• Neil Mehta

    Neil Mehta

    Associate Professor, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

    Ph.D., Demography, University of Pennsylvania


    Dr. Mehta’s research interests focus on socioeconomic and racial/ethnic health disparities and the modelling of complex population health dynamics. His prior work has contributed to understanding the contributions of obesity and cigarette smoking to mortality and disability levels, the mechanisms through which health disparities arise, and healthy life expectancy. Dr. Mehta co-organizes MiCDA’s network on TRENDS in Old-Age Disability.

Network Affiliates


  • Hiram Beltran-Sanchez

    Hiram Beltran-Sanchez

    Associate Professor, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

    Ph.D., Demography, University of Pennsylvania


    Dr. Beltran-Sanchez studies the demography of health and aging, with particular focus on Latin American countries; biodemographic patterns of health in adult populations; and development and application of demographic methods to investigate health inequalities using macro and micro data.

  • John Bound

    John Bound

    Professor, University of Michigan

    Ph.D., Economics, Harvard University


    Dr. Bound’s research focuses on economic, demographic, and policy influences on the labor force participation and health status of older people in the United States. His recent research has also included studies on racial differences in earnings, employment, and health and changes in the returns to higher education. Previously he served as MiCDA director for 15 years.

  • Eileen Crimmins

    Eileen Crimmins

    AARP Professor of Gerontology, University of Southern California

    Ph.D., Demography, University of Pennsylvania


    Dr. Crimmins’ research focuses  on changes over time in health and mortality. She has been instrumental in organizing and promoting the recent integration of the measurement of biological indicators in large population surveys. Dr. Crimmins directs the USC/UCLA Center on Biodemography and Population Health.

  • Joshua Ehrlich

    Joshua Ehrlich

    M.D., Medicine, Cornell University


    Dr. Ehrlich is a clinician-scientist whose research on vision impairment cross-cuts population health and health services research. He has an interest in the health and disability trajectories of older adults with visual and multisensory impairments. He conducts research on low vision and vision rehabilitation; aging and vision; and the epidemiology of eye disease. As a co-investigator on the National Health and Aging Trends Study, he has collaborated on the design of a set of vision tests for use by interviewers in the home. He is also one of the PIs of the Longitudinal Study of Health and Ageing in Kenya (LOSHAK) project.

  • Vicki A. Freedman

    Vicki A. Freedman

    Research Professor, University of Michigan

    Ph.D., Epidemiology, Yale University


    Dr. Freedman has published extensively on the topics of population aging, disability trends and long-term care and has investigated the connections among disability, time use and wellbeing in later life. She has co-led the National Health and Aging Trends Study and the National Study of Caregiving since their inception and has served as an Associate Director of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics. Through these efforts she has been instrumental in disseminating new measures to study disability and care needs of older adults.

  • Mark D. Hayward

    Mark D. Hayward

    Professor, University of Texas at Austin

    Ph.D., Sociology, Indiana University


    Dr. Hayward’s primary research addresses how life course exposures and events influence the morbidity and mortality experiences of the adult population. He has recently collaborated with a team of researchers examining the role of federal and state policies shaping the growing inequality in life chances in the US adult population.

  • Christine L. Himes

    Christine L. Himes

    Dean, Lewis College of Human Sciences, Illinois Institute of Technology

    Ph.D., Sociology and Demography, University of Pennsylvania


    Dr. Himes’ expertise is in the areas of demography of aging, family caregiving, and patterns of health and mortality in later life. Her recent research examines the role of obesity in health and functioning at older ages.

  • Lindsay Kobayashi

    Lindsay Kobayashi

    Ph.D., Epidemiology & Public Health, University College London


    Dr. Kobayashi studies the social epidemiology of cognitive aging and health equity among low-income older populations.  Her current research focuses on life course determinants of cognitive aging in rural South Africa and the population health implications of improving cancer survival rates in the U.S.

  • Mary Beth Landrum

    Mary Beth Landrum

    Professor, Harvard Medical School

    Ph.D., Biostatistics, University of Michigan


    Dr. Landrum’s primary research focus is on the development and application of statistical methodology for health services research.This research has several related themes, including the development of medical guidelines and the profiling of health care providers.

