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Andrus Gerontology Center

University Of Southern California Los Angeles

, 90089

United States

Nationality: United_States


Membership Number :20239

Eileen Crimmins

AARP Professor Of Gerontology, University of Southern California

Field of study: Demography

Specialization: Ageing, Mortality, Health, and Longevity

Regional focus: Latin America and the Caribbean, United States and Canada, Central and Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Central Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia

Highest Degree Level:

Doctorate (Ph.D, MD), Demography, University of Pennsylvania, 1974

Working languages:
  • - English

Professional summary:

Eileen Crimmins is the AARP Chair in Gerontology, and University Professor at the Davis School of Gerontology at the University of Southern California in Los Angles.  She directs the USC/UCLA Center on Biodemography and Population Health, the NIA sponsored Biomarker Network, and the Multidisciplinary Research in Gerontology Training Program at USC.  She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine and fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She has received the Robert W. Kleemeier Award for research from the Gerontological Society of America. Crimmins is a demographer whose work focuses on health and aging. Crimmins pioneered the development and modeling of the concept of healthy life expectancy to examine the interaction of trends in life expectancy and population health.  She has also worked to promote the incorporation of valid and reliable biological data in population surveys in a number of countries.  

Member since: 1977

E. M. Crimmins, S. H. Preston, and B. Cohen (Eds). Explaining Diverging Levels of Longevity in High-Income Countries.  Panel on Understanding Divergent Trends in Longevity in High-Income Countries; National Research Council, 2011.


Richard Rogers and Eileen Crimmins (Eds). International Handbook of Adult Mortality, Springer;Dordrecht, Netherlands, 2011.


E. M. Crimmins, S. H. Preston, and B. Cohen (Eds). International Differences in Mortality at Older Ages:  Dimensions and Sources, Panel on Understanding Divergent Trends in Longevity in High-Income Countries; National Research Council, 2010.

“Trends over Four Decades in Disability-Free Life Expectancy in the United States.” 2016. Eileen M. Crimmins, Yuan Zhang, and Yasuhiko Saito.  American Journal of Public Health. 106, pp. 1287-1293.

“Change in Cognitively Healthy and Cognitively Impaired Life Expectancy in the United States: 2000-2010.” Eileen Crimmins, Jung Ki Kim, Yasuhiko Saito.  2016.  Social Science and Medicine: Population Health. 2: 793–797. 




Honorary positions:

Member National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Medicine, Kleemeier Award

Research grants:

National Institute on Aging: Biomarker Cross-Calibration to Investigate International Health Inequalities. 2015- 2020; Network on Life Course Health Dynamics and Disparities in 21st Century America”. Co PI. 2015-2019; Adding Contextual Data to the Health and Retirement Study. Co PI, 2013-2016; Health and Retirement Study. Co I, 2009-2017
“Network on Measurement of Biological Risk.” PI, 2010-2021.
“Biomarkers in the China Health and Retirement Survey”, PI, 2009-2013.
“China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study,” Co I, 2010-2015.

Other association membership in population or related fields:
  • - Population Association of America (PAA)