Max Roberts is a first year PhD student in the Department of Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology at Utah State university. His core area of focus is Demography and his training has brought him to an intersection of Demography, Public Health, Statistics, and Epidemiology. His research interests include populations and health, and racial health disparities. His Master's thesis examined how causes of death contribute to the Black-White gap in life expectancy across the life course in the state of Wisconsin.
As a PhD student, he now works under the direction of Dr. Eric Reither as a research assistant on an NIH-funded project examining the long-term trajectories of subjectively, and polysomnographically, assessed sleep patterns as predictors of neuroendocrine dysfunction and weight gain in adults.
In his free time Max enjoys snowboarding, hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing, and taking spontaneous road trips across nearby states.