Francesca Nicosia, PhD

Title(s)Associate Professor, Institute for Health & Aging
SchoolSchool of Nursing
Address490 Illinois Street, #12330
San Francisco CA 94158
Phone415-221-4810 ext. 23446
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    University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CAPhD06/2017Medical Anthropology
    University of Colorado, Denver, Denver, COMA05/2010Medical Anthropology
    DePauw University, Greencastle, INBA05/2002Sociology & Anthropology

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    As a medical anthropologist, health services researcher, and certified yoga therapist, my research focuses on improving pain, function, and quality of life outcomes for older adults, women, and veterans through nonpharmacologic and complementary and integrative health (CIH) interventions and care models. I have broad expertise in research methodology related to the design of mixed methods studies in aging, CIH, and implementation science.

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    Evaluating Expanded Access to TeleYoga to Reduce Pain in Rural Veterans
    VA Office of Rural Health OMAT 16016Oct 1, 2021 - Sep 30, 2022
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Yoga as a therapeutic modality for women across the aging spectrum: advancing understanding of self-efficacy, observed success, and barriers to practicing yoga
    NIH/NCATS P0541014Jul 1, 2021 - Jun 30, 2022
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Preventing Loss of Independence through Exercise in Community Living Centers (PLIÉ -CLC)
    VA Health Services Research & Development 1I01HX002764Jun 1, 2020 - May 31, 2023
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Extending Independence and Quality of Life for People with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia through Telehealth Program Delivery
    NIH/NIA R43 AG059520Apr 1, 2020 - Mar 31, 2022
    Role: Co-Investigator

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    1. Remote Delivery of Mindful Movement Within Healthcare Systems: Lessons Learned From the Veterans Health Administration. Glob Adv Integr Med Health. 2024 Jan-Dec; 13:27536130241235908. Whitehead AM, Mullur R, Sullivan MB, Nicosia FM. PMID: 38501126; PMCID: PMC10946065.
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    2. Caring for Patients with Functional Impairment in Middle Age: Perspectives from Primary Care Providers and Geriatricians. J Gen Intern Med. 2024 Mar 15. Schmucker AM, Reyes-Farias D, Nicosia FM, Xu E, B Potter M, Karliner LS, Brown RT. PMID: 38489004.
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    3. Improving measurement of functional status among older adults in primary care: A pilot study. PLOS ONE. 2024; 5(19):e0303402. Rebecca T. Brown, Kara Zamora, Anael Rizzo, Malena J. Spar, Kathy Z. Fung, Lea Santiago, Annie Campbell, Francesca M. Nicosia. . View Publication.
    4. Livestream, group movement program for people living with cognitive impairment and care partners: A randomized clinical trial. Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions. 2024; 2(10):e12467. Deborah E Barnes, Fei Jiang, Cynthia Benjamin, Jennifer A Lee, Rebecca L Sudore, Wolf E Mehling, Margaret A Chesney, Linda L Chao, Francesca M Nicosia. . View Publication.
    5. Evaluation of a New Integrative Health and Wellness Clinic for Veterans at the San Francisco VA Health Care System: A Mixed-Methods Pilot Study. Global Advances in Integrative Medicine & Health. 2024; (In Press). Nicosia FM et al. View Publication.
    6. Adaptation of an In-Person Mind-Body Movement Program for People with Cognitive Impairment or Dementia and Care Partners for Online Delivery: Feasibility, Satisfaction and Participant-Reported Outcomes. Glob Adv Integr Med Health. 2023 Jan-Dec; 12:27536130231202989. Nicosia FM, Lee JA, Chesney MA, Benjamin C, Lee AN, Mehling W, Sudore RL, Barnes DE. PMID: 37745819; PMCID: PMC10515582.
