Life Course Studies


Leaders in life course studies for over forty years, CPHA Scholars focus on research that examines the pace and trajectory of aging, and investigate the causes of morbidity and mortality. Aging is a lifelong process anchored in pre-natal childhood circumstances, and conditioned by experiences and exposures to risks and resources over time. The study of this process requires the integration of biological, environmental and social data to understand the manifold pathways of the life course.

CPHA scholars have contributed to this “long view” of the life course using many existing databases, including many public domain studies such as the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID), and National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS), and original Data Collections under Duke leadership.

Illustrative CPHA projects in this thematic area include: