Directors and Staff


Timothy Gage TIMOTHY GAGE, Director of CSDA, is a Professor of Anthropology and Epidemiology. Dr. Gage's teaching and research interests include population dynamics, human-environmental interactions and population genetics. His recent research involves the development of multilevel mixture models to analyze racial and ethnic variation in infant mortality. He received the 2002 Gabriel W. Lasker Award for the published results of his research on human biology. He was elected President of the American Association of Anthropological Genetics(1999-2000). He has also served on the executive committee of the American Antropological Association(1991-1993). In 2006, Dr. Gage received the Excellence in Research Award from the University at Albany.

PETER BRANDON BENJAMIN A. SHAW, Associate Director of CSDA, is a Professor and the Chairman of the Department of Health Policy, Management & Behavior in the School of Public Health. He received his M.P.H. and Ph.D. in Health Behavior & Health Education from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Dr. Shaw’s research examines how individual lifestyle factors interact with societal conditions in shaping health and well-being during the aging process. His current projects focus on determinants of healthy aging within the United States, Japan, and Sweden. Dr. Shaw’s research has led to over 50 peer-reviewed publications. He is currently a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, and the Journal of Aging and Health.

Nancy A. Denton NANCY A. DENTON, Director of the Developmental Core, is a Professor and the Chairwoman of Sociology. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Demography from the University of Pennsylvania. Her primary research interests are in the areas of race/ethnicity and residential segregation and her current project examines the neighborhood contexts of children by race/ethnicity/immigrant generation. Her book with Douglas Massey, American Apartheid, won several awards, including the Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Award of the American Sociological Association. She has been elected President of the Eastern Sociological Society for 2005-06.

Linda K. Lawrence, Senior Administrative Assistant, Phone: 442-3211, Email:

Walter Ensel, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate

Hui-Shien Tsao, Ph.D., User Support Manager

Ruby Wang, Ph.D., Statistical Consultant / Programmer

Jin-wook Lee, M.S., Manager of GIS Group

Jeffrey Napierala, Ph.D. Candidate, Web Programmer / Data Analyst

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