Latino Aging Research Resource Center Analysis Core
Analysis Core members include Dan Mungas PhD (Core Leader), Laurel Beckett PhD (Core Co-Leader), Dan Tancredi PhD and Carolina Apesoa-Varano, PhD
The Measurement and Analysis Core (MAC) supports LARRC’s mission by providing expertise and leadership in culturally sensitive and scientifically valid approaches (quantitative and qualitative) for measuring and studying health outcomes, processes and disparities. This core also assists in the design and analysis of observational studies and interventions. The MAC supports the LARRC mission in four areas:
Measure Development: Provide expertise and support to develop, test and disseminate culturally informed strategies and tools for collection of clinical, behavioral and social data from older Latino adults. In particular, we focus on the assessment of individual, interpersonal, community and structural factors that may contribute to health disparities across the spectrum of cognitive abilities.
Study Design: Provide integrated support for designing research on health disparities in older people. We will provide guidance for study design related to: a) secondary analysis of existing survey, administrative and other datasets, b) development of observational studies in the clinic, healthcare system and community, and c) individual-level and system-level interventions to reduce health disparities.
Analytic Methods: Provide analytic support and expertise to investigators for both quantitative and qualitative analysis, including expertise in analyzing a) national health surveys and other studies that use complex survey designs, b) health economics and outcomes data, c) trajectories of chronic disease processes, d) clinical trials and intervention studies, e) psychometrics and cognitive function, f) neuroimaging, and g) qualitative data analysis.
Mentoring and Training: Collaborate with the Investigator Development Core to provide senior-level mentoring in research design, measurement issues, and statistical analysis of health disparities research through a) partnerships with junior investigators and b) structured mentoring of recipients of pilot awards.