Michael Pollard

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Ph.D. and M.A. in sociology, Duke University; M.A. and B.A. in sociology, University of Victoria

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Michael Pollard is a sociologist at the RAND Corporation. His research areas include family structure, adolescents, social relationships, and health (physical, mental, and health behaviors). His recent work has focused on the health implications of different types of friendship networks and romantic relationships for the well-being of adolescents and adults. His work has been published in RAND reports as well as in numerous academic journals. Pollard received a B.A. and M.A. in sociology from the University of Victoria and his M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Duke University.

Recent Projects

  • RAND 2016 Presidential Election Panel Survey and RAND 2014 Midterm Election Opinion Study
  • Exploring the Formation of an American Veterans Panel
  • Nonmarital Cohabitation in Adolescence and Young Adulthood
  • Social Isolation, Loneliness, and Mortality in Old Age
  • Context of Adolescent Risk Behaviors In Networks (CARBIN)

Selected Publications

Pollard, Michael S., Joan S. Tucker, Kayla de la Haye, Harold D. Green & David P., "A Prospective Study of Marijuana Use Change and Cessation Among Adolescents," Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 144:134-140, 2014

Karney, Benjamin R., David S. Loughran, & Michael S. Pollard, "Comparing Marital Status and Divorce Status in Civilian and Military Populations," Journal of Family Issues, 22:1572-1594, 2012

Michael S. Pollard, Joan S. Tucker, Harold D. Green, David P. Kennedy & Myong-Hyun Go, & Harold D. Green, "Romantic Attraction and Adolescent Smoking Trajectories," Addictive Behaviors, 36:1275-1281, 2011

Pollard, Michael S., Joan S. Tucker, Harold D. Green, David Kennedy, & Myong-Hyun Go, "Friendship Networks and Trajectories of Adolescent Tobacco Use," Addictive Behaviors, 68:678-685, 2010

Collins, Rebecca L., Michael S. Pollard, Steven M. Asch, & Nicole K. Eberhart "Health Implications," in NDRI, Sexual Orientation and U.S. Military Personnel Policy: An Update of RAND's 1993 Study, RAND (MG-1056-OSD), 2010

Pollard, Michael S. and Kathleen Mullan Harris "Measuring Cohabitation in Add Health," in Hofferth, S.L. and L.M. Casper, eds, Handbook of Measurement Issues in Family Research (Hofferth, S.L. and L.M. Casper, eds.) pp 35-52, Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Earlbaum, 2007

Wu, Zheng, Margaret J. Penning, Michael S. Pollard, and Randy Hart, "In Sickness and in Health: Does Cohabitation Count?" Journal of Family Issues, 24:811-838, 2003

Pollard, Michael S. and S. Philip Morgan, "Emerging Parental Gender Indifference? Sex Composition of Children and the Third Birth," American Sociological Review, 67:600-613, 2002

Honors & Awards

  • Blue Ribbon Award, 2004, 2008, Population Association of America