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Leadership Team

David W. Coon, PhD, Director

Karen Marek, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN, Associate Director

Angelica Jaszewski, Administrative Associate

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Center for Innovation in Healthy and Resilient Aging

The Center for Innovation in Healthy and Resilient Aging provides the ideal structure to design, build, and sustain a bold, nationally competitive venture in aging.

Engage in ASU’s New Venture in Healthy & Resilient Aging! Join CIHRA as an Affiliate or Faculty Fellow Now!

Interested faculty and community members can apply now for CIHRA Faculty Fellow or Affiliate status.  Through Spring semester 2020, CIHRA will waive its requirements for prior active involvement in CIHRA as part of the application process.  Just follow the Affiliate or Faculty Fellow link below to apply!

CIHRA was formed from the merger of two ABOR-approved centers housed in CONHI, The Center for Healthy Outcomes in Aging1 and The Hartford Center for Gerontological Nursing Excellence,2 and will leverage their existing activities and many accomplishments for its foundation.

  • CIHRA focuses on innovative wellness, strength-based, and resilience- and capacity-building research opportunities that translate into positive change from the level of individuals and families, to organizations and systems, and ultimately to communities and local, national, and global policies.
  • CIHRA capitalizes on ASU’s strengths in aging by fusing academic disciplines, professional practice, technology, and community embeddedness. Its investigators blend expertise in prevention, behavior change, and intervention for midlife and older populations. As health-related researchers join with those in the Arts, Humanities, Design, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Journalism, Law, Engineering, and other disciplines, CIHRA will uncover keys to combat aging, disease, and disease processes.


CIHRA’s mission is to advance

  • research that helps solve challenges in aging from the individual to the policy level
  • training in aging principles, critical challenges in aging, and the best transdisciplinary practices and state of the science to manage those challenges
  • local to global education and service through a two-way research and knowledge transfer that helps the university community, its partners, and the communities we serve better understand and address aging issues
  • effective dissemination of ASU’s innovations in aging into diverse settings.
  • CIHRA provides funding to support Faculty, Postdoctoral, and Student Scholars. Please click on the "For Faculty" and "For Student" tabs below for more information.
  • CIHRA offers two additional opportunities to engage formally with its activities: Becoming CIHRA Affiliates and Becoming CIHRA Faculty Fellows. Please click on the "For Faculty" tab below for more information.

ASU Faculty Scholars

CIHRA solicits research proposals from interdisciplinary teams composed of at least 2 scholars from different disciplines. In proposals, Scholars identify a key issue in aging; describe a study, with timelines that range from 6 months to 24 months, they will undertake to address the issue from an interdisciplinary perspective; and submit a copy of the national funding announcement they intend to target at the end of their CIHRA award.  Applications will be accepted on a range of topics focused on midlife and older adult populations. Topics may include but are not limited to health promotion, disease prevention, family caregiving, care coordination, age-friendly environments, healthy retirement, and palliative and end-of-life care. CIHRA award recipients are expected to participate in regular CIHRA meetings and related activities, including proposal feedback and updates. 

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ASU Summer Faculty Scholars

CIHRA solicits smaller proposals that can be undertaken in one to two summers. In their proposals, Summer Faculty Scholars identify a key issue in aging; describe a short study they will undertake to address the issue from an interdisciplinary perspective; and submit a copy of the national funding announcement they will target at the end of their CIHRA award. Applications will be accepted on a range of topics focused on midlife and older adult populations. Topics may include but are not limited to health promotion, disease prevention, family caregiving, care coordination, age-friendly environments, healthy retirement, and palliative and end-of-life care. As part of ASU’s commitment to aging, funds for scholars will help cover research project costs to ensure commitment to the projects and engagement and support of CIHRA activities. CIHRA award recipients are expected to participate in regular CIHRA meetings and related activities, including proposal feedback and updates. 

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CIHRA Affiliates and Fellows

Becoming a CIHRA Affiliate: Requires at least one year of active involvement with CIHRA activities (e.g., attending meetings, serving on CIHRA committees) and other scholarly, teaching, program-related activities or services that advance issues in aging. To determine if a CIHRA Affiliate is in good standing, his or her status will be reviewed annually.

Becoming a CIHRA Faculty Fellow: Requires ongoing, active involvement with CIHRA activities (e.g., attending CIHRA meetings and/or events, serving on CIHRA committees, mentoring, giving CHIRA presentations) and other scholarly activities that demonstrate a commitment to the production of creative works, research and scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and service that advance issues in aging. Generally, becoming a CIHRA Faculty Fellow also requires that the faculty member will also have served 2 years as a CIHRA Faculty Affiliate, although exceptions may be granted. To determine if a CIHRA Fellow is in good standing, his or her status will be reviewed annually.

Become a CIHRA Affiliate

Become a CIHRA Faculty Fellow

ASU Postdoctoral, Graduate Student, and Undergraduate Student Scholars

CIHRA is committed to training future researchers in aging by providing research experiences and financial support for a team of at least one Postdoctoral Scholar and several Graduate and Undergraduate Student Scholars.  Scholars also are expected to participate in regular CIHRA meetings, which include presentations by CHIRA faculty scholars, outside speakers, CIHRA strategic planning, etc. 

Download Undergraduate Application

Download Graduate Application

Postdoctoral position filled. Not accepting applications at this time.

ABCDs of Medicare

Activity Scheduling for Depression in Older Adults

Aids for Patients with Low Vision

Amyloid Imaging for Alzheimer’s Disease

Anemia of Chronic Disease

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

Biologic Agents for IBD


Choosing the Correct Walker

Cognitive Aging

Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Insomnia

Communication with Older Patients

Communicating with People with Hearing Loss


Delirium—The Sixth Geriatric Vital Sign

Delirium—In the ICU

Dementia—Not all Dementia is Alzheimer’s Disease

Dementia Patients Communication

Depression in Elders

Depression in Older Adults—Pharmacotherapy

Diagnosing Tremors


Diarrhea and Fecal Incontinence

Discussing CPR with Patients and Families

Disease Screening in Older Adults: When to Stop

Don’t Forget Dementia

Driving and the Older Adult

Elder Abuse

Elder Abuse: Clinical Reporting

Erectile Dysfunction in the Older Patient

Falls in Elders

Fitness to Fly: Older Adults and Air Travel

Frailty Risk

Frailty for Surgical Patients

Frontotemporal Dementia

Geriatric Evaluation

Health Literacy

Hearing Aids

Heart Failure in Home and Community

Hip Fractures in Older Adults: Peri-Operative Considerations



Hospice Care for Patients with Dementia

Hospice Eligibility for Patients with COPD


Integrative Medicine in Elder Care

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Long-Term Care

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Older Adults

Lung Cancer Screening

Macular Degeneration

Management of Persistent Pain

Medical Decision Making

Medication-Induced Hypokalemia: A Common Problem

Myelodysplastic Syndrome: A Primer for Geriatric Clinicians

Nocturia in Older Adults

Nursing Home-Acquired Pneumonia


Overweight and Obesity in Non-Frail Older Adults

Pain in Patients Who Have Heart Failure

Pain When Reaching Overhead: Four Common Shoulder Problems in Older Adults

Palliative Care of Dyspnea in Patients with Advanced COPD

Palliative Care of Nausea and Vomiting

Pedal Edema in Older Adults

Peripheral Arterial Disease

Physical Exercise Guidelines for Older Adults

Physical Exercise in Cognitive Function

Preoperative Assessment

Preparatory Grief

Pressure Ulcers in Older Adults

Pulmonary Function Tests

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Resilience in Aging

Restless Legs Syndrome

Sleep in Older Adults


Spiritual Needs of Hospitalized Older Adults

Substance Abuse in Older Adults

Systolic Hypertension in Elders

Urinary Incontinence—Diagnosis

Urinary Incontinence—Treatment

Following below is a selection of resources for research on aging and for finding funding for projects that pertain to older adults. Please contact Angelica Jaszewski if you see the need for corrections or if you have suggestions of resources to add.

Before contacting any foundation, please get in touch with your college’s ASU Foundation representative and any other person your college requires be informed of your plans.

In addition to serving as a policy and advocacy organization dedicated to the needs of older adults, it has several aspects that pertain to research. “Today’s Take on the News” section on its home page reports on research findings in the news. It publishes practical information on caregiving and has conducted surveys on caregiving (e.g., “2016 AARP Florida Caregiving Study”). Use the search tab to locate these and other resources. The AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI) is “the focal point of public policy research, analysis and development at AARP. . . .  PPI develops creative policy solutions to address our common need for financial security, health care, and quality of life. Founded in 1985, PPI publishes policy analyses and provides updates on a range of topics, including current AARP priorities and emerging issues that will affect older adults in the future. . . . PPI is also home to the Center to Champion Nursing in America, an initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.”

Administration for Community Living
“ACL brings together the efforts and achievements of the Administration on Aging (AoA), the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD), and the HHS Office on Disability to serve as the Federal agency responsible for increasing access to community supports, while focusing attention and resources on the unique needs of older Americans and people with disabilities across the lifespan.” Grant information accessible via the Grants tab.

Administration on Aging (AoA)
It is “the principal agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services designated to carry out the provisions of the Older Americans Act of 1965 (OAA), as amended (42 U.S.C.A. § 3001 et seq.). The OAA promotes the well-being of older individuals by providing services and programs designed to help them live independently in their homes and communities. The Act also empowers the federal government to distribute funds to the states for supportive services for individuals over the age of 60.” See the link for lists of offices and links to grants.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
It is “the lead federal agency charged with improving the safety and quality of America's health care system. AHRQ develops the knowledge, tools, and data needed to improve the health care system and help Americans, health care professionals, and policymakers make informed health decisions.” Its funding supports “research to improve the quality, effectiveness, accessibility, and cost effectiveness of health care.” Grant announcements and other funding information are accessible via its “Funding & Grants” tab.

Alzheimer’s Association
Its “Research” page ( “is for professional researchers and anyone interested in following the progress in research. The Alzheimer's Association has been involved in every major advancement in Alzheimer's and related dementias research since the 1980's and is a leader in the global fight for a world without Alzheimer's.”

American Cancer Society
Its “Our Research” tab contains lots of information, e.g., “Cancer Facts and Statistics.”

American Heart Association
Research, including funding for research programs, is accessible via its “Research” tab; other information is available via other tabs (e.g., Professional).

Area Agency on Aging, Region One

The Area Agency on Aging, Region One [Maricopa County] is “a private non-profit corporation, which plans, coordinates, develops and delivers services for seniors (60 years and older), persons 18 and older who are HIV positive, adults (18-59 years) with disabilities and long-term care needs, and family caregivers of older adults.”

Arthritis Foundation
Information for researchers and the public is at

Commonwealth Fund
The Commonwealth Fund is a private foundation that aims to promote a high performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society's most vulnerable, including low-income people, the uninsured, minority Americans, young children, and elderly adults.

Current Awareness in Aging Report (CAAR)
Center for Demography of Health and Aging, University of Wisconsin-Madison has an e-clipping service and blog.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The CDC is one of the major operating components of the Department of Health and Human Services. As the nation’s health protection agency, CDC saves lives and protects people from health threats. To accomplish our mission, CDC conducts critical science and provides health information that protects our nation against expensive and dangerous health threats, and responds when these arise. 

Foundation Center
A significant source of information on foundation funding, reports, and news. ASU employees can access all the search tools for free by going through, “External Funding Opportunities,” and selecting “Foundation Directory Online.”
OKED’s page to access a range of tools, information, databases, and other material related to funding. There are links to, e.g., databases to search for funding, resources such as the Research Academy, and “Get Connected,” which has links to ASU blogs, Experts @ASU, and research forums.
In 2002 it “was chartered to deliver a system that provides a centralized location for grant seekers to find and apply for federal funding opportunities. Today, the system houses information on over 1,000 grant programs and vets grant applications for federal grant-making agencies.” Pull-down tabs have sign-up pages that give access to subscriptions for receiving regular announcements and updates.

Health Resources & Service Administration (HRSA)
HRSA, “an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary federal agency for improving health care to people who are geographically isolated, economically or medically vulnerable. HRSA programs help those in need of high quality primary health care, people living with HIV/AIDS, pregnant women, and mothers. HRSA also supports the training of health professionals, the distribution of providers to areas where they are needed most and improvements in health care delivery. . . .” Its “Data Warehouse” gives access to fact sheets and data by a variety of filters.

Kaiser Family Foundation
“Kaiser is a non-profit organization focusing on national health issues, as well as the U.S. role in global health policy. Unlike grant-making foundations, Kaiser develops and runs its own policy analysis, journalism and communications programs, sometimes in partnership with major news organizations.”

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

In additional to the NIA (see next), several institutes and centers (ICs) of the NIH have research and funding on issues that pertain to aging. For a one-paragraph summary of what each IC does, see the list under “Institutes and NIH.” NIH’s Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools (RePORT) “provides access to reports, data, and analyses of NIH research activities, including information on NIH expenditures and the results of NIH supported research.”  - via the “Quick Links” tab, access the NIH RePORTER, which “allows researchers to search a repository of NIH-funded research projects.

NIH, National Institute on Aging (NIA)
NIA, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of NIH, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. NIA is the primary Federal agency supporting and conducting Alzheimer's disease research. Grants can be found via the “Research & Funding” tab, as can its “Research Resources.” The multiple topics under “Health Information” include the “Health Topics A-Z,” under which one can find “Healthcare professional information” and many health topics.               

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
PCORI “funds research that offers patients and caregivers the information they need to make important healthcare decisions.” Its programs are Clinical Effectiveness and Decision Science, Healthcare Delivery and Disparities Research, Evaluation and Analysis, Engagement, and Research Infrastructure.

Retirement Research Foundation

Its mission is “improve the quality of life for older people in America. RRF is one of the first private foundations devoted exclusively to aging and retirement issues.” Its funding covers three main areas (Responsive Grants, Organizational Capacity Building Grants, and the Accessible Faith Grants Program); information on them accessible via its “Grants” tab.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The RWJF is the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated solely to health. It also publishes research briefs, research and analysis, and other materials in its four focus areas: Healthy Communities; Healthy Children, Healthy Weight; Health Systems; and Leadership for Better Health. Its grant-making focuses on these areas.


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
SAMHSA is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities. Grants are accessible via the “Grants” tab.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
The “mission of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to enhance and protect the health and well-being of all Americans. We fulfill that mission by providing for effective health and human services and fostering advances in medicine, public health, and social services.”


1CHOA brought together investigators to develop and test interventions that promote the highest level of health and quality of life for individuals who are aging within a culturally diverse society. The center emphasized multidisciplinary, theory-based interventions across a variety of clinical settings. It served as a resource for faculty and students to obtain sponsored funding to perform clinical, interdisciplinary and translational research, improving scientific and cultural knowledge to benefit the aging population.

2The Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence (HCGNE) at ASU CONHI was funded by The John A. Hartford Foundation. Its mission was to significantly increase the number of high-quality doctoral and post-doctoral level faculty in geriatric nursing needed to teach in graduate and undergraduate academic nursing programs throughout Arizona and surrounding Southwestern states.  Major emphasis was placed on preparing geriatric nursing faculty who have expertise not only in promoting healthy aging but also in meeting the unique and growing needs of the Southwest’s diverse elderly population in rural and urban areas.