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Eileen M. Crimmins 

University of Southern California
Center Director
 crimmin@usc.edu | More Info 
Crimmins is the Director of the USC/UCLA Center on Biodemography and Population Health as well as the AARP Professor of Gerontology at the Andrus Gerontology Center. Crimmins is known for her work on trends in mortality and morbidity. In addition, she has contributed to the development of the literature on active life expectancy. Crimmins is involved in the monitoring and design of a number of major national demographic surveys on health in the older population. She has also worked with federal agencies on the use of demographic and health measures on the older population. Crimmins and Seeman also direct the Network on Measurements of Biological Risk. Cimmins also directs the multidisciplinary Training in Gerontology grant at USC. 

Teresa E. Seeman
University of California, Los Angeles 
Co-Director
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Seeman is a Professor in the Division of Geriatrics at the UCLA School of Medicine. She is an epidemiologist with additional postdoctoral training in neuroendocrinology who has extensive experience in community-based epidemiologic research focusing on psychological and social factors in health and aging. She has served as a Principal Investigator for the MacArthur Studies of Successful Aging. Many of Seeman's recent publications have focused on the effects of social and psychological factors on neurodendocrine regulation and cognitive and physical functioning. Seeman is Co-Director, with David Reuben, of the Hartford Center for Excellence at UCLA, a training program for geriatric fellows who plan a career in research. Seeman and colleagues have been collaborating on analyses that focus on the biological mechanisms through which SES differences in health arise and the biological mechanisms that intervene between social and psychological characteristics and health outcomes.


Faculty

Jennifer Ailshire is an Assistant Professor of Gerontology whose research focuses on the importance of the neighborhood environment and social relationships in determining health over the life course. 
ailshire@usc.edu | more info

Hooman Allayee is an Associate Professor of Preventative Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine and is a member of the Institute for Genetic Medicine. 
hallayee@usc.edu | more info

Carol Aneshensel is a Professor and Vice Chair for the Department of Community Health Sciences at UCLA. 
aneshensel@ucla.edu | more info

Julienne E. Bower is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry/Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA. Her research focuses on the reciprocal interactions among behavioral, immunological, and neuroendocrine processes. The majority of her research has focused on individuals undergoing chronic stress, including pioneering work on the biological mechanisms underlying fatigue and other behavioral disturbances in cancer patients and survivors. Her research also examines the impact of stressful life events, and cognitive and emotional responses to those events, on behavioral and biological outcomes. 
JBower@ucla.edu | more info

Arleen Brown is an Associate Professor at the UCLA Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research. Her research focuses on minority health issues and she has recently received funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for a study of health care needs among Medicare beneficiaries with diabetes. 
abrown@mednet.ucla.edu | more info

Judith Carroll is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCLA. Her research focuses on identifying the biological mechanisms through which behavioral and psychosocial factors influence vulnerability for age-related disease, immunosenescence, and accelerated aging. My translational work asks how sleep loss, psychosocial adversities, socioeconomic disparities, and early life toxic stress may operate at the system and cellular level to affect the aging process and disease vulnerability, with a particular emphasis on examining cellular stress, inflammation, cellular aging, and allostatic load. 
carrollje@ucla.edu | more info

Pinchas Cohen is a Dean and Executive Director in the Davis School of Gerontology at USC. His research focuses on growth factors and their roles in longevity, metabolism and carcinogenesis, and the role of IGFs in human and animal physiology. 
hassy@usc.edu | more info

Steven Cole is a Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is also a member of the Norman Cousins Center, the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the UCLA Molecular Biology Institute. 
coles@ucla.edu | more info

Kenrik Duru is an Assistant Professor In-Residence in the Department of Medicine in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. His research focuses on questions relating to health services. He has also developed and tested a faith-based intervention for physical activity in older, lower-income adults. 
KDuru@mednet.ucla.edu | more infoSusan Enguidanos is an Associate Professor of Gerontology at USC. Her research interests include palliative care, continuity of care, models of end-of-life care, ethnic disparities in access to end-of-life care, and physician-patient communications. 
sengui@aol.com | more info

Susan Ettner is a Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research at the UCLA School of Medicine and in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. 
settner@mednet.ucla.edu | more info

Brian Finch is a Research Professor of Sociology and Spatial Sciences. 
brian.finch@usc.edu | more info

Caleb E. Finch is an ARCO/ Kieschnick Professor in the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology at USC. 
cefinch@usc.edu | more Info

