September 6, 2012

Family Science Professor Dr. Sandra Hofferth has been awarded $3 million to renew her National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Project Grant (R01) over the next five years. This project, the Time Use Data Access System, will integrate, document and disseminate individual-level data on how people allocate their time.

How people use their time, why individuals allocate their time as they do, and what consequences flow from these time use decisions are fundamental to the health, quality of life and effective functioning of a society. The potential of time use data for unlocking the black box of household decision-making is just being realized. Continuing this project for another five years and adding samples and functionality will facilitate research on parental time with children, how time use influences health, household responses to changing economic conditions, and cross-national research on health and well-being in different cultural and policy settings.

Dr. Sandra Hofferth was also awarded the 2012 Distinguished Career Award this August by the American Sociological Association for her work on families.

Congratulations, Sandy, on these outstanding accomplishments!