Joe Caldwell, PhD

Director, Long-Term Services and Supports

Joe CaldwellAreas of Expertise

  • Public Policy and Advocacy
  • Long-Term Services and Supports


Joe Caldwell is Director of Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Policy at the National Council on Aging (NCOA). He has more than 20 years of experience in the field of disability and aging as a researcher and policy expert. At NCOA, he leads the Disability and Aging Collaborative, a coalition of approximately 40 national aging and disability organizations that work together to advance LTSS policy.

Prior to coming to NCOA, he was a Kennedy Fellow with the Senate HELP Committee, where he worked on the CLASS Act and other LTSS legislation. He also worked on federal disability policy for the Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD).

In addition, Caldwell is an Adjunct Assistant Research Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he earned his doctorate in Disability Studies. He has an extensive research background in evaluation of community-based programs serving individuals with disabilities and family caregivers and has published widely on outcomes of self-directed programs, family support interventions, and the self-advocacy movement.

Caldwell is co-principal investigator of the Family Support Research and Training Center funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. He is also a co-chair of the National Quality Forum workgroup on Home and Community-Based services (HCBS) quality measures and serves on the boards of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities and National Alliance for Caregiving.