The Aging & Health program is taught by faculty members across multiple campuses and schools of Georgetown University. These faculty members are leading experts in population aging, health policy, health economics, physiology and psychology of aging, clinical ethics, as well as language and aging.


Program Administration

Pamela  A. Saunders, Program Director

Pamela A. Saunders, Ph.D.

Program Director
Director of Graduate Studies


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LeTia Green-Tettey

Program Coordinator


Teaching Faculty for the Aging & Health Program

Judy Feder is a professor of public policy and, from 1999 to 2008, served as dean of what is now the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. A nationally-recognized leader in health policy, Judy has made her mark on the nation’s health insurance system, through both scholarship and public service. A widely published scholar, Judy’s health policy research began at the Brookings Institution, continued at the Urban Institute, and, since 1984, flourished at Georgetown University. In the late 1980s, Judy moved from policy research to policy leadership, actively promoting effective health reform as staff director of the congressional Pepper Commission (chaired by Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV) in 1989-90; principal deputy assistant secretary for planning and evaluation at the Department of Health and Human Services in former President Bill Clinton’s first term; a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress (2008-2011) and, today, as an Institute Fellow at the Urban Institute. Judy matches her own contributions to policy with her contributions to nurturing emerging policy leaders. As dean from 1999 to 2008, she built Georgetown’s Public Policy Institute into one of the nation’s leading public policy schools, whose graduates participate in policymaking, policy research, and policy politics, not only throughout Washington but throughout the nation and the world. Judy is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine, the National Academy of Public Administration, and the National Academy of Social Insurance; a former chair and board member of AcademyHealth; a member of the Center for American Progress Action Fund Board, the Board of the National Academy of Social Insurance, and the Hamilton Project’s Advisory Council; and a senior advisor to the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured. In 2006 and 2008, Judy was the Democratic nominee for Congress in Virginia’s 10th congressional district. Judy is a political scientist, with a B.A. from Brandeis University, and a master's and Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Robert Friedland, Associate Professor

Robert Friedland, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Systems Administration. Friedland has had a wide range of research and public policy experience, including Chief Economist for Maryland's Medicaid program; Senior Research Associate at the Employee Benefit Research Institute; Director of the American Association of Retired Person's Public Policy Institute; Research Director, National Academy of Social Insurance; and Economist on the staff of the U.S. Bipartisan Commission on Comprehensive Health Care, better known as the Pepper Commission. Friedland founded the National Academy on an Aging Society, and directed the Center on an Aging Society at Georgetown University. Friedland is Chair of the board of the National Academy for State Health Policy, a Commissioner on The American Bar Association, Commission on Law and Aging, on the Board of the Health Assistance Partnership, and the Editorial Board of Aging Today.

David G. Miller, Assistant Professor

David G. Miller, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

is the Associate Director for Academic Programs and Administrator for the Center for Clinical Bioethics at the GUMC, where he directs the bioethics courses for first- and second-year medical students. Miller served as a senior research analyst for both President Obama’s Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues and President Bush’s President’s Council on Bioethics. Miller's courses include Philosophy of Medicine (with Dr. Pellegrino), Bioethics and Public Policy. His research interests include conscience/refusal clauses, health care reform, and professionalism and bioethics education in medical schools.

is a professor in the McDonough School of Business at GU. Novelli teaches in the MBA program and has created and leads the Global Social Enterprise Initiative at the School. He also is Co-Chair of the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC), a national organization dedicated to reforming advanced illness care by empowering consumers, changing the health care delivery system, improving public policies and enhancing provider capacity. From 2001 to 2009, Novelli was CEO of AARP, a membership organization of over 40 million people 50 and older. During his tenure, AARP achieved important policy successes at national and state levels in health, financial security, good government and other areas.

Pamela Sounders , Associate Professor

Pamela A. Saunders, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

is an associate professor in the departments of neurology and psychiatry. With a doctorate in sociolinguistics from Georgetown University, her research focuses on language, aging, doctor/patient communication, narrative and reflective writing, and medical education. Her research portfolio includes funding from the Alzheimer’s Association, the National Institute on Aging, the Hartford Foundation, the Association for Standardized Patient Educators, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. She serves in several leadership roles related to medical education, including as chief course director of the doctoring curriculum, communications curriculum course director, and co-clerkship director of the geriatrics clerkship. She is a long-standing member of Georgetown University Medical Center’s Committee on Medical Education, serves on the Committee on Appointments and Promotions, and the Steering Committee for Curricular Reform. She co-founded the geriatrics curriculum for medical students with funding from the Hartford Foundation. In addition, she teaches qualitative research methods, reflective writing, and Mind Body Medicine skills to medical and graduate students.

Jason Tilan, Assistant Professor

Jason Tilan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

is an Assistant Professor, Department of Human Science. M.S., Ph.D. in Physiology & Biophysics at Georgetown University, and postdoctoral studies in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular & Cellular Biology at Georgetown University Medical Center, focusing on pediatric malignancies, Ewing Sarcoma and neuroblastoma, and stress physiology. His research is focused on the vascular mechanisms underlying tumor progression and, in particular, the role of platelets in regulating these processes.

is a Professor in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Most of Weinstein's work explores the behavioral and biological dimensions of reproduction and aging. She is currently working on two research projects that are funded by the NIH. The first explores the reciprocal relations among stress, health, and the social environment among the elderly in Taiwan. The second is a follow-up study of midlife in the United States. Both studies include a wide range of self-reported data and biomarkers. Weinstein’s most recent edited volume is "Sociality, Hierarchy, Health: Comparative Biodemography."