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    7. Using multiple qualitative methods to inform intervention development: Improving functional status measurement for older veterans in primary care settings. PLoS One. 2023; 18(8):e0290741. Nicosia FM, Zamora K, Rizzo A, Spar MJ, Silvestrini M, Brown RT. PMID: 37616266; PMCID: PMC10449158.
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    8. When Functional Impairment Develops Early: Perspectives from Middle-Aged Adults. J Gen Intern Med. 2023 01; 38(1):90-97. Xu E, Nicosia FM, Zamora K, Barrientos M, Spar MJ, Reyes-Farias D, Karliner LS, Potter MB, Brown RT. PMID: 35391621; PMCID: PMC9849615.
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    9. "You have to be sure that the patient has the full picture": Adaptation of the Best Case/Worst Case communication tool for geriatric oncology. J Geriatr Oncol. 2022 06; 13(5):606-613. Wong ML, Nicosia FM, Smith AK, Walter LC, Lam V, Cohen HJ, Loh KP, Mohile SG, Ursem CJ, Schwarze ML. PMID: 35123919; PMCID: PMC9232997.
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    10. Rapid Conversion of a Group-Based Yoga Trial for Diverse Older Women to Home-Based Telehealth: Lessons Learned Using Zoom to Deliver Movement-Based Interventions. J Integr Complement Med. 2022 Feb; 28(2):188-192. Huang AJ, Chesney MA, Schembri M, Pawlowsky S, Nicosia F, Subak LL. PMID: 35167358; PMCID: PMC8867109.
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    11. Barriers and facilitators to older adults' use of nonpharmacologic approaches for chronic pain: a person-focused model. Pain. 2021 11 01; 162(11):2769-2779. Garrett SB, Nicosia F, Thompson N, Miaskowski C, Ritchie CS. PMID: 33902095; PMCID: PMC8426428.
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    12. Implementation of an integrative movement program for residents with dementia in a VA nursing home. BMC Geriatr. 2021 10 27; 21(1):607. Akram A, Nicosia F, Lee J, Lee M, Martin L, Martinez S, Ordoñez C, Woo M, Barnes DE. PMID: 34706658; PMCID: PMC8549425.
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    13. Women Veterans' Experiences with Integrated, Biopsychosocial Pain Care: A Qualitative Study. Pain Med. 2021 09 08; 22(9):1954-1961. Nicosia FM, Gibson CJ, Purcell N, Zamora K, Tighe J, Seal KH. PMID: 33547797.
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    14. Advancing health equity through a theoretically critical implementation science. Transl Behav Med. 2021 08 13; 11(8):1617-1625. Snell-Rood C, Jaramillo ET, Hamilton AB, Raskin SE, Nicosia FM, Willging C. PMID: 33904908; PMCID: PMC8367016.
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    15. Guys and dolls: Two case reports of spontaneous interactions with dolls in male veterans with dementia. Psychol Serv. 2022 Aug; 19(3):527-533. Malinowski SD, Nicosia F, Mehling W, Woodstock R, Barnes DE. PMID: 34197161; PMCID: PMC8720118.
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    16. Resilience in the Face of Disaster: Psychosocial Effects of the 2017 Northern California Wildfires in Caregivers and Persons with Cognitive Impairment Participating in an Integrative Group Movement Program at an Adult Day Center. Activities, Adaptation & Aging. 2021. Nicosia FM, Williams SL, Dannenbaum TP, Barnes DE. View Publication.
    17. Leveraging Telehealth to improve access to care: a qualitative evaluation of Veterans' experience with the VA TeleSleep program. BMC Health Serv Res. 2021 Jan 21; 21(1):77. Nicosia FM, Kaul B, Totten AM, Silvestrini MC, Williams K, Whooley MA, Sarmiento KF. PMID: 33478497; PMCID: PMC7818059.
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    18. Patient Perspectives on Declining to Participate in Home-Based Cardiac Rehabilitation: A MIXED-METHODS STUDY. J Cardiopulm Rehabil Prev. 2020 09; 40(5):335-340. Schopfer DW, Nicosia FM, Ottoboni L, Whooley MA. PMID: 32084030.
