Roee Gutman is an associate professor of biostatistics at Brown University. His areas of research interest are Bayesian data analysis, missing data, file linkage, causal inference, matching and bioinformatics. He has been involved in many comparative effectiveness studies where he contributed both in terms of the statistical theory and its implementation. He brings vast experience in analyzing many types of secondary datasets from various sources (e.g. Medicare claims data, registries, VA health data), as well as data collected through large pragmatic cluster randomized trials. His work on file linkage addresses problems with combining administrative and clinical data having common elements in which privacy regulations limit access to unique identifiers. He uses missing data techniques to assess uncertainty in the link probabilities and thus develops statistically valid procedures. His work in causal inference seeks to obtain valid comparisons of non-randomized interventions that appropriately adjust for differences in baseline covariates by applying advanced regression modeling techniques to multiply impute the missing potential outcomes. Recent examples of research projects he is involved in include: 1) Combining Rasch modeling with multiple imputations to create a cross-walk for assessments of patients’ functional status across the continuum of care (acute, post-acute, and community care settings); 2) Linking HIV+ prisoner records to Ryan White data to assess the adequacy of linkage to care upon re-entry to the community; 3) Assessing the impact of home-delivered meals on fee-for- service Medicare beneficiaries’ healthcare utilization and costs by linking Meals on Wheels sites’ information to Medicare fee for service files; 4) Participating in the design and analysis of a pragmatic trial that examines the effect of video decision support tools to improved advance care planning; 5) Estimating the effects of different antihyperglycemic drug regimens (mono- or poly-therapy) on the occurrence of myocardial infarction, stroke, and hospitalization for heart failure for diabetes mellitus patients using the CPRD dataset. He received his Ph.D. in statistics from Harvard University.
Mark D. Hayward
Mark Hayward is a professor of sociology, Centennial Commission professor in the Liberal Arts, a faculty research associate of the Population Research Center, and director of the Population Health Initiative at the University of Texas at Austin. He also serves as the training director of the Population Research Center. Recently, Hayward began a collaborative NIA-supported project with Eileen Crimmins, examining trends in the dementia experience of the U.S. older population. At its core, this study is designed to inform our understanding of how education-a crucial Alzheimer’s disease risk factor-influences the cognitive health of older Americans. He has served on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Committee on Population, was chair of the Future Directions for the Demography of Aging: A Workshop, and was a member of the Committee on Accounting for Socioeconomic Status in Medicare Payment Programs. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from Indiana University.
Ruth Katz is senior vice president for Public Policy at LeadingAge, the Nation’s largest association representing not for profit providers of aging services. Ruth joined LeadingAge in January 2018 after a 27-year career in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. For the last 20 of those years, she served as the senior career official, the associate deputy assistant secretary for Disability, Aging, and Long-Term Care Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE). Ruth is a trusted leader, coalition builder, research translator, and policy influencer. She is known for leading teams that work on policy analysis and policy research – and the nexus between the two. At ASPE Ruth led the founding and operation of the National Alzheimer’s Project Act Advisory Council and the creation of the first national plan and updates that followed. She led the convening of the ASPE/National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Summit on social science research on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. She was the staff leader for the United States Health and Human Services Department (HHS) early implementation work on the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Act (CLASS) program (the Affordable Care Act’s Long Term Care title) and led the drafting of the report to repeal CLASS. She oversaw numerous policy research projects on aging, disability, long-term care, and mental health topics and served on Secretarial work groups, including on the response to the opioid crisis. She received her M.Ed. from The George Washington University.
Spero M. Manson
Spero M. Manson (NAM) (Pembina Chippewa) is a distinguished professor of Public Health and Psychiatry, occupies the Colorado Trust Chair in American Indian Health, and directs the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health in the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Denver’s Anschutz Medical Campus. His programs include 10 national centers, which pursue research, program development, training, and collaboration with 250 Native communities, spanning rural, reservation, urban, and village settings across the country. He has acquired $250 million in sponsored research to support this work and published more than 250 articles on the assessment, epidemiology, treatment, and prevention of physical, alcohol, drug, as well as mental health problems over the developmental life span of Native people. He was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2002 and is widely acknowledged as one of the nation’s leading authorities in regard to Indian and Native health. He received his Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Minnesota.
