finlay_headshotJocelyn E. Finlay is Research Scientist and Director of the Research Core. She holds a PhD in Economics. Jocelyn works on research topics that relate reproductive health, fertility and female labor supply using a range of statistical techniques. She also works on child and maternal health issues using data from the Demographic and Health Surveys. She works with Stata and

laura-price_9178_in-blue-shirt_webLaura Price serves as Deputy Director. She is responsible for overseeing operations, administration, finance, communications, training programs and seminars/events. Laura also works closely with the center director and stakeholders in setting programmatic goals, building strategic partnerships both domestically and internationally, and disseminating the work and accomplishments of the Center. She has over 20 years experience in project management, marketing, and development at both Harvard and other academic institutions.


Principal Analysts:

ivanIván Mejía is Research Associate/Principal Analyst. He holds a PhD in Computer Science and he was a postdoctoral fellow and associate specialist in the Center on the Economics and Demography of Aging at UC Berkeley. He has served as a consultant to the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. His research interests include applied statistics, population aging and intergenerational transfers. He has significant experience in statistical modeling. He works with Stata, SAS, R, Matlab, Java, etc.

Sam_smallerSze Yan (Sam) Liu is a Principal Analyst. She holds a PhD in Epidemiology. Sam’s main research interests are lifecourse epidemiology, health disparities, and the relationship between education and health. She has experience  working with various statistical techniques using SAS, Stata and R.

Research Support Staff

rachelheadshotRachel Boyce is Data Coordinator. She manages acquisition, harmonization and maintenance of large data sets (DHS, IPUMS International, Gallup, Eurostat, NHIS, CPS) for Pop Center members to use through the RCE. Additionally, Rachel provides higher level technical support for hardware, software for both Mac and PC. She has experience working in SAS and Stata and is available to troubleshoot programming logic. She is also a key member of the grant making team in developing methods for streamlining the grant application process.

Joy.resizedMaria Joy is Program Coordinator for the Program on the Global Demography of Aging (PGDA) and Research Assistant for the Research Core. She holds a Master of Public Policy.  Her responsibilities include managing operations for PGDA and providing research support for projects examining reproductive health, fertility and female labor supply.

Meghan-Perdue_image-3-for-webMeghan Perdue is Project Coordinator and Research Assistant for the HCPDS. She is in charge of coordinating and submitting grants and advising in the grant writing process. She assists in post-award grant management and research reporting. She assists faculty members assemble and write grants, from inception and submission, continued through the acceptance and research process. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in government at Harvard.

mackheadshotMack Ramsey is Information Manager. He compiles codebooks and documentation for data collection efforts run by Pop Center faculty. Mack manages the acquisition and management of the public use HRS (and all other public use longitudinal retirement survey data), and maintains these datasets on the RCE for Pop Center members to use. Mack also administers RCE account access, all of the IRB applications, manages the enclave data rooms, and works on data security compliance.


claudette-agustin_2013-copy3Claudette Agustin is Executive Assistant in the Center, reporting to Director Lisa Berkman. She is responsible for maintaining Professor Berkman’s schedule, setting up and maintaining files, coordinating travel arrangements, among other duties. Claudette also provides support in grant preparation, event planning, marketing/communications and other center-wide initiatives.

pankaheadshotPanka Deo serves as Office Manager/Financial Assistant for the Center. His responsibilities include processing of reimbursements and vendor payments, and assisting the director of finance with grants management, new hire paperwork and payroll.  Panka manages basic IT and audiovisual issues, and oversees all building operations and maintenance.

kirkheadshotKirk Kinder serves as the Finance Manager. He is responsible for budget planning, endowment management, forecasting, pre/post award financial stewardship, and payroll. He has many years of experience at HSPH as administrator in the Department of Environmental Health where he managed a large portfolio of sponsored funding, and at FAS in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures where he worked with faculty and students on all aspects of departmental administration.


mirnyAnna Mirny is a Research Associate at the HCPDS. Anna is an educational researcher holding an Ed.D. in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has extensive experience working in curriculum development and evaluation of international educational programs. Dr. Mirny serves as director of education for HCPDS’s work on INTREC, an international collaborative action envisioned to address health inequities in LMICs of Africa and Asia. The training activities for which she’ll develop with a team of Harvard faculty will target health researchers and policy makers in seven developing countries.