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 ArcGIS.

Montana_Livia_2014_cropped Livia Montana is Research Scientist for the Health and Aging in Africa: Longitudinal Studies of INDEPTH communities (HAALSI) project. Livia oversees all aspects of the HAALSI project including the development of the survey instrument, fieldwork phases, creating the analytic datasets, serving as liaison with key investigators, and implementing evaluation criteria for the project. She holds a PhD in global health and population from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Price_Laura_2013_croppedLaura 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

Sze Sam_croppedYan (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.

ivan_croppedn 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.

Noelke_smallerClemens Noelke is a Research Associate. He was awarded his Dr. rer.soc. from the University of Mannheim and most recently served a 2 year term as a Bell Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard Pop Center. He is a sociologist studying the effects of institutions and policies on skill formation, health, educational attainment and labor market outcomes.

Research Support Staff

Katie Naeve is a research manager for the India Human Capital Development Initiative, overseeing a number of Professor Rohini Pande’s India-based research projects. In a joint venture with the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), she develops new collaborations between the Pop Center and HKS’s Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) programs.

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.

Porter_jaimeJames Porter is a research assistant at the Center. He works primarily with Dr. Berkman on the Work, Family & Health Network and HAALSI. He is responsible for the implementation of biomarker collection, such as dried blood spots, hair samples, actigraphy, and vitals. He also conducts on-site training and observation, plus oversees protocol development, budgeting, equipment procurement, laboratory coordination, and quality control.

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 the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health 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.


Goguen_NicoleNicole Goguen serves as the Communications Coordinator. She maintains the Pop Center and Work, Family & Health Network websites and social media outlets, helping to promote the accomplishments of faculty members and fellows, and to publicize seminars and events. She collaborates with teammates to produce the Center’s newsletter, Bow Street Bulletin, and assists in the design and production of collateral associated with special events and projects. Nicole has over ten years of experience in marketing communications in the non-profit, higher education and corporate sectors.


mirny_croppedAnna 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. Anna 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.

Small_KaylaKayla Rachlin Small is the Program and Training Coordinator at HCPDS.  Responsible for managing the Pop Center’s many seminars and special events, Kayla liaisons with speakers, aids in marketing, and executes event logistics. Kayla is also active in coordinating the Pop Center’s postdoctoral training programs, particularly the RWJF Health & Society Scholars Program and the Bell Fellowship. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology.