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Catherine (Cate) O’Brien, PhD, MPH

Senior Vice President Mather Institute & Community Initiatives for Mather


Dr. O’Brien’s work with Mather Institute includes leading the five-year longitudinal Age Well Study, contributing to development of the Person-Centric Wellness Model, sharing of evidence-based best practices via our online publication, InvestigAge, and conducting groundbreaking research in collaboration with top universities.

Recent studies include a focus on diversity in Life Plan Communities, older adult perceptions of Artificial Intelligence (AI), and a series of studies focusing on positive aging among diverse groups of older adults.

Dr. O’Brien also leads Mather’s efforts to give back to the Chicagoland community through virtual and in-person Creative Engagement programming.