Faculty

Director

Cary Reid, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine

Cary Reid PHOTO

Dr. Cary Reid is an Associate Professor and Director of the Office of Geriatric Research in the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative       Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Reid obtained his medical degree from the University of South Carolina. He subsequently completed internship, residency, and chief-residency training at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire. He completed fellowship training in both clinical epidemiology and geriatric medicine at Yale University. Dr. Reid taught, and conducted research at Yale University before joining the faculty at Weill Cornell Medical College in 2003. Dr. Reid has received many research awards over the years, including a Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Physician Scholar Award and a highly coveted Paul Beeson Faculty Scholar on Aging Research Award. He is also a section editor of the journal Pain Medicine.
Dr. Reid’s work at TRIPLL supports translational research on pain and aging in New York City. Institutional partners include Cornell University (Ithaca), Weill Cornell, Hebrew Home at Riverdale, Columbia University, Hospital for Special Surgery, Memorial Sloan Kettering, Council of Senior Centers & Service of NYC, Inc. and the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. His research focuses on improving the management of pain among older persons. Current projects include testing non-pharmacologic strategies for pain among older persons in both clinical and non-clinical settings, identifying barriers to the use of self-management strategies for pain, and examining optimal strategies for managing pain across ethnically diverse populations of older persons. Additional areas of interest include the epidemiology and treatment of substance use disorders in older persons.

Co-Director

Karl Pillemer, PhD

Professor, Cornell University, College of Human Ecology

Dr. Karl Pillemer is the Hazel E. Reed Professor in the Department of Human Development and Professor of Gerontology in Medicine at the Weill Cornell Medical College. He directs the Cornell Legacy Project and author of the book 30 Lessons for Living. His major interests center on human development over the life course, with a special emphasis on family and social relationships in middle age and beyond. He has a strong theoretical and empirical interest in life course transitions and the effects they have on family relationships. A major program of research is on intergenerational relations in later life, with a focus on determinants and consequences of the quality of adult child – older parent relationships. Dr. Pillemer is now conducting a large-scale study of this issue, with funding from the National Institute on Aging, which focuses on within-family differences in parent-child relations in later life and on ambivalence in intergenerational relations among adults. A second major program of research focuses on the nature and dynamics of family caregiving for impaired elderly relatives, which he has been carrying out over the past two decades with funding from the National Institutes of Health. A third area is in long-term care for the elderly, with a focus on the relationships between family members of residents with staff in long-term care facilities. Fourth, Dr. Pillemer has a long-term program of research on conflict and abuse in families of the aged, including several related studies of the domestic and institutional abuse of older persons. Finally, he is actively involved in intervention research and in policy analysis related to aging and health care, with an emphasis on evidence-based methods of developing a competent, caring long-term care workforce. His extension and outreach work involves translational research, exploring ways to speed the transfer of findings from basic research into scientifically tested interventions.

Co-Director

Elaine Wethington, PhD

Professor, Cornell University, College of Human Ecology

Elaine Wethington is a medical sociologist, jointly appointed in the Departments of Human Development and of Sociology. Her research interests are in the areas of stress, protective mechanisms of social support, aging, and translational research methods. Three current interests frame her work: 1) developing measures for longitudinal studies of the impacts of life events, chronic difficulties, and their accumulation on changes in mental and physical health: 2) the health impacts of work and family demands during adulthood; 3) translating basic research on social isolation and social integration to improve the health and well-being of older people.

Co-Investigator

Corinna Loeckenhoff, PhD

Associate Professor, Cornell University, College of Human Ecology

Dr. Loeckenhoff is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development (College of Human Ecology) at Cornell University and of Gerontology in Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. She completed her doctoral studies at Stanford University and postdoctoral training at the National Institute on Aging in Baltimore. Her research focuses on age differences in time horizons, personality, and emotional experience and their influence on mental and physical health across the life span. Her central goal is to understand how age groups differ in their approach to health-related choices and to explore ways to optimize such choices across the life span. Another line of research examines life-long trajectories in people’s personality traits and social cognition and their relation to health-related behaviors and outcomes. She is also interested in cross-cultural differences in aging trajectories.

Co-Investigator

Jeanne Teresi, EdD, PhD

Administrator and Director, Hebrew Home at Riverdale

Dr. Teresi is the Administrator and Director of the Research Division of the Hebrew Home at Riverdale and a senior research scientist at the Columbia University Stroud Center and Faculty of Medicine, at New York State Psychiatric Institute. With doctorates in both Gerontology and Measurement and Statistics, Dr. Teresi has over 30 years of experience in medical and social research. She is a deputy editor of Medical Care. She also served on the editorial board of the Gerontologist, Psychology and Aging, and as an associate editor of Biometrics. She is a consultant-at-large to the National Institute on Aging Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research, and she has been a consultant to the Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) Statistical Center. Dr. Teresi was an invited panel member of the State of the Science Conference on End-of-Life Care, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Teresi is widely published, with over 200 peer-reviewed articles. She has been the Director or Co-Director of over 100 Coordinating Centers for large clinical trials and other multi-site studies, including the decade long National Institute on Aging studies of dementia special care in nursing homes, the CMS-funded Columbia University/SUNY Upstate Informatics in Diabetes and Telemedicine (IDEATel) study of elderly patients with diabetes, and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke funded NYU/Columbia Center for Stroke Disparities Solutions (CSDS).

Co-Investigator

Mildred Ramirez, PhD

Associate Director, Hebrew Home at Riverdale

Dr. Ramirez is the Associate Director of the Research Division at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale. She is a community psychologist with a specialization in social gerontology. Dr. Ramirez is well-versed on measurement and methodological issues as they relate to health disparities and cross-cultural research. She has expertise in qualitative and quantitative methods applied in survey instrument development, and in applications of classical test theory methods of scale construction. Dr. Ramirez has collaborated in conducting analysis related to the evaluation and development of culture-fair measures, and has led the development of Spanish versions of patient and staff instruments for several multi-site studies. Substantive areas of publication are on minority aging and on measurement issues as they relate to health, mental health, and cognitive assessments in cross-cultural research. Her research interests also include health disparities, and racial and ethnic diversity, and multicultural issues in long term care, particularly ethnic conflict in nursing home staff/resident relations.

Investigator

Charles Henderson

Senior Research Associate, Statistician, Cornell University, College of Human Ecology

Dr. Henderson’s works focuses on the development of statistical methods, evaluation strategies, computational algorithms, and computer programs for analysis of data; publication of results.