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    19. An Integrated Pain Team Model: Impact on Pain-Related Outcomes and Opioid Misuse in Patients with Chronic Pain. Pain Med. 2020 09 01; 21(9):1977-1984. Gibson CJ, Grasso J, Li Y, Purcell N, Tighe J, Zamora K, Nicosia F, Seal KH. PMID: 32100002.
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    20. A Biopsychosocial Model of Chronic Pain for Older Adults. Pain Med. 2020 09 01; 21(9):1793-1805. Miaskowski C, Blyth F, Nicosia F, Haan M, Keefe F, Smith A, Ritchie C. PMID: 31846035.
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    21. "The More They Know, the Better Care They Can Give": Patient Perspectives on Measuring Functional Status in Primary Care. J Gen Intern Med. 2020 10; 35(10):2947-2954. Nicosia FM, Spar MJ, Neumann A, Silvestrini MC, Barrientos M, Brown RT. PMID: 32749552; PMCID: PMC7573015.
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    22. Strategies for evaluating self-efficacy and observed success in the practice of yoga postures for therapeutic indications: methods from a yoga intervention for urinary incontinence among middle-aged and older women. BMC Complement Med Ther. 2020 May 14; 20(1):148. Nicosia FM, Lisha NE, Chesney MA, Subak LL, Plaut TM, Huang A. PMID: 32408868; PMCID: PMC7227071.
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    23. "We Have a Long Way to Go:" A Case Study Examination of Older Women Veterans' Experiences in VA Primary Care. Inquiry. 2020 Jan-Dec; 57:46958020931311. Silvestrini M, Nicosia F, Spar MJ, Gibson CJ, Brown RT. PMID: 32525421; PMCID: PMC7290258.
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    24. What Is a Medication-Related Problem? A Qualitative Study of Older Adults and Primary Care Clinicians. J Gen Intern Med. 2020 03; 35(3):724-731. Nicosia FM, Spar MJ, Stebbins M, Sudore RL, Ritchie CS, Lee KP, Rodondi K, Steinman MA. PMID: 31677102; PMCID: PMC7080912.
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    25. Making Function Part of the Conversation: Clinician Perspectives on Measuring Functional Status in Primary Care. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2019 03; 67(3):493-502. Nicosia FM, Spar MJ, Steinman MA, Lee SJ, Brown RT. PMID: 30506667; PMCID: PMC6402957.
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    26. Nurses' Perspectives on Lean Redesigns to Patient Flow and Inpatient Discharge Process Efficiency. Glob Qual Nurs Res. 2018 Jan-Dec; 5:2333393618810658. Nicosia FM, Park LG, Gray CP, Yakir MJ, Hung DY. PMID: 30480041; PMCID: PMC6249655.
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    27. Hospital-Community Partnerships to Aid Transitions for Older Adults: Applying the Care Transitions Framework. J Nurs Care Qual. 2018 Jul/Sep; 33(3):221-228. Hung D, Truong Q, Yakir M, Nicosia F. PMID: 29035905.
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    28. Current approaches to measuring functional status among older adults in VA primary care clinics. Fed Pract. 2017 Sep; 34(9):26-31. Spar MJ, Nicosia FM, Steinman MA, Brown RT. PMID: 29706753; PMCID: PMC5915328.
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    29. The Turn Toward Value: An ethnography of efficiency and satisfaction in the American hospital. 2017. Nicosia, FM. View Publication.
    30. Documentary Effects on Medical Student Attitudes and Skills Regarding Nutrition at the End of life. Creative Education. 2014; 5(2). Scott De La Cruz, Francesca Nicosia, Eva Aagaard . View Publication.
    31. Ecology, embodiment and aesthetics of death in Hurricane Katrina. Mortality. 2009; 14(1). Nicosia, FM. View Publication.
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