Centers

Centers

Carolina Center for Population Aging and Health (CCPAH)

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

CCPAH supports inter-disciplinary research on healthy aging and social and economic productivity in the United States and across the globe. In addition to the U.S. faculty are deeply engaged in research and primary data collection on the demography and economics of aging in China, India, Indonesia, Malawi, the Philippines, Russia, and Sri Lanka. A critical component of CCPAH research is recognition that measurement of biomarkers, genetics, and cognition, but also of relationships and exposure to stressors, are critical for understanding healthy aging.

Research Themes
Aging in Diverse Contexts; Links between health and social and economic productivity; Methods and measurement; Longitudinal data and life-course perspectives; Interventions and natural and policy experiments; Health and economic disparities.

Center Administrator/Media Contact: Michael Case

Center for Advancing Sociodemographic and Economic Study of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (CEASES-ADRD)

University of Southern California

CEASES-ADRD is a multi-site center at the USC Schaeffer Center, University of Texas, Austin and Stanford University. The Center’s aims are to advance innovative social science ADRD research, broaden and diversify the set of researchers working in the field, and disseminate findings for impact. Goals are accomplished through network meetings, workshops on data and methods, microsimulation and behavioral economics, pilot project support, and the annual Science of ADRD for Social Scientists Program.

Research Themes
Cognitive health and dementia trends and disparities; Population, economic and health forecasting; Behavioral economics; Economics of aging; Disability, health care, unpaid family care and long-term care; Implications of health policy; Cognitive aging and the demography of dementia.

Center Administrator/Media Contact: Johanna Thunell

Center for Aging and Policy Studies (CAPS)

Syracuse University

CAPS is a multi-site consortium across Upstate New York, with Syracuse University, Cornell University, and University at Albany. Research at CAPS focuses on two signature themes—health and well-being, and family and intergenerational supports—and three cross-cutting themes of policy, place, and specific populations such as veterans. CAPS fosters innovative and interdisciplinary research, provides topical and methodological training for population-based aging research, and disseminates findings and data resources to scientists and the public.

Research Themes
Health trends, disparities, and determinants; Family and intergenerational supports; Effects of place on health and aging; Effects of social, economic, and healthcare policy on health and aging; Health and aging of specific populations; Disability and long-term care.

Center Administrator/Media Contact: Kathy Forrest

Center for Demography of Health and Aging (CDHA)

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Through the integration of research, training, and teaching, CDHA aims to increase the understanding of behavioral processes related to health and aging. The interdisciplinary research program at CDHA is designed to create links between social demography, biomedical, and epidemiological research on health and aging.

Research Themes
Aging and the life course; Biodemography; Determinants of disparities of aging trajectories; Health economics and health services research; Impacts of place on aging processes.

Pilot Projects

  • 2019. Qiongshi Lu. Testing Gene-environment Interactions without Measuring the Environmental Factor.


  • 2019. Yang Wang. Medicaid Expansions and Formal and Informal Care for the Elderly.


  • 2019. Jason Fletcher. WLS Digitization.


  • 2019. Michal Engelman. Understanding the long-term relationship between Community Health and Voter Turnout in the Midwest.


  • 2018. Jason Fletcher. Gene-Environment Interactions Related to Old Age Cognition and ognitive Decline.


  • 2018. Stephanie Robert. Social Determinants of Health And Wellbeing at Older Ages.


  • 2018. James Raymo. The Demography of Isolation at Older Ages.


  • 2018. Lindsay Jacobs. Work and Cognition at Older Ages: Do Occupations Matter.


  • 2017. Jenna Nobles. Aging through a Nutrition Transition: The Effects of Early-Life Scarcity on Later-Life Health.


  • 2017. Michal Engelman. Who Enjoys An Immigrant Health Advantage? Nativity, Race/Ethnicity, and Population Health Patterns.

    It contributed to this NIA grant: R01 AG060109.


  • 2017. Kristen Malecki. The Social Epigenomics of Health Disparities: How Different Dimensions of Disadvantage Get Under the Skin.


  • 2016. Michal Engelman. Why Does the Immigrant Health Advantage Disappear over the Life Course?.

    It contributed to this NIA grant: R01 AG060109.


  • 2016. Alberto Palloni. Early Conditions, Delayed Effects and Their Impact on Adult Mortality Patterns Summary.

    NIA R01 proposal submitted but not funded.


  • 2016. James Raymo. Living Arrangements at Older Ages: A Cross-National Comparison.


  • 2016. Federico Rey and Pamela Herd. The Role of Early Life Experiences in Shaping the Gut Microbiome: A Study Incorporating the Microbiome into the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study.


  • 2015. Eva Dugof, Michal Engelman, Kevin Look and Amy Kind. Health Trajectories in Older AdultsHealth Trajectories in Older Adults.


  • 2015. Jason Fletcher. Determinants of Telomere Length in the Health and Retirement Study.


  • 2015. Jennifer Dykema, Dana Garbarski, Nora Cate Schaeffer and Kenneth D. Croes. Uncovering the Relationship between Interviewer-Respondent Interaction and Compliance in the Collection of Anthropometric Measures and Physical Performance AssessmentsUncovering the Relationship between Interviewer-Respondent Interaction and Compliance in the Collection of Anthropometric Measures and Physical Performance Assessments.


  • 2014. Craig Atwood. Veteran Health in the WLS.


  • 2014. Leonelo Bautista and Alberto Palloni. Chronic Psychosocial Stress, and Risk of Metabolic Syndrome.


  • 2014. Katherine Curtis, James Raymo, andJun Zhu. Aging and Place: New Methods to Identify Optimal Spatial Units for Health Outcomes among the Older Population.

    R21AG050790 “Isolation and Emotional Health at Older Ages: New Approaches to Studying Social Environment and Health” was submitted to NIA in October 2014.
    1534386 “New Approaches to Studying Neighborhood Effects and Health: Isolation and Emotional Health at Older Ages” was submitted to NSF in January 2015. Neither was funded.


