Susan Hughes, PhD

Susan Hughes, PhD

inducted in 2014 Fellow
Susan Hughes photo

Dr. Susan Hughes is Professor in the School of Public Health and directs the Center for Research on Health and Aging at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Hughes is a Gerontologist and health policy analyst whose research focuses on the design and testing of evidence-based health promotion programs for older adults. She has generated more than $30 million nationally in funding from NIH, CDC, the Veterans Administration, and major foundations.

Dr. Hughes is principal investigator of the UIC Midwest Roybal Center for Health Maintenance, which has completed four longitudinal intervention studies about exercise adherence in older adults. She designed and tested the evidenced-based Fit & Strong! exercise and behavior change program for older adults with osteoarthritis (OA). She is also collaborating with the National Council on Aging on a study of “Best Practice Physical Activity Programs for Older Adults,” funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dr. Hughes will direct a multi-site randomized trial of physical activity outcomes among participants at each of three community-based best-practice sites across the country .

To access Dr. Hughes’ Faculty Page, click here: University of Illinois at Chicago, Institute for Health Research and Policy.