Working Groups

Consortium on Neurodevelopmental Studies of Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders

The Columbia University Consortium on Neurodevelopmental Studies of Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders is jointly-sponsored by CPRC, the Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology, the Translational Neuroscience Initiative, the Department of Psychology, and the Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute (Z-MBBI). Founded in 2014, this multidisciplinary research consortium seeks to identify early developmental trajectories associated with autism and related neurodevelopmental disorders. The consortium meets monthly to share research findings, to surface critical unanswered questions about the pre-symptomatic antecedents of autism and related disorders, and to develop strategies to address those questions. The group represents an unusual integration of population health experts, social scientists, and biological scientists with expertise in human development and animal models.


This working group brings together members interested in climate change, air pollution and population. Environmental issues and their implications for population dynamics, health, and human development span many disciplines in both the social and physical sciences. This working group will bring together the many social scientists working on this issue who are dispersed across the campus, with the goal of bolstering evidence on the impacts on population dynamics and human well-being, including health and human capital.

Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing

The Fragile Families Working Group is a partnership with Princeton University and is held simultaneously at both universities with video-conferencing linking scholars. The working group hosts a regular seminar at which research in progress using the Fragile Families dataset is presented, interrogated, and refined. The working group facilitates collaborations among and between senior and junior investigators at both universities and serves as a valuable vehicle for networking and mentorship.


The HomeHood working group brings together members doing research on housing and neighborhoods, important yet under-studied influences on child and adolescent health and well-being. Activities include sharing research, both in progress and completed projects; hosting speakers from Columbia and from throughout New York City, and forming new research collaborations.

Policy and Health Interventions for Opioids and other Substances (PHIOS)

PHIOS brings together faculty from the School of Public Health, Social Work, the Law School, and the Medical Center to develop plans for research that will rapidly capture emerging population-level trends in substance use and test the effects of policy and community-level interventions to measurably impact the US opioid crisis.