Jason Flatt, PhD, MPH

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionUniversity of California San Francisco
DepartmentInstitute for Health Aging
Address2 Koret Way
San Francisco CA 94143
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    University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine Fellowship Epidemiology & Clinical and Translational Science
    University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public HealthPhDBehavioral and Community Health Sciences
    University of South Carolina, Arnold School of Public Health MPHHealth Promotion, Education, and Behavior
    University of FloridaBSHealth Science
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    UCSF Center for Aging in Diverse Communities2016Pilot Grant
    UCSF Pepper Center for Aging Research2016Research Career Development Scholar
    Gerontological Society of America2016Travel Award for Expanding the Reach to LGBT Older Adults
    Hellman Fellows Fund 2017UCSF Hellman Fellows Award
    UCSF Center for Aging in Diverse Communities2017Pilot Grant
    National Institute on Aging 2017Butler-Williams Scholars Program
    National Institute on Aging2018  - 2020NIH Loan Repayment Program for Clinical Researchers

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    Jason D. Flatt, PhD, MPH is an Assistant Professor in Residence at the Institute for Health & Aging, Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences, at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Nursing. Jason is a faculty member with the UCSF Healthforce and affiliate faculty with the UCSF Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies (PRL-HPS). He is also affiliated with the UCSF Center for Aging in Diverse Communities, UCSF Pepper Center, PRL-IHPS Evaluation Community of Practice, and UCSF Health Workforce Research Center on Long-Term Care. With respect to teaching and academic administration, Jason is the Assistant Program Director and teaches courses on health services and systems research for the UCSF Master of Science in Healthcare Administration and Interprofessional Leadership (MS-HAIL) program. Jason also serves on the UCSF Senate’s Committee on Academic Planning and Budget.

    The focus of his research has been on aging health disparities and dementia risk, prevention, care practices and workforce. Specifically, Jason has 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. He has 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.

    Jason’s 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, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI). Understanding the risk for ADRD in LGBTQI 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.

    For the past ten years, Jason has leveraged his platform as a public health researcher to work as an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community. To further the reach of his advocacy efforts, he partners with InterACT Advocates, Openhouse, and serves on The San Francisco Long Term Care Coordinating Council for Dementia Care Excellence Workgroup. He is also working with Openhouse in San Francisco, on the Building Health Outcomes in Using a Supportive Environment (H.O.U.S.E.) for LGBTQ Older Adults Study, which will examine the influence of affordable housing on the health of LGBTQ older adults. His work has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report, The Advocate, Logo NewsNowNext, AARP News, San Francisco Bay Times, KCBS Radio, HealthCare Asia Dailey, Affaritaliani, as well as at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference.

    Jason’s hope is that his current research and advocacy efforts will shape the training of care providers, creating a more inclusive aging environment for LGBTQI+ individuals.

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    NIH/NIA 1K01AG056669-01A1Aug 15, 2018 - Jun 20, 2023

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    1. Flatt J, Johnson JK, Karpiak SE, Seidel L, Larson B, Brennan-Ing M. Correlates of Subjective Cognitive Decline in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Older Adults. J Alzheimers Dis. 2018 May 31. PMID: 29865050.
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    2. Gilsanz P, Mayeda ER, Flatt J, Glymour MM, Quesenberry CP, Whitmer RA. Early Midlife Pulmonary Function and Dementia Risk. Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord. 2018 Mar 14. PMID: 29543604.
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    3. Anderson JG, Flatt J. Characteristics of LGBT caregivers of older adults: Results from the National Caregiving in the U.S. 2015 Survey. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services. 2018; (In Press):1-25.
    4. Johnson JK, Gregorich SE, Acree M, Nápoles AM, Flatt J, Pounds D, Pabst A, Stewart AL. Recruitment and baseline characteristics of the Community of Voices choir study to promote the health and well-being of diverse older adults. Contemp Clin Trials Commun. 2017 Dec; 8:106-113. PMID: 29399643.
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    5. Flatt J, Gilsanz P, Quesenberry CP, Albers KB, Whitmer RA. Post-traumatic stress disorder and risk of dementia among members of a health care delivery system. Alzheimers Dement. 2018 Jan; 14(1):28-34. PMID: 28627380.
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    6. Hollister B, Flatt J, Chapman SA. Dementia-Capable Care Coordination in Duals Demonstration Programs: Workforce Needs, Promising Practices, and Policy. Gerontologist. 2017 May 25. PMID: 28549120.
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    7. Flatt J, Williams BA, Barnes D, Goldenson J, Ahalt C. Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms and associated health and social vulnerabilities in older jail inmates. Aging Ment Health. 2017 Oct; 21(10):1106-1112. PMID: 27367335.
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    8. 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; PMCID: PMC4908209 [Available on 06/15/17].
    9. Flatt J, 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.
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    10. 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. 2016 11; 27(13):1180-1186. PMID: 26446138.
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    11. 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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    12. 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.
    13. Documet P, Bear TM, Flatt J, 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.
    14. Flatt J, 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.
    15. Flatt J, 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.
    16. Hughes TF, Flatt J, 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.
    17. 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.
    18. Flatt J, Hughes TF.Participation in social activities in later life: Does enjoyment have important implications for cognitive health?. Aging Health. 2013; 9(2):149-158.
    19. Maqsood F, Flatt J, 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.
    20. Hughes TF, Flatt J, 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.
    21. Flatt J, 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; PMCID: PMC4879825.
    22. Documet PI, Trauth JM, Key M, Flatt J, Jernigan J. Breast cancer survivors' perception of survivorship. Oncol Nurs Forum. 2012 May 01; 39(3):309-15. PMID: 22543389; PMCID: PMC3437916.
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