Intellectual Community

Weekly Seminars

CHRS is a thriving community of scholars from across the social science disciplines, including AU faculty and students, and faculty and students from other DC universities. CHRS convenes in a weekly seminar that provides opportunities for affiliated faculty to present and discuss their research and brings prominent local and national health researchers to AU as invited speakers to discuss critical issues and debates in the application of the social sciences to health. Its work-in-progress seminars serve as a forum to discuss and receive critical (but constructive) feedback on ongoing and planned research. Methodological Overview seminars provide general overviews of different methodological approaches to data collection and analysis and discuss possibilities for applying these in the study of health.

Thematic Working Groups

To ensure that CHRS affiliated faculty remain current in research areas of common interest and ready to develop new research, the Center supports thematic working groups. The activities of the working groups vary, and may include (though are not limited to) collaborative activity such as: applying for grants; writing an article or Op-Ed; and hosting external speakers to present at CHRS seminars. Working Groups can change as the Center grows and new interests emerge, but currently, there are three: Community Disruption and Health (Facilitator: Mike Bader); Global Health Governance (Facilitator: Jeremy Shiffman); and Social Determinants and Structural Interventions (Co- Facilitators: Nina Yamanis and Kim Blankenship). For information on a particular working group, contact the facilitator(s).

Consultations and Peer Review

The CHRS community is a resource for peer review and individual consultations related to grant proposals and manuscripts on topics in the social sciences and health.


CHRS has been in the forefront of enhancing collaborations with institutions at AU and beyond, including with AU's Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS), Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, and Metropolitan Policy Center, the District of Columbia Center for AIDS Research (DC CFAR), and DC's HIV/AIDs, Hepatitis, STD, and TB Administration (HAHSTA).

As one example, in fall 2012, CHRS organized (with support from NIH funding) a conference entitled, "Community Disruption and HIV/AIDS in the District of Columbia" that focused on three distinct disruptive processes-incarceration/re-entry, deportation, and gentrification/neighborhood change-as they relate to HIV/AIDS specifically and health more generally. The conference was co-sponsored by CLALS and the DC Developmental -CFAR (now the DC CFAR).

For information on CHRS co-sponsorship of events/activities, contact:

Infrastructure Support


CHRS provides software for conducting qualitative, quantitative, spatial and social network analysis: NVivo10, SPSS19, SAS, StataMP, Mplus, ArcGIS and UCINET.

Office space

CHRS provides office space, computers, printers and use of a conference room for visiting researchers as well as graduate and undergraduate Research Assistants and interns.

Research Assistants

CHRS supports graduate and undergraduate Research Assistants and interns who assist CHRS-affiliated faculty in conducting their research.


CHRS sponsors workshops on grant development, research methods and software tools. E.g., CHRS organized a one day workshop on NVivo in May 2012 and in fall 2015 will launch an ongoing workshop in qualitative research methods (in collaboration with the Social and Behavioral Sciences Core) of the DC CFAR.

Bibliographic resources

Annotated bibliographies and literature reviews on relevant topics are available to CHRS affiliates.

Grant-related resources

CHRS has relevant resources (e.g. sample organizational resource page, bio-sketches, budget format) necessary for grant preparation that are made available to affiliates upon request.