Congratulations to Josey VanOrsdale for being selected as a fellow for the 2019 Social Networks and Health Workshop at Duke University. As part of the fellowship, she will spend a week at the Duke Network Analysis Center at Duke University during May 2019 learning about advanced social network analysis, with a focus on health topics. During the workshop, and for the following year, she will continue to work with a mentor from the Duke Network Analysis Center on her proposed project analyzing longitudinal social networks of homeless youth.
For her project, Josey proposes to analyze the change of small longitudinal egocentric social networks from the Midwest Longitudinal Study of Homeless and Runaway Adolescents. In order to achieve this goal, she plans to integrate her background in ecology with innovative network measures to best capture the transitions within homeless youth’s social connections across 3 years. In addition to the methodological goal, her final product will aim to evaluate the effect that social network factors can jointly have on homeless youth outcomes.