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.



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