Julie Zissimopoulos, PhD

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SchoolUSC Sol Price School of Public Policy
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Los Angeles CA 90089-3333
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    Julie M. Zissimopoulos serves as the Associate Director of the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, one of the nation’s premier health policy research institutions. She co-directs the National Institute on Aging funded Resource Center for Minority Aging Research and is a network associate of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on an Aging Society. She was previously an associate professor of research at the University of Southern California and prior to that, a senior economist at the RAND Corporation. She specializes in the economics of aging. Topics of special interest are savings and wealth, labor force behavior, financial and non-financial support between generations of family members and medical expenditures at older ages. Dr. Zissimopoulos’ research sponsors have included the National Institute on Aging and the Social Security Administration. She is a frequent speaker on the economics of aging and her work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, on California Public Radio, PBS Newshour, and other media. Dr. Zissimopoulos received her B.A. summa cum laude from Boston College and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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    Center for Advancing Sociodemographic and Economic Study of Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias (CeASES-ADRD)
    NIH P30AG066589Jul 16, 2020 - Jun 30, 2025
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Effectiveness of therapeutics and health care services in reducing racial disparities in Alzheimer's disease
    NIH R01AG055401Sep 30, 2017 - May 31, 2021
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Racial Disparities in the Health of Caregivers for Persons with Alzheimer's Disease
    NIH R03AG054120Aug 15, 2016 - May 31, 2018
    Role: Principal Investigator
    USC Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (US-RCMAR)
    NIH P30AG043073Sep 1, 2012 - Jun 30, 2023
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    Family Transfer Behavior in the HRS and AHEAD
    NIH R03AG020095Sep 1, 2002 - Aug 31, 2004
    Role: Principal Investigator
    RAND Postdoctoral Training Program in the Study of Aging Renewal
    NIH T32AG000244Sep 30, 1994 - Apr 30, 2026
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator

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    1. Population Dementia Incidence and Direct Oral Anticoagulant Use in a Representative Population With Atrial Fibrillation. Neurology. 2024 Jul 09; 103(1):e209568. Thunell J, Wood K, Wharton W, Joyce G, Ferido P, Zissimopoulos J. PMID: 38857466.
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    2. Analysis of agreement between measures of subjective cognitive impairment and probable dementia in the National Health and Aging Trends Study. Alzheimers Dement. 2024 Apr; 20(4):2817-2829. Chyr LC, Wolff JL, Zissimopoulos JM, Drabo EF. PMID: 38426381; PMCID: PMC11032562.
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    3. Diagnoses and Treatment of Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia Among Racially and Ethnically Diverse Persons Living with Dementia. J Alzheimers Dis. 2024; 99(2):513-523. Thunell JA, Joyce GF, Ferido PM, Chen Y, Guadamuz JS, Qato DM, Zissimopoulos JM. PMID: 38669535.
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    4. Trends in Incident Dementia Diagnosis Before and After Medicare Risk Adjustment. JAMA Netw Open. 2023 Dec 01; 6(12):e2347708. Zissimopoulos JM, Joyce GF, Jacobson M. PMID: 38100111; PMCID: PMC10724756.
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    5. Health care utilization before and after a dementia diagnosis in Medicare Advantage versus traditional Medicare. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2023 Sep 05. Jacobson M, Ferido P, Zissimopoulos J. PMID: 37668467; PMCID: PMC10912367.
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    6. Estimates of diagnosed dementia prevalence and incidence among diverse beneficiaries in traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage. Alzheimers Dement (Amst). 2023 Jul-Sep; 15(3):e12472. Haye S, Thunell J, Joyce G, Ferido P, Tysinger B, Jacobson M, Zissimopoulos J. PMID: 37636488; PMCID: PMC10450829.
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    7. Expanding the use of brief cognitive assessments to detect suspected early-stage cognitive impairment in primary care. Alzheimers Dement. 2023 09; 19(9):4252-4259. Mattke S, Batie D, Chodosh J, Felten K, Flaherty E, Fowler NR, Kobylarz FA, O'Brien K, Paulsen R, Pohnert A, Possin KL, Sadak T, Ty D, Walsh A, Zissimopoulos JM. PMID: 37073874.
