Julie Zissimopoulos, PhD

Director, Research Training Program, USC Schaeffer Center
Co-Director, Aging and Cognition Program, USC Schaeffer Center
Associate Professor, USC Price School of Public Policy

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Julie M. Zissimopoulos is an associate professor in the USC Price School of Public Policy. In addition to her faculty appointment, she serves as director of research training and director of the Initiative on Aging and Cognition at the USC Schaeffer Center. She is also co-director of USC’s Alzheimer’s disease focused Resource Center for Minority Aging Research, funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA).

Her research applies insights and methods from economics to several health policy areas such as risk and health care costs of Alzheimer’s disease, medical expenditures, caregiving and financial support between generations of family members. Zissimopoulos is currently leading several NIA funded research projects on: the health of caregivers for persons with dementia; the use of and response to drug therapies for non-Alzheimer’s disease conditions that influence risk of Alzheimer’s disease; and racial and ethnic disparities in health care treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.

Her recently published research appears in numerous publications such as the Journal of the American Medical Association Neurology, Journal of Gerontology Social Science, Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Journal of Health Economics. She is a frequent speaker on the economics of aging and her research is frequently disseminated through the popular press including media outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, CNN and National Public Radio.

Zissimopoulos received her BA summa cum laude from Boston College, her MA from Columbia University, and a PhD in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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