Zach Gassoumis has been involved in gerontology research at USC since 2006. After earning his PhD in gerontology, he transitioned to a staff research position within the Davis School of Gerontology. His research in the Secure Old Age lab has focused on various aspects of quality of life for older adults, with specific concentration on the application of quantitative methodologies to large, population-based datasets.
Zach engages in two primary substantive areas of population-based research. The first involves the financial security of racial/ethnic minority and immigrant populations, with an emphasis on naturalization and the Latino baby boomer generational cohort. The second substantive area is elder abuse, with emphases including etiology, life course patterns, and outcomes. Zach also participates in and advises on many other projects within and beyond the Secure Old Age lab, including: predicting transitions from nursing facilities to the community; developing an HCBS assessment tool for use within the Medi-Cal program; assessing the impact of end-of-life care across healthcare settings; characterizing injuries among older adults and reported victims of elder abuse; and evaluating an elder abuse intervention, the elder abuse forensic center model.
While pursuing his PhD, Zach was a recipient of a doctoral dissertation fellowship from the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College and a one-year pre-doctoral fellowship at the USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging. He earned his BSc in Natural Sciences (Psychology & Anthropology) from the University of Durham (England).