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. 

Editor-Reviewed Articles 

Catherine A. Calder and Candace Berret. 2018. Invited comment on Article by Bradley, Holan, and Wikle. [Invited discussion of Bradley, Jonathan R.; Holan, Scott H.; Wikle, Christopher K. Computationally Efficient Multivariate Spatio-Temporal Models for High-Dimensional Count-Valued Data (with Discussion).] Bayesian Analysis 13 (2018), no. 1, 292-297. PMCID: PMC6726429 

Peer-Reviewed Articles

2019. Boettner, Bethany, Christopher R. Browning, and Catherine A. Calder. “Feasibility and Validity of Geographically Explicit Ecological Momentary Assessment with Recall-Aided Space-Time Budgets.” Journal of Research on Adolescence 29:627–45. PMCID: PMC6774631 

2019. Schmeer, Kammi K., Jacob Tarrence, Christopher R. Browning, Catherine A. Calder, Jodi L. Ford, and Bethany Boettner. “Family Contexts and Sleep during Adolescence.” SSM - Population HealthPMCID: PMC6293031

2019. Schmeer, Kammi K., Jodi L. Ford, and Christopher R. Browning. “Early Childhood Family Instability and Immune System Dysregulation in Adolescence.” Psychoneuroendocrinology 102:189–95. PMCID: PMC6689237

2019. Boch, Samantha J., Barbara J. Warren, and Jodi L. Ford. “Attention, Externalizing, and Internalizing Problems of Youth Exposed to Parental Incarceration.” Issues in Mental Health Nursing 40:466–75. PMCID: PMC6557679 

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

2016. Browning, Christopher R., Catherine A. Calder, Jodi L. Ford, Bethany Boettner, Anna L. Smith, and Dana Haynie. “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

2017. Browning, Christopher R., Catherine A. Calder, Lauren J. Krivo, Anna Mohr, and Bethany Boettner. “Socioeconomic Segregation of Activity Spaces in Urban Neighborhoods: Does Shared Residence Mean Shared Routines?RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, RSF. 2017 Feb; 3(2): 210–231.  PMCID: PMC5640327

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

2016. Smith, Anna, Catherine A. Calder, and Christopher R. Browning. “Empirical Reference Distributions for Networks of Different Size.” Social Networks 47:24–37. PMCID: PMC5052017

2016. Jackson, Aubrey L., Christopher R. Browning, Lauren J. Krivo, Mei-Po Kwan, and Heather M. Washington. The Role of Immigrant Concentration within and beyond Residential Neighborhoods in Adolescent Alcohol Use.” Journal of Youth and Adolescence 45: 17-34. PMCID: PMC5476366

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

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

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

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

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


Grants resulting from this seed grant

WT Grant Foundation. Activity Space, Social Network, and Community Influences on Adolescent Risk, PI: Browning,  1/1/2012-12/31/2014 

National Institutes of Health R01. Adolescent Health and Development in Context, PI: Browning.  9/15/2011-7/31/2017 

National Institutes of Health, R01 subaward. Activity Space, Social Interaction and Health Trajectories in Later Life, Co-I: Browning-(PI OSU subcontract) (PI: Cagney)  7/1/2015-6/30/2020

National Institutes of Health, R01.  Effects of Violence Exposure on Neural Development, Risk Behavior, and Health, PI: Way, Co-I: Browning, 4/1/2017-3/31/2022

National Science Foundation. Bayesian Methods for Socio-Spatial Point Patterns and Networks, PI: Calder, Co-I: Browning, 7 /15/2012-8/31/2016

National Institutes of Health, K01. Family Contexts and Physiological Stress in Children, PI: Schmeer, K. Mentor: Browning, 7/01/13-6/30/18,

National Institutes of Health, R01. Adolescent Health in an Urban Environment, PI: Calder, Co-I: Browning, 4/14/2017-1/31/2022,

National Institutes of Health, R03,  Documenting and Archiving the Adolescent Health and Development in Context Study, PI: Boettner, Co-I: Browning, 07/01/18 –06/30/20,