The Ohio Study


Dr. Christopher Browning, Professor, Sociology
Rank at time of award: Professor


Christopher Browning is the director of The Ohio Study, also known as The Adolescent Health and Development in Context (AHDC) project, which focuses on the impact of multiple social contexts – neighborhood, home, school, and peers – on risky behavior (including substance use and delinquency), and mental/physical health outcomes. Collecting data on a large sample of adolescents, ages 11-17 years, in Franklin County, this innovative project combines in-home surveys with a week of smartphone-collected GPS and real-time mini-survey data. For a subsample of participants, saliva and hair are also collected to analyze biological measures of stress. This research will develop our understanding of how the actual places youth go and the people with whom they interact on a daily basis influence their health and behavior. Several other IPR associates contribute to the project, including Catherine Calder, Elizabeth Cooksey, Jodi Ford, Kammi Schmeer, Dana Haynie, and research associate Beth Boettner.

More info on the AHDC website.

Publications resulting from this seed grant

Chapters in Edited Volumes

Browning, Christopher R., Kathleen A. Cagney, and Bethany Boettner. 2016. “Neighborhoods, Activity Spaces, and the Life Course.” in Handbook of the Life Course, vol. II, edited by Michael J. Shanahan, Jeylan T. Mortimer, and Monica Kirkpatrick Johnson, pages 597-620. Springer. 

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Browning, Christopher R., Catherine A. Calder, Brian Soller, Aubrey L. Jackson, and Jonathan Dirlam. 2017. “Ecological Networks and Neighborhood Social Organization.” Forthcoming at the American Journal of SociologyPMCID: PMC5786432

Browning, Christopher R., Catherine A. Calder, Jodi L. Ford, Bethany Boettner, Anna L. Smith, and Dana Haynie. 2016. “Understanding Racial Differences in Exposure to Violent Locations: Integrating Survey, Smartphone, and Administrative Data Resources.” Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 669: 41-62. PMCID:PMC5567748

Browning, Christopher R., Catherine A. Calder, Lauren J. Krivo, Anna Mohr, and Bethany Boettner. 2017. “Socioeconomic Segregation of Activity Spaces in Urban Neighborhoods: Does Shared Residence Mean Shared Routines?” Forthcoming at RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social SciencesPMCID: PMC5640327

Browning, Christopher R., Jonathan Dirlam, and Bethany Boettner. 2016 “From Heterogeneity to Concentration: Latino Immigrant Neighborhoods and Collective Efficacy Perceptions in Los Angeles and Chicago". Social Forces 95:779-807. PMCID:PMC5805395.

Smith, Anna, Catherine A. Calder, and Christopher R. Browning. 2016. “Empirical Reference Distributions for Networks of Different Size.” Social Networks 47:24–37.

Jackson, Aubrey L., Christopher R. Browning, Lauren J. Krivo, Mei-Po Kwan, and Heather M. Washington. 2016. “The Role of Immigrant Concentration within and beyond Residential Neighborhoods in Adolescent Alcohol Use.” Journal of Youth and Adolescence 45: 17-34.

Browning, Christopher R., Brian Soller, and Aubrey L. Jackson. 2015. “Neighborhoods and Adolescent Health-Risk Behavior: An Ecological Network Approach.” Social Science & Medicine 125:163–72. PMCID: PMC4272333

Browning, Christopher R. and Brian Soller. 2014. “Moving Beyond Neighborhood: Activity Spaces and Ecological Networks as Contexts for Youth Development.” Cityscape 16:1 165-196. PMCID: PMC4121985

Kwan, Mei-Po, Ningchuan Xiao, and Guoxiang Ding. 2014. “Assessing Activity Pattern Similarity with Multidimensional Sequence Alignment Based on a Multiobjective Optimization Evolutionary Algorithm.” Geographical Analysis 46:297–320. PMCID: PMC4501399

Calder, Catherine A. 2013. Spatial Exposure Modeling: Reconsidering the Data Generating Mechanism (Invited Discussion). Environmetrics, 24:8, 525-526.

Kwan, Mei-Po. 2013. “Beyond space (as we knew it): Toward temporally integrated geographies of segregation, health, and accessibility.” Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 103(5).