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Anne R. Pebley (Rancho Park), an internationally noted sociologist and demographer, has been named the Fred H. Bixby Professor of Population, Family and International Health at the UCLA School of Public Health.
Pebley's work has focused on children's welfare, family organization, and the organization and effectiveness of social and health programs in the United States and other countries. She is the current director of the Population Research Center at RAND.
"It's a tremendous opportunity to appoint a scholar of Anne Pebley's stature to the Bixby chair," said Abdelmonem A. Afifi, dean of the UCLA School of Public Health. "We look forward to her strengthening the school's academic and community activities in several key areas."
Pebley is the director of a major new survey designed to study the effects of neighborhoods on children's health and development, the consequences of welfare reform on neighborhoods, and the process of movement in and out of neighborhoods. The Los Angeles Study of Families and Communities will begin this fall.
"I am excited about joining the faculty of the School of Public Health," Pebley said. "I look forward to working with both the school's students and its many talented faculty members."
Pebley recently directed a major project in Guatemala that examined maternal and child health, the family decision-making process, and the availability and use of traditional and modern health services. Her recent research efforts have included studies of grandparents providing care for grandchildren, and the role of difference in family social capital in explaining ethnic differences in school performance and educational attainment in the United States.
Pebley just completed a term as president of the Population Association of America and is a past president of the Association of Population Centers. Prior to joining RAND, she was a professor at Princeton University, where she served as associate director of the Office of Population Research, the oldest university-based population study center in the United States. She completed her graduate education at Cornell University.
The Bixby Chair was established in 1975 through the endowment of the Fred H. Bixby Foundation.
The UCLA School of Public Health enrolls 600 graduate students pursuing careers as health educators, biostatisticians, environmental health scientists, health officers, and other professionals who focus on improving the health of communities. The school's faculty conducts research and provides community service on issues such as health policy, disease and injury prevention, and workplace safety in California and in 70 foreign countries.