La Follette School professor Pamela Herd has been named to serve on the National Institutes of Health’s Social Sciences and Population Studies Study Section.
Herd will serve a three-year term on the panel that reviews grant applications from researchers around the United States. “NIH management is very strict about the caliber of scholars they will accept onto these panels,” the notification from NIH to Herd says, “so your approval is confirmation that you are indeed viewed as a highly regarded scientist by people across the many varied scientific disciplines that were involved in this nomination process.”
The section specializes in applications related to population processes, composition and distribution, their antecedents and consequences, and their inter-relationships with biological, social, cultural, economic, geographic, institutional, behavioral, developmental and biomedical factors and processes. These factors and processes include modeling, data collection and other studies of morbidity, mortality and health, population movement and distribution, reproduction, population aging and composition, economic factors, labor force and retirement, household and family structure, intergenerational relations, institutional structure, the genetic profiles of population members related to these variables, and biodemography in the United States. and other countries. Most studies involve large population samples.
Herd is a professor of public affairs and sociology, and she is principal investigator of the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study. She also is a member of the Board of Overseers of the General Social Survey, a member of the Board of Overseers of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, and a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance. Broadly, her work focuses on aging, policy, health, and inequality. She has two streams of research. One stream examines how social policies (i.e., Social Security) affect gender, race, and class inequalities. The second stream focuses on the relationship between social factors and health.