Social Networks and Health Workshop

May 11-15, 2020



The Duke Network Analysis Center (DNAC) and the Duke Population Research Institute, with support from the NICHD, will be hosting the fifth week-long Social Networks and Health workshop from May 11 – 15, 2020. 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, SAOM)

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:


  • Zack Almquist, University of Washington
  • Molly Copeland, Michigan State University
  • Kathleen Mullan Harris, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • James Moody, Duke University
  • Martina Morris, University of Washington
  • Peter J. Mucha, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Charles Nunn, Duke University
  • Dana K. Pasquale, Duke University
  • Brea L. Perry, Indiana University
  • Maria Cristina Ramos Flor, Duke University
  • Craig Rawlings, Duke University
  • David R. Schaefer, University of California, Irvine
  • Ashton M. Verdery, Pennsylvania State University

Workshop Schedule


  Mon. May 11th Tue. May 12th Wed. May 13th Thur. May 14th Fri. May 15th
Morning Session 1 (9:00 am - 10:30 am) Social Networks and Health 2019 Fellows mini-conference Network Data Collection
(Craig Rawlings)
Ego-Network Analysis
(Brea Perry)
Statistical Models for Nets, Diffusion (Moody) SIENA Models for Selection & Influence
(David Schaefer)
Morning Session 2 (10:45 am - 12:15 pm) Continue R Lab – data entry / organization / cleaning
(DNAC RA: Maria Cristina)
Ego Network Lab
(Brea Perry)
Stats & Diffusion Lab
(David Schaefer)
Lunch lecture / discussion (12:30 PM – 1:30 PM) IRB Discussion
(Kathie Harris)
Networks with spatial elements
(Charlie Nunn)
(Ashton Verdery)
Pathogen genetic data in contact nets
(Dana Pasquale)
SN&H Keynote: Martina Morris
Afternoon session 1 (1:45 PM – 3:15 PM) Introduction To SN&H: Key Concepts & Overview
Whole Network Descriptive Stats
(Molly Copeland)
Community Detection
(Peter Mucha)
(Zack Almquist)
Community Detection Lab
Open Lab
Afternoon session 2 (3:30 PM – 5:00 PM) R Lab - Data entry / organization / management / cleaning
(DNAC RA: Maria Cristina)
Descriptive Stats Lab
(Molly Copeland)
(Zack Almquist)
Safe Travels
Visualization Lab
  • 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 8 AM – 10.30 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 2019 lectures on YouTube