Norman B. Anderson Memorial Lecture

Presented by

Rebeca Wong, Ph.D., Professor, Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio


In her webinar, Dr. Wong will explore the features of population aging in Mexico. She will discuss findings from the Mexican Health and Aging Study (MHAS), a 20+ year longitudinal study that has evolved and grown with the field of population aging. She will examine evidence-based patterns in physical and cognitive function, chronic conditions, and social/economic resilience, highlighting the critical roles of childhood conditions, U.S. migration, employment, and family support in old age.

Dr. Wong will also provide an overview of the pressing needs and potential for future research based on these themes.


Dr. Wong's research focuses on the social and economic consequences of population aging, particularly in Mexico and among immigrant Hispanics in the United States. Her population-based research has been continuously funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) for the last 30+ years.

As principal investigator of the MHAS, she leads a study of adults in urban and rural Mexico, examining health dynamics in a broad socioeconomic context. The MHAS, comparable to the U.S. Health and Retirement Study (HRS), is a collaboration between Mexican and U.S. institutions.

Dr. Wong has edited volumes, published widely, and regularly presents at national and international conferences. She has served on national and global committees, including the Population Association of America and the Mexican Society of Demography.

She has contributed to the editorial boards of the publications Demography, Journal of Aging and Health, Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, and Papeles de Población. She has served on scientific committees for the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Advisory Council of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. In 2024, Dr. Wong was elected as an honorary member of the National Academy of Medicine of Mexico.

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Norman B. Anderson Memorial Lecture

This Director’s Webinar is a Norman B. Anderson Memorial Lecture. Norman B. Anderson, Ph.D., the first Director of OBSSR, was a pioneering figure in behavioral and social sciences research.

In recognition of his profound impact on behavioral and social sciences research, OBSSR hosts a lecture each year to honor his legacy

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