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.

COVID-19 Research

The COVID-19 working group brings together CPRC members to advance research on COVID-19 with a focus on inequalities and policies to mitigate those inequalities. Members of this community share data collection efforts, explore new ideas, and build collaboration opportunities. Consistent with CPRC’s mission is to increase the scientific impact, innovation, and productivity of population researchers at Columbia, this working group is open to all CPRC members and creates a community that promotes cross-campus, interdisciplinary collaborations. 

Future of 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 Future of 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.