Peter Bearman

Jonathan Cole Professor of the Social Sciences

Acting Chair, Department of Statistics

Director, Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy

Director, Paul F. Lazarsfeld Center for the Social Sciences


Past Research: Professor Bearman’s past research in areas related to population has centered on adolescent health. He designed the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) with J. Richard Udry. He has an extensive body of research on the transition to first sex, peer influence and the transition to first sex and pregnancy risk, attitudes towards pregnancy and contraception and pregnancy risk, virginity pledges and STD risk, the structure of adolescent sexual and romantic networks, same-sex preference, adolescent suicidality, and the effects of school form on academic and non-academic outcomes.

Present Research: Bearman’s current research in areas related to population and health center around the autism epidemic and tobacco cessation. He currently co-directs the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society scholars program at Columbia University.

Future Research: In his future work, Bearman will continue to work on the autism epidemic with possible extension to modeling disease diffusion for other non-contagious mental health outcomes such as ADHD.

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