Faculty

Joseph Saenz, PhD

Assistant Professor of Gerontology
Leonard and Sophie Davis Early Career Chair in Minority Aging

Education

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

Research

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

Overview

Joseph Saenz, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Gerontology at the USC Leonard Davis School. 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.

Connect:

Email: saenzj@usc.edu


Publications and links:

Pubmed

Curriculum Vitae