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



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