Population Studies & Training Center

  • Trainee research

    Each year, an NICHD fellowship supports five PSTC trainees, providing them time and funding to pursue their research agendas. Click to read about the projects of recent fellows.

  • Adoptive migration

    In this brief video, Jessaca Leinaweaver discusses her research on migration within Peru as well as from Peru to Spain via both adoption and labor migration and the varying implications for Peruvians in Spain.

  • Chinese society after one-child policy

    The PSTC hosted a conference to discuss the ongoing implications of China’s one-child policy and other issues in contemporary Chinese society.

  • Graduating PSTC trainees secure placements

    Six PSTC trainees have completed their degree programs and PSTC demography training at Brown and successfully navigated the job market, securing a variety of placements.

  • Summer 2016 GIS Institute

    The Summer 2016 GIS Institute program included presentations by two PSTC trainees who examined child care markets and estimated impacts of international migration on entrepreneurship.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Kindergartners with similar behavioral challenges don't necessarily end up with the same outcomes. In "New study sheds light on girls' resilience and the academic gender gap" in Deseret News,  research by Assistant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs Jayanti Owens finds that among girls and boys who struggle equally with behavior problems, girls have better life outcomes, including higher rates of high school and college graduation.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Samoans have one of the highest rates of obesity in the world, and a new study shows genetics play a role. Professor of Epidemiology and Anthropology Stephen McGarvey is part of a team that uncovered a genetic variant that occurs in approximately half of all Samoans but rarely in other populations. The study was published in Nature Genetics and covered by New ScientistTrib, and Radio New Zealand. "Newly found, ‘thrifty’ genetic variant influences Samoan obesity" provides a comprehensive summary.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – The U.S. mortality rate showed a decline for the first quarter of 2016, following an unusual increase in 2015. In "U.S. Mortality Rate Declines, and Researchers Breathe a Sigh of Relief" in The New York Times, former PSTC Postdoctoral Fellow Andrew Fenelon says, “Maybe the 2015 increase was a quick blip, and the trend of decline will continue.”
PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Assistant Professor of Anthropology Katherine Mason has received a Richard B. Salomon Faculty Research Award for her project, "Bundles of Sorrow: Family Experiences of Perinatal Mood Disorders in the U.S. And China." The Salomon Awards "were established to support excellence in scholarly work by providing funding for selected faculty research projects deemed to be of exceptional merit."