News and Events

March 20, 2016  The Columbia Aging Center is a proud partner of the March 20 Up With Aging event organized by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and her Senior Advisory Council.

Columbia Aging Center faculty member Vegard Skirbekk convenes a March 30 panel at the Pew Research Center in Washington, DC, on the topic of Religion & Health during Pew's "Advancing the Demographic Study of Religion" conference.



Ellen Idler: "Why isn't religion more widely recognized and studied as a social determinant of health?"

The John A. Hartford Foundation's application cycle for their Health and Aging Policy Fellows program is now open. 

The Columbia Aging Center is delighted to have visiting scholar Wei-Jun Jean Yeung in residence. Jean holds the Provost's Chair Professorship in the National University of Singapore’s Department of Sociology. She is also director of the NUS Centre for Family and Population Research. Her brown bag talk is entitled “Age of Retirement and Human Capital in an Aging China, 2015-2050.”  It will be held on Wednesday, April 6, 12:30-2 pm, in ARB 416.

Catch Dr. Ruth Finkelstein talking to Ronnie M. Eldridge, former New York City Council member, on her show, Eldridge and Co. on CUNY TV. You can watch the video below or visit their site for information on upcoming showtimes.

March 13, 2016  Columbia Aging Center colleague, Masako Osako, PhD, received an award for her distinguished contribution to the the University of Tokyo Taiken Program for immersive experiential learning.  On February 29, 2016, President Makoto Gonokami of the university presented the award to five honorees at a ceremony held on the Hongo Campus, Tokyo. Masako Osako is the Executive Director of the Secretariat of the International Longevity Center Global Alliance and is active in the UTokyo Alumnae Association in the United States.

March, 11, 2016  Attend a special seminar by Werner Greve entitled "Development of Adaptivity: Toward a Lifespan Perspective on Developmental Regulation."

It will be held on Friday, March 11, 2016, at 12:30 p.m. in the Rosenfield Building Room 440, 722 West 168th Street.

This talk will present a theoretical framework that attempts to integrate models of developmental regulation in adulthood (in particular the two-process model by Brandtstädter) with results and arguments concerning coping and self-regulation in childhood and adolescence. In a series of empirical studies several facets of this approach were empirical examined (including methods of assessment of adaptation in childhood, functionality of adaptivity in childhood and adolescence, developmental preconditions of adaptivity in adolescence). 

Werner Greve is professor of psychology at the University of Hildesheim, Germany. His main research interests focus on lifespan development, coping processes, evolutionary psychology, criminology, and philosophical psychology. His publications include several monographs and textbooks (e.g., on the adaptive self, psychology of crime), book chapters (e.g., resilience in old age) and journal papers (e.g., self-regulation, human action, evolutionary psychology).



March 8, 2016  The Brunet Lecture has been postponed. To receive information about the rescheduled date, please email:

March 7, 2016  The Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center CAC is a research and knowledge transfer center concerned with population aging and the modifiability of the aging process. The CAC is a university- wide center based at the Mailman School of Public Health it aims to synergize with and foster scholarly activities in the area of aging across the University. The mission of the CAC is to be a significant academic leader in knowledge creation, translation into impact, and education towards win-wins for all ages in the success of longer lives.


The Postdoctoral Research Scientist is expected to have a degree in psychology or sociology or another related discipline, a strong background in working with large-scale data sets, and a strong interest in the behavioral plasticity of aging. Ideally, the candidate also has prior experience with longitudinal data analyses techniques. The Postdoctoral Research Scientist will work on a project investigating the links between activity patterns and cognitive aging across the adult lifespan funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The successful candidate will be mentored by Dr. Ursula M. Staudinger, Robert N. Butler Professor of Sociomedical Sciences, Professor of Psychology, who is the PI of the project.

March 4, 2016  Fortune talks to Dr. Ruth Finkelstein about the need for flexible work schedules and the idea that the retirement age is not one size fits all.

“We need to rethink how we understand work, making the concept of retirement age obsolete,” she says. “It should be possible for people to dial up and dial down work across their life course. People shouldn’t turn a switch when they’re old and change everything.”