  • 2014. Jason Fletcher. Gene-Environment Interactions in the Health and Retirement Study.

    R21AG051895 “New Evidence of Causal Effects of Early Life Circumstances on Aging Outcomes” was submitted to NIA in February 2015. Another proposal, R21AG03702 was submitted on 10/15/2015.  They were not funded.


  • 2014. Nora Cate Schaeffer. Standardization and Motivation to Provide DNA Samples: Rapport and Motivation in the Standardized Interview.

    1424377 “Interviewing Practices, Conversational Practices, and Rapport in the Standardized Survey Interview” was submitted to NSF in January 2014. It was not funded. “Enhancing Participation in Medical Research in Underrepresented Populations: Effects of Interviewers, Respondents, and Questions on the Measurement of Health Outcomes and Health Disparities” was submitted to CDC on 10/7/2015.


  • 2014. Barbara Wolfe,Jason Fletcher, Jan S. Greenburg, and Marsha Mailick. Disrupted Family Dynamics: How Children Are Affected by Sibling Death, and Disability.

    R01HD083388 “Effects of Sibling Death, Disability and Composition Changes on Surviving Siblings” was submitted to NICHD in June 2014. It was not funded
    R01HD086123 “The Effects of Sibling Relationships on Children’s Development” was submitted to NICHD in February 2015.


  • 2013. Hiram Beltrán-Sánchez. Biological Risk Profiles in the Elderly Mexican Population at the Turn of the 21st Century.


  • 2013. Corinne Engelman. Identification of Gene Environment Interactions in Cognitive Decline.

    This pilot received funding from UW Graduate School to extend it to a forth pathway, vitamin D metabolism. “Genomic and Metabolomic Data Integration in a Longitudinal Cohort at Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease” NIA R01 AG054047 submitted 12/11/15.


  • 2013. Marsha Mailick. Genotype-Phenotype Associations and Genetic Risk of Aging: Health, Reproductive, Mental Health and Cognitive Phenotypes.

    NIH R01 HD082110 “FMR1 Premutation Phenotypes in Population-Based & Clinically-Ascertained Samples” 9/1/15-5/31/20


  • 2013. Donald Moynihan, Barry Burden, and Jason Fletcher. Political Participation of Older Americans: the Role of Social and Genetic Factors.

    NIA R21 AG049148 “Health, Cognitive Functioning, and Political Participation among Older Adults” was submitted in February 2014.  NIA R21 AG050763 “Health, Cognitive Functioning, and Civic Engagement among Older Adults” was submitted October 2014. Neither of them was funded.


  • 2013. F. Javier Nieto and Alberto Palloni. The Impact of the Economic Recession on the Health and Wellbeing of Elderly Adults.


  • 2012. John D. DeLamater. Is There a Hormonal Component to Sexual Functioning in Later Life.


  • 2012. Felix Elwert. Proximity to Kin in Old Age and Ill Health.


  • 2012. Pamela Herd. Veteran Status and Later-Life Health: Evidence from Sibling Fixed-Effects Models.

    This is a joint project with Andrew S. London, Sociology, Syracuse University, and Janet Wilmoth, Sociology, Syracuse University. Wilmoth’s  “Military Service and Health Outcomes in Later Life” (R01AG028480 6/1/07-5/31/11).


  • 2012. Alberto Palloni. Trends and Determinants of Mortality Disparities between the U.S. and Other High-Income Countries: 1980-2010.


  • 2011. Whitney P. Witt. Meta–Analysis of the Effect of Education on Mortality.

    R41 MC23625, 4/1/12-3/31/14, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), “Impact of Preconception and Contextual Factors on Birth and Child Health Outcomes”


  • 2011. Alberto Palloni. Early Childhood Conditions, Reproduction of Socioeconomic Inequalities and the Persistence of Health Disparities.

    P01 AG20179 “Wisconsin Longitudinal Study: Tracking the Life Course” was not funded.


  • 2011. James R. Walker. Meta–Analysis of the Effect of Education on Mortality.



Center Administrator/Media Contact: Janet Clear

Center for Health Aging Behaviors and Longitudinal Investigations (CHABLIS)

University of Chicago

The goal of CHABLIS is to promote a sustained research and infrastructure development program that leverages longitudinal data, from both observational and interventional studies, to examine how demographic and economic factors facilitate or suppress individual healthy aging behaviors, and, in turn, influence outcomes among older adults over the life course.

Research Themes
Individual healthy aging behaviors; Family, networks and the life course; Aging in community and larger social contexts; Health outcomes at the hospital, neighborhood, and municipal levels; Measurement and methods for longitudinal studies on aging; Models of care for medically and social complex older adults; Integration of systemic and oral health; Personalized medicine and preemptive pharmacogenetic testing, including in minority populations.

Center Administrator/Media Contact: Kelsey Bogue

Center for Population Health and Aging (CPHA)

Duke University

CPHA at Duke University is a highly interdisciplinary environment for developing faculty and students who study aging. CPHA fosters important research breakthroughs, particularly in the overlapping areas of biodemography (biological and biomedical demography of aging), life course analyses, and intergenerational studies, including the transmission of health and longevity.

Research Themes
Determinants of health, well-being and longevity; Consequences of U.S. and global aging; Population, economic and health forecasting; Health trends and disparities; Disability, health care and long-term care; Cognitive aging and the demography of dementia; Biology, genetics and demography of aging; Population, economic and health forecasting; Economics of aging; Innovations in data collection and measurement in aging research; Determinants of health and aging across social species.

Pilot Projects

  • 2019. William Pan. Sarcopenia and Sarcopenic Obesity Assessment in the US Population.

    Project nearing completion.


  • 2018. Jenny Tung, Daniel Belsky. Biological Age in Rhesus Monkeys: Causal Effects of Early Development Stress and Social Status.

    Project completed.


  • 2018. Terrie Moffitt. A Segment of the Population with Large Economic Burden: The New Zealand Integrated Data Infrastructure (NZ-IDI).

    Project Completed. Manuscript published Nature-Human Behavior.


