National Institute On Aging Roybal Center

CHW is home to the National Institute on Aging Roybal Center, also called the 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. Research is conducted by CHW faculty affiliates and collaborating faculty at other universities who are awarded small pilot projects.

To date, 17 projects have been funded. The active projects are:

“Small Area Variations in Mental Health Treatment: Towards New Measures of Prescribing Patterns and Patient Wellbeing” Principal Investigators: Janet Currie Princeton University and Bentley MacLeod Columbia University

“Toward New Evaluative Well-Being Questions” Principal Investigators: Marc Fleurbaey, Princeton University with Dan Benjamin, Jakina Debnam and Ori Heffetz, Cornell University

“Does Being Surveyed Affect Subsequent Reports of Subjective Well-Being?” Principal Investigators: Johannes Haushofer and Jeremy Shapiro Psychology and Public Affairs, Princeton University

“Interactions Between Economic Status, Psychological Well-Being, and Age: Analysis of an Unconditional Cash Transfer Trial in Kenya” Principal Investigators: Johannes Haushofer and Jeremy Shapiro Princeton University


“Mobile Phone Sensing to Predict Depression: An Analysis of Experiential Well-Being in Kenya” Principal Investigators: Johannes Haushofer and Chaning Jang Princeton University

“An In-Depth Examination of DRM-EM.A. Concordance” Principal Investigators: Joseph E. Schwartz Stony Brook University and Arthur A. Stone University of Southern California

“Survey Methods for Measuring Affect” Principal Investigator: Dylan Smith Stony Brook University

“Digging Into the Age Gradients of Evaluative and Experiential Well-Being” Principal Investigators: Arthur A. Stone and Joan E. Broderick University of Southern California