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The Australian National University

Dr Collin Payne

PhD, Demography, University of Pennsylvania
Lecturer, School of Demography
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Mortality 160304
  • Population Trends And Policies 160305
  • Applied Statistics 010401
  • Stochastic Analysis And Modelling 010406
  • Epidemiology 111706

Research interests

My main substantive research focuses on global population aging and health, primarily in low- and middle-income contexts. Current areas of work include:

  • Investigating changes in disability-free life expectancy across successive birth cohorts
  • Interrelations between mental, physical, and cognitive health
  • Family structure and health
  • Exposure to life-course trauma and late-life health and well-being

My methodological research interests include:

  • Longitudinal data analysis
  • Causal methods for population health research
  • Improved methods for projecting cohort life expectancy
  • Multistate life table methodology
  • Demographic applications of microsimulation models


Collin Payne joined the ANU School of Demography following a post-doctoral fellowship at the Harvard Center for Population and Development studies, and completed a Ph.D. in Demography at the University of Pennsylvania. His work has examined global trends in health and disability among older adults, with a primary focus on low- and middle-income contexts. His current methodological work focuses on strategies for estimating cohort changes in disability-free life expectancy, and using direct standardization (G-methods) to implement causal multistate life table models.

Researcher's projects

Surviving an epidemic: Families and well-being, Malawi, 1998-2020. NIH NICHD R01.

  • This project examines individual and household predictors of survival, resiliance, and recovery from the HIV epidemic in rural Malawi. 


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