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Jason Flatt, PhD, MPH

TitleAssistant Professor
SchoolUCSF School of Nursing
DepartmentInstitute for Health Aging
Address3333 California Street
San Francisco CA 94118
Phone415-841-3342
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    University of PittsburghFellow2015Epidemiology & Clinical and Translational Science
    University of PittsburghPhD2013Graduate School of Public Health
    University of South CarolinaMPH2004Arnold School of Public Health
    University of FloridaBS2002Health Science
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    UCSF Center for Aging in Diverse Communities2016 - 2017Pilot Grant
    UCSF Pepper Center for Aging Research2016 - 2017Research Career Development Scholar
    Gerontological Society of America2016Travel Award for Expanding the Reach to LGBT Older Adults

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    I am an Assistant Professor in the Institute for Health & Aging, Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences, at the University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing. I am also affiliated with the UCSF Center for Aging in Diverse Communities, UCSF Pepper Center, and UCSF Health Workforce Research Center on Long-Term Care.

    The focus of my research has been on aging health disparities and dementia risk and prevention. Specifically, I have shown that older minorities and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds are more likely to engage in adverse health behaviors (tobacco use and physical inactivity) and experience health disparities, such as higher rates of mental health problems, social isolation, cognitive impairment, and falls. I have also studied the role of risk and protective factors in dementia, including PTSD, sleep disorders, and how participating in social activities and having larger social networks are associated with a decreased risk of cognitive decline and dementia.

    My current research brings these two areas of research together to better understand risk and protective factors for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) among older sexual and gender minorities (SGM). Currently, nothing is known about the epidemiology and risk of ADRD in SGM older adults without HIV/AIDS. By 2030, there will be nearly 6 million SGM older adults (aged 60 and older) in the U.S. who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. Understanding the risk for ADRD in SGM older adults is critical to defining the burden and developing targeted preventive strategies. This work could also lead to improved screenings and treatments, and better targeting of culturally relevant interventions to prevent and reduce the burden of Alzheimer’s disease in SGM populations.


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    1. Flatt J, Williams BA, Barnes D, Goldenson J, Ahalt C, et al. Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms and associated health and social vulnerabilities in older jail inmates. Aging Ment Health. 2016 Jul 1; 1-7. PMID: 27367335.
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    2. Rosso AL, Flatt J, Carlson MC, Lovasi GS, Rosano C, Brown AF, Matthews KA, Gianaros PJ. Neighborhood Socioeconomic Status and Cognitive Function in Late Life. Am J Epidemiol. 2016 Jun 15; 183(12):1088-97. PMID: 27257114.
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    3. Flatt JD, Rosso AL, Aizenstein HJ, Schulz R, Longstreth WT, Newman AB, Fowler NR, Rosano C. Social Network Size and Cranial Magnetic Resonance Imaging Findings in Older Adults: The Cardiovascular Health Study. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2015 Nov; 63(11):2430-2. PMID: 26603076; PMCID: PMC4662082 [Available on 11/01/16].
    4. Rosenfeld EA, Marx J, Terry MA, Stall R, Flatt J, Borrero S, Miller E. Perspectives on expedited partner therapy for chlamydia: a survey of health care providers. Int J STD AIDS. 2015 Oct 6. PMID: 26446138.
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    5. Flatt J, Hughes TF, Documét PI, Lingler JH, Trauth JM, Albert SM. A Qualitative Study on the Types and Purposes of Social Activities in Late Life. Act Adapt Aging. 2015; 39(2):109-132. PMID: 26823639.
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    6. Albert SM, Edelstein O, King J, Flatt J, Lin CJ, Boudreau R, Newman AB. Assessing the quality of a non-randomized pragmatic trial for primary prevention of falls among older adults. Prev Sci. 2015 Jan; 16(1):31-40. PMID: 24488533; PMCID: PMC4119571 [Available on 01/01/16].
    7. Documet P, Bear TM, Flatt JD, Macia L, Trauth J, Ricci EM. The association of social support and education with breast and cervical cancer screening. Health Educ Behav. 2015 Feb; 42(1):55-64. PMID: 25394824; PMCID: PMC4526257.
    8. Flatt JD, Swailes A, King J, Prasad T, Boudreau RM, Albert SM. Using the memory impairment screen over the telephone to determine fall risk in community-dwelling older adults. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2014 Oct; 62(10):1983-4. PMID: 25333535; PMCID: PMC4211288.
    9. Flatt JD, Liptak A, Oakley MA, Gogan J, Varner T, Lingler JH. Subjective experiences of an art museum engagement activity for persons with early-stage Alzheimer's disease and their family caregivers. Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen. 2015 Jun; 30(4):380-9. PMID: 25216658; PMCID: PMC4362745 [Available on 06/01/16].
    10. Hughes TF, Flatt JD, Fu B, Butters MA, Chang CC, Ganguli M. Interactive video gaming compared with health education in older adults with mild cognitive impairment: a feasibility study. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2014 Sep; 29(9):890-8. PMID: 24452845; PMCID: PMC4326259.
    11. Liptak A, Tate J, Flatt J, Oakley MA, Lingler J. Humor and laughter in persons with cognitive impairment and their caregivers. J Holist Nurs. 2014 Mar; 32(1):25-34. PMID: 23926217; PMCID: PMC4006667.
    12. Flatt, JD, Hughes, TF. Participation in social activities in later life: Does enjoyment have important implications for cognitive health?. Aging Health. 2013; 9(2):149-158.
    13. Maqsood F, Flatt JD, Albert SM, Maqsood S, Nizamuddin M. Correlates of self-reported depressive symptoms: a study of older persons of Punjab, Pakistan. J Cross Cult Gerontol. 2013 Mar; 28(1):65-74. PMID: 23242697; PMCID: PMC3580032.
    14. Hughes TF, Flatt JD, Fu B, Chang CC, Ganguli M. Engagement in social activities and progression from mild to severe cognitive impairment: the MYHAT study. Int Psychogeriatr. 2013 Apr; 25(4):587-95. PMID: 23257280; PMCID: PMC3578022.
    15. Flatt JD, Agimi Y, Albert SM. Homophily and health behavior in social networks of older adults. Fam Community Health. 2012 Oct-Dec; 35(4):312-21. PMID: 22929377.
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    16. Documet PI, Trauth JM, Key M, Flatt J, Jernigan J. Breast cancer survivors' perception of survivorship. Oncol Nurs Forum. 2012 May 1; 39(3):309-15. PMID: 22543389; PMCID: PMC3437916.
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