Dr. Mark D. Hayward
“Demography has been an important publication outlet for me to share my research. It has a long legacy of excellent editorial stewardship, outstanding reviewers, and publishing innovative and important research from studies around the globe. I look forward to working with my population science colleagues in continuing this tradition.”
Dr Hayward’s research has spanned a number of topics in the population sciences – labor force dynamics, morbidity, mortality. Much of his research approaches the study of demographic problems from a life course perspective to understand how experiences spanning from childhood into old age influence adult outcomes. Most recently, he has been collaborating with a national team to examine trends and state differences in US mortality and morbidity, and they are assessing how these trends and differences are tied to macro contextual factors including public policies and labor markets. He also recently launched a new NIH-supported study with Eileen Crimmins on the life course origins of dementia, with a particular focus the role of education and racial disparities. Much of his research is interdisciplinary in nature, blending sociological, biomedical and developmental frameworks and measures to better understand population health processes. His research draws heavily on demographic methods of estimation including multistate life table models and semi-Markov processes, and he has made methodological contributions in this area as well.
His research has been funded for many years primarily by NIH, and he has directed several multidisciplinary research centers and training programs funded by NIH. He has served on a number of NIH study sections and chaired special emphasis review panels. He has served on a number of national advisory boards that has provided him with a rich understanding of demographic research, including the Committee on Population at the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, a National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Board of Scientific Counselors at the National Center for Health Statistics. He has been active professionally, chairing two ASA sections in recent years and serving on the executive committee for the Society for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies. He was president of the Southern Demographic Association, he served on the PAA board and various committees, and he is currently chairing the PAA Government Affairs Committee.