About the Center for Advancing Sociodemographic and Economic Study of Alzheimer’s Disease

Center for Advancing Sociodemographic and Economic Study of Alzheimer’s Disease (CeASES-ADRD)

The Center for Advancing Sociodemographic and Economic Study of Alzheimer’s Disease (CeASES-ADRD) is an interdisciplinary center launched by the USC Schaeffer Center with experts from USC, Stanford, and the University of Texas, Austin. The Center was established in 2020 with a $4.1 million grant from the National Institute on Aging.

Alzheimer’s disease is on the rise, with the number of Americans afflicted by this ultimately fatal condition expected to reach 14 million by 2060. The cost of caring for patients with Alzheimer’s and related dementias (ADRD) is rising dramatically and is projected to reach $1.5 trillion by 2050.

CeASES-ADRD will analyze the epidemic’s enormous health, economic and social costs, increase knowledge and technological capacity, and build a diverse, global network of social science researchers in the field.

Mission | To advance innovative social science ADRD research, broaden and diversify the set of researchers working in the field, and disseminate findings for impact.

Research Priorities

  • Quantify health, social and economic costs of ADRD for individuals, families and generations.
  • Assess how physician and individual behaviors impact dementia risk and outcomes.
  • Analyze the role of health systems and payment models on care as well as health and economic outcomes.
  • Expand our understanding of the variation in risk and outcomes across populations.
  • Model the consequences of an aging society to better inform ADRD treatment and policy decisions.

CeASES-ADRD will create a global network of social scientists

CeASES-ADRD is developing and coordinating a network of leaders in the field, who will be brought together for conferences and seminars to exchange ideas and findings. In addition, an international team of researchers will use longitudinal datasets and dynamic microsimulations to forecast national and international trends related to Alzheimer’s.


Julie Zissimopoulos, PhD
Director, Administrative Core, CeASES-ADRD
Director of Research Training and Co-Director of Aging and Cognition, USC Schaeffer Center
Associate Professor, USC Price School of Public Policy

Dana GoldmanDana Goldman, PhD
Director, Dissemination Core, CeASES-ADRD
Director, USC Schaeffer Center
Distinguished Professor of Public Policy, Pharmacy & Economics, USC School of Pharmacy and the USC Price School of Public Policy

Mark Hayward, PhD
Director, Network Core, CeASES-ADRD
Director, Population Health Initiative, University of Texas at Austin
Centennial Commission Professor in the Liberal Arts, University of Texas at Austin

Jay Bhattacharya, PhD
Director, Pilot Core, CeASES-ADRD
Director, Stanford Center on the Demography and Economics of Health and Aging
Professor, Medicine, Stanford University Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research


This project is supported by the National Institute on Aging under the National Institutes of Health, award number 1P30AG066589-01. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.