Working Groups

Challenging Structural Racism in Science

The Challenging Structure Racism in Science working group builds affiliate capacity to conduct research on structural racism and its impacts on population health. The group was established in 2020 in response to the increased attention to this important topic and in recognition that an existing knowledge gap forestalled research in this area. The group is organized by the cross-cutting theme and welcomes participants to bring forward relevant research for discussion.

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 Institute for Developmental Psychobiology, the Translational Neuroscience Initiative, the Department of Psychiatry, 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.

Current Research in Applied Microeconomics

The Current Research in Applied Microeconomics working group was established in 2019 and facilitates mentoring and networking, while also fostering research collaborations amongst members. Now a University Seminar, the group holds a regular seminar series at which women economists from across the university have the opportunity to present work in progress and receive feedback from colleagues.

Future of Families and Child Wellbeing

The Future of Families and Child Wellbeing working group is a partnership with Princeton University. The working group hosts a regular seminar, held via zoom, at which research in progress using the Future of Families and Child Wellbeing Study is presented, interrogated, and refined. The working group facilitates collaborations among and between senior and junior investigators from universities around the country and serves as a valuable vehicle for networking and mentorship.

Gender-Based Violence

The Gender-Based Violence working group adopts a relational, intersectional approach to the issue of gender-based violence, situating it in the context of unequal power dynamics across multiple axes and in relation to broader structural factors such as racial and patriarchal capitalism, heteronormativity, and transphobia. The group is designed to provide a cross-disciplinary forum for collaborations across and beyond the university of all those who are engaged in research, policy, and practice related to all dimensions of gender-based violence in the US and globally.

Maternal Mortality and Morbidity

The Maternal Mortality and Morbidity working group brings together researchers from across the university whose research focuses on maternal health and pregnancy outcomes. At each meeting members are invited to present research developments and discuss new approaches or opportunities in the areas of data, methods, and/or funding. The overall aims of this group, in alignment with NICHD priorities, are to improve understanding, early diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of pregnancy and birth complications.