Center on Aging and Population Sciences

CAPS Faculty Affiliates


Gayle Acton
Associate Professor, School of Nursing
Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs, School of Nursing
Interests: The older adult client, and in particular, caregivers of adults with dementia.
Jacqueline L. Angel
Professor, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
Professor, Department of Sociology
Faculty Research Associate, Population Research Center
Interests: Health and retirement issues in the U.S., with a focus on older minorities, the impact of social policy on the Hispanic population and Mexican American families.
Ronald J. Angel
Professor Emeritus, Department of Sociology
Interersts: Encompass the areas of medical sociology, social welfare, poverty and minorities, demography and epidemiology, research methods and statistics.
CabralMarika Cabral
Associate Professor, Department of Economics
Interests: Health economics, public finance, and industrial organization. The role of market failures, the impacts of incentive design, and and the consequences of government intervention in health-related insurance markets
Frances Anne Champagne
Professor, Department of Psychology
Interests: Gene-environment interplay, developmental trajectories, epigenetic inheritance, social neuroscience
Jacob E. Cheadle
Professor, Department of Sociology
Interests: Ambulatory Research, Social Networks, Biosociology/Biodemography, Race/Ethnic Health Disparities, Quantitative Methods, Social Neuroscience
Namkee Choi
Professor, School of Social Work
Louis and Ann Wolens Centennial Chair in Gerontology
Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research in Underserved Populations Investigator
Interests: Geriatric Mental Health; Depression Treatment in Aging Services; Social Policy for older persons (Social Security and Supplemental Security Income); Program evaluation.
Robert L. Crosnoe
Professor, Department of Sociology
Rapoport Centennial Professor of Liberal Arts
Chair, Department of Sociology
Interests: Human Development, Education, Family, Health, Immigration
Karen Fingerman
Wilson Regents Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences, and a Faculty Research Associate with the Population Research Center at the University of Texas 
Director of the Texas Aging and Longevity Center 
Director of Research for the CAPS Program Development and Pilot Core.
Interests: Family relationships and social integration, with recent work focusing on social interactions and experiences in the daily lives of older adults.  
FonkenLLaura K. Fonken
Assistant Professor, Division of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Interests: Aging, Behavior, Molecular Biology, Neurodegenerative Disease & Injury
Michael Geruso
Associate Professor, Department of Economics
National Bureau of Economic Research Faculty Research Fellow
Interests:  US Health Insurance Markets, including in Medicare, Medicaid, and the ACA insurance Marketplaces. Environmental determinants of child health in the developing world, and various other topics in applied microeconomics.
Jennifer Glass
Professor, Department of Sociology
Centennial Commission Professor of Liberal Arts
Faculty Research Associate, Population Research Center
Interests: Work and family issues, gender stratification, telecommuting and new labor practices, STEM labor force retention, religious ideology and women's economic attainment
Marci Gleason
Associate Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Sciences
Faculty Research Associate, Population Research Center
Interests: The influence of major life transitions on adults’ mental, physical, and relationship health. 
Bridget Goosby
Professor, Department of Sociology
Interests: Health Disparities, Race and Ethnicity, Biosociology/Biodemography, Poverty/Inequality, Life Course
GoreAndreaAndrea C. Gore
Professor, Pharmacology & Toxicology
Vacek Chair in Pharmacology
Interests: Mechanisms by which the brain controls reproductive development and aging; endocrine disruptors & the brain
Andreana Petrova Haley
Professor, Department of Psychology
Director of Clinical Training, Department of Psychology
Interests: Aging, cognition, neurobiology, neuroimaging (MRI, MRS, fMRI)
Sae Hwang Han
Assistant Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Sciences
Interests: Social relationships and health in middle and later adulthood. Examining health consequences of social and productive engagement in middle and later adulthood, with a particular focus on examining how various forms of helping behaviors (e.g., formal volunteering, informal helping, or caregiving) influence behavioral and neurobiological mechanisms underlying health. 
Tracie C. Harrison
Professor, School of Nursing
Founding Director, Center of Excellence in Aging Services & Long-Term Care
Interests: Chronic Disease/Disability Gerontology/Aging Women Health
Mark D. Hayward
Professor, Department of Sociology
Centennial Commission Professor in the Liberal Arts
Population Research Center Director
Interests: Life course origins of health disparities, morbidity and mortality, biodemography
Junfeng Jiao
Associate Professor, School of Architecture and Department of Population Health
Faculty Research Associate, Population Research Center
Interests: Urban Informatics, Smart City, Transportation Technology, Shared Mobility
kwakJung Kwak
Associate Professor, School of Nursing
Interests: Long-term care policy, dementia care and end-of-life decision-making. Her recent funded research projects include a study on decision-support needs among dementia caregivers, a pilot study on a decision-support coaching program for family caregivers, and a study of the effects of personalized music listening on nursing home residents with advanced dementia. 
Ken-Hou Lin
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
Interests: Inequality, Economy and Society, Finance, Organization, Race, and Methods.
Chandra L. Muller
Professor, Department of Sociology
Faculty Research Associate, Population Research Center
Interest: how schools and education shape life course outcomes such as work and health.  In particular, she focuses on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) preparation and careers.  Of primary interest is the diversity in experiences and disparities according to gender, race and ethnicity, social class, as well as disability, immigration or language minority status.
Elizabeth Munoz
Assistant Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Sciences
Interests: identifying early and modifiable predictors of adult cognitive health
Lisa A. Neff
Associate Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Sciences
Faculty Research Associate, Population Research Center
Interersts: Adult Development, Behavior, Biobehavioral Processes and Health, Contexts of Human Development, Interpersonal Relationships
Charles B. Nemeroff
Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Institute for Early Life Adversity Research Director
Interests: His research is focused on the pathophysiology of mood and anxiety disorders with a focus on the role of child abuse and neglect as a major risk factor. He has also conducted research on the role of mood disorders as a risk factor for major medical disorders including heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
Becky Pettit
Professor, Department of Sociology
Barbara Pierce Bush Regents Professor of Liberal Arts
Interests: Social Inequality, Race and Ethnicity, Gender, Labor Markets, Research Methods
Tetyana Pudrovska
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
Interests: Population Health Disparities, Gender and Health, Work and Health, Biopsychosocial Stress, Biodemography, Aging
R. Kelly Raley
Professor, Department of Sociology
Training Director, Population Research Center
Interests: Demography, Family, Race and Ethnic Relations, Education, Work Occupations and Organizations, Gender
Stephen T. Russell
Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies
Priscilla Pond Flawn Regents Professor in Child Development
Chair, Department of Human Development and Family Sciences
Interests:  LGBTQ youth health and rights; programs and policies to improve human development; and cultural processes in families.
Robert Town
Professor, Department of Economics
James L. and Nancy Powell Centennial Professor
Interests: Health Economics, Industrial Orgnaization, Applied Econometrics
Stephen J. Trejo
Professor, Department of Economics
Associate Chair, Department of Economics
Interests: Public policy issues, including overtime pay regulation, the labor market experiences of immigrants, and obstacles to the economic progress of minority groups.
Elliot Max Tucker-Drob
Professor, Department of Psychology
Faculty Research Associate, Population Research Center
Interests: Development, Academic Achievement, Quantitative Methods
Debra Umberson
Centennial Professor in Liberal Arts and Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin.
Principal Investigator and Director of CAPS 
Interests: The impact of the social environment on mental and physical health across the life course, with attention to diversity associated with gender, race, ethnicity, and sexual minority status.