Joseph Saenz, PhD

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Gerontology

Expertise: Social-determinants and disparities, Global aging, Alzheimer's and dementia


PhD, Population Health Science, University of Texas Medical Branch, 2016
BS, Psychology with a Minor in Sociology, Texas A&M University, 2011


  • Health Disparities
  • Cognition and Dementia
  • Marriage and Family
  • Indoor Air Pollution
  • Low- and Middle-Income Countries
  • Aging among Racial/Ethnic Minorities


Joseph Saenz, PhD, is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Gerontology. Saenz’s research is broadly focused on both understanding and explaining disparities in late-life cognitive outcomes among older adults. Particularly, he focuses his research on the roles of life-course socioeconomic position, marriage, and environmental exposures throughout the life-course. He is especially interested in the health of the Mexican-American population in the United States and investigates cross-national differences in aging processes across the globe.

His current research projects focus on the life-course pathways through which educational attainment influences late-life cognitive health, how indoor air pollution relates with cognitive function, and how characteristics of marriage may influence cognitive function and depression among older adults.

Email: saenzj@usc.edu

Office Location: GER 218E

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