Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research (MCUAAAR)

The Center is a collaborative effort by the University of Michigan and Wayne State University, working together with urban communities, to promote healthy lifestyles among older African American adults through research, education, and community empowerment.

Mission & Aims

The MCUAAAR is funded by a grant from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) in an effort to:

  • Establish a mechanism for mentoring researchers for careers in research on the health of minority elders
  • Enhance diversity in the professional workforce conducting research on the health of minority elders
  • Develop and deploy strategies for recruiting and retaining minority group members in epidemiological, psychosocial, and/or biomedical research dealing with the health of the elderly

Our research, training and community-based activities are implemented through three interacting components: the Community Liaison Core, the Investigator Development Core and the Administrative Core. 

MCUAAAR Key Personnel

Administrative Core: James Jackson, Director, Peter Lichtenberg, Co-Director

Investigator Core: Carmen Green, Core Co-Leader & Tom Jankowski, Core Co-Leader

Measurement Core: Toni Antonucci, Core Leader & Thomas Templin, Core Leader

Community Liaison Core: Carmen Green, Core Co-Leader & Letha Chadiha, Core Co-Leader 

RCMAR Scholar
Dr. Reuben J. Miller is Assistant Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work and Faculty Associate, Population Studies Center, Institute for Social Research
Funded Pilot Projects

From 2007 to 2012, MCUAAAR has funded 15 pilot research projects by junior investigators from a variety of disciplines and professional schools, including Psychology, Sociology, Economics, Medicine, Public Health, Sociology and Health Education.

Scholar Research Awards

Since 2007, 12 RCMAR Scholars at MCUAAAR have received funding as Principal Investigators on NIH or foundation grants, with a total grant award amount of $6.1 million and median award amount of $160,000.


Pilot scholars from 2007 to 2010 produced a total of 133 publications following their MCUAAAR awards.