Richard N. Jones, Sc.D. is Director of the Mental Health and Aging Research Center and Associate Director of Social and Health Policy Research at the Institute for Aging Research of Hebrew SeniorLife in Boston, Massachusetts and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School. He joined the Institute in 1997 after completing training in Psychiatric Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. Dr. Jones’ research interests and activities broadly span issues in aging and mental health, healthcare quality and services, and quantitative research methods. Within the area of aging and mental health he studies sociodemographic and environmental influences on cognition and cognitive disorders and the epidemiology of geriatric depression. Within the area of healthcare quality and services, Dr. Jones has been working on developing and validating measures of quality of care in long term care settings. In the area of quantitative research methods, areas include the application of multivariate data analysis techniques with random effects and latent variables to address measurement and longitudinal data analysis research questions. Dr. Jones leads or has led data management and analysis core functions at IFAR for large research grants and program projects, including the Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health study, the Harvard Older Americans Independence (Pepper) Center, the Mobilize Boston Study, and a study of Delirium following Surgery (SAGES – Successful Aging after Elective Surgery). Dr. Jones is an assistant editor for biostatistics at the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. He teaches clinical epidemiology to first year medical students and leads an annual summer workshop on general latent variable modeling in aging workshop held at the Harvard Medical School.