David W. Coon, PhD, Director

David W. Coon, PhD, Director of CIHRA, is Associate Dean, Research Initiatives, Support, & Engagement and Professor Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation at ASU. After receiving his PhD from Stanford University, he was the Associate Director of the Older Adult Center of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System and the Stanford University School of Medicine and Research Scientist at UCSF/Mt. Zion Institute on Aging. Dr. Coon designs and evaluates interventions, such as CarePRO (Care Partners Reaching Out) and EPIC (Early-stage Partners in Care), that focus on culturally diverse groups of midlife and older adults facing chronic illnesses (e.g., dementia, cancer, depression) and their family caregivers. Several of these empirically based treatments have been recognized by the American Psychological Association, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Administration on Aging’s Alzheimer’s Disease Supportive Services Program, and other entities. A fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and a PLuS Alliance Fellow, Dr. Coon has had his work funded through multiple federal and foundation grants. In addition, he and his community partners received The Rosalynn Carter Institute’s 2013 National Leadership Award in Caregiving for CarePRO as well as the ASU President’s Medal for Social Embeddedness.


Molly Maxfield, PhD, Interim Associate Director

Molly Maxfield, PhD, Interim Associate Director of CIHRA, is an Associate Professor in the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation at ASU. She is a clinical psychologist with training in geropsychology and neuropsychology. Dr. Maxfield’s research examines dementia-related anxiety, which is the concern (typically among middle-aged and older adults) about having or eventually being diagnosed with a neurodegenerative disorder, such as Alzheimer’s disease. Recent projects have investigated how older adults’ subjective and objective cognitive functioning impact self-perception and social functioning, as well as how age-related stereotypes impact older adults’ perceived cognitive functioning and dementia-related anxiety. She is also contributing to a longitudinal study examining the long-term impact of early childhood maltreatment on social, psychological, and cognitive functioning in late mid-life. Her work has been supported by the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and the National Institute on Aging.