Minority Aging Health Economics Research Center (USC RCMAR)

The mission of the USC Investigator Development Core (IDC) is to advance the Center Goals by offering talented RCMAR scholars, mentoring in utilizing the theory and methods from economics complemented by tools from medicine, gerontology, computer science and social work to conduct culturally informed research on the health and economic challenges of minority elderly and prepare them with tools to become independent researchers. Training for scholars on the rich data resources available through the Schaeffer Center, the administrative home of USC RCMAR, will bring new avenues for research on minority elderly. The IDC establishes mechanisms for enhancing the pool of and diversity of investigators in this research area.

The Minority Aging Health Economics Research Center is housed at USC’s Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics

The mission of the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics is to measurably improve value in health through evidence based policy solutions, research excellence, transformative education, and private and public sector engagement.

and brings together, the resources of USC’s Roybal Center for Health Policy Simulation (PI: Dana Goldman)

For over a decade, the Roybal Center for Health Policy Simulation has been developing economic models to answer salient policy questions surrounding the elderly in the United States. The Center is one of 10 established by the National Institute on Aging to move promising social and behavioral research findings out of the laboratory and into programs, practices, and policies that will improve the lives of older people and the capacity of society to adapt to societal aging.

Roybal Institute on Aging, Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (PI: William Vega)

Researchers at the Roybal Institute are interested in a broad framework of activities that facilitate understanding of the unique needs of culturally diverse older people, with the goal of improving the services they receive—inside and outside of their homes and communities.

Roybal Center for Financial Decision Making (PI: Arie Kapetyn)

The Roybal Center for Financial Decision Making and Financial Independence in Old Age, explores and explains just how people reach decisions about issues that affect their economic status in old age. Armed with this data, the center can affect the ways in which public policy can educate or otherwise help people align their financial decisions with long-term objectives.

USC RCMAR Key Personnel

Administrative Core: Dana Goldman (PI) & Julie Zissimopoulos, Co-Director

Investigator Development Core: Julie Zissimopoulos, Core Director

Analysis Core: Daniel McFadden & Arie Kapteyn, Core Directors

Scientific Experts: Eileen Crimmins, William Vega & Milind Tambe

RCMAR Scholar
Uchechi A. Mitchell, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Fellow, USC/UCLA Center for Biodemography and Population Health Project Title: Economic Stress and Disease Risk: A Pathway to Health Inequities Among Older Adults
Funding Pilot Studies

We currently fund three pilot studies each year. Our Request for applications opens in early spring.