  • 2018. Susan Alberts. Effects of Early Life Adversity on Maternal Care and Offspring Survival in Wild Baboons.

    Project nearing completion.


  • 2018. Gregory Samanez-Larkin. Optimizing physical activity-related health promotion across adulthood using neuroimaging.

    Project completed.


  • 2017. Jen'nan Read. Disaggregating Ethnic Diversity in the Non-Hispanic White and Black Populations: Implications for Disability across the Life Course.

    Project completed. Manuscript under review.


  • 2017. Lynch, Scott. Cognitive and Happy Life Expectancy in the US.

    Project completed. Manuscript published Jo of Gerontology-Psychological Sciences


  • 2016. Kenneth Land, Patrick J. Eric Stallard. Duke Alzheimer's Progress Index: Development of Software for Clinical Applications.

    Project completed. P30 Administrative Supplement awarded in 2018 for continuation of project now nearing completion. R01 in preparation.


  • 2016. Tyson Brown. Systematic investigation of racial/ethnic disparities in health among older adults.

    Manuscripts completed in Journal of Gerontology, Health and Social Behavior and Social Forces; NIA proposal in preparation.


  • 2016. Jenny Tung. DNA methylation age in primate models of aging.

    R01 from NICHD recently awarded; R24 awarded January 2020.


  • 2016. Daniel Belsky. Advancing Translation of Molecular Signatures of Biological Aging.

    R21 awarded.


  • 2015. V. Joseph Hotz, Candace Odgers. Pilot Study on Connectedness & Mobile Technology .

    Renewal proposal for CPHA includes Core D that extends this project to rural areas.


  • 2015. Elizabeth Frankenberg, Duncan Thomas. Computer-based Cognitive Testing of Adults following a Disaster.

    Project completed. R01 pending award.



Center Administrator/Media Contact: Mimi Coker

Center on Aging & Population Sciences (CAPS)

University of Texas, Austin

The overarching mission of CAPS is to galvanize novel research that illuminates how biological, psychosocial, and environmental factors intersect and cascade throughout the life course to generate disparities in health and well-being at older ages. The Center promotes collaborations among scholars and supports pilot projects to address these complex aging and population health issues, and works to grow the number and diversity of researchers who study aging at all career stages.

Research Themes
Life course precursors of advantage and disadvantage at older ages; Family demography; Social engagement, and social isolation; Place, aging, and health.

Center Administrator/Media Contact: Mary De La Garza

Center on Biodemography and Population Health (CBPH)

University of Southern California & University of California, Los Angeles

CBPH is a multi-site center located at the Andrus Gerontology Center at USC and the Program in Geriatric Medicine at UCLA. The Center’s primary aim is to provide a synergistic research environment for the integration and translation of research findings from a variety of disciplines to better understand population health. It supports the Biomarker Network, which is dedicated to improving measures of biological risk for late-life health outcomes – measures critical in monitoring population health.

Research Themes
Biology, genetics and demography of aging; Cognitive aging and the demography of dementia; Determinants of health, well-being and longevity; Health trends and disparities

Pilot Projects

  • 2019. Kelly E. Rentscher. Chronic Stress and Accelerated Biological Aging: Social Support as a Protective Factor.


  • 2019. Andrew J. Fuligni. Family Stress and Inflammation-Related Gene Expression in Parent-Adolescent Dyads.


  • 2019. Jinkook Lee. Age, Literacy, and Magnetic Resonance Markers of Brain Integrity in LASI-DAD.


  • 2019. Elizabeth Zelinski. Understanding the role of subjective cognitive decline in determining risk of cognitive impairment cognitive impairment.


  • 2018. Thalida E. Arpawong. Characterizing the dynamic relationship between cardiovascular disease risk factors and cognitive ability over time.


  • 2018. Catalina Zavala. Teasing Apart the Basis for Genetic and Environmental Associations Between Resources in Adolescence, Educational Attainment, and Occupational Complexity in Adulthood.


  • 2018. Kelly E. Rentscher. Stress and Aging Biology: Couples' Relationship Quality as a Protective Factor.


  • 2018. Kia Skrine Jeffers. Unfair Treatment within Employment, Criminal Justice, Education and Housing and Cardiometabolic Risk in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA).


  • 2017. Thalida E. Arpawong. Processing speed in aging: Mechanisms for ability and change related to genes and sex.


  • 2017. Margie Lachman. Physiological dysregulation as a predictor of cognitive decline.


  • 2017. Rebecca Melrose; Suzie El-Saden; David Sultzer. Neural markers of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in dementia: A VA medical chart review study.


  • 2017. Kelvin Yen. Modulation of cognitive decline by genetic variation in the mitochondrial humanin gene.


  • 2016. Hiram Beltran-Sanchez. Estimating the Impact of Obesity on Adult Mortality: Assessment of Errors with Applications to the U.S., Costa Rica, Mexico and Puerto Rico.


  • 2016. Emma Aguila. Measuring the Effects of an Experimental Social Security Program for Poor Older Adults using Biomarkers Data.


  • 2016. Deena Goldwater. Evaluating allostatic load as a predictor or cardiovascular disease risk relative to the ACC/AHA pooled cohort risk equation: Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA).


  • 2016. Arie Kapteyn. Devices to measure multiple physiological parameters in survey populations.


  • 2015. Carol Prescott, Tara Gruenewald, Margaret Gatz & Jack McArdle. Development and Validation of Self-Administered Tablet Computer Cognitive Assessment.


  • 2015. Patrick Heuveline. Launching a New Study of the Long-Term Health and Wellbeing Consequences of Malnutrition: A Feasibility Study and Rapid Assessment.


  • 2015. David S. Black. Gene Transcription Profiling of Fatigue in Hispanic Colorectal Cancer Survivors: Targeting Residual Symptoms after Completion of Cancer Treatment in and Aging Probability Sample.


  • 2015. Arun S Karlamangla. System dynamics in aging physiological systems: Implications of burnout, reactivity, and recovery.


