UMass Boston

Our Team



Caitlin E. Coyle
Director, Center for Social & Demographic Research on Aging


Research Interests: Social aspects of health and community living with a specific emphasis on social isolation among older adults





Jan Mutchler
Director, Gerontology Institute


Research Interests: Diversity in aging populations






Ceara Somerville
Senior Research Associate


Research Interests: Age-friendly communities; community resources that support aging in place; senior centers; mixed methods



Claire Wickersham, PhD


Claire Wickersham, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow 

Research Interests: Aging in place and community, intergenerational programming, aging innovation and technology.



Research Associates



Sue Berger
Research Associate

Research Interests: Qualitative research methodology; Social and leisure participation for older adults; Occupational therapy






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Katherine Burnes
Research Associate

Research Interests: Health and economic security for older women; direct services providers; program management






Mary Krebs
Research Associate

Research Interests: Applied qualitative and quantitative research exploring social and demographic access to health and community; health disparities; challenges of acceptance and use for mHealth and eHealth by older adults and vulnerable populations; age-friendly initiatives.




Beth Rouleau
Research Associate

Research Interests: Age & Dementia Community development, housing alternatives, intergenerational opportunities




Graduate Research Assistants



Cindy Bui
Graduate Research Assistant

Research Interests: Ethnic minority and immigrant older adults; age-friendly communities; ageism; demographic analysis






Setarreh Massihzadegan
Graduate Research Assistant

Research Interests: housing; social connectedness in later life; neighborhood cohesion; age-friendly communities






Nidya Velasco Roldán

Graduate Research Assistant

Research Interests: Demography of aging; social determinants of health; health disparities






Adriana Hernandez
Graduate Research Assistant

Research interests: Alzheimer’s and dementia care, health outcomes for incarcerated older adults, and health disparities in older Latino communities. 





Kingsley Mbam


Kingsley Mbam

Graduate Research Assistant

Research Interests: employment in later life; financial security