Participant Resource Pool
The Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research (MCUAAAR) is a 22 year-old collaborative research, community outreach, and faculty mentoring program based at Wayne State, Michigan State and the University of Michigan. Under the leadership of a coordinating center, it is one of eighteen national Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) and specialized Alzheimer’s focused projects funded by the National Institute on Aging to increase and enhance the diversity of the future scientific research workforce; mentoring promising new faculty and research scientists from under-represented groups for sustained careers in aging-related behavioral research.

Community Partners

Eugene Odom: Long-Serving CAB Member

Eugene Odom: Long-Serving CAB Member

Mr. Eugene Odom has been a Community Advisory Board member since 2003. Born in Ohio, Mr. Odom came to Detroit at age four and continues to live there today. His career was interesting and varied. He first worked at Cadillac Motor, then served as a court liaison for 10 years in the Wayne County Substance Abuse Department, and then transitioned to a career in life insurance for several years before retiring…

Latest News

Dr. Peter Lichtenberg is GSA’s 78th President!!!

Dr. Peter Lichtenberg is GSA’s 78th President!!!

Peter A. Lichtenberg, PhD, ABPP, FGSA, director of the Institute of Gerontology and the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute, as well as Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Wayne State University, has been installed as the new president of The Gerontological Society of America (GSA), the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging. He was elected by GSA’s membership, which consists of more than 5,500 researchers, educators, practitioners, and other professionals. As president, he will oversee matters of GSA’s governance and strategic planning, while also managing the program for GSA’s 2022 Annual Scientific Meeting. He has chosen…

ROAR Launches Website

ROAR Launches Website

The Recruiting and Retaining Older African Americans into Research (ROAR) project focuses on developing a sustainable national model to increase the representation of Black older adults in health research in a community-based way that elevates the voices of African American older adults at every step. You can find more information about ROAR on their newly launched website https://engageus.org/. The ROAR project is funded by…

Where Are They Now?

Letha Chadiha, PhD – Former Co-Director of the Community Core

Letha Chadiha, PhD – Former Co-Director of the Community Core

My journey with the Michigan Center for Urban African American Research (MCUAAAR) team began in 2002 after transferring from Washington University-St Louis and joining the University of Michigan School of Social Work (UMSSW) faculty. After joining the SSW faculty…