About the Center

The goal of CHABLIS is to promote a sustained research and infrastructure development program and leverage longitudinal data, from both observational and interventional studies, to examine how demographic and economic factors facilitate or suppress individual healthy aging behaviors (HABs) and, in turn, influence outcomes among older adults over the life course. Spanning five divisions and schools at the University of Chicago, and partnering with the National Opinion Research Center (NORC), CHABLIS brings together many areas of expertise and multiple methodologies to bear on the demography and economics of aging.

CHABLIS aims to:

  • Enhance and lead innovation in the demography and economics of aging
  • Cultivate the next generation of leaders in social science approaches to aging research with attention to demographic methods and approaches

CHABLIS is comprised of four cores:

  1. Administrative Core, which oversees and evaluates all aspects of the center
  2. Program Development Core, which focuses on providing research and career development support to early-career faculty and supporting pilot projects that span the demography and economics of aging in both medical and social science realms
  3. External Innovation Network Core, which draws on existing research programs such as the National Social Life, Health and Aging Project (NSHAP) and the Comprehensive Care Physician (CCP) Program to create opportunities for exchange and research synergies between these two different forms of data collection and research
  4. External Research Resources Support and Dissemination Core, which is a joint effort with the Duke Center for Population Health and Aging (CPHA). Its goal is to identify, design, conduct and assess innovations in data collection and measurement for use in current and future data-focused studies of aging, and share those findings immediately

Research Areas

The center’s research areas include:

      • Individual healthy aging behaviors
      • Family, networks and the life course
      • Aging in community and larger social contexts
      • Health outcomes at the hospital, neighborhood, and municipal levels
      • Measurement and methods for longitudinal studies on aging
      • Models of care for medically and social complex older adults
      • Integration of systemic and oral health
      • Personalized medicine and preemptive pharmacogenetic testing, including in minority populations

Grant Information

CHABLIS is funded by the National Institute on Aging, award P30AG066619.

Contacts and Additional Information

Please check back soon for more information, as this website is currently in development. In the meantime, please contact the faculty directors and center administrative director with any questions.

Kathleen Cagney, PhD
Center PI
Professor of Sociology

David Meltzer, MD, PhD
Center PI
Fanny L. Pritzker Professor of Medicine

Kelsey Bogue, MA
Center Administrative Director