Jordan Weiss

Jordan Weiss

2016 Cohort

216 McNeil Building

Jordan Weiss is a PhD candidate in Demography and Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania with an MA in Statistics. He formerly worked as a statistician at UC San Francisco’s Center for Health and Community and later completed a traineeship in aging research with the National Institute on Aging. Jordan’s dissertation work is focused on understanding historical trends in dementia and its risk factors in order to forecast the future burden of dementia in the US while accounting for demographic and epidemiological changes in the population.

Outside of his dissertation, Jordan’s research explores inequalities in health and mortality within a life course framework. Some of his work includes examining the contribution of life course experiences to racial disparities in cognitive function and decline; heterogeneity in the returns to education using machine-learning; intergenerational transfers in the capital accumulation process; and the effects of youth head injuries and participation in collision sports on later life mental health and cognitive outcomes. Additional research interests include topics related to the sociology of education, health economics, and medical sociology. Jordan’s favorite children’s book is Harold and the Purple Crayon.

Jordan received the 2019 APHA Aging and Public Health section's Laurence Branch Doctoral Student Research Award for his work examining recent trends in dementia and its risk factors. 


PhD, Demography and Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, 2020

MA, Statistics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 2019

MA, Demography, University of Pennsylvania, 2018

BSc, Economics and Mathematics, University of Southern California, 2012

Research Interests

Demography, population aging and the life course, medical sociology, health services research, causal inference and statistical methods, health disparities, risk factors for cognitive aging and dementia

Selected Publications

Deshpande SK, Hasegawa RB, Weiss J, Small D. (2020). The association between adolescent football participation and early adulthood depression. PLoS One. In press.

Beydoun MA, Beydoun HA, Weiss J, Hossain S, El-Hajj ZW, Zonderman AB. (2020). Clinical and bacterial markers of periodontitis and their association with incident all-cause and Alzheimer’s disease dementia in a large national survey. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. In press.

Zhang B, Weiss J, Small DS, Zhao Q. (2020). Selecting and ranking individualized treatment rules with unmeasured confounding.  Journal of the American Statistical Association. In press.

Beydoun MA, Shaked D, Tajuddin SM, Weiss J, Evans MK, Zonderman AB. (2020). Accelerated epigenetic age and cognitive decline among urban-dwelling adults. Neurology, 94(6), 1-13. 

Beydoun MA, Hossain S, Beydoun HA, Shaked D, Weiss J, Zonderman AB, Eid SM. (2020). Red cell distribution width is associated with poor cognitive performance among non-anemic, middle-aged urban adults. Journal of Nutrition, 150(1), 128-139.

Ng CD, Weiss J. Association of genetic and behavioral characteristics with the onset of diabetes. BMC Public Health, 19, 1297.

Beydoun HA, Hossain S, Beydoun MA, Weiss J, Zonderman AB, Eid SM. Periodontal disease, sleep duration, and white blood cell markers in the 2009 to 2014 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys. Journal of Periodontology, 1-14.

Beydoun MA, Weiss J, Obhi HK, Beydoun HA, Dore GA, Liang H, Evans MK, Zonderman AB. Cytokines are associated with longitudinal changes in cognitive performance among urban adults. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity

Beydoun MA, Obhi HK, Weiss J, Canas JA, Beydoun HA, Pagnotto M, Evans MK, Zonderman, AB. Systemic inflammation and depressive symptoms: A longitudinal study of urban adults. Molecular Psychiatry

Beydoun HA, Hossain S, Beydoun MA, Weiss J, Zonderman AB, Eid SM. Antimullerian hormone levels and cardiometabolic disturbances by weight status among men in the 1999 to 2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys. Journal of the Endocrine Society, 3(5), 921-936. 

Puterman E, Weiss J, Lin J, Schilf S, Slusher AL, Johansen K, Epel ES. (2018). Aerobic exercise lengthens telomeres and reduces stress in family caregivers: A randomized controlled trial. Psychoneuroendocrinology

Puterman E, Weiss J, Beauchamp M, Mogle J, Almeida D. (2017). Physical activity and daily negative affective reactivity in daily life. Health Psychology, 36(12), 1186-1194.

Rosen IG, Luczak SE, Weiss J. (2014). Blind deconvolution for distributed parameter systems with unbounded input and output and determining blood alcohol concentration from transdermal biosensor data. Applied Mathematics and Computation, 231, 357-376.

Luczak SE, Rosen IG, Weiss J. (2013, June). Determining blood and/or breath alcohol concentration from transdermal alcohol data. Proceedings of the American Control Conference, 473-478.

Weiss J. (2012). Does player performance increase during the postseason? A look at professional basketball. Undergraduate Economic Review, 9(1).


Associate Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics
Associate Researcher, Penn Memory Center
Associate Researcher, Center for Causal Inference, University of Pennsylvania
Member, Healthy Brain Research Network