I am an Associate Professor of Public Policy
and Director of the Master in Public Policy Program at Universidad
Diego Portales, Chile. I have also served as a consultant for the
United Nations, Harvard School of Public Health, Government of
Chile, and Center for Retirement Research.
My research interests include aging and the
life course, social epidemiology, public policy, subjective
well-being, and quantitative methods. Much of my work aims to
identify and understand the social factors that influence the health
and happiness of older adults, and to evaluate policies that can
improve their well-being.
My research has been supported by generous
grants, fellowships, and awards from the Chilean National Commission
for Scientific and Technological Research, Chilean Ministry of
Finance, United States Social Security Administration, Atlantic
Philanthropies, Center for Retirement Research, Boston College,
Harvard University, American Sociological Association, American
Association of Public Health, and Gerontological Society of America.
My research has been published in the Journals of Gerontology:
Social Sciences, Journal of Social Policy, Journal of Aging Studies,
Research on Aging, Journal of Latin American Studies, and Revista
Salud Colectiva, as well as disseminated to broader audiences in
books, policy briefs, and media coverage in the Wall Street Journal,
CNN International, MSNBC, Chicago Tribune, U.S. News, Business Week,
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and many other major media
outlets in Chile and abroad. I have also been active in aging,
social security, and health policy reform in Latin America, the
United States, and China.
I received my Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from
Boston College, and
M.S. in Public Health from
University. Previously, I earned a B.S. in Sociology from
Universidad Católica, Chile