Cross-National Comparisons of Transnational Social Networks and Health among Left Behind Older Adult in the Americas, del National Institute on Aging. K01 (K01 AG083333-01A1)


Amílcar Matos Moreno is an Associate Professor at the Carlos Albizu University, specializing in rapid population aging, migration, psychosocial determinants of health, social networks, and kinship.

Dr. Matos-Moreno’s research focuses on migration and the health of left behind older adults. He is working on several research projects relevant to (1) how migration of adult children impacts the health of left behind older adults, (2) the impact of migration on social support and social networks, (3) transnational family networks, and (4) how countries aged due to increased migratory patterns. He began his scientific journey with a highly relevant publication on “Migration as the driving force of rapid aging in Puerto Rico: A Research Brief”, published in the journal Population Research & Policy Review and featured in national news outlets. Since the first publication, he has focused his research projects on studying the many pathways through which migration impacts health in Puerto Rico and other countries. In 2022, he became a National Institute on Aging Buttler-Williams scholar, which recognizes upcoming junior researchers within the aging research community in the United States.

He received his Ph.D. in Social Epidemiology from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and a Postdoctoral fellowship in Family Demography from the Pennsylvania State University. He also possesses a B.A in Social Research Methods and an MPH in Biostatistics from the University of Puerto Rico. Dr. Matos-Moreno’s work has been funded by the U.S. Army, Rackham Merit Fellowship, the Global Alliance for Training in Health Equity Research at Drexel University, and several grant mechanisms within the National Institute on Aging: T32 Predoctoral Award, Postdoctoral Diversity Supplement, K01 career development award, among others.