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Farina, Mateo

Mateo Farina

Assistant Professor, Research Lab Director (Academic)
Department of Human Development and Family Sciences, Population Research Center


Office Location

Postal Address
200 W 24TH ST
AUSTIN, TX 78712


PostdoctoralUniversity of Southern California, Leonard Davis School of Gerontology 

Ph.D.University of Texas at Austin, Sociology (Demography Specialization) 

M.A. University of California, Berkeley, Latin American Studies​​       

B.A. Vanderbilt University, Sociology, Latin American Studies, and Spanish & Portuguese               

 Academin Positions

2023 – present    Assistant Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Sciences, UT Austin

2023 – present   Faculty Research Associate, Population Research Center, UT Austin

2023 – present   Faculty Affiliate, Center on Aging and Population Sciences, UT Austin

Farina’s research investigates the life course origins of biological, physical, and cognitive aging in older adulthood, how life course pathways differ across populations, and the role of biosocial mechanisms in leading to health and health disparities. His encompassing both individual and population level data. He uses both demographic and statistical methods, with an expertise in longitudinal research methods. His work has been supported by the National Institute of Aging (K99/R00) to investigate how epigenetics can be used to understand cognitive aging in the older adulthood and how it may be tied to social and environmental exposures found throughout the life course. He is also in the process of collecting biomarker and cognitive functioning data on populations that have been excluded from extant datasets.

*Denotes Graduate Student Coauthor

Farina, Mateo P.Zhe Zhang*, and Rachel Donnelly. “Anticipatory Stress, State Policy Contexts, and Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic” (Social Science and Medicine – Population Health)

FarinaMateo P.,Jung Ki Kim, and Eileen Crimmins. “Racial/Ethnic Differences in Biological Aging and Their Life Course Socioeconomic Determinants: The 2016 Health and Retirement Study” (Journal of Aging and Health)

Farina, Mateo P, Yuan Zhang, Jung Ki Kim, Mark Hayward, and Eileen M Crimmins. “Trends in Dementia Prevalence, Incidence and Mortality in the United States (2000-2014): The Health and Retirement Study” (Journal of Aging and Health)https://doi.org/10.1177/08982643211029716

Farina, Mateo P., Mark D Hayward, Jung Ki Kim, and Eileen M Crimmins. “Racial and Educational Disparities in Dementia and Dementia-Free Life Expectancy” (Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences)https://doi.org/10.1093/geronb/gbz046

Choi, Young Eun*, Mateo P FarinaQiao Wu*, and Jennifer Ailshire. “COVID-19 Distancing Measures and Loneliness Among Older Adults” (Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences)https://doi.org/10.1093/geronb/gbab009

Donnelly, Rachel and Mateo P Farina. “How Do State Policies Shape Experiences of Household Job Loss and Mental HealtDuring the COVID-19 Pandemic? (Social Science & Medicinehttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.113557