  • 2014. Steve Cole & Morgan Levine. Genome-wide Transcriptome Profiling in an HRS Pilot Sample.


  • 2014. Peifeng Hu & Jinkook Lee. SES Gradients of Metabolic Syndrome in China and India.


  • 2014. Jennifer Ailshire, Sharon Merkin & Brian Finch. Economic Conditions & Social Disparities in Biological Risk among US Adults.


  • 2014. Keyonna King, Pinchas Cohen & Teresa Seeman. Assessing Biological Mechanisms Underlying Psycho-social & Cognitive Benefits of a Multi-Factorial Inter-Generational Intervention for Older Adults .


  • 2012. Susan Enguidanos. Relationship and Timing of Advance Directives and Stated Care Preference on Frequency and Type of Care Setting Transitions in the Last Six Months of Life.


  • 2012. John Strauss. Measuring Cognitive Function in Developing Countries.


  • 2011. Thomas McDade. Dried blood spot methods for evaluating the regulation of inflammation.



Center Administrator/Media Contact: Eileen Crimmins

Center on the Economics and Demography of Aging (CEDA)

University of California, Berkeley

CEDA supports cutting-edge discovery and dissemination of knowledge on the demography of aging by supporting new research via pilot project funding; providing support for programming, computing, and data access; facilitating and encouraging interdisciplinary interactions and innovation; organizing conferences and seminars; supporting junior faculty development; and disseminating research findings.

Research Themes
Biology, genetics and demography of aging; Consequences of U.S. and global aging; Health trends and disparities; Determinants of health, well-being and longevity; Population, economic and health forecasting; Behavioral economics.

Pilot Projects

  • 2020. Dennis Feehan. Social network methods for estimating adult death rates in the absence of vital registration.

    Dates subject to NOA


  • 2020. Justin White. A Pilot Trial of Gamification for Enhancing a Smoking Cessation App.

    At UCSF Dates subject to NOA


  • 2020. Paul Gertler. How Excess Sugar Consumption Early in Life Affects Health in Adulthood.

    Dates subject to NOA


  • 2020. Jim Carey. Recording Lifetime Activity, sleep patterns and reproduction to assess health span and predict time-to-death in the Mediterranean fruit fly.

    At UC Davis Dates subject to NOA


  • 2020. Gretchen Donehower and Ron Lee. Population Aging and the demand for paid and unpaid care: the US in international context.

    Dates subject to NOA


  • 2019. Andres Cardenas. Resilient Epigenomes; DNA Methylation Signatures of "Blue-Zone" Residents.


  • 2019. Hilary Hoynes. The Effects of Employment Incentives and Cash Transfers on Adult Mortality: Evidence from the Long Run Effects of Welfare Reform Experiments.


  • 2019. Ming Hsu. Memory based choices and its neural substrates.


  • 2018. Leora Lawton. Assessing Relationships Between Social Networks and Well-being.


  • 2018. James Carey. Lineage and Longevity.


  • 2018. Daniel Schneider. Job loss and health among U.S. manufacturers: using Facebook to augment existing data sources.


  • 2018. Stephanie Child. Use of Redirected Inbound Call Sampling for Increasing Access to Research Participation among Black Americans.


  • 2018. Ellen Eisen. Deaths of Despair and Job Loss in a Cohort of Autoworkers.


  • 2018. Gretchen Donehower. Integrating care, age, and health: a database for hypothesis testing and generation.


  • 2017. Dow, William H. Health and Aging in Cuba.


  • 2017. Jagust, William. The Influence of Aging on Neural Systems Mediating Behavioral Responses to Financial Rewards.


  • 2017. Goldstein, Joshua. Towards a new, public data set for studying mortality inequality: Matching the 1940 U.S. Census with Social Security death records, 1963-2011.


  • 2017. Kariv, Shachar. Predicting Elderly Health Behaviors and Outcomes Using Decision-making Quality and Risk Attitudes.


  • 2016. Joshua Goldstein. Hispanic Names, Acculturation, and Health.


  • 2016. Jonathan Kolstad and Benjamin Handel. Preventive Care Utilization and Health Effects of Physician Incentives and Information.


  • 2016. Magali Barbieri. Beyond the HMD: Developing a Mortality Database for the Rest of the World.


  • 2016. Ronald Lee. The socioeconomic gradient in US Age-related transfers, health and mortality.


  • 2015. Ming Hsu. Tracking Decision-Making Capacities Across the Lifespan: New experimental approaches.


  • 2015. Alexander Gelber. The Effect of Social Security Benefits on Retirement: Evidence from the Notch Cohorts.


  • 2015. Rucker Johnson. Interlocking Pathways of Mobility from Education to Adult Health.


  • 2015. Ming Hsu. Game-Based Approaches to Measuring Decision-Making.


  • 2015. Stefano Dellavigna. Expert Forecasts: An Exploration on Health and Aging Experiments.


  • 2015. Luis Rosero-Bixby. Population Aging and Socioeconomic Inequality in National Transfer Accounts.


  • 2015. James Carey. Aging in Wild Drosophila Fruitfly Populations.


  • 2014. Emilio Zagheni. Empirical Bayes Approaches for Imperfect Human Mortality Data.

    Original pilot award through June 30, 2015. Carryforward request will be made in July 2015


  • 2014. Ulrike Malmendier. Experiences and Expectations.

    Original pilot award through June 30, 2015. Carryforward request will be made in July 2015


  • 2014. Kenneth Wachter. Alleles Affecting Longevity as a Genome-Wide Statistical Ensemble".

    Original pilot award through June 30, 2015. Carryforward request will be made in July 2015


  • 2014. William Dow. Epigenetic Characteristics of the High Longevity Nicoyan Population of Costa Rica.


  • 2014. Ming Hsu. Decline in monoamine turnover and its effects on decision-making in older adults.


  • 2014. Shachar Kariv. The quality of the economic decision-making of the elderly: A Combined Survey and Field experiment.


  • 2014. Don Moore. Overconfidence Over the Lifespan.


