Margaret M. Weden

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Social Scientist
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in population dynamics, Johns Hopkins University; M.H.S. in biostatistics, Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health


Margaret Weden is a demographer and public health scientist who applies survey research methodologies to study population dynamics-- specifically health, health behaviors, mortality, and social disparities. Her most recent and current work addresses statistical and computational methods for studying multilevel and life course determinants of childhood obesity in the U.S. She has past and ongoing work on the trajectories and intergenerational dynamics of smoking in the U.S. and the application of GIS technology to public health systems and services research. Weden received her Ph.D in population dynamics and M.H.S. in biostatistics from Johns Hopkins University.

Recent Projects

  • Neighborhood Characteristics and Cognitive Health in U.S. Older Adults
  • Combined-survey Estimation & Markov-chain Simulation of Childhood Obesity
  • Intergenerational Determinants of Youth Smoking Trajectories
  • Mapping the Gaps: Enhancing Local Health Department Priority Setting and Decision-Making for Program Planning
  • Estimating Differentials in Return to Work after Injury from Two Surveys

Selected Publications

Rendall, M.S., Ghosh-Dastidar, B., Weden, M.M., Baker, E.H., Nazarov, Z., "Multiple Imputation for Combined-Survey Estimation with Incomplete Regressors In One But Not Both Surveys," Sociological Methods and Research (forthcoming)

Weden, M.M., Brownell, P., Rendall, M.S., Lau, C., Fernandes, M., Nazarov, Z., "Parent-reported Height and Weight as Sources of Bias in Survey Estimates of Childhood Obesity," American Journal of Epidemiology (forthcoming)

Link, B.G., Carpiano, R.M, Weden, M.M., "Can Honorific Awards Give Us Clues About the Connection Between Socioeconomic Status and Mortality," American Sociological Review, 78(2):192-212, 2013

Weden, M.M., Miles, J.M.V, "Intergenerational Relationships Between the Smoking Patterns of a Population-Representative Sample of US Mothers and the Smoking Trajectories of Their Children," American Journal of Public Health, 102(4):723-731, 2012

Weden, M.M., Brownell, P., Rendall, M.S., "Prenatal, Perinatal, Early-life, and Sociodemographic Factors Underlying Racial Differences in the Likelihood of High Body Mass Index in Early Childhood," American Journal of Public Health, 102(11):2057-2067, 2012

Frisco, M.L.F, Weden, M.M., Lippert, A.M., Burnett, K.D, "The Multidimensional Relationship between Early Adult Body Weight and Women's Childbearing Experiences," Social Science & Medicine, 74(11):1703-1711, 2012

Weden, M.M., Bird, C.E., Escarce, J.E., Lurie, N., "Neighborhood archetypes for population health research: Is there no place like home," Health & Place, 17:289-299, 2011

Rendall, M.S., Weden, M.M. Favreault, H. Waldron, "The Protective Effect of Marriage for Survival: A Review and Update," Demography, 48(2), 2011