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 Division of Behavioral and Social Research currently supports thirteen Roybal Centers. The Roybal Centers are intended to stimulate broadly based multidisciplinary research that improves the health, wellbeing, and productivity of older adults. The thirteen Roybal Centers focus on the following topics: health and mobility, disease and pain management, decision making and behavior change, and better data, measurement, and forecasting.

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; (4) Provides a context for assembling multidisciplinary teams to solve practical problems.

The currently-funded Roybal Centers are:

Investigator (PI)
Center PI Address
Ball, Karlene K. Center for Translational Research on Aging and Mobility University of Alabama at Birmingham
PSYCH/109 Holley-Mears Building
924 19th Street
South Birmingham, AL 35294-2100
Callahan, Christopher M. Translation Research on Chronic Disease Self-Management Indiana University - Purdue University at Indianapolis
Regenstrief Institute Inc.
Department of Medicine
410 West 10th Street, Suite 2000
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Christakis, Nicholas A. Roybal Center for Translational Research on Aging Harvard University
Harvard Medical School
Health Care Policy
180 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Deaton, Angus S. Princeton Center for Research on Experience and Wellbeing Princeton University
Office of Population Research, 345 Wallace Hall Princeton, NJ 08544
Mary Kane Goldstein. Center on Advancing Decision Making in Aging (CADMA) Stanford University School of Medicine
Department of Medicine-PCOR 117 Encina Commons Center for Primary Care-Outcome Research Stanford, CA 943056019
Goldman, Dana P. Roybal Center for Health Policy Simulation RAND Corporation
1776 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90407
Hughes, Susan L. Midwest Roybal Center for Health Promotion University of Illinois Chicago
Institute for Health Research & Policy
1747 West Roosevelt Road
Room 558, MC 275
Chicago, IL 60608
Kapteyn, Arie RAND Roybal Center for Finanical Decision Making RAND Corporation
1776 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 904013208
Kaye, Jeffrey A. Oregon Roybal Center for Translational Research on Aging Oregon Health Science University
Department of Neurology
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road
Layton Aging Center, CR 131
Portland, OR 972393098
Laibson, David I. Behavior Change in Health and Saving National Bureau of Economic Research
Harvard University
Department of Economics, Littauer M-14
Cambridge, MA 02138
Reid, Manney Carrington Improving the Management of Pain in Later Life Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Department of Medicine
1300 York Avenue, Box 39
Cornell University
New York, NY 10021
Teri, Linda Northwest Roybal Center University of Washington
Northwest Research Group on Aging
9709 NE 3rd Avenue NE, Suite 507
Seattle, WA 98115-2053
Volpp, Kevin G. PENN CMU Roybal Center on Behavioral Economics and Health University of Pennsylvania
Department of Medicine
1232 Blockley, 6021 Blockley Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19104

More information is available at the Roybal Coordinating Center’s website. A September 2009 publication entitled “Research Highlights from the Edward R. Roybal Centers for Translation Research in Behavioral and Social Sciences of Aging” (PDF, 2.0M) describes this Center program in more detail.

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