  • 2013. Ming Hsu. Decline in monoamine turnover and its effects on decision-making in older adults.


  • 2011. Ken Wachter. Genetic Markers in the Health and Retirement Study: Risk Aversion, Height, and Health.


  • 2010. Shachar Kariv. The Consistency and Heterogeneity of Individual Behavior under Uncertainty: A Combined Survey and Field Experiment.


  • 2009. William Dow. Using Group Commitment To Promote Smoking Cessation in Thailand.


  • 2009. Claude Fischer. Changes in Social Networks over the Later Life Cycle.


  • 2007. Ivry, Richard. The benefit of sleep on reward-based learning of gains and losses in older adults.


  • 2006. William Satariano. Environmental Correlates of Disability in an Older Population.


  • 2006. William Dow. Costa Rican Census Mortality Linkage.


  • 1999. Ronald Lee. Intergenerational transfers among the Maya of Yucatan.


  • 1999. John Wilmoth. Measurement of Mortality Differentials for the US.


  • 1998. Kenneth Wachter. Multivariate Indices of Short-term Risk of Death, Heart Failure, and Stroke in Elderly Persons.



Center Administrator/Media Contact: Maria Teresa Hernandez

Center to Accelerate Population Research in Alzheimer’s (CAPRA)

University of Michigan

CAPRA will focus on science that informs government and healthcare organization actions to address the negative impacts of dementia on the health and financial well-being of individuals and the population. The overarching goal is to serve as a national resource to enable and expand research by current and future leaders in the study of healthcare delivery, economics, and policies to reduce the burden of AD/ADRD locally, nationally, and internationally.

Research Themes
Healthcare delivery and policy impact on outcomes and quality of care; Diffusion of new technologies; Disparities in quality and access to care; Innovative applications of population data that inform allocation of resources and program development.

Center Administrator/Media Contact: Jason Mann

Hopkins’ Economics of Alzheimer’s Disease and Services (HEADS) Center’s

Johns Hopkins University

The HEADS Center’s overall goal is to advance population-based science that addresses Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD) care and its economic consequences. The Center supports novel research that addresses two thematic areas: (1) Identifying and quantifying the range of ADRD care needs and related economic consequences and (2) Examining how the organization, financing, and delivery of services affects accessibility, affordability, quality, and equity of ADRD care. Within each theme, Center research emphasizes family and unpaid caregiving and disparities. The Center seeks to advance the field of ADRD economics and health services research by nurturing emerging and established investigators, developing a new remote data enclave infrastructure, disseminating new knowledge, and forging linkages with policy and practice communities.

Research Themes
Paid and unpaid caregiving; Disparities related to ADRD care and outcomes; Payment and insurance systems related to ADRD care; Delivery system and community-based solutions for those living with ADRD and their care partners; Economic burden of ADRD and ADRD care.

Center Administrator/Media Contact: Nadia-Lynn Hay

Life Course Center for the Demography and Economics of Aging (LCC)

University of Minnesota

LCC is an incubator for innovative research on the demography and economics of aging. The LCC recruits and fosters connections among researchers across disciplines; develops leading-edge collaborative pilot studies on aging contexts, trends, dynamics, and disparities; provides technical and administrative support for research development; and supports a research network to leverage large-scale population data to advance interdisciplinary scholarship on social determinants and contexts of aging and health.

Research Themes
Later life-course population; Trends in context; Life-course dynamics as disparity mechanisms; Interrelationships of work, family, community participation, and health.

Center Administrator/Media Contact: Gina Rumore

Michigan Center on the Demography of Aging (MiCDA)

University of Michigan

MiCDA is an interdisciplinary community of scholars from across the University of Michigan with a shared interest in the demography of aging. MiCDA affiliates pioneer the collection of innovative data for study of the demography of aging and lead major surveys on aging. MiCDA affiliates are accelerating understanding of the changing demography of late-life disability and dementia and family caregiving and identifying factors over the life course that shape disparities in health and wellbeing in later life. MiCDA’s activities promote pilot research and bring networks of researchers together to form new collaborations; provide junior faculty with career development opportunities; and make available to researchers data that require secure handling..

Research Themes
Biology, genetics and demography of aging; Cognitive aging and the demography of dementia; Determinants of health, well-being and longevity; Disability, health care and long-term care; Health trends and disparities; Health and well-being in later life; Aging, genetics and social science; Survey measurement and methods; Family caregiving to older adults.

Pilot Projects

  • 2019. Frederick Conrad. Surveying Older Populations using Video Communication Technologies.


  • 2019. Neika Sharifian. The Cognitive Costs and Benefits of Social Technology use in Older Adulthood.


  • 2019. Noah J. Webster. Housing Context and Functional Health Among Lower Income Older Adults: The Mediating Role of Social Resources.


  • 2018. Kristine Ajrouch. Measuring Alzheimer's Disease in Arabic-Speaking Populations.


  • 2018. Joshua Ehrlich. Vision Impairment, Participation and Subjective Wellbeing in Older Adults.


  • 2018. Sela Panapasa. The prevalence, distribution and correlates of disability and comorbidity in the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander aging population: results of a population-based study.


  • 2017. Neil Mehta. How do socioeconomic status, behaviors, and age interact to produce death risks?.


  • 2017. Courtney Polenick, Kira Birditt, Helen Kales. Multimorbidity Patterns in Aging Couples: Longitudinal Associations with Functional Disability.


  • 2017. Melissa Wei. Chronic diseases and physical functioning: development and validation of an ICD-coded multimorbidity indext.


  • 2017. Laura Zahodne. Cognitive resilience to depressive symptoms in diverse older adults.


  • 2016. Christine Cigolle. Rural Older Adults with Cognitive Impairment and Chronic Disease: A Mixed Methods Study of Social and Health Factors in Their Care.


  • 2016. Philippa J. Clarke. Muscle weakness among older adults: A silent epidemic.


  • 2016. Lauren Schmitz, Erin Bakshis Ware. Demographic and socioeconomic differences in polygenic risk of cardiovascular health in the Health and Retirement Study.