Margaret Gatz is a Professor of Psychology, Gerontology, and Preventative Medicine at USC. She is a psychologist who has worked on cognitive and behavioral functioning in a longitudinal panel of elderly Swedish twins.
gatz@usc.edu | more info 

Dana Goldman is a Professor and the Norman Topping Chair in Medicine and Public Policy at USC, as well as the Director of the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics. He is also a research associate with NBER and is the Director of the RAND/UCLA Health Services Research Postdoctoral Training Program. His research focuses on the role of health care and health insurance in determining health-related outcomes. 
dpgoldma@usc.edu | more info

Gail Greendale is a Professor of Medicine in the Multicampus Program in Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology at UCLA. She is currently the Principle Investigator for the UCLA site of the multi-center, longitudinal study of the menopausal transition, the Study of Women's Health Across the Nation (SWAN).
ggreenda@mednet.ucla.edu | more info

Tara Gruenewald is an Assistant Professor of Gerontology at USC.
Tara.Gruenewald@usc.edu | more info

Peifeng "Perry" Hu is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatrics at the UCLA School of Medicine. He is investigating the role of key antioxidants play on the health outcomes of participants in the MacArthur Study of Successful Aging.
phu@mednet.ucla.edu | more info

Michael Irwin is the Norman Cousins Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Director of the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology at the UCLA Semel Institute, Director of the UCLA Cousins Center in Psychoneuroimmunology, Director of the Training Program in Psychoneuroimmunology and Mental Health, and Director of the Inflammatory Biology Core of the Older Adults for Independence Center. Working in the area of psychoneuroimmunology for nearly two decades, his research is broadly based on the interactions between behavior and immunity, with an emphasis on the relationships between sleep disturbance, depression, and inflammation in older adults. He has conducted large-scale longitudinal studies that have examined the prospective relationships between depression, insomnia, fatigue and proinflammatory cytokine activity in older adults. In addition, he has conducted experimental studies that have examined the role of inflammation on induction of the depressive symptoms and neurobiologic correlates, as well as the role of sleep disturbance in the modulation of cellular and genomic markers of inflammation, including monocytic cellular expression of inflammatory cytokines and activation of the transcription factor nuclear factor (NF) kB. 
mirwin1@ucla.edu | more info

Arie Kapteyn is a Professor of Economics and the founding Executive Director of the Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research at USC. 
kapteyn@dornsife.usc.edu | more info

Arun Karlamangla is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at UCLA. His research focuses on the predictors of cardiovascular disease risk and hip fracture risk in older adults. 
akarlamangla@mednet.ucla.edu | more info

Jung Ki Kim is a Research Associate Professor at the Andrus Gerontology Center at USC. Her research focuses on the relationship between socioeconomic status and biological risk. She is also working on a cross-country comparison of health status. 
jungk@usc.edu | more info

Keyonna King is a Research Associate at UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Community Engagement and Research Program, and a Project Director at UCLA BRITE Center. 
KMKing@mednet.ucla.edu | more info

Jinkook Lee is a program director in Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research at USC. She works on international aging, and actively participates in preparing, archiving, and disseminating international population surveys including HRS and LASI. 
jinkook.Lee@usc.edu | more info

Morgan Elyse Levine is a Postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Human Genetics at UCLA. She works on how genes and environment impact the pace of aging in humans. 

Adriana Lleras-Muney is a Professor of Economics at UCLA. Her research focuses on understanding the positive relationship between education and health, including mechanisms by which education affects health. 
alleras@econ.ucla.edu | more info

Donald A. Lloyd is a Research Associate Professor, Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging, School of Social Work at USC. His research focuses on the role of socio-environmental factors in the production and reproduction of socioeconomic and race/ethnic health disparities. 
donaldll@usc.edu | more info

Valter Longo is an Edna M. Jones Professor of Gerontology and Biological Science. His research addresses fundamental mechanisms of aging at the cellular level and identifying the molecular pathways shared in both humans and simple organisms. 
vlongo@usc.edu | more info

Wendy Mack is a Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at USC. Her research focuses on heart disease interventions. 
wmack@usc.edu | more info

Carol Mangione is a Professor of Medicine and Public Health at UCLA.  She is also the Program Director for the Center for Health Improvement of Minority Elderly (CHIME)
cmangione@mednet.ucla.edu | more info

