Bin Jalaludin, Caroline J. Lodge, and Shyamali C. Dharmage Abstract Young children are particularly vulnerable to otitis media (OM) which globally affects over 80% of children below the [...]

What Predicts Exercise Maintenance and Well-Being? Examining The Influence of Health-Related Psychographic Factors and Social Media Communication

By |February 6th, 2018|Population Health, Research Highlights|

Health Communication Zhou, Xin, and Archana Krishnan* Abstract Habitual exercising is an important precursor to both physical and psychological well-being. There is, thus, a strong interest in identifying key factors that can best motivate individuals to sustain regular exercise regimen. In addition to the importance of psychographic factors, social media use may act as external [...]

Agent-Based Modeling in Public Health: Current Applications and Future Directions

By |February 6th, 2018|Population Health, Research Highlights|

Annual Review of Public Health Tracy, Melissa*, Magdalena Cerdá, and Katherine M. Keyes Abstract Agent-based modeling is a computational approach in which agents with a specified set of characteristics interact with each other and with their environment according to predefined rules. We review key areas in public health where agent-based modeling has been adopted, including [...]

Cashlessness and Street Crime: A Cross-National Study of Direct Deposit Payment and Robbery Rates

By |February 6th, 2018|Research Highlights, Spatial Inequality|

Justice Quarterly Pridemore, William Alex*, Sean Patrick Roche, and Meghan L. Rogers Abstract Substantial variation in national crime rates suggests social structure and cultural context influence offending and victimization. Several prominent criminological theories anticipate a positive association between the prevalence of cash in a society and its rates of pecuniary crime. We examined the association [...]

Pathways to Linguistic Isolation Among Older U.S. Immigrants: Assessing the Role of Living Arrangements and English Proficiency

By |February 6th, 2018|Immigration, Research Highlights|

The Journals of Gerontology Gubernskaya, Zoya*, and Judith Treas Abstract OBJECTIVES: To identify diverse pathways to linguistic isolation (LI) and explain the differences in LI for older immigrants from different countries. METHOD: A demographic decomposition of LI was applied to 18 largest origin subgroups of foreign-born, ages 65 and older, in the 2010-2014 American Community [...]

Modeling Unobserved Heterogeneity in Susceptibility to Ambient Benzo[a]Pyrene Concentration among Children with Allergic Asthma Using an Unsupervised Learning Algorithm

By |February 6th, 2018|Population Health, Research Highlights|

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health Fernández, Daniel, Radim J. Sram, Miroslav Dostal, Anna Pastorkova, Hans Gmuender, and Hyunok Choi* Abstract Current studies of gene × air pollution interaction typically seek to identify unknown heritability of common complex illnesses arising from variability in the host's susceptibility to environmental pollutants of interest. Accordingly, a [...]

Chernobyl Disaster May Be Linked With Rare Cancer 30 Years Later

By |February 2nd, 2018|News|

February 2, 2018 CSDA Associate Roxana Moslehi discussed about a possible link between a cluster of cases in New York City of an extremely rare type of cancer and the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster in Ukraine. Read more at

Mother’s abortion history may influence her daughter

By |February 2nd, 2018|News|

February 2, 2018 CSDA Associate Julia Jennings talked about family context and its influences on reproductive choices. Read more at  CBCnews.