  • 2016. Cindy Lustig. Cholinergic genetic effects on health and cognition in older adults: Longitudinal analysis.


  • 2015. Martha J. Bailey, C. Hoyt Bleakley. Changes in Health and Longevity over the 20th Century: Evidence from North Carolina.


  • 2015. Jessica Faul, Colter Mitchell. The Effects of Collection Procedures on Telomere Length.


  • 2015. Pamela Giustinelli. Understanding Uncertainty in Older Adults' Reports of Expectations: An Application to Long-Term Care Preferences.


  • 2014. Sarah Burgard. Understanding Recent Change in Gender Differences in Life Expectancy among Adults in Wealthy Countries.


  • 2014. Helen Levy, Kenneth M. Langa. Cognitive ability and awareness of hypertension in older Americans.


  • 2014. Colter Mitchell. Applying Whole Genome data to Common Social Science Issues.


  • 2013. Fabian T. Pfeffer. Do Grandma And Grandpa Matter? Uncovering the importance of the elderly for the socio-economic wellbeing of descendants.


  • 2013. Amelia Karraker, Robert F. Schoeni. Psychological Human Capital and Mortality across the Life Course: Evidence from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics.


  • 2013. Pearl Lee. Physical Activity among U.S. Adults with Diabetes and Prediabetes, 2006-2010.


  • 2013. Vicki Freedman. Translating a telephone instrument to the web: development of best practices.


  • 2012. Kenzie Latham, Philippa J. Clarke. Socioeconomic Disparities of Participation and Time Use among Disabled Older Americans.


  • 2012. Mary McEniry. Early Life Family and Community Environment and Older Adult Health: Linking US Census Data from the Early 20th Century with Puerto Rican Survey Data.


  • 2012. Lauren Nicholas. Patient Long-Term Outcomes and Public Reporting of Hospital Quality.


  • 2012. Carey Sherman. Intergenerational Support and Caregiving in Late Life: The Role of Stepfamily.


  • 2011. Arline T. Geronimus. Is the error in telomere length measurement introduced by EBV-immortalization of DNA random or systematic?: A Pilot Feasibility Study.


  • 2011. Lauren Nicholas, Cassandra Dorius. Will Changing Trends in Marriage Hurt Medicare?.


  • 2011. Robert Stawski. Stressful Experiences in the Health and Retirement Study: Prevalence and Associations with Mental and Physical Health.


  • 2011. Melvin Stephens. Caloric Intake Changes at Retirement: Evolution Over Time.


  • 2010. Christine T. Cigolle. Cognitive Impairment and Frailty in the Older Adult Population: Do the Outcomes Differ?.


  • 2010. Gwenith Fisher. Work Ability Among Older Workers in the HRS.


  • 2010. Deborah Lowry. Management of Old-Age Chronic Illness/Disease in Rural and Urban China.


  • 2010. Lauren Nicholas. Economic Effects of Treatment Intensity: Elective Surgery, Paid and Unpaid Work.


  • 2010. Amy M. Pienta, George C. Alter, James McNally. Retirement in the 1950s: Rebuilding a Longitudinal Database.


  • 2010. Mary Beth Ofstedal, John Bound. Comparative Study of Physical Measures and Biomarkers in HRS and Its Sister Studies.


  • 2010. David Lam, Rebecca L. Thornton. Living Arrangements of the Elderly and HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa.


  • 2009. Arline T. Geronimus, Jay Pearson. Gender Differences in Stress-Mediated Wear and Tear with Age among Mexican Immigrants to the U.S.


  • 2008. William Axinn, Dirgha Ghimire. Social Change, HIV/AIDS, and Elderly Health and Well-Being in Nepal.


  • 2008. Kathleen Ford. HIV testing and Sexual Behavior among Older Thai Adults.


  • 2008. John E. Knodel. Older-age Parents and AIDS in the ERA of ART, the Case of Thailand.


  • 2008. David Lam, Murray Leibbrandt, Cally Ardington. The Impact of Illness and Death of Adult Children on the Elderly in South Africa.


  • 2008. Mark Padilla, Haile Rhawa. Illness Narratives among Aging PLWHA in New York City.


  • 2007. Toni Antonucci, Hiroko Akiyama, Kristine Ajrouch. Gender and Social Relations Across the Life Course in a Middle Eastern Cultural Context.



Center Administrator/Media Contact: Jana Deatrick

NBER Center for Aging and Health Research

NBER

The mission of the NBER Center for Aging and Health Research is to develop, coordinate and advance research by economists on health and aging issues. Center research is conducted through research networks and pilot projects on high-priority themes including those listed here.

Research Themes
Economics of COVID-19; Health trends and inequalities; Data analytics, information technology and health care decision-making; Economics of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias; Dynamics of the health care ecosystem; Medical innovation and the value of health care; Behavior change in health.

Pilot Projects

  • 2019. R. Abramitzky, H. Williams, D. Fetter. End-of-Life Care in U.S. History.


  • 2019. J. Abaluck, P. Hull, A. Starc. Differential Mortality in Medicare Advantag.


  • 2019. T. Gross, T. Layton, D. Prinz. Liquidity and Healthcare Consumption.


  • 2019. Adler-Milstein, Handel, Kolstad. Electronic Medical Records, Provider Behavior and Health Outcomes among the Elderly.

    also with Malmendier and Obermeyer


  • 2019. Aparna Soni. Pharmaceutical Access, Functional Outcomes and Implications for Caregiver.


  • 2018. Leila Agha. Provider Organizations and Care Coordination: Effects on Utilization, Quality and Outcome.


  • 2018. Jessica Van Parys. Does Internet Access Affect Provider Choice and Health Outcomes of Medicare Beneficiaries.


  • 2018. Molly Schnell, E. Meara, N. Morden. Understanding Opioid Prescribing Practice.


  • 2018. David Silver. Early Life Origins of Intergenerational Mobilit.


  • 2017. Bruce Weinberg. Measuring the Impact of Scientific Research on Health.