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    8. COVID-19 hospitalization and mortality in community-dwelling racially and ethnically diverse persons living with dementia. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2023 05; 71(5):1429-1439. Thunell JA, Ferido P, Zissimopoulos JM. PMID: 36637869; PMCID: PMC10175159.
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    9. Medicare's Annual Wellness Visit and diagnoses of dementias and cognitive impairment. Alzheimers Dement (Amst). 2022; 14(1):e12357. Thunell JA, Jacobson M, Joe EB, Zissimopoulos JM. PMID: 36177153; PMCID: PMC9473487.
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    10. Recommendations to address key recruitment challenges of Alzheimer's disease clinical trials. Alzheimers Dement. 2023 02; 19(2):696-707. Langbaum JB, Zissimopoulos J, Au R, Bose N, Edgar CJ, Ehrenberg E, Fillit H, Hill CV, Hughes L, Irizarry M, Kremen S, Lakdawalla D, Lynn N, Malzbender K, Maruyama T, Massett HA, Patel D, Peneva D, Reiman EM, Romero K, Routledge C, Weiner MW, Weninger S, Aisen PS. PMID: 35946590; PMCID: PMC9911558.
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    11. Benzodiazepine use and the risk of dementia. Alzheimers Dement (N Y). 2022; 8(1):e12309. Joyce G, Ferido P, Thunell J, Tysinger B, Zissimopoulos J. PMID: 35874428; PMCID: PMC9297381.
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    12. Barriers to seeking care for memory problems: A vignette study. Alzheimers Dement (N Y). 2022; 8(1):e12238. Jacobson M, Joe E, Zissimopoulos J. PMID: 35310532; PMCID: PMC8919244.
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    13. Knowledge and Attitudes Concerning Aducanumab Among Older Americans After FDA Approval for Treatment of Alzheimer Disease. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 02 01; 5(2):e2148355. Zissimopoulos J, Jacobson M, Chen Y, Borson S. PMID: 35157058; PMCID: PMC8845005.
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    14. Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Length of Life after Dementia Diagnosis: an 18-Year Follow-up Study of Medicare Beneficiaries. Lancet Reg Health Am. 2022 Apr; 8. Chen Y, Crimmins E, Ferido P, Zissimopoulos JM. PMID: 35814361; PMCID: PMC9264371.
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    15. Impact of dementia: Health disparities, population trends, care interventions, and economic costs. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2021 07; 69(7):1774-1783. Aranda MP, Kremer IN, Hinton L, Zissimopoulos J, Whitmer RA, Whitmer RA, Hummel CH, Trejo L, Fabius C. PMID: 34245588; PMCID: PMC8608182.
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    16. Sex, Race, and Age Differences in Prevalence of Dementia in Medicare Claims and Survey Data. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2021 02 17; 76(3):596-606. Zhu Y, Chen Y, Crimmins EM, Zissimopoulos JM. PMID: 32588052; PMCID: PMC7887731.
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    17. Association between exenatide use and incidence of Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimers Dement (N Y). 2021; 7(1):e12139. Zhou B, Zissimopoulos J, Nadeem H, Crane MA, Goldman D, Romley JA. PMID: 33614900; PMCID: PMC7882542.
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    18. Addressing the Diverse Needs of Unpaid Caregivers Through New Health-Care Policy Opportunities. Public Policy Aging Rep. 2021; 31(1):19-23. Reyes AM, Thunell J, Zissimopoulos J. PMID: 33462551; PMCID: PMC7799386.
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    19. Statin therapy and risk of Alzheimer's and age-related neurodegenerative diseases. Alzheimers Dement (N Y). 2020; 6(1):e12108. Torrandell-Haro G, Branigan GL, Vitali F, Geifman N, Zissimopoulos JM, Brinton RD. PMID: 33283039; PMCID: PMC7687291.
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    20. Changes in physical and mental health of Black, Hispanic, and White caregivers and non-caregivers associated with onset of spousal dementia. Alzheimers Dement (N Y). 2020; 6(1):e12082. Chen C, Thunell J, Zissimopoulos J. PMID: 33163612; PMCID: PMC7606182.
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    21. Cognitive Assessment At Medicare's Annual Wellness Visit In Fee-For-Service And Medicare Advantage Plans. Health Aff (Millwood). 2020 11; 39(11):1935-1942. Jacobson M, Thunell J, Zissimopoulos J. PMID: 33136503; PMCID: PMC9517732.
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    22. Drug therapies for chronic conditions and risk of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias: A scoping review. Alzheimers Dement. 2021 01; 17(1):41-48. Thunell J, Chen Y, Joyce G, Barthold D, Shekelle PG, Brinton RD, Zissimopoulos J. PMID: 33090701; PMCID: PMC8112164.
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    23. Alzheimer's disease and related dementias risk: Comparing users of non-selective and M3-selective bladder antimuscarinic drugs. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2020 12; 29(12):1650-1658. Barthold D, Marcum ZA, Gray SL, Zissimopoulos J. PMID: 32852147; PMCID: PMC7825274.
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    24. Association of combination statin and antihypertensive therapy with reduced Alzheimer's disease and related dementia risk. PLoS One. 2020; 15(3):e0229541. Barthold D, Joyce G, Diaz Brinton R, Wharton W, Kehoe PG, Zissimopoulos J. PMID: 32130251; PMCID: PMC7055882.
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    25. Pharmaceutical Treatment for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias: Utilization and Disparities. J Alzheimers Dis. 2020; 76(2):579-589. Barthold D, Joyce G, Ferido P, Drabo EF, Marcum ZA, Gray SL, Zissimopoulos J. PMID: 32538845; PMCID: PMC7825250.
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    26. Parental Income and Wealth Loss and Transfers to their Young Adult Children. J Fam Econ Issues. 2020 Jun; 41(2):316-331. Zissimopoulos J, Thunell J, Mudrazija S. PMID: 32431482; PMCID: PMC7236555.
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    27. Longitudinal analysis of dementia diagnosis and specialty care among racially diverse Medicare beneficiaries. Alzheimers Dement. 2019 11; 15(11):1402-1411. Drabo EF, Barthold D, Joyce G, Ferido P, Chang Chui H, Zissimopoulos J. PMID: 31494079; PMCID: PMC6874742.
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    28. Analysis of dementia in the US population using Medicare claims: Insights from linked survey and administrative claims data. Alzheimers Dement (N Y). 2019; 5:197-207. Chen Y, Tysinger B, Crimmins E, Zissimopoulos JM. PMID: 31198838; PMCID: PMC6556828.
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    29. Measuring Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias in Diverse Populations Using Medicare Claims Data. J Alzheimers Dis. 2019; 72(1):29-33. Thunell J, Ferido P, Zissimopoulos J. PMID: 31524159; PMCID: PMC6999832.
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    30. The association of multiple anti-hypertensive medication classes with Alzheimer's disease incidence across sex, race, and ethnicity. PLoS One. 2018; 13(11):e0206705. Barthold D, Joyce G, Wharton W, Kehoe P, Zissimopoulos J. PMID: 30383807; PMCID: PMC6211717.
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    31. Racial and ethnic differences in trends in dementia prevalence and risk factors in the United States. Alzheimers Dement (N Y). 2018; 4:510-520. Chen C, Zissimopoulos JM. PMID: 30364652; PMCID: PMC6197734.
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    32. Generic Drug Price Hikes And Out-Of-Pocket Spending For Medicare Beneficiaries. Health Aff (Millwood). 2018 10; 37(10):1578-1586. Joyce G, Henkhaus LE, Gascue L, Zissimopoulos J. PMID: 30273018.
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    33. Multidimensional comparison of countries' adaptation to societal aging. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2018 09 11; 115(37):9169-9174. Chen C, Goldman DP, Zissimopoulos J, Rowe JW, Research Network on an Aging Society. PMID: 30154160; PMCID: PMC6140517.
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    34. The Impact of Changes in Population Health and Mortality on Future Prevalence of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias in the United States. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2018 04 16; 73(suppl_1):S38-S47. Zissimopoulos JM, Tysinger BC, St Clair PA, Crimmins EM. PMID: 29669100; PMCID: PMC6019010.
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    35. Opinion: Measuring how countries adapt to societal aging. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2018 01 16; 115(3):435-437. Goldman DP, Chen C, Zissimopoulos J, Rowe JW, Research Network on an Aging Society. PMID: 29339547; PMCID: PMC5777012.
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    36. Lifetime Consequences of Early-Life and Midlife Access to Health Insurance: A Review. Med Care Res Rev. 2018 12; 75(6):655-720. Gaudette É, Pauley GC, Zissimopoulos JM. PMID: 29166825; PMCID: PMC7081716.
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    37. Strategies for enhancing research in aging health disparities by mentoring diverse investigators. J Clin Transl Sci. 2017 Jun; 1(3):167-175. Harawa NT, Manson SM, Mangione CM, Penner LA, Norris KC, DeCarli C, Scarinci IC, Zissimopoulos J, Buchwald DS, Hinton L, Pérez-Stable EJ. PMID: 28856013; PMCID: PMC5573262.
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    38. Sex and Race Differences in the Association Between Statin Use and the Incidence of Alzheimer Disease. JAMA Neurol. 2017 02 01; 74(2):225-232. Zissimopoulos JM, Barthold D, Brinton RD, Joyce G. PMID: 27942728; PMCID: PMC5646357.
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    39. Raising the Social Security Entitlement Age. Res Aging. 2017 01; 39(1):166-189. Zissimopoulos J, Blaylock B, Goldman DP, Rowe JW. PMID: 28181866; PMCID: PMC6707368.
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    40. Did Medicare Part D reduce disparities? Am J Manag Care. 2015 Feb; 21(2):119-28. Zissimopoulos J, Joyce GF, Scarpati LM, Goldman DP. PMID: 25880361; PMCID: PMC4405127.
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    41. The Value of Delaying Alzheimer's Disease Onset. Forum Health Econ Policy. 2014 Nov; 18(1):25-39. Zissimopoulos J, Crimmins E, St Clair P. PMID: 27134606; PMCID: PMC4851168.
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    42. Digesting the doughnut hole. J Health Econ. 2013 Dec; 32(6):1345-55. Joyce GF, Zissimopoulos J, Goldman DP. PMID: 24308883; PMCID: PMC3855661.
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    43. Retirement and health benefits for Mexican migrant workers returning from the United States. Int Soc Secur Rev. 2013 Apr; 66(2):101-125. Aguila E, Zissimopoulos J. PMID: 23750049; PMCID: PMC3673727.
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    44. What Explains the Gender Gap in Financial Literacy? The Role of Household Decision Making. J Consum Aff. 2012; 46(1):90-106. Fonseca R, Mullen KJ, Zamarro G, Zissimopoulos J. PMID: 23049140; PMCID: PMC3462438.
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    45. Medical Expenditure Measures in the Health and Retirement Study. Forum Health Econ Policy. 2011 Apr 01; 14(3):4. Goldman DP, Zissimopoulos J, Lu Y. PMID: 24049512; PMCID: PMC3773871.
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    46. Employment and self-employment in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Demography. 2010 May; 47(2):345-67. Zissimopoulos J, Karoly LA. PMID: 20608101; PMCID: PMC3000026.
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    47. How Longer Work Lives Ease the Crunch of Population Aging. J Econ Perspect. 2010; 24(1):139-160. Maestas N, Zissimopoulos J. PMID: 25190906; PMCID: PMC4151111.
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    48. The effects of workforce-shaping tools on retirement: the case of the Department of Defense civil service. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2009 Nov; 15(6 Suppl):S64-72. Asch BJ, Haider SJ, Zissimopoulos JM. PMID: 19829235.
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    49. Why Wait?: The Effect of Marriage and Childbearing on the Wages of Men and Women. J Hum Resour. 2009; 44(2):326-349. Loughran DS, Zissimopoulos JM. PMID: 22993452; PMCID: PMC3444509.
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    50. Labor-Force Dynamics at Older Ages: Movements Into Self-Employment for Workers and Nonworkers. Res Aging. 2009 Jan; 31(1):89-111. Zissimopoulos JM, Karoly LA, RAND Corporation. PMID: 23049149; PMCID: PMC3462163.
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    51. High out-of-pocket health care spending by the elderly. Health Aff (Millwood). 2003 May-Jun; 22(3):194-202. Goldman DP, Zissimopoulos JM. PMID: 12757285.
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