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. 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


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

    Quartet/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. C. Boen. Biological Risk, Physical Functioning, and Psychosocial Stress among Older Age Hispanics.

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

    Trio Pilot funded by PARC


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

    Trio Pilot funded by PARC


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

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

    PARC Pilot


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

    Trio P30-19, & HD044964-10 joint funding


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

    P30-19


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


  • 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.


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

    P30-18


  • 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


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

    P30-17


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


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

    PARC Pilot 17-19


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

    Parc Pilot P30 16-17


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

    PARC Pilot P30 16 – 17


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

    Trio P30 15


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


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


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

    Trio Pilot joint funding P30 and R24 HD004964


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


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

    Trio P30-14


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

    Trio Pilot


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

    Trio Pilot


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


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


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


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


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

    Co funded with PSC


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


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


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


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

    PARC Pilot P30-13


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

    Co funded with Boettner Center


  • 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.


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


  • 2005. O. Mitchell. Understanding Pension Literacy.

    Joint funding with the Boettner Center/Pension Research Center


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



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