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.

Pilot Projects

  • 2020. Alice Chen, Associate Professor, USC. ADRD Care in New Delivery and Payment Methods.

    This study estimates the impact of new payment and delivery models—including accountable care organization models, patient-centered medical care homes, value-based payment modifiers, and merit-based incentive payments – on the health care and drug use and cost for ADRD patients. Results from this research will identify which delivery and payment models are most effective in improving dementia care. They will also inform an R01 proposals that seek to uncover mechanisms for observed improvements in dementia care, such as the restructuring of ADRD care teams, care coordination, and the placement of higher-risk ADRD patients into care management programs.

    Priority Research Areas: Care for Persons Living with Dementia


  • 2020. Bryan Tysinger, Research Assistant Professor, USC; Rebeca Wong, Professor, UT Medical Branch. Harmonized Cognitive Measures for International Microsimulation Modeling of ADRD.

    This project will extend two existing microsimulation models, the United States Future Elderly Model (US-FEM, based on the HRS) and the FEM-Mexico (based on the MHAS) to incorporate measures from the HCAP supplement and produce population and subpopulation estimates of dementia today and in the future. It will inform an R01 proposal for modeling ADRD that will extend the analysis to potentially include microsimulation models for England, India, and China.


  • 2020. Chandra Muller, Professor, University of Texas, Austin. National Longitudinal Study, 1972 (NLS-72) Record Matching to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Records.

    This study addresses the social or skill aspects of education that shape cognitive functioning. The study will create new data for analysis of education and early cognition effects on economic security among older people. The matching and analyses will lay the foundation for an R01 proposal to follow-up the NLS-72 cohort to study cognitive aging and AD.

    Priority Research Areas: Determinants of Health, Well-Being and Longevity


  • 2020. Karen Eggleston, Senior Fellow; Jay Bhattacharya, Professor, Stanford. Trends and Projections of ADRD in Asia.

    This project will extend the current Japanese Future Elderly Model (JFEM) microsimulation model to include cognitive function and dementia. It will use this expanded JFEM to study the social and economic burden of ADRD in Japan, and compare to other FEM for North America and Europe. Existing Asia microsimulation models include those for South Korea and Singapore, with a model under development for Taiwan, and in the planning stages for Hong Kong, the rest of China, and India. The study will project the health and cost implications of cognitive decline and ADRD and implications of long-term care insurance (LTCI) programs in Japan and South Korea.

    Priority Research Areas: Population, Economic and Health Forecasting


  • 2020. Mireille Jacobson, Associate Professor; Jason Doctor, Professor; Julie Zissimopoulos, Associate Professor, USC. The Impact of Cognitive Screening on Early ADRD Diagnosis, Treatment and Spending.

    This study examines how Medicare plan type affects the likelihood of an early ADRD diagnosis combining both Traditional Medicare Fee-for-service claims and MA plan encounter files. The study will also fill a gap in our understanding of the impact of ADRD diagnosis on differences in health care utilization and spending in MA and Traditional Medicare. It will inform an R01 proposal to improve screening, diagnosis and care for person living with dementia.

    Priority Research Areas: Cognitive Aging and the Demography of Dementia



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