ASI News – Fall 2020

ASI News – Fall 2020


CAPS Seminar: Jennifer Ailshire, Associate Professor of Gerontology and Sociology, University of Southern California – “Social and Physical Environmental Influences on Cognitive Function and Dementia.” – 12/2020

CAPS Annual Conference – Keynote Speaker: Clare Bambra, Professor of Public Health, New Castle University – “Scaling Up – Politics of Health and Place” – 10/2020

Webinar hosted by Network on Life Course Health Dynamics & Disparities – CAPS Affiliate, Scott Landes will discuss “Mortality trends among adults with intellectual and development disabilities: Disability is not the problem.” – 10/2020

GSA 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting –  Turning 75: Why Age Matters – 10/2020

CAPS Seminar – Tse-Chuan Yang, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University at Albany – “Rural residence and mortality in later life: Exploring the role of social integration and social support from longitudinal perspective.” – 9/2020

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Elder Justice: Unlocking the Potential of Restorative Practices (Virtual Conference) – 9/2020

Grant Awards

Merril Silverstein, Maria Brown and Woosang Hwang, Retirement Foundation – Developing an Instrument to Assess Intergenerational Digital Communication by Older Adults: Expanding the Solidarity Model  – 12/2020

Shannon Monnat part of research team to win national award from USDA and APLU – Shannon Monnat is the chairperson of a multidisciplinary multi-institution research team that was recently awarded the National Excellence in Multistate Research Award from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). This prestigious and highly competitive award recognizes scientists who conduct exemplary research and outreach efforts across multiple states and in doing so enhance the visibility of USDA multistate programs. The project, known as W4001: Social Economic and Environmental Causes and Consequences of Demographic Change in Rural America, conducts research on the most pressing demographic, economic, social and environmental challenges faced by rural communities in the U.S. This was the first social science research team to ever win this award.  – 11/2020

Woosang Hwang, Maria T. Brown, and Merril Silverstein are recipients of the 2020 Student and New Professional Outstanding Paper Award, NCFR for their paper, “A multidimensional typology of religiosity in three generation families.” – 10/2020

Ellyn Riley awarded grant from NIH to study the effects of transcranial direct current stimulation on attention and language recovery in persons with stroke and aphasia – 10/2020

Maria Brown and Mary Helen McNeal, in collaboration with Vera House and the Center for Court Innovation, were awarded a grant by the Office of Justice Programs at the Department of Justice (DOJ). They will be enhancing access to advocacy and legal services to prevent and address elder abuse and financial exploitation in 3 of Christopher Community’s lower income housing projects. – 9/2020

Doug Wolf and Kanika Arora – Paid Family Leave and Work-Eldercare Tradeoff (Retirement Research Foundation) – 9/2020

Jennifer Karas Montez, Doug Wolf, Janet Wilmoth, Kelly Musick, and Ben Shaw. NIH P30 Award for the Center for Aging and Policy Studies (CAPS) . – 9/2020


Scott Landes – Population Health Brief Series – Progress in Closing the Age-at-Death Disparity for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities – 12/2020

Danielle Rhubart, Shannon Monnat, and Claire Pendergrast in Public Policy & Aging Report – The Unique Impacts of U.S. Social and Health Policies on Rural Population Health and Aging – 12/2020

Emily Wiemers in Research in Social Stratification and MobilityDisparities in vulnerability to complications from COVID-19 arising from disparities in preexisting conditions in the United States – 12/2020

Scott D. Landes, Margaret A. Turk, Katherine E. McDonald, and Maya Sabatello – Population Health Research Brief Series – Less Worthy Lives? We Must Prioritize People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation – 12/2020

Doron Dorfman published in Fordham Urban Law Journal“The Professionalization of Urban Accessibility.” – 12/2020

Merril Silverstein and Dongmei Zuo in Aging and Mental HealthGrandparents caring for grandchildren in rural China: Consequences for emotional and cognitive health in later life – 12/2020

Scott D. Landes, Katherine E. McDonald, Janet M. Wilmoth, and Erika Carter Grosso in Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual DisabilitiesEvidence of continued reduction in the age-at-death disparity between adults with and without intellectual and/or developmental disabilities – 12/2020

Scott Landes published a current issues paper entitled, “Recommendations for Accurately Reporting Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities on Death Certificates” in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine.  – 11/2020

Douglas A. Wolf (2020). “Effects of Paid Caregiving Leave on Government Costs.” Pp. 93-109 in Isabel V. Sawhill and Betsey Stevenson (eds.), Paid Leave for Caregiving: Issues and Answers. Washington DC: American Enterprise Institute and the Brookings Institution. – 11/2020

I-Fen Lin and Douglas A. Wolf in Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences“Division of Parent Care Among Adult Children.” – 11/2020

Jun Li in Medical Care – Patient Coded Severity and Payment Penalties Under the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program: A machine Learning Approach – 10/2020

Woosang Hwang, Ayse Duygu Cakirsoy-Alan, Maria T. Brown, and Merril D. Silverstein in Family Relations – Husband-wife religious denomination homogamy and marital satisfaction over time: The moderating role of religious intensity – 10/2020

Scott Landes, J. Dalton Stevens, and Margaret A. Turk in Journal of Intellectual Disability Research – Cause of Death in Adults with Intellectual Disability in the United States – 10/2020

Nina Kohn in The Washington Post – Coronavirus isolated nursing home residents. Now it might keep them from voting – 10/2020

Lerner Center – Population Health Research Brief Series: Older Adults – 10/2020

Wesley K. Lefferts, Jacob P. Deluois, Jacqueline A. Augustine, Allison P. Keller, and Kevin S. Heffernan in Journal of Applied PhysiologyAge, Sex, and Vascular Contributors to Cerebral Pulsatility and Pulsatile Damping – 10/2020

Maria Brown and Mary Helen McNeal in Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect –  Addressing elder abuse: service provider perspectives on the potential of restorative processes – 9/2020

Doron Dorfman in JAMA Health Forum Mask Exemptions During the COVID-19 Pandemic – A New Frontier for Clinicians – 9/2020

Doron Dorfman in Journal of Law and BiosciencesCan the COVID-19 interstate travel restrictions lift the FDA’s blood ban – 9/2020

Nina Kohn and Karl Pillemer in The HillOlder adults are feeling the healt, literally – 9/2020

Donna Korol in Estrogens and Memory: Basic Research and Clinical Implications –  Estrogens have their ups and downs: A multiple memory systems approach to the bidirectional effects of estrogens on learning strategy – 9/2020

R.S. Gardner, L.A. Newman, E.G. Mohler, T. Tunur, Paul Gold, and Donna Korol in Neurobiology of Learning and Memory Aging is not equal across memory systems – 9/2020

R.S. Gardner, Paul Gold, and Donna Korol in Neurobiology of Learning and Memory – Inactivation of the striatum in aging rats rescues the ability to learn a hippocampus-dependent task – 9/2020

Madonna Harrington Meyer and Ynesse Abdul-Malak – Grandparenting Children with Disabilities, Springer Publications. – 9/2020

Jun Li in JAMA Network OpenAssessment of Receipt of the First Home Health Care Visit After Hospital Discharge Among Older Adults – 9/2020

Merril Silverstein and Jeung Hyun Kim in Research in Aging“Are Filial Piety and Ethnic Community Engagement Associated with Psychological Wellbeing Among Older Chinese American Immigrants? A Cultural Resource Perspective” – 9/2020

Maria Brown and colleagues in Social Science and MedicineThe support that partners or caregivers provide to sexual minority women who have cancer: A systemic review – 9/2020

Shannon Monnat in American Journal of Public Health Rural Population Health and Aging: Toward a Multilevel and Multidimensional Research Agenda for the 2020s – 9/2020

Shannon Monnat in Population Research and Policy ReviewTrends in U.S. Working-Age non-Hispanic White Mortality: Rural-Urban and Within Rural – 9/2020

Kent Cheng, Yue Sun, and Shannon Monnat in Journal of Rural Health –  COVID-19 Death Rates Are Higher in Rural Counties With Larger Shares of Blacks and Hispanics – 9/2020

Kevin Heffernan, Erin Michos, and Brooks Gump in JAMA CardiologyCoronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Cardiac Injury – 9/2020

Jennifer Karas Montez, Julene Cooney and Zeyd Koytak in The Milbank QuarterlyUS State Policies, Politics, and Life Expectancy – 9/2020

Scott Landes, Maya Sabatello, and Katie McDonald in American Journal of Bioethics People With Disabilities in COVID-19: Fixing Our Priorities – 9/2020

Janet Wilmoth, Andrew London, and Scott Landes in Public Policy and Aging ReportA Population-Based Perspective on Health Care for U.S. Veterans – 9/2020

In the News

Shannon Monnat interviewed for NPR – Rural Areas Send Their Sickest Patients to the Cities, Straining Hospital Capacity – 12/2020

Madonna Harrington Meyer quoted in “Grandparents Embrace a Bigger Caregiving Role,” Maddie Cutler, Villages Daily Sun, Sept 15

Scott Landes IDD COVID-19 research featured in New York Times article – – 11/2020

Shannon Monnat was quoted in this Vox article about Trump losing ground in key swing state where COVID-19 cases have recently increased. -11/2020

Shannon Monnat was interviewed for this Vox article – “Elections Polls Suggest Significant Polarization about the Pandemic and it’s Economic Fallout” – 11/2020

Madonna Harrington Meyer and Ynesse Abdul -Malak were interviewed for a new Podcast called Podcast 13. They discussed, “Grandparents Caring for Children with Disabilities.” Listen here. – 10/2020

Madonna Harrington Meyer quoted in the Houston Chronicle – Grandparents a lifeline for the endless duties of pandemic life – 10/2020