Terrie E. Moffitt
Terrie E. Moffitt (NAM) is the Nannerl O. Keohane University professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University and professor of social development at King's College London. She studies how genetic and environmental risks together shape the developmental course of problem behaviors. Her initial interest was in antisocial, violent, and criminal behavior, but now also mental health and substance abuse. Currently, she is studying how mental health and brain function affect the body's physical health and aging. She is working on testing whether chronic psychiatric disorders and lifelong poor cognitive abilities accelerate the pace of aging. She co-directs the Dunedin Longitudinal Study, which has followed 1000 people born in 1972 in New Zealand from birth to age 45. She also co-directs the Environmental-Risk Longitudinal Twin Study, which has followed 1100 British families with twins born in 1994-1995 from birth to age 24. She is also a trustee of the Nuffield Foundation, a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, the American Society of Criminology, the British Academy, the American Psychopathological Association, Academia Europaea, the American Academy of Political and Social Science, the Association for Psychological Science, and King's College London. She has served on investigative panels for institutions such as the Nuffield Council on Bioethics (ethics of behavioral genetic research) and the National Academy of Sciences (research into firearms and violence). She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Southern California.
Vincent Mor (NAM) is the Florence Price Grant professor of community health in the Brown University School of Public Health and a research health scientist at the Providence Veterans Administration Medical Center. He was on the faculty of the Department of Community Health in the Brown Medical School since 1981 until it became the Department of Health Services, Policy, and Practice in the School of Public Health. He was tenured in 1987 and was promoted to professor in 1990. He was one of the founders of the Department’s graduate program in 1986 and directed the Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research for 10 years. He served as chair of the Department of Community Health from 1996 until 2010. While chair, he instituted an expansion of the Department’s graduate programs, growing the doctoral programs in epidemiology and biostatistics and then adding a Ph.D. program in health services research. Has been continuously funded by NIH since 1984, held a MERIT award from NIA, a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Investigator and awarded the Distinguished Investigator award from Academyhealth. He currently directs an NIA funded Program Project on Long Term Care services and supports in America. He received his Ph.D. at the Florence Heller School for Advanced Studies in social welfare, Brandies University.
David B. Reuben
David Reuben is director, Multicampus Program in Geriatrics Medicine and Gerontology and chief, Division of Geriatrics at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Center for Health Sciences. He is the Archstone Foundation chair and professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Director of the UCLA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care program. He is a past president of the American Geriatrics Society and former board chair, American Board of Internal Medicine. In 2012, he received one of the first CMMI Innovations Challenge awards to develop a model program to provide comprehensive, coordinated care for patients with Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias. In 2014, he was one of three principal investigators to be awarded a multicenter clinical trial (STRIDE) by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) to reduce serious falls-related injuries; it is the largest grant that PCORI has awarded. In 2018, he was awarded a multi-site PCORI- and NIA-funded pragmatic trial to compare the effectiveness of health system-based dementia care versus community-based dementia care versus usual care. He continues to provide primary care for frail older persons, including making house calls. He received his M.D. from the Emory University School of Medicine.
