Current Staff

Principal Investigator



Office Location: GER 228


Reginald Tucker-Seeley, ScD

Edward L. Schneider Assistant Professor of Gerontology

Reginald Tucker-Seeley, ScD, has substantive research interests in three areas.  First, he is interested in financial well-being across the cancer continuum from prevention to end-of-life care. His work focuses on the measurement of financial well-being as well as investigating the potentially bidirectional relationship between financial well-being concepts and health outcomes across the cancer continuum.  Second, Tucker-Seeley is interested in the measurement of the neighborhood environment in population health research.  More specifically, his work in this area focuses on the measurement of neighborhood services and the impact of the neighborhood service/retail environment on health and health behavior.  Third, Tucker-Seeley is interested in measuring and reporting health disparities, and efforts to reduce health disparities and create health equity across levels of government (local, state, federal).

Starting in September 2017, Dr. Tucker-Seeley will spend a year in  Washington, DC in the National Academy of Medicine and Robert Wood  Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellowship (see announcement).

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Other Staff

Images for USC's Leonard Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics on campus at USC in Los Angeles, California on Wednesday, December 12, 2018. Photo by Tracy Boulian and David Ahntholz, Tracy + David,


Office Location: GER 228F

Rajan Sonik, PhD, JD, MPH

Research Scientist

Rajan Sonik examines the effects of social welfare interventions on health care utilization and expenditure outcomes. In particular, he is interested in the effects of public benefit programs (e.g., SNAP, SSI) and individual advocacy (e.g., by social workers and legal aid attorneys) that address key social determinants of health such as food and housing security. He received his PhD from the Heller School at Brandeis University, his JD from Harvard Law School, his MPH from the University of California, Davis, and his BA in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard College. Rajan has a background in advocating for low-income children with sickle cell disease, and he was an Equal Justice Works Fellow from 2012-2014. His dissertation was titled “Poverty alleviation, health, and health care costs among people with disabilities”.




Lala Manoukian, MPH

Research Coordinator

Lala Manoukian is interested in understanding and addressing the multiple determinants of health among disadvantaged and marginalized groups through evidence-informed programs and policies. Her previous experience includes assessing, understanding and addressing the barriers to care that individuals with familial hypercholesterolemia face. Lala received her MPH from the University of Southern California with an emphasis in Global Health Leadership.

Student Researchers


Jane Hyon

Jane Hyon is a Junior majoring in Human Development and Aging in the Social Science track at the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. She is a recipient of the USC Provost First Generation Research Fellowship and hopes to utilize the opportunity to delve deeper into the real world of public policy in older adult communities, especially those with cancer. She hopes to go into hospital administration in her future and make a difference in the organizations that serve older adults.


Sharon Talasazan

Sharon Talasazan is a senior majoring in Human Development and Aging in the Health Science Track at The Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. Her work focuses on the financial toxicity that patients with cancer face, in hopes to make a change in the health care field with the knowledge that she will gain. Outside of the lab, she enjoys traveling to new places and spending time with her family and friends.


Jonathan Yoo

Yoo is a senior studying Human Development and Aging on the Social Science Track. He is doing a progressive degree and will go directly into his one-year Masters of Aging Services Management program in the fall of 2020. He has interned at Los Angeles City Hall for Councilman David Ryu of Los Angeles County District 4 and is currently working on submitting a publication focused on emergency preparedness for older adults in the U.S. He looks forward to expanding his knowledge of health care concerns and policies at both the state and federal level and hopes to do more extensive research related to Asian-Americans.