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Leah Abrams

Sloan Fellow on Aging and Work

Leah Abrams recently completed her PhD in health services organization & policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Her dissertation examined the depressive symptoms in the aging population, motivated by concern about rising suicide, drug-use, and despair in midlife. As a Sloan Fellow, Leah is exploring how policies that push for later … Continue reading “Leah Abrams”

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S. Bryn Austin, ScD

Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Dr. Austin is professor of social and behavioral sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School; a member of the research faculty in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital; and director of the Strategic Training Initiative for the Prevention of … Continue reading “S. Bryn Austin, ScD”

Darina Bassil

Darina Bassil

Research Associate
Research Core Staff

Darina 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 … Continue reading “Darina Bassil”

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Onur Altindag

assistant professor of economics
Bentley University

Onur Altindag is assistant professor of economics at Bentley University. His research focuses on the economics of health and population. Onur holds a PhD in economics from the Graduate Center, City University of New York, and a master’s degree in economics from University of Paris I-Sorbonne. Prior to his current faculty position, Onur was a Bell Fellow at the Harvard … Continue reading “Onur Altindag”

Enryka Christopher

Research Assistant
Research Core Staff

Ryka 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 … Continue reading “Enryka Christopher”

Dieyna Drame

Research Assistant
Research Core Staff

Dieyna 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 … Continue reading “Dieyna Drame”

Mauricio Avendano, PhD

Adjunct Associate Professor
Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Dr. Avendano is professor of public policy and global health, and director of the Institute of Gerontology in the department of global health and social medicine at King’s College London. He is also adjunct associate professor in the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. His research leverages quasi-experimental … Continue reading “Mauricio Avendano, PhD”

Meagan Farrell

Research Associate/Project Director
Research Core Staff

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 … Continue reading “Meagan Farrell”

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Elyse Jennings

Research Scientist
Research Core Staff

Elyse Jennings is a family demographer and sociologist working on the HAALSI project to oversee survey development and aspects of data preparation. Her substantive work on HAALSI is focused on understanding the interrelationships between family experiences and health. Prior to joining us, she was a post-doctoral fellow at the Carolina Population Center. She holds a … Continue reading “Elyse Jennings”