Edward R. Roybal Center for Translational Research
PI: David Roth, PhD
The Edward R. Roybal Center at Johns Hopkins University provides visionary leadership and critical infrastructure to stimulate, facilitate, and extend innovative research in the behavioral and social sciences for older adults. A unifying theme of the Johns Hopkins Roybal Center (JHRC) is an emphasis on better understanding and strengthening the informal support resources of vulnerable older adult populations, particularly those with physical or cognitive impairments. A second recurring theme of the JHRC is on methodological innovations that better advance the evidence-base for how strengthening informal support resources can benefit the health and well-being of older adults. Six pilot studies have been funded as part of the JHRC that address the informal support needs of older adults across a diverse set of clinical conditions including dementia, stroke, end stage renal disease, and multiple chronic conditions. Sophisticated technological and methodological advances are essential to the effective translation of social and behavioral research findings into applied practices that make a difference in the lives of older adults with these conditions and their families.
The JHRC consists of two cores, a Management and Administrative Core and a Pilot Core, which coordinate their activities to address the following specific aims:
- To create and maintain a research infrastructure that stimulates, supports, and extends translational research programs for strengthening the informal support resources of targeted populations of older adults;
- To initiate a new generation of studies that use novel measurement and analytic methods to better evaluate informal support mechanisms and deliver interventions for improving the lives and functional well-being of older adults and their families;
- To advance and contribute exportable research methodologies to the scientific community for broader use in the design and evaluation of home-based support services for older adults and their families.