About NIA


Jonathan KING

Title: Program Director
Office: Division of Behavioral and Social Research (DBSR)
Phone: 301-402-4156


Jonathan W. King received his Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University. His post-doctoral work in cognitive neuroscience at the Department of Cognitive Science at UCSD focused on language processing and working memory in both younger and older adults. Dr. King later joined the faculty in the Department of Psychological Sciences and the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He joined the Biobehavioral and Behavioral Processes IRG at the Center for Scientific Review at NIH in 2006, and is currently working as the Program Director for Cognitive Aging and Human Factors in the Division of Behavioral and Social Research (BSR) at the NIA. While at BSR, he has coordinated new initiatives in cognitive interventions to remediate age-related cognitive decline and the use of behavioral economic approaches both to promote health behavior change in older adults and to increase the uptake of comparative effectiveness research. Dr. King is also the Roadmap Coordinator for the NIH Science of Behavior Change Roadmap Project effort.


  • Cognitive aging and cognitive interventions
  • Human factors in older adults, especially driving
  • Technology use by older adults
  • Science of Behavior Change (Common Fund)
  • Statistical methods for aging research
  • Genetics of social behavior
  • Interplay of genetics and social, psychological and behavioral processes across the lifespan