The Duke Roybal Center

Our Theme

 “Accelerating Translational Behavioral Intervention Research on Aging and Mobility.” 

Our mission is to catalyze researchers across disciplines to develop and test innovative behavioral interventions to optimize mobility for older adults. These interventions will aim to foster independence and community participation, reduce unplanned health service use, and enhance quality of life. Our center aims are to (1) develop the next generation of scientists committed to programs of translational research using interventions grounded in behavioral or social science principles to improve mobility and promote independent living of older adults; (2) use an experiential learning-based approach to behavioral intervention development and implementation; and, (3) accelerate translation so interventions can be successfully developed, validated, and scaled across NIH Stage Model levels.


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Current Pilots

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Who We Are

Center Leadership

Janet Bettger, D.Sc.

Principle Investigator

Pilot Core Co-Lead

Francis Keefe, Ph.D.

Co-Principle Investigator

Management & Administrative Core Co-Lead

Cathleen Colon-Emeric, M.D.

Management & Administrative Core Co-Lead

Timothy Strauman, Ph.D.

Pilot Core Co-Lead

Katherine Hall, Ph.D.

Pilot Awardee

Center Co-Investigators

Angela O'Rand, Ph.D.

Katherine Ramos, Ph.D.

Katherine Hall, Ph.D.

Matthew Dupre, Ph.D.

Jennifer Gierisch, Ph.D.

Heather Whitson, Ph.D.

Harvey Cohen, Ph.D.

Hayden Bosworth, Ph.D.

Greg Samsa, Ph.D.

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