  • 2017. Timothy Layton. The Effect of Medicaid Managed Care on the Health of Aging Individuals with Disabilities.


  • 2017. Nicole Maestas, David Grabowski, Brian McGarry. Improving Decision-Making by Older Adults in the Medicare Part D Program.


  • 2017. Leila Agha. Assessing the Medicare Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program.


  • 2017. Jeffrey Clemens, Joshua Gottlieb. Financial Incentives and Long-Run Health Sector Capacity.


  • 2017. David Cutler, Adriana Lleras-Muney. Economic Growth, Pollution, and Health Improvements.


  • 2017. Amitabh Chandra, Doug Staiger, Maurice Dalton. Predicting the Impact of Hospital Closures on Patient Outcomes.


  • 2017. Amitabh Chandra. Asymmetric Information in Health Care: Evidence from Physicians Who Are Now Patients.


  • 2017. Katherine Baicker, Z. Obermeyer. Assessing the Overuse and Underuse of Diagnostic Testing.


  • 2017. Amanda Kowalski. Risk Factors and Breast Cancer Screening.


  • 2017. Joseph Doyle, P.Gulur, M.Jacobsen. Pain Management for Opioid Tolerant Patients: A Randomized Controlled Trial.


  • 2017. M. Notowidigdo, J. Graves,T. Gross. Medicaid Expansion, Hospital Choice and Health Outcomes: Evidence from a Near-Census of Hospitalizations.


  • 2016. Marcella Alsan. How do Preferences Over Doctors Vary by Patient Gender and Race?.


  • 2016. Zack Cooper. All-Payer Measures of Health Spending and the Link among Spending, Health Care Utilization and Health Outcomes.


  • 2016. Nikhil Agarwal. Effects of Medicare Reimbursement Rates on Quality of Dialysis Care and Patient Outcomes.


  • 2016. L. Katz, J. Kling, L. Sanbonmatsu. Using Data from Moving to Opportunity to Investigate Early Influences on Educational Outcomes.


  • 2015. David Chan. The Impact of Local Coverage Determinations on Costs and Patient Outcomes.


  • 2014. Amanda Kowalski. The Long Term Impact of Health Insurance Expansions.


  • 2014. David Cutler. ACOs and Decision-Making in Hospitals.


  • 2014. Katherine Baicker. The Use of Financial Incentives and "Nudges" to Improve Behavior.


  • 2014. Sita Slavov, John Shoven & D. Wise. Using Firm Benefits Data to Understand Labor Force Decision-Making.



Center Administrator/Media Contact: Joan Stillwell

Population Aging Research Center (PARC)

University of Pennsylvania

PARC supports highly interdisciplinary research on aging by funding pilot projects, hosting a weekly seminar series and a working paper series, and maintaining a secure data enclave for access to sensitive aging-related data. Research associates conduct research on population and individual processes in the areas of aging, including the determinants and effects of population composition and processes. They are also involved in large data collection projects in the U.S. and abroad.

Research Themes
Health disparities in aging; Early life conditions and older adult health; Behavior and well-being; global aging and health; Health care and long-term care in older adults; Cognition and Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia (ADRD).

Pilot Projects

  • 2019. P. Gonalon Pons. The Persistent Feminization and Devaluation of Elder Care.


  • 2019. S. Stites. Study Partners: Who are the research partners of persons with Alzheimer's disease and does it matter?.


  • 2018. K. Lasater. Evaluating A Hospital Intervention to Improve Care for Older Adults at the End of Life.

    Quartet/PARC Pilot


  • 2018. I. Kohler. Social Networks, NCDs and Aging: Leveraging Social Dynamics for Efficient Health Interventions among Older Persons in Low-Income Countries.

    Quartet/Co-funded PARC/Boettner Center


  • 2017. C. Boen. Biological Risk, Physical Functioning, and Psychosocial Stress among Older Age Hispanics.

    PARC Pilot


  • 2017. A. E. Curry, PI. Examination of population-based driver licensing and motor vehicle crash rates among older adults.

    Quartet/PARC Pilot


  • 2017. M. Ryerson. Towards an Accessible Healthcare Travel Chain for Elderly Populations Through User-Centered Anthropologic Approach.

    Quartet/co funded PARC/CHIBE


  • 2016. M. McHugh. The Effect of Nursing Work Environments on Alzheimer's Disease Patient Outcomes.


  • 2016. S. Preston. The Contribution of Diabetes to Mortality in the US.


  • 2016. J.V. Ríos-Rull. Health Status and Consumption Growth.

    Trio Pilot funded by PARC


  • 2016. HP Kohler. Mental Health, Migration and Mortality among Mature Adults in Malawi.

    Trio Pilot funded by PARC


  • 2015. C. Flippen. Transnational Aging: The Link Between Migration and Aging in Mexico.

    PARC Pilot


  • 2014. J. Behrman. Early Life to Mature Adulthood: Guatemalan INCAP Health and Socioeconomic Data.

    PARC Pilot


  • 2014. L. Aiken/H. Smith. Healthcare Workforce and Quality Outcomes: Lessons from Chile, United States, and Europe.

    Support for Survey development and collection


  • 2014. C. Flippen. Transnational Elder Care and the Financial Security of Low Income Mexican Immigrants in the US: A Case Study of Philadelphia, PA.

    PARC Pilot


  • 2014. A. Starc. Pass-Through in a Highly Regulated Supply Chain - The Who, What, and Where of the US Drug Market.

    Data Purchase, joint Trio funding with the Boettner Center/Pension Research Council


  • 2013. I. Elo. Health and Well-being of African Migrants in the US and in their Country of Origin.

    joint funding with the PSC


  • 2013. M Guillot. Study of Adult and Old-Age Mortality among Migrants and Their Descendants in France.

    PARC Pilot P30-19


  • 2012. E. Fernandez-Duque. Sex Differences in the Life-History and Demography of Socially Monogamous Primates.

    P30-19


  • 2012. C. Valeggia. Metabolic Profiles of Female Reproductive Aging: A Comparative Study.

