Add Health Director, Dr. Robert Hummer, will be giving a seminar at the UCLA California Center for Population Health on Wednesday, February 8th, from 12:00 pm to 1:20 pm PST. His talk, titled “Assessing Cognitive Functioning and Health Disparities in Early Midlife: A Sneak Peek at Wave VI of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health),” highlights initial findings from the Wave VI pilot study, along with new measures added and Wave VI timeline. The full abstract is below; for more CCPR seminars and a recording of the presentation, visit the CCPR event page.
Abstract: For over 25 years, the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health) project has provided the scientific community with innovative data to understand the health and social life of a nationally representative cohort of Americans who were in grades 7-12 in 1994-95. The Add Health cohort is now in their 40s. Recently funded primarily by the National Institute on Aging, Wave VI of Add Health is currently in the field and is focused on providing the scientific community with novel data on the cognitive and sensory/physical functioning, social life, health, and health behavior of the cohort. This presentation by the principal investigator and director of Add Health will focus on findings from some of the Wave VI pilot data, which tested innovative methods for assessing the cognitive, physical, and sensory functioning of this early midlife cohort. The presentation will also provide an overview of the innovative design of Wave VI, information on some of the new measures that have been added to the survey and biological data collection, and a timeline of the fieldwork and data dissemination plan.