Administrative Core


The Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research (MCUAAAR) is a collaborative research and administrative effort based on the campuses of the University of Michigan and Wayne State University. MCUAAAR is funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as one of seven Centers coordinated by the Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) to empirically investigate and reduce health disparities between minority and non-minority older adults. Our research, training and community-based activities are implemented through three interacting Cores: Administrative Core, Investigator Development Core, Community Liaison Core.

Administrative Core

The Administrative Core of the MCUAAAR provides administrative support and facilitates intellectual interchange. It also provides overall coordination within the Center and with other university units and community health service sites as well as with other RCMAR Centers.

The significance of the Administrative Core rests in its focused dedication over the course of its 16 year history to reduce health disparities through improving the quality and quantity  of minority health research, mentoring  junior scholars, and the education of minority seniors. James Jackson, Ph.D. from the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research and Peter Lichtenberg, Ph.D. from Wayne State University Institute of Gerontology serve as the Principal Investigators of the grant. As the Center's Co-Director's, Drs. Jackson and Lichtenberg are responsible for ensuring that the center continues to meet its objectives to promote high quality, scholarly research and community-based interventions that are focused on health and health promotion among older racial and ethnic minorities.

The Core continues to improve the infrastructure, networks and personnel necessary to address the evolving needs of the MCUAAAR; 2) continue to support ongoing and newly funded pilot investigators, 3) and to assist those who have completed their studies in the preparation of grant submissions to the NIH.

Methods & Measurement Workgroup

The MCUAAAR Methods & Measurement workgroup is a subgroup of the Administrative Core. It serves as a training and research focal point in refining and honing the research skills of junior investigators. The Methods & Measurement workgroup provides expert consultation to pilot investigators on measurement and design issues.

The Methods & Measurements workgroup leaders are Toni Antonucci, Ph.D. and Thomas Templin, Ph.D.

The Workgroup's faculty, part of a multidisciplinary team of established researchers, holds workshops aimed at providing junior investigators with opportunities to expand their knowledge and use of a variety of methods and measurement instruments useful for conducting research and analyzing data from racially diverse populations.

For more information contact: Minti Henderson at 734-763-2489 or

MCUAAAR is a collaboration between the University of Michigan, MIchigan State University and Wayne State University