Director, New England University Transportation Centers Program, Region One
Director, MIT AgeLab
Sr. Lecturer

Joseph F. Coughlin, Ph.D. is founder and Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab. His research examines how global demographic change, social trends and technology will shape future innovations in business and government. Coughlin teaches in MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning as well as Sloan School of Management Advanced Management Program. Coughlin has published nearly 100 peer-reviewed publications and reports.

Dr. Coughlin has advised numerous governments, the World Economic Forum, OECD, and the Council on Foreign Relations and is a Fellow of Switzerland's World Demographics & Ageing Forum. He was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the White House Advisory Committee on Aging and has testified before Congress, the National Transportation Safety Board and addressed the National Governors Association. 

A Behavioral Sciences Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, Dr. Coughlin works extensively with leading companies translating insights in consumer behavior and decision-making into business innovation. Selected firms include AARP, Banco Bradesco, BMW, BNP Paribas, British Telecom, Bupa, CVS, Daimler, Fidelity Investments, Generali, Hartford Mutual Funds, Healthways, Johnson & Johnson, Merrill Lynch, Natixis, Nissan, NTT, Putnam Investments, SunTrust, Telecom Italia, TIAA-CREF, Toyota, United Health.

His research and collaboration with industry has earned him recognition as one of Fast Company Magazine’s ‘100 Most Creative People in Business’ and the Wall Street Journal has called him one of “12 pioneers who are changing your retirement." Money Magazine recently featured him as a Retirement Game Changer. Coughlin is frequently interviewed by the Economist, Financial Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Straights Times and other business and technology publications. He has appeared on national and global newscasts including ABC, BBC, Globo Brasil, CBC, CBS, CNN, Japan's NHK, NBC and NPR.

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