Leading experts at Columbia Mailman School tailor interdisciplinary research to fill gaps in our knowledge about aging and our understanding of the biological, behavioral, and sociocultural factors that influence it. We forge partnerships with the academic, corporate, nonprofit, and public sectors to develop policies on aging, engage communities, and effect societal change.
Linda P. Fried, MD, MPH, dean of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, is a leader in the fields of epidemiology and geriatric medicine. She has dedicated her career to the science of healthy aging and to creating a health span that matches our increased life expectancy, with a focus on prevention of frailty, disability, and cardiovascular disease. She is the co-founder of Experience Corps, a community-based senior volunteer program. In 2014, she was named among the top one percent “most influential scientific minds of the past decade” by Thomson-Reuters.
Ursula M. Staudinger, PhD, is a lifespan psychologist and aging researcher and a professor of Sociomedical Sciences. She is known for her work on aging’s effect on cognition and personality as well as her research on resilience and wisdom. Recently she has conducted groundbreaking studies to better understand how work affects cognitive aging. She was founding director of the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center and has focused on knowledge transfer to policy makers, companies, as well as the general public as they seek to help societies address longevity in positive and productive ways.