Julie Zissimopoulos, PhD

Director, Research Training Program, USC Schaeffer Center
Co-Director, Aging and Cognition Program, USC Schaeffer Center
Associate Professor, USC Price School of Public Policy

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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 is Senior Fellow and Director of Aging and Cognition Research Program and Research Training at the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics. She is Director of USC’s Resource Center for Minority Aging Research, and Center for Advancing Sociodemographic and Economic Study of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (CeASES-ADRD), both focused on reducing burden of Alzheimer’s disease and funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA).

Dr. Zissimopoulos’ current research focuses on economic costs of dementia, impacts of dementia on care partners, the use of and response to drug therapies for non-dementia conditions that influence risk of dementia; racial and ethnic disparities in diagnosis and health care treatment for dementia; and population measures of dementia using Medicare claims and survey data.

Published research appeared in 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 and Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Her research on the economics of aging is disseminated through media outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, CNN, National Public Radio.

Dr. Zissimopoulos 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.

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