    Trio P30-19, & HD044964-10 joint funding


  • 2012. I. T. Elo. The Health of Black Immigrants in the United States and Comparisons with Countries of Origin.

    Trio Pilot P30-19, HD044964-10


  • 2012. J. Thompson Kolstad. Understanding Health Insurance and Policy Using the Massachusetts Health Reform.

    P30 19


  • 2012. O. Mitchell/K. Peijnenberg. Ambiguity Attitudes and Retirement Preparedness (Japan data).

    P30 19


  • 2012. S. Tishkoff. Biomarkers of Aging in Ethnically Diverse Africans: An Integrative Genomics Analysis.


  • 2012. IV Kohler/HP Kohler. Mental Health, Cognition and Aging in a Poor High-Risk Disease Environment.


  • 2011. F. Cunha. Health and Human Capital accumulation.

    P30-18


  • 2011. J. Kable/G. Zauberman. Neural Substrates of Anticipatory Time Perception and Time Discounting.

    P30-18


  • 2011. C. Flippen. Relative Social Position and U.S. Internal Migration: Patterns by Race and Ethnicity.

    P30-18


  • 2010. S. Preston. Sources of Aging in US States.

    P30-17


  • 2010. J. Schnittker. The Centrality of Schooling in Gene x Environment Interactions for Health.

    PARC Pilot 17-19


  • 2010. I. Elo/I.V.Kohler. Do parents in developing countries benefit from their children's education at old age?.


  • 2009. J. Kable/L.W. Chao. Neuroeconomics of Intergenerational Sacrifice: Why Mothers Eat Burnt Toast.

    PARC Pilot P30 16 – 17


  • 2009. C. Valeggia. Hormonal and cultural correlates of physical discomforts during the menopausal transition.

    Parc Pilot P30 16-17


  • 2008. S. Cnaan. Personal Attributes and the Financial Well-Being of Older Adults: The Effects of Control Beliefs.

    Trio P30 15


  • 2008. I. T. Elo. Early life conditions and familial correlations in cause-specific mortality.

    Trio P30 15


  • 2008. R. Cnaan. Personal Attributes and the Financial Well-Being of Older Adults: The Effects of Control Beliefs.

    Trio Pilot


  • 2008. Watkins, S. Aging in a Time of AIDS: The Impact of the Epidemic on Elderly in Rural Malawi.


  • 2007. D. Ewbank. Development of Methods for Applying Demographic Synthesis to Large Genome Scans.

    Trio P30 14


  • 2007. H P Kohler/B. Soldo. Biomarkers in Malawi: Inflammation and CRP.

    P30 Pilot P30-14


  • 2007. K. Jedrziewski. Is Physical Activity a Viable Intervention to Lower the Risk of Dementia.

    Trio P30-14


  • 2007. H. P. Kohler/S. Helleringer. A Population-based Study of the Transmission and Diversification of HIV-1 Using Molecular Genetic and Complete Sexual Network Data.

    P30 Pilot P30 14


  • 2007. H. Park. Age Variation in the Relationship between Health Literacy and Self-Rated Health.

    Trio P30-14 HD044964-05


  • 2007. S. Preston. The Effects of Nutrition and Disease on Child Growth and Adult Health.


  • 2007. H. Park. Age Variation in the Relationship between Health Literacy and Self-Rated Health.

    Trio Pilot joint funding P30 and R24 HD004964


  • 2007. S. Watkins. Aging in a Time of AIDS: The Impact of the Epidemic on Elderly in Rural Malawi.


  • 2007. P. Todd. Retirement Savings and Unemployment Insurance.

    Trio Pilot


  • 2007. O. Mitchell/J.L. Ruiz. New Evidence on Annuity Choices in Chile: A Dynamic Programming Approach.

    Trio Pilot


  • 2007. A. DePaula. An Empirical Study on Behavioral Responses to AIDS.


  • 2007. S. Preston/R. Margolis. The Effects of Nutrition and Disease on Child Growth and Adult Health.


  • 2007. H.P. Kohler/LW Chao. HIV/AIDS and Intergenerational Transfers in Malawi.


  • 2007. Soldo, B/Kohler, HP. Biomarkers in Malawi: Inflammation and CRP.


  • 2006. K. Volpp. Financial Incentives for Weight Loss.

    Co funded with PSC


  • 2006. H. Park. The Literacy Gap between Those with High Levels and Low Levels of Educational Attainment among Older Adults: A Comparative Study of 20 Countries.

    co funded PSC


  • 2006. L. W. Chao. Does Poor Health Induce Myopia? An Investigation of Mortality, Morbidity, Aging, and Time Preference.

    PARC Pilot P30-13


  • 2006. I. T. Elo. Race/Ethnic and Immigrant Differences in Disability: What Can We Learn From the 2000 Census of Population?.


  • 2006. H.P. Kohler/L.W. Chao. Trust and Transfers in South Africa: Linking Surveys.


  • 2006. O. Mitchell. The Efficiency and Characteristics of Investment Choices Offered by 401(k) Pension Plans.


  • 2006. S. Preston/I.V. Kohler. The Muslim Mortality Puzzle in Bulgaria.


  • 2006. O. Mitchell. Contribution Patterns Under the Chilean Retirement Survey.

    Co funded with Boettner Center


  • 2006. C. Valeggia. Demographic Changes in Toba Villages in Transition.


  • 2005. H.P. Kohler/S. Helleringer. HIV/AIDS and Complete Sexual and Social Networks in Rural Malawi.


  • 2005. J. Behrman. Resource Flows Among Three Generations in Guatemala: Supplementary Analysis and Data Collection to (R01 HD 045627).


  • 2005. S. Preston. Factors Responsible for the Changing Sex Differentials in Mortality at Older Ages in US.

    Trio pilot joint funding with the Boettner Center


  • 2005. O. Mitchell. Understanding Pension Literacy.

    Joint funding with the Boettner Center/Pension Research Center



Center Administrator/Media Contact: Julia Crane