Roland J. Thorpe, Jr. is an associate professor in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society (HBS), founding director of the Program on Research for Men’s Health in the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions (HCHDS), deputy director of the HCHDS, and director of the Johns Hopkins Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center for Minority Aging. He holds joint appointments in the division of gerontology and geriatric medicine and in neurology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and in the undergraduate program in public health in the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences. His research focuses on race-, place- and SES-related disparities across the life course in functional and health status of community-dwelling adults with a focus on African American men. Most of his work has been funded by NIA and NIMHD. He has published in various outlets including Journal of Gerontology Medical Sciences, Social Science and Medicine, American Journal of Public Health, and Biodemography and Social Biology. He is a member of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics and recently completed a 4-year term on the Advisory Committee on Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Rachel M. Werner
Rachel Werner (NAM) is the Eilers professor of Medicine and Health Care Management at the Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School, both at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also executive director of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, also at Penn. She is a practicing general internist and a Ph.D.-trained health economist. She divides her time between research on incentives to improve quality of care and her primary care practice at the Philadelphia Veterans Health Administration. Her research has been published in high-impact peer-reviewed journals, including JAMA, Health Services Research, and Health Affairs. Beyond publication, she has influenced policy as a member of the National Quality Forum's Expert Panel on Risk Adjustment and Socioeconomic Status and an advisor to the federal government on quality measurement and quality improvement incentives. In a particularly policy-relevant study, she found that a 5-star rating system has a much greater effect on consumer choice of a nursing home than more complicated measures of quality. She is a core investigator with the Veterans Health Administration HSR&D Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) and also directs one of four national centers to evaluate the effectiveness of the Veterans Health Administration’s medical home. She received her M.D. and her Ph.D. in health economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Kristine Yaffe is a professor of psychiatry, neurology and epidemiology, the Scola Endowed chair and vice chair in psychiatry, and the director of the Center for Population Brain Health at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is an internationally recognized expert in the field of cognitive aging and dementia. As the principal investigator of multiple grants from the NIH, DoD, and several foundations, she is particularly interested in identifying novel risk factors for cognitive impairment that may lead to strategies to prevent cognitive decline. She has published over 500 peer-reviewed articles (H-index=130) in numerous prestigious journals including the Lancet, BMJ, JAMA, and NEJM. She served as the co-chair of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Cognitive Aging which released a report in 2015 entitled, “Cognitive Aging: Progress in Understanding and Opportunities for Action”. She is currently a member of the Beeson Scientific Advisory Board and the Global Council on Brain Health and has received several awards for her distinguished, scholarly work, including the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry’s Distinguished Scientist Award and the American Academy of Neurology’s Potamkin Prize for Alzheimer’s Research. She is dually trained in neurology and psychiatry and completed postdoctoral training in epidemiology and geriatric psychiatry at UCSF. She received a B.S. in Biology-Psychology from Yale University and her M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Julie M. Zissimopoulos
Julie M. Zissimopoulos is associate professor in the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. In addition to her faculty appointment, she serves as vice dean for Academic Affairs at the Price School, and director of Research Training and director of the Initiative on Aging and Cognition at the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics. She is also co-director of USC’s Alzheimer’s disease focused, Resource Center for Minority Aging Research, funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA). Her research applies insights and methods from economics to several health policy areas such as risk and health care costs of Alzheimer’s disease, medical expenditures, caregiving and financial support between generations of family members. She is currently leading several NIA funded research projects on: the health of caregivers for persons with dementia; the use of and response to drug therapies for non-Alzheimer’s disease conditions that influence risk of Alzheimer’s disease; and racial and ethnic disparities in health care treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. Her recently published research appears in numerous publications such as the Journal of the American Medical Association Neurology, Journal of Gerontology Social Science, Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Journal of Health Economics. She is a frequent speaker on the economics of aging and her research is frequently disseminated through the popular press including media outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, CNN, and National Public Radio. She received her B.A. summa cum laude from Boston College, her M.A. from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Molly Checksfield - (Staff Officer)
Molly Checksfield is a Program Officer with the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences (BBCSS) at the National Academy of Sciences. She also serves as Chair of the Junior Board of the Alzheimer's Association's National Capital Area Chapter, and North American Regional Coordinator for the World Young Leaders in Dementia. Prior to joining BBCSS, she worked as Grassroots Program Manager for the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. She was also the Legislative Director for Social Security Works and worked for a Senator who sits on the Committee on Aging. She received a Masters of Public Administration and an Advanced Certificate in Health Services Management and Policy from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Vermont.