The Roybal Coordinating Center

for Translational Aging Research 

About the Roybal Program

The goal of the Roybal program is to translate and integrate basic behavioral and social research findings into interventions that improve the lives of older people while strengthening the capacity of institutions to adapt to societal aging. Roybal Centers are structured within the conceptual framework of the multidirectional and translational NIH Stage Model to produce potent and implementable, principle-driven behavioral interventions.

Eleven of the fifteen currently funded Roybal Centers focus on the development of interventions in domains such as improving mobility and prolonging independent living, fostering appropriate prescription medicine use, improving healthcare delivery by utilizing economic-based behavioral interventions, promoting physical activity, coping with fear, decreasing and managing pain, and leveraging technology for behavior change. The four remaining Roybal Centers focus on the development of interventions for dementia care by transforming residential palliative care for persons with dementia, using technologies to improve care-support intervention development, decreasing care-provider isolation, and strengthening informal caregiving skills.

The Roybal Centers collectively build a research infrastructure designed to meet the following goals:

(1) Support the full range of activities necessary to conduct Stage 0-through-V research for successful transition from research to dissemination and implementation

(2) Accelerate the development of innovative ideas that result in successful intervention development applications (including successful grant funding from other sponsors)

(3) Facilitate collaborations among academic researchers and commercial interests

(4) Provide a context for assembling multidisciplinary teams to solve practical problems

Our Leadership


For more than 25 years, Dr. Karina W. Davidson has served in leadership roles with diverse stakeholder teams focused on advancing scientific and educational missions through the generation and utilization of research-based evidence. She previously served as the vice dean for organizational effectiveness and executive director of the Center for Behavioral Cardiovascular Health at Columbia University and chief academic officer for New York Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Davidson earned her Masters of Applied Science in industrial/organizational psychology as well as her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Waterloo (Canada).

Karina W. Davidson, PhD, MASc, FAHA
Principal Investigator, Roybal Resource and Coordinating Center