Elena Portacolone, PhD, MBA, MPH

Title(s)Associate Professor, Institute for Health & Aging
SchoolSchool of Nursing
Address490 Illinois Street
San Francisco CA 94158
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    Universita’ degli Studi di TorinoLaurea1995Political Sciences
    University of California, BerkeleyMaster2004Business Administration (MBA)
    University of California, BerkeleyMaster2004Public Health (MPH)
    University of California, San FranciscoPh.D.2011Sociology
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    National Institute on Aging2017Research Loan Repayment Program
    UCSF Clinical & Translational Science Institute2016KL2 First-year Scholar
    Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, UCSF2010Carroll Estes Fellowship
    Graduate Division, UCSF2010Graduate Dean’s Health Science Award
    Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, UCSF2010Anselm Strauss Fellowship
    American Association University Women2010Silver Jubilee Scholarship
    Sigma Xi 2009Sigma Xi Scholarship
    UC Humanities Research Institute2009White Fellowship
    Soroptimist Association of Northern California2009Soroptimist Fellowship
    Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, UCSF2009Virginia Olesen Fellowship
    Graduate Division, UCSF2008Graduate Dean’s Health Science Award
    School of Nursing, UCSF2007Andrew Scholarship Fund
    Graduate Division, UCSF2007Graduate Dean’s Health Science Award
    Sigma Xi2007Sigma Xi Scholarship
    Women Health Care Executives 2007Lynn Adamson Memorial Scholarship
    Graduate Division, UCSF2006Graduate Dean’s Health Science Award
    LifeLong Medical Care2005LifeLong Medical Care Scholarship
    Graduate Division, UCSF2005Graduate Dean’s Health Science Award
    Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley2003David Starkweather Fellowship in Health Services Management

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    Dr. Portacolone is an Associate Professor of Sociology in the Institute for Health and Aging at UCSF and a Pepper Center Scholar at the Division of Geriatric Medicine at UCSF. Dr. Portacolone is also an alumna of the Butler-Williams program at the National Institute on Aging and of the Health Disparities Institute at the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities.

    Dr. Portacolone completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Turin, Italy. After working in the corporate sector in the United Kingdom, she completed an MPH degree at School of Public Health at UC Berkeley, an MBA degree at the Haas Business at UC Berkeley, and a PhD in Sociology in the Department of Social and Behavioral Science at UCSF.