Mara Mather is a Professor of Gerontology and Psychology at USC. Her research focuses on emotion, cognition and aging. 
mara.mather@usc.edu | more info

John McArdle is a Professor of Psychology and Gerontology at USC.  He is also the director of the National Growth and Change Study (NGCS). 
jmcardle@usc.edu | more info

Heather Elizabeth McCreath is an Associate Director in Research Operations Core, Division of Geriatrics at UCLA, and a researcher in Division of Geriatrics, Department of Medicine at UCLA. Her current research interest includes the use of biomarkers in understanding the aging process, the detection of skin damage and pressure ulcers, and alternative care delivery models. 
hmccreath@mednet.ucla.edu | more info

Kathleen McGarry is a Professor of Economics at UCLA and a Research Associate at the NBER. 
mcgarry@ucla.edu | more info

Sharon Stein Merkin is an Assistant Researcher in the Division of Geriatrics at UCLA.                       
smerkin@mednet.ucla.edu | more info

Alison Moore is Professor of Geriatrics/Medicine in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Her research has focused on the a) epidemiology and health-related effects of alcohol and other substances among diverse populations and b) developing and testing screening and brief behavioral interventions to reduce unhealthy alcohol use among older adults with multimorbidity. 
amoore@mednet.ucla.edu | more info

Carol Prescott is a Professor of Psychology at USC and is the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Psychology. 
cprescot@usc.edu | more info

David B. Reuben is the Director of the UCLA Multicampus Program in Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology and Director of the UCLA Older Americans Independence Center (Pepper Center).
dreuben@mednet.ucla.edu | More Info

Theodore Robles is an Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology at UCLA. His research examines the biological mechanisms that explain how close relationships impact physical health, and factors like age that might amplify the benefits and costs of close relationship functioning on health.
robles@psych.ucla.edu | More Info

Jonathan M. Samet is a Professor and Flora L. Thornton Chair, Department of Preventive Medicine, Director, USC Institute of Global Health. His research focuses on cancer epidemiology and disease prevention, particularly lung cancer and air pollution, and the disease consequences of smoking and tobacco control. 
jsamet@usc.edu | More Info

Gary Small is a Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and Parlow-Solomon Professor on Aging at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and the Director of the Center on Aging at UCLA. His research focuses on cognition with specific attention to the influence of estrogen and other pharmacologic agents on risks for dementia and cognitive declines more generally. He has examined the influence of APOE-4 on cerebral glucose metabolism in relatives at risk for familial Alzheimer's Disease and the role of other biological predictors of Alzheimer's Disease. 
gsmall@mednet.ucla.edu | more info

John Strauss is a Professor of Economics at USC. He is currently the Principal Investigator of the Indonesia Family Life Survey (IFLS) and is involved in the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Survey (CHARLS).
jstrauss@usc.edu | more info

Shelley Taylor is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at UCLA
taylors@psych.ucla.edu | more info

Dawn Upchurch is a Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at UCLA School of Public Health. She is a member of the Biodemography Core Committee for the UCLA California Center for Population Research (CCPR).
upchurch@ucla.edu | more info

William Vega is a Provost Professor at USC with appointments in social work, preventive medicine, psychiatry, family medicine, psychology, and gerontology.
williaav@usc.edu | more info

Barbara Vickrey is a Professor of Neurology in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Her research seeks to create ways to translate into routine care findings about therapies that have been proven - through randomized controlled trial evidence - to better the health of people with neurologic conditions. She has developed tools to assess quality of care and to measure patient-oriented outcomes such as health-related quality of life, and led research to analyze what components of the healthcare delivery system "explain" why there is low uptake of randomized trial evidence into practice 
bvickrey@mednet.ucla.edu | more info

Richard Wight is a Researcher at the School of Public Health at UCLA.
rwight@ucla.edu | more info

Mitchell Wong is a Professor of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research at UCLA. His research focuses on racial and ethnic differences in health. 
mitchellwong@mednet.ucla.edu | more info

Elizabeth Zelinski is a cognitive psychologist, Rita and Edward Polusky Chair in education and aging, and a Professor of Gerontology and Psychology at USC whose area of expertise is in longitudinal change in cognition in older adults.
zelinski@usc.edu | more info

Julie Zissimopoulos is an Associate Professor in the School of Pharmacy at USC and the Associate Director of the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics. She is also an Adjunct Senior Economist at RAND and Professor of Economics at the Pardee RAND Graduate School.
zissimop@usc.edu | more info

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