About CFDR


Dedicated to Research, Training, and Service in Demography


The Center for Family and Demographic Research (CFDR) is an NIH-funded population research center dedicated to research, training, and service in demography. The CFDR integrates demographic methods, data, and perspectives with other social scientific approaches to understand the well-being of children and families. A special focus of research by CFDR affiliates addresses the public health and social problems facing at-risk children, adolescents, and families.

The CFDR research affiliates come from a wide range of departments and schools: Communication Sciences and Disorders, Educational Foundations and Inquiry, Family and Consumer Sciences, Geography, Human Development and Family Studies, Intervention Services, Psychology, and Sociology. CFDR affiliates are engaged in cutting-edge research in four signature areas: families and households; adolescent development and emerging adulthood; crime and violence in context; and health and well-being.

The central training goals of the CFDR are to teach students demographic methods and perspectives as well as emphasize the benefits of integrating disciplinary approaches in the analysis of social change and social problems. The Department of Sociology offers concentrations in population studies and applied demography as well as numerous undergraduate-level demography courses. The Center also places a strong emphasis on training and mentoring of affiliates, particularly junior faculty members, through faculty development awards, workshops, and working groups.

The CFDR's service function is to provide information and data services to its faculty affiliates, as well as the broader research and policy community, in order to help address pressing social problems. We are an Ohio State Data Center Affiliate and provide census data, assistance in use of the census, and local reports of population (Ohio Population News). CFDR affiliates are also engaged in major scientific leadership roles at local, regional, and national levels.

The Center for Family and Demographic Research at Bowling Green State University has core funding from The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (P2CHD050959).