Center Leadership

​The San Diego AD-RCMAR is a joint collaboration between UC San Diego and San Diego State University to capitalize on each institution's strengths, including neurosciences, psychiatry and geriatrics (UCSD); psychology, community and public health, health disparities, and training of underrepresented minority students and faculty (SDSU). The Center benefits from the leadership of four individuals: 

Alison Moore, MD, MPH is Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry and Chief of the Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology at UCSD. She is a geriatrician researcher with expertise in diverse populations of older adults, including the design and testing of age- and population-appropriate assessment tools and behavioral interventions. Prior to joining UCSD in 2016, she gained extensive administrative leadership experiences in a number of NIA-funded research training programs at UCLA, including UCLA/CDU's RCMAR, the Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program, and the UCLA Older Americans Independence Center (OAIC). She is the receipient of a UC San Diego Health Sciences Faculty Excellence in Mentoring Award. 

John Elder, PhD, MPH is Distinguished Professor of the Graduate School of Public Health at SDSU, and an adjunct professor at UCSD in Family Medicine and Public Health. He brings to the Center tremendous leadership experience teaching and mentoring diverse students and junior scholars. He founded the SDSU Institute for Behavioral and Community Health and is PI on grants focused on training future Latino researchers.


Paul Gilbert, PhD, a Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at SDSU, is a NIH-funded researcher specializing in the study of neurocognitive, behavioral, and motor changes associated with aging and neurodegenerative disease (including Alzheimer's disease), with a particular focus on learning and memory.  He also is a core member in the SDSU-UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology and the Co-Leader for the Neuropsychology Track. He has a strong history of mentoring in a number of NIH-funded programs to increase diversity in science.

Hector González, PhD is an Associate Professor in Neurosciences at UCSD. He is a U.S.-born, Mexican American who has over 15 years ADRD clinical and research experience with Latinos. Beginning with the landmark Sacramento Area Latino Study on Aging (SALSA), he has been internationally recognized as a leader in ADRD research. He was the Study of Latinos (SOL) Neurocognitive Reading Center PI between 2008 and 2011, and is currently PI of the Study of Latinos-Investigation of Neurocognitive Aging (SOL-INCA). He has also fostered the careers of underrepresented scientists as part of the Michigan RCMAR and Latino emerging scholars in SOL and SOL-INCA.