Calendar of Event
 Event Title: Understanding the Increased Prevalence of Autism
 Date: 4/2/2010      Time: 11:00am -- 12:30pm
Place: NYS Psychiatric Institute - 1051 Riverside Drive - 1st Floor Auditorium - NY, NY 10032

Speaker: Peter Bearman, PhD
Professor of Social Science
Columbia University


Dr. Peter Shawn Bearman is the Cole Professor of the Social Sciences at Columbia University where he directs the Robert Woods Johnson Health and Society Scholars Program, the Mellon Interdisciplinary Social Science training program, and the Lazarsfeld Center for the Social Sciences. Dr. Bearman received his Ph.D in sociology from Harvard University in 1985. He has been visiting professor at the University of Genoa, Italy, the University of Munich and was formerly Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Lecturer, Committee on Degrees in Social Studies, Harvard University.

Along with Dick Udry, Dr. Bearman co-designed the first three waves of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health), and worked on the analysis of adolescent sexual networks, virginity pledges, and adolescent suicidality.

In 2007, Dr. Bearman was granted the NIH Pioneer Award from the NIH for his project on the increasing prevalence of Autism. Work arising from that project is now published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, the American Journal of Public Health, and is forthcoming in the American Journal of Sociology. Dr. Bearman is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the editor of Genetics and Social Structure (Chicago, 2008), Analytical Sociology (Oxford, 2009) and Doormen (Chicago, 2005), a study of the lives and hopes of NYC doormen and their tenants.