February 15, 2012

Call for Papers: 2012 Add Health Users Conference


Thursday-Friday, July 26-27, 2012
National Institutes of Health Campus, Bethesda, Maryland

Sponsored by Add Health at the Carolina Population Center,

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Abstract submission deadline: March 30, 2012

Authors notified by:  May 7, 2012

Do you use data from Add Health?

(National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health)

Do you want to present your work, find out about other Add Health research projects, and talk with other Add Health users?

Submit an abstract for the 10th Add Health Users Conference!

Any papers using Add Health data are welcome.  Papers on both substantive and methodological topics are invited.  We especially encourage papers that integrate the multiple levels of information in Add Health, such as research on:

  • social, psychological, behavioral, and biological linkages in health and behavior
  • genetic and environmental influences on health and behavior
  • the effects of adolescent environments on health, family, educational, and work trajectories
  • new Wave IV data on personality, biomarkers, military service, respondent parenting, or involvement with the criminal justice system
  • multilevel longitudinal analysis linking adolescence and adulthood


How to Apply

Use the Abstract Submission Form.

  • For substantive presentations:  Describe outcomes; hypotheses; Add Health data set(s) used; and research plan, including key variables and analytic approach. Describe expected results.
  • For methodological presentations:  Describe benefits of new methodology, aims, and analytic approach. Describe expected results.
  • Summary:  Abstracts are restricted to 250 words.  If your paper is accepted, the abstract will be distributed at the conference.
  • Indicate your preferences for didactic and/or breakout sessions on methodological issues in Add Health.
  • Indicate whether you are requesting a travel stipend (see below, under Travel and Expenses).

Travel and Expenses

  • Participants are responsible for their own travel and expenses.
  • A limited number of travel stipends will be available.  Stipends will be awarded on the basis of scientific merit. Preferences will be given to special emphasis areas and underrepresented topics.
  • Eligibility for travel stipends (all 3 eligibility criteria must be met).
  1. No other sources of funding to attend the conference.
  2. Currently enrolled in undergraduate, pre-doctoral or post-doctoral training OR completed doctoral training within the last five years at time of submission.
  3. Interest in travel stipend is indicated on the abstract form.
 More information about the 2012 conference will be posted on the Add Health website – Please check back soon!

Questions?  Please email Ley Killeya-Jones, Add Health Project Manager.

We look forward to hearing from you and learning about your research based on the Add Health study.

Kathleen Mullan Harris, PhD         Rebecca L. Clark, PhD
Director, Add Health                     Chief, Demographic and Behavioral Science Branch
Carolina Population Center          Center for Population Research, NICHD
UNC-Chapel Hill