  • Kenneth M. Langa

    Kenneth M. Langa

    Research Professor, University of Michigan

    Ph.D., Health Policy, University of Chicago M.D., Medicine, University of Chicago


    Dr. Langa’s research focuses on the epidemiology and costs of chronic disease in older adults, with an emphasis on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Dr. Langa’s is currently studying the relationship of cardiovascular risk factors to cognitive decline and dementia in middle-age and older adults.  He serves as an Associate Director for the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) and as a MiCDA Advisory Panel Member.

  • Linda G. Martin

    Linda G. Martin

    Senior Fellow, RAND Corporation

    Ph.D., Economics, Princeton University


    Dr. Martin has conducted research on population aging in the United States and Asia. Her work has ranged from the labor force consequences of aging to the living arrangements of older people and, most recently, to trends in their health.

  • Ryan K. Masters

    Ryan K. Masters

    Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Boulder

    Ph.D., Sociology with Demography Specialization, University of Texas at Austin


    Dr. Masters studies long-term trends in US morbidity, chronic diseases, and mortality rates. His research has focused on cohort-based changes in life course mechanisms of health outcomes, the health consequences of the US obesity epidemic, and new methodological approaches to studying period-based and cohort-based factors related to adult health.

  • Jennifer Karas Montez

    Jennifer Karas Montez

    Professor, Syracuse University

    Ph.D., Sociology with Demography Specialization, University of Texas at Austin


    Dr. Montez’s research examines the large and growing inequalities in adult mortality across education levels and geographic areas within the United States. She is particularly interested in why the growing inequalities have been most troublesome among women.

  • Mikko Myrskyla

    Mikko Myrskyla

    Director, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research

    Ph.D., Statistics, University of Helsinki and Ph.D., Demography, University of Pennsylvania


    Most of Dr. Myrskyla’s research is on population health, contemporary fertility trends and demographic forecasting. His recent work has focused on the stagnation of the U.S.. life expectancy and the role of health behaviors in explaining health inequalities within and across nations.

  • Jean-Marie Robine

    Jean-Marie Robine

    Research Director, Institut National De La Sante et de La Recherche Medicale (INSERM)

    Ph.D., Expert Demographer, Institut de Démographie de Paris, Université de Paris 1


    Dr. Robine’s research investigates human longevity, with the aim of understanding the relations between health and longevity. Since its creation he has been the coordinator of the International Network on Health Expectancy (REVES).

  • Brenda C. Spillman

    Brenda C. Spillman

    Senior Fellow, Urban Institute

    Ph.D., Economics, The Maxwell School, Syracuse University


    Dr. Spillman has more than 25 years of experience designing and conducting health and health care-related research projects. Her recent work focuses on chronic disease, understanding the causes of functional impairment, and promoting maximum health and functioning, including primary disease prevention and improved management.

  • Lois M. Verbrugge

    Lois M. Verbrugge

    Research Professor Emerita, University of Michigan

    Ph.D., Sociology, University of Michigan


    Dr. Verbrugge is a social demographer who studies disability among midlife and older adults; how activities of older persons are affected by functional limitations; the twin issues of aging-with-disability and disability-with-aging; physical and social impacts of arthritis and other disabling conditions; and trends in activities and disability among midlife and older adults.

  • Timothy A. Waidmann

    Timothy A. Waidmann

    Senior Fellow, Urban Institute

    Ph.D., Economics, University of Michigan


    Dr. Waidmann conducts research on varied health policy topics, including disability and health among the elderly; Medicare and Medicaid policy; disability and employment; health care utilization among high-cost, high-risk populations; and the relationship between health and economic and social factors.

  • Robert B. Wallace

    Robert B. Wallace

    Professor, University of Iowa

    M.D., Medicine, Northwestern University


    Dr. Wallace’s research interests include the epidemiology of aging, cancer epidemiology and control, and clinical preventive medicine.  He has studied disability prevention for older persons for a variety of disabling illnesses including arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular diseases and dementia.

  • Douglas A. Wolf

    Douglas A. Wolf

    Professor, Syracuse University

    Ph.D., Public Policy Analysis, University of Pennsylvania


    Dr Wolf’s research areas include the well-being and life course-patterns of the older population, such as household composition and parent-child coresidence; informal care of older persons, especially the care provided by family members; and the spatial distribution of kin and migration choices.

  • Anna Zajacova

    Anna Zajacova

    Associate Professor, University of Western Ontario

    Ph.D., Sociology and Demography, Princeton University


    Dr. Zajacova studies social determinants of population health across the life course.   Her research aims to understand how and why educational attainment is related to health.