Stipica Mudrazija, PhD
Stipica Mudrazija holds a doctorate in public policy from The University of Texas at Austin and a master's degree in public policy from Georgetown University. His research focuses on the economics of aging and comparative social policy, especially the relationship between public and private intergenerational transfers, pension and health care systems sustainability in aging societies, and the implications of aging for economic and social inequality. In addition, he studies financial gerontology as it relates to the health and well-being of minority elderly. Prior to attending The University of Texas at Austin, Mudrazija worked as a junior analyst in the research department of the Croatian National Bank. He was also a trainee in the Social Protection unit of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion as well as a graduate research intern at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
Ryon J. Cobb, PhD
Ryon J. Cobb's research primarily contributes to three sub-disciplines: health and aging, race/ethnicity, and the sociology of religion. Inside these broad areas of inquiry, his work tends to focus on health and aging, race/ethnicity, and social epidemiology.
Presently, he has two research agendas. The first agenda explores the role of congregation based social engagement, or attending worship services, in shaping disability trajectories among the elderly. In this line of research, Cobb's work challenges the idea that the social processes that shape health disparities do not vary by race or ethnicity. The second agenda attempts to broaden our understanding of religious differences in Americans' attitudes toward race-related issues by focusing on the role of organizational characteristics in the formation of racial attitudes among religiously active Americans. His future work will explore the mental and physical health consequences of mismatched racial identity among Black, Anglo, and Latino Americans.
Throughout his academic career, Cobb's work has received support from a number of agencies, including the Eli Lilly Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.
Aimei Guo, PhD
Aimei Guo is a professor of the Department of Labour and Social Security and the Dean of the Department of Women's Studies at Nanjing Normal University. Guo also serves as the director of the Research Center of Aging of Nanjing Normal University and the Institute for Gerontological Research in Jiangsu province. Her research interests include: aging and gender, mental health of older people, active aging, and gender research. She is a council member of the Chinese Association of Gerontology, the Jiangsu Association of Gerontology, the Jiangsu Association of Sociology, and the Chinese Association of Psychology. Guo is also an expert group member of Jiangsu Policy Research, specializing in aging policy. She has published over 30 articles and 7 books, and participated in more 20 studies.
Dongmei Zuo, PhD
Dongmei Zuo is an assistant professor in the Institute for Population and Development Studies of Xi'an Jiaotong University, China. She studies the challenges involved with global aging and has carried out research into the well-being of the elderly and intergenerational transfers. Zuo is the author of twelve peer-reviewed journals or book chapters and has been the principal investigator on the projects "Study on the Mechanism of Intergenerational Exchange in Elderly Extended Family and Health Consequences" and "Age Pattern of Intergenerational Transfers among Older Persons in Rural China: A Life Course Perspective," sponsored by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, and "Study on situation of Aging population and Old-age security in Shaanxi Province" funded by Shaanxi bureau of statistics. She is co-investigator on the project "Longitudinal Study of the Well-being of the Elderly in Anhui Province, China," supported by the Fogarty International Center, NIH.