“Football and Mental Functioning: An Observational Study,” Dylan Small, University of Pennsylvania

Event time: 
Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:15pm
Location: 
Institution for Social and Policy Studies (PROS077 ), A002 See map
77 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Speaker: 
Dylan Small, Professor in the Department of Statistics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Event description: 

QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS WORKSHOP

Abstract: Tackle football is the largest participation sport in US high schools. Recently, many have expressed concern about the sport’s safety with some even calling for banning youth and high school football. The sport also has staunch defenders. In this contested area, we conducted an observational study to examine the effect of playing high school football in 1950’s Wisconsin on later life cognition and mental health. We will present the results of the study and also discuss methodological aspects of the study that are of general use, especially when conducting observational studies in contested areas.

Dylan Small is the Class of 1965 Wharton Professor of Statistics at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on causal inference and applications of statistics to public health and public policy.

The Quantitative Research Methods Workshop is being sponsored by the ISPS Center for the Study of American Politics and The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale with support from the Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Fund. Lunch is served.