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Jason Flatt, PhD, MPH

Title(s)Associate Professor, Institute for Health & Aging
SchoolSchool of Nursing
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    University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine Postdoctoral 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
    University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health2019Delta Omega Honor Society, Omicron Chapter

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    Jason D. Flatt, PhD, MPH (He, Him, His) is an Associate Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Health & Aging, Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences, School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). 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 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 teaches a designing clinical research course for the School of Medicine. Jason also serves on the UCSF Senate’s Committee on Academic Planning and Budget and leads a campus-wide LGBTQI Health Research Group with Dr. Annesa Flentje.

    The focus of Jason’s research has been on aging health disparities and dementia risk, prevention, care practices and workforce. Jason has shown that older minorities and disadvantaged groups are more likely to experience health disparities, such as higher rates of mental health problems, social isolation, cognitive impairment, and falls. He also studies risk and protective factors for dementia, including PTSD, depression, sleep disorders, and social networks and social activities, including using the arts for prevention and care.

    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 or people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI). Currently, little is known about the epidemiology and risk of ADRD in LGBTQI older adults without HIV/AIDS. By 2030, there will be 6+ million LGBTQI older adults (aged 60+) in the U.S. Understanding the risk for ADRD in LGBTQI seniors is critical to defining the burden and developing targeted strategies. This includes improved screenings and treatments, and better targeting of culturally-relevant and inclusive interventions to prevent and reduce the burden of Alzheimer’s disease in LGBTQI populations.

    For the past 10 years, Jason has used his platform as a public health researcher to work as an advocate for the LGBTQI community. To further the reach of his advocacy efforts, he partners with InterACT Advocates for Intersex Youth, Openhouse, and serves on The San Francisco Long Term Care Coordinating Council for Dementia Care Excellence Workgroup. He is also currently a co-convener for the Gerontological Society of America’s Rainbow Research Group. He is also working with Openhouse in San Francisco, on the Building Healthy Outcomes Using a Supportive Environment (H.O.U.S.E.) Study, to examine the influence of affordable- and inclusive-housing on the health of LGBTQI older adults. He is partnering with Openhouse and On Lok to explore opportunities for inclusive care and the first adult day social program for LGBTQI seniors. 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 and create a more inclusive healthcare and environment for LGBTQI individuals.

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    The Epidemiology of Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias in Sexual and Gender Minority Older Adults: Identifying Risk and Protective Factors
    NIH/NIA K01AG056669Aug 15, 2018 - Jun 30, 2023
    Role: Principal Investigator
    NIH/NIA 1K01AG056669-01A1Aug 15, 2018 - Jun 20, 2023

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    Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Researchers can login to make corrections and additions, or contact us for help.
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    1. Johnson JK, Stewart AL, Acree M, Nápoles AM, Flatt JD, Max WB, Gregorich SE. A Community Choir Intervention to Promote Well-Being Among Diverse Older Adults: Results From the Community of Voices Trial. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2020 Feb 14; 75(3):549-559. PMID: 30412233.
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    2. Flatt JD. Addressing Life Course Trauma and Cardiometabolic Risk in Sexual Minority Women. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2019 Sep; 28(9):1177-1178. PMID: 31361564.
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    3. Perales-Puchalt J, Gauthreaux K, Flatt J, Teylan MA, Resendez J, Kukull WA, Chan KCG, Burns J, Vidoni ED. Risk of dementia and mild cognitive impairment among older adults in same-sex relationships. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2019 06; 34(6):828-835. PMID: 30864178.
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    4. Gilsanz P, Mayeda ER, Flatt J, Glymour MM, Quesenberry CP, Whitmer RA. Early Midlife Pulmonary Function and Dementia Risk. Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord. 2018 Oct-Dec; 32(4):270-275. PMID: 29543604.
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    5. Hollister B, Flatt JD, Chapman SA. Dementia-Capable Care Coordination in Duals Demonstration Programs: Workforce Needs, Promising Practices, and Policy. Gerontologist. 2018 07 13; 58(4):768-778. PMID: 28549120.
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    6. Anderson JG, Flatt JD.. 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.
    7. Flatt JD, 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; 64(1):91-102. PMID: 29865050.
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    8. Johnson JK, Gregorich SE, Acree M, Nápoles AM, Flatt JD, 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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    9. Flatt JD, 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 01; 14(1):28-34. PMID: 28627380.
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    10. Flatt JD, 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 10; 21(10):1106-1112. PMID: 27367335.
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    11. Rosso AL, Flatt JD, 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 06 15; 183(12):1088-97. PMID: 27257114.
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    12. 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.
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    13. 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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    14. Flatt JD, 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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    15. 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.
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    16. 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.
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    17. 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.
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    18. 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.
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    19. 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.
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    20. 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.
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    21. 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.
    22. 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.
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    23. 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.
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    24. 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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    25. 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.
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