Social Networks and Health Workshop

May 14-18, 2018



The Duke Network Analysis Center (DNAC) and the Duke Population Research Institute, with support from the NICHD, will be hosting the third, week-long Social Networks and Health workshop from May 14 – 18, 2018. It introduces attendees to topics in social networks, and how they can be applied to research on health.

The Social Networks and Health workshop will cover topics in social network analysis related to studying health behaviors, including:

  • Data collection
  • Ego network analysis
  • Diffusion and peer influence
  • Communities in networks
  • Respondent-driven sampling
  • Network visualizations
  • Statistical Models for networks (ERGM, AMEN, SOAM)
  • Agent-based modeling

The workshop will also contain a substantial lab component, which will give attendees an opportunity to learn how to use the R statistical computing language to analyze networks. Last year’s presentations and labs are available in the right column.

Speakers include:


  • Jimi Adams, University of Colorado at Denver
  • Christopher A. Bail, Duke University
  • Kathleen Mullan Harris, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Sharique Hasan, Duke University
  • Patrick Janulis, Northwestern University
  • James Moody, Duke University
  • Peter J. Mucha, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Brea L. Perry, Indiana University
  • David R. Schaefer, University of California, Irvine
  • Thomas Valente, University of Southern California
  • Ashton M. Verdery, Pennsylvania State University

Workshop Schedule


  Mon. May 14th Tue. May 15th Wed. May 16th Thur. May 17th Fr. May 18th
Morning Session 1 (9:00 am - 10:30 am) Social Networks and Health 2017 fellows mini-conference Network Data Collection (Jimi Adams) Whole Network Descriptive Stats (Molly Copeland) Statistical Models for Nets I, cross-section (Moody) Siena Models for Selection & Influence (David Schafer)
Morning Session 2 (10:45 am - 12:15 pm) Network Canvas (Patrick Janulis) Descriptive Stats (DNAC AR: Jon Morgan) Diffusion Models & Peer Influence (Moody) Siena Lab (David Schafer)
R Lab - data entry/org/clean
Lunch lecture / discussion (12:30 pm - 1:30 pm) RDS (Ashton Verdery) Computational Soc Approaches (Chris Bail)   SN&H Keynote: Thomas Valente, USC
Afternoon Session 1 (1:45 pm - 3:15 pm) Introduction to SN&H: Key Concepts and Overview (Moody) Ego Network Analysis (Brea Perry) Community Detection (Mucha) Network Experiments (Sharique Hassan)
Vizualization (Moody) Diffusion & Ergm/Stat Lab (Moody / DNAC RA: Jaemin Lee) Open Lab (DNAC RA's)
Afternoon Session 2 (3:30 pm - 5:00 pm) [LAB] Data Management / R intro (DNAC RA: Jon Morgan) Ego Network Lab (DNAC RAs) Lab for Network viz & communities (Moody) Safe Travels
  • All sessions will be held in Gross Hall, room 330.
  • Breakfast will be available from 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM, lunch will be available beginning at 12:15 PM, and coffee and snacks will be available at 10:30 AM and 3:15 PM.

Location and Parking


The workshop place, Gross Hall, is located at the intersection of Towerview Rd and Science Dr.

You can see it on the map by clicking on this link

Gross Hall Building

For parking, we will have a parking attendant at the gate to the Chemistry Lot, from 7am – 11 am each day. They will be handing out parking passes that are good the entire week. Please let the attendant know that you are here for Social Networks and Health workshop. The parking lot is right behind Gross Hall, within a very short walking distance.

Gross Hall parking overflow

Funding for the Social Networks and Health workshop provided by NIH grant R25HD079352

Feel free to watch the 2017 lectures on YouTube