Research and Funding

Division of Behavioral and Social Research

Edward R. Roybal Centers for Translation Research in the Behavioral and Social Sciences of Aging

The NIA’s Division of Behavioral and Social Research currently support thirteen Roybal Centers, funded in September 2014 from RFA-AG-14-004. The Roybal Centers are intended to develop and pilot innovative ideas for translation of basic behavioral and social research findings into programs and practices that will improve the lives of older people and the capacity of institutions to adapt to societal aging. The thirteen currently-funded Roybal Centers focus on the following topics: behavior change and health promotion interventions; financial and health decision-making; social networks and informal support resources for vulnerable older adults; health and mobility; disease and pain management; improving measurement of health and well-being; and health forecasting and informing policy-making.

The Roybal Centers are credited with building a research infrastructure that: (1) Enhances the productivity of relevant basic research and existing projects; (2) Accelerates the development of new ideas or applications (including successful grant funding from other sponsors); (3) Facilitates collaborations among academic researchers and commercial interests and recruitment of new researchers to aging and/or translational research, and ; (4) Provides a context for assembling multidisciplinary teams to solve practical problems.

Principal Investigator (PI) Institution Center
Ball, Karlene K. University of Alabama, Birmingham Center for Translational Research on Aging and Mobility
Christakis, Nicholas A. Yale University Center for Study of Networks and Well-Being
Currie, Janet M. Princeton University Princeton Center for Translational Research on Aging
Goldman, Dana P. University of Southern California Roybal Center for Health Policy Simulation
Hughes, Susan University of Illinois, Chicago Midwest Roybal Center for Health Promotion and Translation
Kapteyn, Arie University of Southern California Roybal Center for Health Decision-Making and Financial Independence in Old Age
Kaye, Jeffrey A. Oregon Health and Science University Oregon Roybal Center for Translational Research on Aging
Lachman, Margie E. Brandeis University Boston Roybal Center for Active Lifestyle Interventions
Laibson, David I. National Bureau of Economic Research NBER Roybal Center for Behavior Change in Health and Savings
Reid, Manney Carrington (contact); Pillemer, Karl A; Wethington, Elaine Weill Medical College of Cornell University Cornell Roybal Center - Translational Research Institute on Pain in Later Life-II
Roth, David L. Johns Hopkins University Strengthening Informal Support Resources with Stragetic Methodological Advances
Teri, Linda University of Washington NRC: Improving Healthcare for Cognitively Impared Elders and Their Caregivers
Volpp, Kevin G. University of Pennsylvania Penn Roybal Center on Behavioral Economics and Health


NIA Staff Contact:

Georgeanne E. Patmios
Division of Behavioral and Social Research
National Institute on Aging
National Institutes of Health
7201 Wisconsin Avenue, #533
Bethesda, MD 20892-9205
Phone: (301) 402-4156
Fax: (301) 402-0051