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Study Investigators

Katherine McGonagle is Co-Director of PSID and Research Professor at the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan. Dr. McGonagle is a social psychologist with research interests in the areas of survey research methods, health, and well-being.

Narayan Sastry is Co-Director of PSID, Director of the PSID Child Development Supplement, and Research Professor at the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan. Sastry's research interests center on social and spatial dimensions of health, development, and well-being of children and adolescents. He is the Co-Director of the Los Angeles Family and Neighborhood Survey and is the Director of the Displaced New Orleans Residents Survey.

Esther Friedman is Associate Director of PSID and Research Associate Professor at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. Friedman is a sociologist and demographer whose research focuses on health and aging, family caregiving, long-term care, and dementia.

Charlie Brown is a PSID Co-Investigator, Research Professor at the Institute for Social Research, Survey Research Center, and Professor of Economics at the University of Michigan. Dr. Brown previously served as Principal Investigator and Director of PSID. He is an empirically-oriented labor economist with current research interests focused on the effects of pensions and labor supply of salaried workers.

Fabian Pfeffer is Co-Investigator of PSID, Research Associate Professor at the Institute for Social Research, and Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Michigan. Pfeffer is a sociologist whose research focuses on socio-economic inequality, intergenerational mobility, education, wealth dynamics, and cross-national comparisons.

Paula Fomby is an external affiliate of PSID. She is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on the relationship between family organization and child development in the context of social and economic inequality.

Frank Stafford is Research Professor Emeritus at the Institute for Social Research and Professor of Economics Emeritus at the University of Michigan. Dr. Stafford’s current research interests include household saving and wealth accumulation, human capital formation, time use, and the impact of monetary policy on household spending and portfolio adjustment.

In Memoriam

  Bob Schoeni was a Research Professor at the Institute for Social Research, Survey Research Center, and Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the University of Michigan. Dr. Schoeni was a key member of the PSID research team over two decades 2001-2021 as a Co-Director, Principal Investigator, and Co-Investigator. His research focused on welfare and poverty, economic and demographic aspects of aging, socioeconomic disparities in health, and labor economics.

External Board of Overseers

  Marianne Bitler
Department of Economics and Center
for Poverty Research
University of California-Davis
  Marcy Carlson, Board Chair
Professor, Department of Sociology
Director, Center for Demography and Ecology
University of Wisconsin-Madison
  Deborah Carr
Inaugural Director, Center for Innovation
in Social Science
Professor of Sociology
Boston University
  David Cesarini
Associate Professor
Department of Economics
New York University
  Michael Davern
Executive Vice President of Research
NORC at the University of Chicago
  Bob Hummer
Howard W. Odum Distinguished Professor
Carolina Population Center
Department of Sociology
University of North Carolina
  Annette Jäckle
Associate Director of Innovations
for Understanding Society
Professor of Survey Methodology
University of Essex
  Raven Molloy
Section Chief
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
  Emilio Parrado
Dorothy Swaine Thomas Professor of Sociology
Department of Sociology
University of Pennsylvania
  Luigi Pistaferri
Department of Economics
Stanford University
  Seth G. Sanders
Ronald G. Ehrenberg Chair of Labor Economics
Department of Economics
Cornell University
  Patrick Sharkey
Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs
School of Public & International Affairs
Princeton University
  Jane Waldfogel
Compton Foundation Centennial Professor
School of Social Work and School of International and Public Affairs
Columbia University

Past Board Members

  • Bane, Mary Jo
  • Lillard, Lee
  • Tuma, Nancy
  • Manski, Charles
  • Smith, James P.
  • Burkhauser, Richard
  • Hotz, V. Joseph
  • Bianchi, Suzanne
  • Abraham, Katharine
  • Dynan, Karen
  • Ziliak, James
  • Black, Dan
  • Pence, Karen A.
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  • (Chair, 1990-1994)
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  • (Chair, 2011-2013)
  • (Chair, 2013-2015)
  • (Chair, 2015-2017)
  • (Chair, 2017-2020)
  • Altonji, Joseph
  • Ashenfelter, Orley
  • Barnow, Burt
  • Biemer, Paul
  • Blau, David
  • Brooks-Gunn, Jeanne
  • Buck, Nick
  • Bumpass, Larry
  • Butz, William
  • Card, David
  • Casper, Lynne
  • Chamberlain, Gary
  • Charles, Kerwin
  • Cherlin, Andrew
  • Clark, William A.V.
  • Conley, Dalton
  • Crimmins, Eileen
  • Crowder, Kyle
  • Deaton, Angus
  • DiPrete, Thomas
  • Elder, Glen
  • Ellwood , David
  • Featherman, David
  • Flavin, Marjorie
  • Folsom, Ralph
  • Griliches, Zvi
  • Grossman, Michael
  • Hayward, Mark
  • Heckman, James
  • Herd, Pamela
  • Hout, Michael
  • Jencks, Christopher
  • Johnson, David S.
  • Kalil, Ariel
  • Kalleberg, Arne
  • Kalton, Graham
  • Kapteyn, Arie
  • Kasprzyk, Daniel
  • Krueger, Alan
  • Kulka, Richard
  • Little, Roderick
  • Manning, Wendy
  • Marmot, Michael
  • McFadden, Daniel
  • McGarry, Kathleen
  • McLanahan, Sara
  • Michael, Robert
  • Moen, Phyllis
  • Moffitt, Robert
  • Mullan-Harris, Kathleen
  • Newhouse, Joseph
  • O'Muircheartaigh, Colm
  • Orcutt, Guy
  • Page, Marianne
  • Pebley, Anne
  • Presser, Harriet
  • Quigley, John
  • Rainwater, Lee
  • Ribar, David
  • Sandefur, Gary
  • Sawhill, Isabel
  • Schaeffer, Nora Cate
  • Schupp, Jurgen
  • Skinner, Jonathan
  • Smeeding, Tim
  • Sorensen, Aage
  • Tienda, Marta
  • Waite, Linda
  • Weiss, Carol
  • Welch, Finis
  • Willis, Robert
  • Wise, David
  • Wolf, Doug
  • Wolpin, Kenneth
  • Wu, Lawrence
  • Zeldes, Stephen