Chen admitted to RAND Summer Institute
May 20, 2013
Emily Chen has been admitted to the prestigious RAND Summer Institute (RSI) this year. The RSI consists of two annual conferences that address critical issues facing the aging population: the Mini-Medical School for Social Scientists and the Demography, Economics, Psychology, and Epidemiology of Aging conference. Both conferences convene at the RAND Corporation headquarters in Santa Monica, California. The conferences are sponsored by the National Institute on Aging and the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research.
Emily Chen is a Ph.D. candidate in Human Development and a research assistant to Karl Pillemer. Her primary research focus is on issues related to palliative and end of life care, including how family life and health events may lead to advance care planning for older adults. She is currently collaborating with Dr. Pillemer on a multi-year study of knowledge gaps in palliative care that utilizes interdisciplinary samples of researchers and practitioners to propose a research agenda for the field.
The RSI will give her the opportunity to improve her understanding of the patient experience that results from the most common conditions in older adults. Chen's current knowledge about health and medical care for older adults is largely centered on the psychosocial experience of patients and caregivers. The RSI approaches these topics from a biomedical perspective, which will expand her understanding of them.