    Dr. Portacolone has research experience in studying cognitive impairment, older adults who are racial/ethnic minorities, innovative recruitment strategies, as well as artificial intelligence and other technologies to support people with cognitive impairment age in place. She has led six investigations that focus on identifying barriers and facilitators to acute and long-term services and supports, increasing engagement of racial/ethnic minorities in dementia research, social integration, and emergency preparedness in vulnerable older adults, the majority of them living alone. The majority of study participants in her studies belong to racial/ethnic minorities. She has received extensive training in cognitive impairment, ethics, and advanced qualitative methods, as well as mixed methods.
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    Leveraging the national infrastructure of trusted organizations to increase representation of Latinos in dementia research
    NIH R24AG071456Jun 1, 2021 - Mar 31, 2024
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Access and use of long-term services and supports for older adults living alone with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias from four racial/ethnic groups
    NIH/NIA R01 AG069147Sep 15, 2020 - May 31, 2025
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Access and use of long-term services and supports for older adults living alone with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias from four racial/ethnic groups
    NIH R01AG069147Sep 15, 2020 - May 31, 2025
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Strategies to Increase Recruitment of Latino Americans in Dementia Research
    California Department of Public Health ADRA 18-10612Jun 28, 2019 - Jun 30, 2020
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Scalable Strategies to Recruit African Americans into Dementia Research
    Alzheimer's Association 2018-AARG-589788Dec 1, 2018 - Dec 31, 2021
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Access and use of long-term services and supports for older adults living alone with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias from four racial/ethnic groups
    NIH R56AG062165Sep 30, 2018 - Aug 31, 2020
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Identifying Scalable and Culturally Relevant Strategies for Recruitment of African Americans with Cognitive Impairment into Dementia Research
    National Institute on Aging R03 AG060354Sep 1, 2018 - Apr 30, 2021
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Living Alone in Older Age with Cognitive Impairment
    NIH K01AG049102Aug 15, 2015 - Apr 30, 2020
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. The Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Lived Experience of Diverse Older Adults Living Alone With Cognitive Impairment. Gerontologist. 2021 02 23; 61(2):251-261. Portacolone E, Chodos A, Halpern J, Covinsky KE, Keiser S, Fung J, Rivera E, Tran T, Bykhovsky C, Johnson JK. PMID: 33404634.
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    2. Use of Services by People Living Alone With Cognitive Impairment: A Systematic Review. Innov Aging. 2021; 5(1):igab004. Rosenwohl-Mack A, Dubbin L, Chodos A, Dulaney S, Fang ML, Merrilees J, Portacolone E. PMID: 33796795.
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    3. Earning the Trust of African American Communities to Increase Representation in Dementia Research. Ethn Dis. 2020; 30(Suppl 2):719-734. Portacolone E, Palmer NR, Lichtenberg P, Waters CM, Hill CV, Keiser S, Vest L, Maloof M, Tran T, Martinez P, Guerrero J, Johnson JK. PMID: 33250619.
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    4. Social Isolation, Social Integration and Intervention. Generations. 2020. Elena Portacolone. . View Publication.
    5. Multi-cultural perspectives on group singing among diverse older adults. Geriatr Nurs. 2020 Nov - Dec; 41(6):1006-1012. Allison TA, Nápoles AM, Johnson JK, Stewart AL, Rodriguez-Salazar M, Peringer J, Sherman S, Ortez-Alfaro J, Villero O, Portacolone E. PMID: 32778434.
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    6. Difficulty and help with activities of daily living among older adults living alone with cognitive impairment. Alzheimers Dement. 2020 08; 16(8):1125-1133. Edwards RD, Brenowitz WD, Portacolone E, Covinsky KE, Bindman A, Glymour MM, Torres JM. PMID: 32588985.
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    7. Expectations and Concerns of Older Adults With Cognitive Impairment About Their Relationship With Medical Providers: A Call for Therapeutic Alliances. Qual Health Res. 2020 08; 30(10):1584-1595. Portacolone E, Covinsky KE, Johnson JK, Halpern J. PMID: 32564681.
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    8. Ethical Issues Raised by the Introduction of Artificial Companions to Older Adults with Cognitive Impairment: A Call for Interdisciplinary Collaborations. J Alzheimers Dis. 2020; 76(2):445-455. Portacolone E, Halpern J, Luxenberg J, Harrison KL, Covinsky KE. PMID: 32250295.
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    9. Walking the Tightrope between Study Participant Autonomy and Researcher Integrity: The Case Study of a Research Participant with Alzheimer's Disease Pursuing Euthanasia in Switzerland. J Empir Res Hum Res Ethics. 2019 12; 14(5):483-486. Portacolone E, Covinsky KE, Johnson JK, Rubinstein RL, Halpern J. PMID: 31179811.
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    10. The Precarity of Older Adults Living Alone With Cognitive Impairment. Gerontologist. 2019 03 14; 59(2):271-280. Portacolone E, Rubinstein RL, Covinsky KE, Halpern J, Johnson JK. PMID: 29373676.
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    11. A framework to identify precarity in data collection and analysis: Toward a global precarity index. In A. M. Grenier, C. Philippson, & R. A. Settersten (Eds.), Precarity and Ageing: Understanding Changing Forms of Risk and Vulnerability in Later Life. London: Polity Press (In Press). 2018. Portacolone, E.
    12. "I Feel Trapped": The Tension Between Personal and Structural Factors of Social Isolation and the Desire for Social Integration Among Older Residents of a High-Crime Neighborhood. Gerontologist. 2018 Jan 18; 58(1):79-88. Portacolone E, Perissinotto C, Yeh JC, Greysen SR. PMID: 28329804.
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    13. The Effects and Meanings of Receiving a Diagnosis of Mild Cognitive Impairment or Alzheimer's Disease When One Lives Alone. J Alzheimers Dis. 2018; 61(4):1517-1529. Portacolone E, Johnson JK, Covinsky KE, Halpern J, Rubinstein RL. PMID: 29376864.
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    14. On Living Alone with Alzheimer's Disease. Care Wkly. 2018; 2018:1-4. Portacolone E. PMID: 30637409.
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    15. Structural Factors of Elders' Isolation in a High-Crime Neighborhood: An In-Depth Perspective. Public Policy Aging Rep. 2018 Jan 13; 27(4):152-155. Portacolone E. PMID: 29576722.
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    16. Psychosocial Influences on Disaster Preparedness in San Francisco Recipients of Home Care. J Urban Health. 2017 Oct; 94(5):606-618. Gershon RR, Portacolone E, Nwankwo EM, Zhi Q, Qureshi KA, Raveis VH. PMID: 28028677.
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    17. What is new with old? What old age teaches us about inequality and stratification. Sociol Compass. 2017 Mar; 11(3). Abramson CM, Portacolone E. PMID: 29861782.
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    18. A Tale of Two Cities: The Exploration of the Trieste Public Psychiatry Model in San Francisco. Cult Med Psychiatry. 2015 Dec; 39(4):680-97. Portacolone E, Segal SP, Mezzina R, Scheper-Hughes N, Okin RL. PMID: 25998781.
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    19. "Move or Suffer": Is Age-Segregation the New Norm for Older Americans Living Alone? J Appl Gerontol. 2016 08; 35(8):836-56. Portacolone E, Halpern J. PMID: 25186312.
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    20. Older Americans living alone: The influence of resources and intergenerational integration on inequality. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography. 2014; 44(3):280-305. Portacolone, E.
    21. Time to reinvent the science of dementia: the need for care and social integration. Aging Ment Health. 2014; 18(3):269-75. Portacolone E, Berridge C, K Johnson J, Schicktanz S. PMID: 24180580.
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    22. The notion of precariousness among older adults living alone in the U.S. J Aging Stud. 2013 Apr; 27(2):166-74. Portacolone E. PMID: 23561282.
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    23. Health And Development: The Role Of International Organizations In Population Aging. in Health and Development: The Role of International Organizations edited by A. Gatti and A.Boggio. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Reprinted in: Estes C, Chapman S, Dodd C, Hollister B, eds. Health Policy. Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett;. 2012. Portacolone, E., Phillipson, Chris, Estes, Carroll. (2009).
    24. The myth of independence for older Americans living alone in the Bay Area of San Francisco: A critical reflection. Aging and Society. 2011; 31:803-828. Portacolone, E.
    25. "Maggie Kuhn: Social Theorist of Radical Gerontology.". International Journal of Sociology & Social Policy. 2009; 29(1&2):15-25. Portacolone, E., Estes, Carroll.
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