CHW was home to the National Institute on Aging Roybal Center, also called the Center for Translational Research on Aging. Its overall goal was 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 was conducted by CHW faculty affiliates and collaborating faculty at other universities who were awarded small pilot projects.
Nineteen projects were funded. Pilot projects included: