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Biography: Daphna Gans

Daphna Gans is a research scientist at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and an Assistant Researcher at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Gans serves as faculty on The UCLA “Frontiers in Human Aging” Freshmen Cluster, an exemplary innovative year-long course teaching gerontology from a multi-disciplinary perspective as part of undergraduate general education.  The majority of Gans’s research focuses on families, with particular attention to aging and intergenerational transfers of resources, including money and time. In addition to her work in the area of families and aging, Gans has conducted program evaluations in the areas of health and mental health including work on community-based intervention programs in the treatment of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and pediatric palliative care. Gans earned her doctoral degree at the Davis School of Gerontology at the University of Southern California in 2007, where she was a National Institute on Aging predoctoral trainee. She completed a postdoctoral training program at the RAND Labor and Population Center as a National Institute on Aging postdoctoral research fellow. She also holds a master’s degree in family studies from Michigan State University. In addition to other peer-reviewed publications, Gans is a co-editor on the recently published volume titled, The Handbook of Theories of Aging, a collection of 40 chapters written by top researchers in the field.