Minority Aging Health Economics Research Center
The National Institutes of Health recently awarded USC’s
Schaeffer Center with $2.7 million over 5 years to establish a Resource
Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR). The USC RCMAR is named the
“Minority Aging Health Economics Research Center ” and with this
prestigious, highly competitive award, we join a distinguished group of
universities with an established RCMAR.
The Minority Aging Health Economics Research Center is led by Dana Goldman and Julie Zissimopoulos from the Schaeffer Center. The mission is
to provide infrastructure and resources to increase the number,
diversity, and academic success of researchers focusing on the health
and economic well-being of minority elderly populations.
The Center is housed at USC’s Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and
Economics and brings together the resources of USC’s Roybal Center for
Health Policy Simulation, Roybal Institute on Aging, Alzheimer’s
Disease Research Center, and RAND’s Roybal Center for Financial Decision
The RCMAR will examine the differences across racial and ethnic groups of elderly in:
- health care decision making, including medical care utilization and Medicare Part D plan choice;
- health behaviors and outcomes; and
- financial behavior including savings and work, and economic well-being.
The aims are to support research careers in the health and economic
challenges of minority elderly; to solicit pilot studies; to mentor
junior faculty (RCMAR scholars) in multidisciplinary training; to begin
new lines of research; and to track and evaluate success of pilot
investigators, RCMAR scholars.
Current RCMAR Scholars:
Cleopatra Abdou, Ph.D.
Dr. Abdou conducts
experimental and survey research to investigate how society, culture,
stress and positive resources interact to affect health, well-being and
aging more broadly over the individual lifespan and across multiple
generations. Dr. Abdou’s research focuses on African Americans, Arabs, and Latinos in the U.S. and Egyptians in the Middle East. Her research
has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National
Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Michigan
Center for Integrative Approaches to Health Disparities, and Advancing
Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences, and has been
published in flagship scientific journals in psychology, medicine, and
Dr. Abdou has also been awarded the U.S.-Egypt Joint Fund for Science
& Technology’s Junior Scientist Development Award by the National
Institute of Standards and Technology to help establish her research
program on cultural resources, social stress, and health inequity in
Egypt, with the Social Research Center at the American University in
Cairo serving as her academic base in Egypt.
Leandro Carvalho, Ph.D.
Research Scientist, USC
Project Title: The goal of this pilot is to investigate such hypothesis in the context of minority populations, who are at greater risk of financial stress. Does financial stress affect their decision-making?
Objective: This project will investigate such hypothesis in the context of minority populations, who are at greater risk of financial stress: Does financial stress affect their decision-making? Previous work has shown that the expenditures and the caloric intake of Social Security (SS) and Food Stamp recipients increase sharply at payday, because some households experience increased financial stress right before the arrival of their SS checks.
Juan Saavedra, Ph.D.
Research Sceintist, USC
Project Title: Limited English Proficiency and Fettered Financial Capabilities among U.S. Immigrants
Objective: The goal of this project is to try to establish whether a causal relationship exists between limited English proficiency and adult financial decision-making
To apply to become a RCMAR Scholar please fill out the link below:
For all meetings, events, and deadlines, see below:
For more information, please contact:
Julie Zissimopoulos, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics
Research Associate Professor, Titus Family Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy