The Social Sciences and Population Studies (SSPA & SSPB) Study Section reviews social, behavioral, and economic applications focused on health and well-being across the life course, health disparities, demographic processes, and economic and policy influences on health. Most studies involve large population samples. Research approaches may include quantitative studies; cross-sectional, longitudinal, or cohort comparison designs; experimental and quasi-experimental designs; data collection efforts; life course studies; and domestic, international, or cross-national studies. Disciplines commonly represented include sociology, social epidemiology, demography, economics, public health, geography, and human development and family studies.
The List of Reviewers lists all present, whether standing members or temporary, to provide the full scope of expertise present on that date. Lists are posted 30 days before the meeting and are tentative, pending any last minute changes.
The membership panel is a list of chartered members only.
- Morbidity, mortality, and health over the life course, including health disparities
- Population composition and changes in composition, such as population aging, race/ethnicity, household and family structure, economic status and inequality, and family relationships.
- Health and labor economics and policy, including intergenerational exchanges, labor force and retirement influences on health, and income security of population segments such as children or elderly persons.
- Patterns and population-level determinants of obesity and risk behaviors, including substance use and deviance, as well as state and national policies related to these behaviors.
- Population-level reproductive health and behavior, including studies of contraceptive use and sexual behavior, fertility and infertility, and birth spacing, timing and intentions.
- Population movement, including migration of people within and across national boundaries.
Shared Interests and Overlaps
Community Influences on Health Behavior (CIHB): Applications focusing on population-level data and large public use datasets are typically assigned to SSPA/SSPB. Applications focusing on community-level data and using qualitative and mixed methods are typically assigned to CIHB.
Infectious Diseases, Reproductive Health, Asthma and Pulmonary Conditions (IRAP): Applications focusing on population-level reproductive health, such as fertility patterns or social determinants of contraceptive use and childbearing, are typically assigned to SSPA/SSPB. Epidemiological studies related to the biological and clinical aspects of reproductive health are typically assigned to IRAP.
Addiction Risks and Mechanisms Study Section (ARM): Studies of population-level determinants of substance use are typically assigned to SSPA/SSPB. Applications focusing on individual-level determinants of substance use are typically assigned to ARM.
Health Disparities and Equity Promotion Study Section (HDEP): Applications focusing on population-level determinants of health disparities are typically assigned to SSPA/B. Applications focusing on individual-level predictors or health services factors are typically assigned to HDEP.
Health Services Organization and Delivery (HSOD): Social, behavioral and economic applications focused on health and well-being across the life course, health disparities, demographic processes, and economic outcomes. are assigned to SSPA/B. Applications focused on organizational or provider outcomes, quality of care delivery, healthcare organization performance; clinician and hospital performance; healthcare provider and health care system characteristics, are assigned to HSOD.