Center for Translational Research on Aging

National Institute of Aging Roybal Center

CHW is home to the Roybal Center for Translational Research on Aging. Its overall goal is to enhance the ability to understand numerous facets of the aging process, by clearly separating actual experiences of daily life from the cognitive processes that give rise to reports of life satisfaction or overall happiness. 

Grant Objectives

  • Explore the unique components of experiential wellbeing through the measurement of positive and negative experiences in the context of the day reconstruction method (DRM), and to continue to explore the relationship between experiential wellbeing and evaluative measures such as the Cantril ladder and life satisfaction measures. 
  • Continue to explore the magnitude of survey mode effects, contextual effects, and other biases in existing measures of both experiential subjective wellbeing and evaluative measures and methods for mitigating them.
  • Investigate the extent to which people’s perceptions of their subjective wellbeing adapt to changes in life circumstances (e.g. long-term unemployment, chronic disease, and widowhood) and how those relationships differ over the lifecycle.
  • Explore the 2010 and new 2012 combined affect and time use data collected by the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics.  

Program Directors

Janet Currie

Janet Currie
  • Co-Director, Center for Health and Wellbeing
  • Chair, Department of Economics
  • Professor of Economics and Public Affairs

Alan Krueger

Alan Krueger
  • Professor of Economics and Public Affairs

Angus Deaton

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  • Professor of Economics and International Affairs, Emeritus