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New Population and Social Processes Branch Chief!

John WR Phillips, PhD, is the new Chief of the Population and Social Processes branch in the NIA Division of Behavioral and Social Research.

Dr. Phillips has been serving as Associate Commissioner for Research, Evaluation, and Statistics at the Social Security Administration, where he led a staff of 60 people charged with producing research and data reports to inform policy-makers and the public about the nation’s programs to provide retirement security and insurance for disabled workers.  He had previously served as a branch chief and as an HSA for NIA, and as Director of the Office of Policy Research at SSA. Both for NIA and the SSA, he has been a leader in significant interagency programs, including the Interagency Council on Statistical Policy and the Financial Literacy and Education Commission, and he has worked with OMB and Congressional agencies to explain SSA programs.

Dr. Phillips's PhD, MA, and BA in Economics were awarded by Syracuse University. His dissertation on the Economics of Aging was supervised by Richard Burkhauser (currently Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers.)  His own research has dealt with a range of issues in retirement security, including the effects of divorce on women’s retirement and the distributional effects of retirement and disability programs. Both his pre-doctoral research and his post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania were funded by NIA.