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Joshua M. Wiener

Distinguished Fellow, Aging, Disability, and Long-Term Care

Joshua M. Wiener, PhD, is a Distinguished Fellow at RTI and the former director of RTI's Aging, Disability, and Long-Term Care Program. He is the author or editor of eight books and more than 200 articles and reports on health care for older people, people with disabilities, long-term services and supports, Medicaid, health reform, health care rationing, and maternal and child health. Dr. Wiener is currently involved in studies of medical homes, residential care facilities, the development of assessment instruments for the Medicaid home and community-based services population, and long-term care awareness and planning. He is also co-director of the Administration on Aging-funded Alzheimer's Disease Supportive Services Program National Resource Center. Prior to coming to RTI, Dr. Wiener did policy analysis and research for the Urban Institute, the Brookings Institution, the Health Care Financing Administration, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Congressional Budget Office, the New York State Moreland Act Commission on Nursing Homes and Residential Facilities, and the New York City Department of Health.


PhD, Sociology, Harvard University; MS, Sociology, Harvard University; BS, Sociology, University of Chicago.

Latest Publications

Lines, L.M., Lepore, M., & Wiener, J.M. (2015). Patient-centered, Person-centered, and Person-directed Care: They are Not the Same. Medical Care, 53 (7):561-563.
Anderson, W.L., & Wiener, J.M. (2015). The Impact of Assistive Technologies on Formal and Informal Home Care. Gerontologist, 55 (3):422-433.
Forman-Hoffman, V.L., Ault, K.L., Anderson, W.L., Wiener, J.M., Stevens, A., Campbell, V.A., et al. (2015). Disability status, mortality, and leading causes of death in the United States community population. Medical Care, 53 (4):346-354.
Gould, E., Hughes, S., O'Keeffe, C., & Wiener, J.M. (Sep 2014). The Alzheimer’s Disease Supportive Services Program:2014 report on completed grants. Final report. Research Triangle Park, NC: RTI International.
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  • Aging Programs and Policy
  • Disability and Long-Term Care
  • Medicaid
  • Health Economics