CBiographical Sketches of Steering Committee Members

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Alan M. Jette (Chair) directs the Health and Disability Research Institute and is a professor of health policy and management at the School of Public Health, both at Boston University. He has been active in reviews of the Social Security Administration’s disability decision process research. His research emphases include late-life exercise; evaluation of treatment outcomes; and the measurement, epidemiology, and prevention of late-life disability. He has published more than 125 articles on these topics in the rehabilitation, geriatrics, and public health literature. He has an M.P.H. degree in health gerontology and a Ph.D. degree in public health behavior, both from the University of Michigan.

Vicki A. Freedman is a professor of health systems and policy at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s School of Public Health. She is a demographer and chronic disease epidemiologist who specializes in the measurement of disabilities in older populations. She has published extensively on the topics of population aging, disability, and long-term care, including several widely publicized articles on trends in late-life functioning. Her current research emphasizes interventions that can be used to prevent late-life disability decline, the socioeconomic and racial disparities in the incidence of late-life disabilities, the causes of late-life disability trends, and the role of assistive technology in ameliorating disability. She has served on more than a dozen national advisory panels for federal agencies, including the National Institute on Aging and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She earned her Ph.D. in epidemiology from Yale University and M.A. in demography from Georgetown University.

Linda P. Fried is dean of the Mailman School of Public Health and senior vice president of Columbia University Medical Center. Her core research interests are prevention and health promotion for older adults, with particular emphasis on the discovery of the causes of frailty and disability and their prevention. She is a board-certified internist and geriatrician, with postdoctoral training at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in geriatrics, general internal medicine, and epidemiology (cardiovascular and aging). She is a recipient of a National Institute on Aging MERIT Award. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine. She received an M.D. degree from Rush Medical College and an M.P.H. degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health.

Linda G. Martin is a senior fellow at RAND, serving as an advisor on a variety of RAND studies and activities, as well as conducting her own research on the health of older people in the United States and Asia. She is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. Previously she served as president of the Population Council; as vice president for research development at RAND; and as director of the Committee on Population at the National Research Council. She has held other teaching and research appointments at Princeton University, Georgetown University, and the University of Michigan. She has M.P.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton University.

Joshua Salomon is an associate professor of international health in the Department of Population and International Health at Harvard University. His research focuses on priority setting in global health in three main substantive areas: measurement of population health status and health valuations; modeling and forecasting health outcomes and disease burden; and evaluation of the potential impact and cost-effectiveness of current and future health interventions. He is an investigator on projects funded by National Institute on Aging and the Gates Foundation relating to summary measures of population health; modeling HIV/AIDS epidemics and interventions for prevention and treatment; modeling disease outcomes for population health monitoring and surveillance; and evaluating the potential impact and cost-effectiveness of new vaccines. He also leads a collaborative project with the Mexican Ministry of Health on priority setting for interventions in the context of health reform. He has a Ph.D. degree from Harvard University.

Arthur A. Stone is a distinguished professor of psychiatry and of psychology, vice chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and director of the Applied Behavioral Medicine Research Institute at Stony Brook University. His research interests focus on self-reports of medical and psychological outcomes, ecological momentary assessment, stress and coping, psychoendocrinology, and behavioral medicine. He has received several awards for his work and held editorial positions on several peer-reviewed journals. He has a Ph.D. degree in psychology (clinical) from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.


The Committee on Population was established by the National Research Council in 1983 to bring the knowledge and methods of the population sciences to bear on major issues of science and public policy. The committee’s work includes basic studies of fertility, health and mortality, and migration aimed at improving programs for the public health and welfare in the United States and developing countries. The committee also fosters communication among researchers in different disciplines and countries and policy makers in government, international agencies, and private organizations. The work of the committee is made possible by funding from several government agencies and private foundations.


The Committee on National Statistics (CNSTAT) was established in 1972 at the National Academies to improve the statistical methods and information on which public policy decisions are based. The committee carries out studies, workshops, and other activities to foster better measures and fuller understanding of the economy, the environment, public health, crime, education, immigration, poverty, welfare, and other public policy issues. It also evaluates ongoing statistical programs and tracks the statistical policy and coordinating activities of the federal government, serving a unique role at the intersection of statistics and public policy. The committee’s work is supported by a consortium of federal agencies through a National Science Foundation grant.