Laura 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 25 years experience in project management, marketing, and development at both Harvard and other academic institutions.
RESEARCH CORE STAFF
Darina Bassil is a research associate whose work has focused on the impact of chronic diseases, particularly dementia, on the elderly. She is responsible for managing study and data collection operations, and performing data analysis for the HAALSI Dementia study, and cognitive components of the HAALSI project. Darina holds a PhD in public health from Imperial College London, and an MPH with a concentration in epidemiology and biostatistics from the American University of Beirut. Prior to joining HCPDS, she worked as a research associate focused on dementia prevention at Imperial College London’s Neuroepidemiology and Ageing unit.
Enryka Christopher is a research assistant supporting several projects related to cognitive aging and dementia that are connected to the HAALSI project. She provides administrative and data management support to the HAALSI Dementia Study, and participates in data collection and project management for Dementia Calibration (DeCal) project funded by PGDA. Enryka holds a dual Master of Science degree in Global Mental Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and King’s College London. Prior to joining HCPDS, she worked as a research assistant for the U.S. military, focusing on bereavement and trauma.
Dieyna Drame is a research assistant providing administrative, data, and project management support to the HAALSI project. Her main responsibility is to coordinate cognition and dementia field work through training, data management and analysis for the HAALSI Dementia Study. Dieyna has an MPH from Boston University School of Public Health in epidemiology & biostatistics with a concentration in infectious diseases. She has extensive experience with project coordination, data collection, management and analysis on research projects in Myanmar, Ukraine, Senegal and Zambia.
Meagan Farrell’s research has broadly focused on the effects of aging, disease, and injury processes on cognition. As a Pop Center research associate, she works on the measurement and interpretation of cognitive outcomes for the HAALSI project. She is project director of the HAALSI Dementia Study, and is principal investigator (PI) of the pilot study Calibration of Cognitive Assessment and Dementia Diagnosis across Diverse Cohorts in the United States and South Africa (DeCal) that aims to harmonize assessment of cognitive aging across diverse cultural and socioeconomic contexts. Meagan received a PhD in cognitive psychology from the University of Florida before completing a post-doctoral fellowship at Columbia University Medical Center. Her previous work investigated changes to language, memory, and metacognition in normal and pathological brain aging.
Dr. Jennings is a research scientist working on the HAALSI project. She holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Michigan. Prior to joining us, she was a postdoctoral scholar at the Carolina Population Center, where she primarily focused on family formation and dissolution in Nepal. Elyse’s work has investigated factors influencing marriage timing, fertility, contraceptive use, and marital dissolution in Nepal, as well as adolescent sexual behavior in the U.S.
David Kapaon is a research assistant helping with data collection, management, and analysis for the HAALSI project. He holds a dual MA/MS in sustainable international development, and global health policy and management from the Heller School at Brandeis University. Prior to joining HCPDS, David helped conduct research examining the economic and health impacts of the Health Extension Program in Ethiopia.
Meg Lovejoy is the research program director for the Workplace and Well-being Initiative, a broad-based research and policy program designed to develop and implement evidence-based workplace change for worker well-being. She is also project director for the initiative’s core grant, Workplace Redesign for Worker Well-Being: Blueprint for Resilience. This study, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, examines sustainable practices for enhancing worker well-being, with a focus on low- and moderate-wage workers. Meg holds a PhD in sociology, with an emphasis on social inequalities and work-life integration, from Brandeis University. She recently co-authored a book (Opting Back In: What Really Happens When Mothers Go Back to Work; University of California Press, 2019) about the long-term work and family consequences of taking a career break for professional women. Prior to joining us, Meg was a senior research associate at the Institute on Assets and Social Policy at Brandeis University. She has also taught at several colleges and universities in the Boston area and in the Midwest.
Mack 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 and all of the IRB applications, manages the enclave data rooms, and works on data security compliance.
Research Scientist Julia Rohr is project director of HAALSI. She oversees all aspects of this complex and ground-breaking study, including data management and analysis, research dissemination, and training team members on data collection. Recently, she served as research associate on the Willows Reproductive Health Impact Evaluation project at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in the Department of Global Health and Population, leading project work in Turkey. Prior to joining us at Harvard, she worked as a data analyst in the Center for Global Health and Development at the BU School of Public Health, where she served as program manager for a number of studies in Kenya, South Africa and Uganda. Julia holds a PhD in epidemiology from Boston University.
Beth Truesdale is a research associate who is co-editing a volume titled Overtime: America’s Aging Workforce and the Future of “Working Longer.” This project, which is funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, gathers an interdisciplinary community of scholars to examine how changes in health, family, work, politics, and the economy may make it increasingly hard for substantial sections of the U.S. population—especially racial minorities and lower-income workers—to continue to work into their 60s and beyond. The aims of the project are to: influence public policies that improve the workplace for older employees; and to increase the public’s understanding of aging and labor force challenges. Beth received her PhD in sociology from Harvard University in 2017, and was a recent Sloan Postdoctoral Fellow on Aging and Work at HCPDS.
Weiyu Wang is a research data analyst for the BMGF funded-project Burden of Disease and Deprivation in India across Micro and Macro Public Policy Units. She is primarily responsible for building a database from secondary data sources and conducting statistical analysis. Weiyu holds a MA degree in quantitative methods from Columbia University, and a BA in economics. Prior to joining HCPDS, she worked as a research assistant at The Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, focusing on survey data analysis.
Weixing Zhang is a research associate currently working with Professor S V Subramanian and his team on the Burden of Disease and Deprivation in India across Micro and Macro Public Policy Units project. In the project, he is exploring a variety of population health and development data in India and making them available at micro public policy unit scales. He is also developing a web-based intelligent public data and analytics platform to support evidence-based public health policy decision making. Before joining HCPDS, Weixing was a research associate, project manager, and adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Geography from there in 2015 and 2018.
Claudette 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.
Rob Correia is the associate director of finance for the Center, responsible for budgeting and forecasting, endowment and grant management, pre- and post-award financial stewardship, as well as some human resource functions. Rob has over 20 years of operations, financial and administrative management experience with organizations in the non-profit, government, and corporate sectors. Rob holds a master’s degree in management from Lesley University, and a B.S. in accounting from the University of Massachusetts.
Panka Deo is the office manager and financial assistant for the Center. His responsibilities include processing of reimbursements and vendor payments, and assisting with grants management, new hire paperwork and payroll. Panka manages IT and audiovisual issues, and oversees all building operations and maintenance.
Jeanne Frey is the grants manager at the Center. Her responsibilities include supporting the capture planning efforts of HCPDS, managing the Center’s pre-award grant development processes, and assisting the financial manager in financial stewardship activities. Her background is varied, including stints in organic farming, retail management, education, and government. Jeanne has an MBA from Boston University where she focused in public and nonprofit management.
Nicole Goguen serves as the communications coordinator. She maintains the Pop Center website—as well as project-based sites—and publicizes seminars, events, and the publications and accomplishments of our faculty members and post-doc fellows through social media outlets and an e-newsletter. She also 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, corporate, and higher education sectors.
Lesley Harkins is the program coordinator at the Center. She helps execute special events and the weekly Social Demography Seminars by arranging travel for speakers, ordering catering, and soliciting program materials. She also supports postdoctoral training program recruitment and activities, and provides administrative assistance to Professor Subramanian.