Gavin W. Hougham, PhD, is a medical sociologist who joined Battelle in May 2015 as a Research Leader. He will be focused on building new business opportunities in the area of aging and gerontology related research. Gavin will also have management responsibility for the Seattle Office and staff. Prior to joining Battelle he was the Deputy Director of The Center for Health and the Social Sciences and Assistant Professor of Medicine, both at the University of Chicago. He helped lead initiatives in the cross-disciplinary training and development of physicians, medical students and pre-professional students, and maintained an active research program in the areas of aging, trajectories of socio-medical and clinical phenomena, cross-cultural Japanese gerontology, social-psychology of decision making, health workforce needs, research ethics, and informed consent with older adults. Previously, Gavin led the John A. Hartford Foundation's $60 million portfolio of national grantmaking in medicine, designed to expand the capacity of current and future physicians, nurses, and social workers to care for older adults. He received MA and PhD degrees in Sociology from the University of Chicago, and completed a National Science Foundation Fellowship at the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology. Since arriving in Seattle, he has been appointed as an Affiliate to the University of Washington’s Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology.