Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program


The Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program provides professionals in health and aging with the experience and skills necessary to translate cutting-edge science and practical clinical experience into sound health policies that will positively impact healthcare for older Americans. The program has an interdisciplinary focus accepting physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, dieticians, healthcare administrators, epidemiologists, economists, and lawyers from academic and practice settings, spanning career stages from newly-minted PhDs to senior professors and community leaders into the fellowship. The program also offers a Behavioral Health track which allows fellows to influence policy at the intersection of aging and mental health and substance use disorders, including late-life depression and suicide, interventions for behavioral manifestations of dementia, opioid use among the elderly, accelerated aging in people with serious mental illness, and other potential topics of interest to applicants.

Core Faculty


Fellows will be selected each year through a national competition based on their commitment to health and aging issues, leadership potential, and interest in impacting policy. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its territories who have career plans that anticipate continued work in the U.S. after the fellowship period. The program seeks to achieve racial, ethnic, gender, and discipline diversity; applicants from groups that historically have been underrepresented are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Process and Deadline

April 15th (if April 15 falls on a weekend, the deadline moves to the following Monday)


Harold Alan Pincus, MD
Department of Psychiatry
Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
Columbia University
New York State Psychiatric Institute
1051 Riverside Drive, Unit 09
New York, NY 10032
Phone: 646.774.5400
Fax: 646.774.8443

Senior Scientist, RAND Corporation


Kathleen M. Pike, PhD
Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Epidemiology, CUIMC
Director, Global Mental Health WHO Collaborating Centre at Columbia University
Deputy Director, Health and Aging Policy Fellowship
Columbia University
Phone: 646-774-5308