Penny Brennan, PhD

Title(s)Professor, Institute for Health & Aging
SchoolSchool of Nursing
Address490 Illinois Street, #12325
San Francisco CA 94158
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    University of California, BerkeleyB.A.Psychology
    University of California, IrvinePh.D.Social Ecology: Psychology & Social Behavior
    Stanford UniversityPostdoctoral FellowSocial Psychology

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    Stressors and OA Pain and Function: Application and Extension of the Ecological Model of Late-Life Pain
    Pfizer A136695May 1, 2021 - Oct 31, 2022
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Ecological Model of Late-Life Pain
    NIH R21AG053593Aug 1, 2017 - Mar 31, 2020
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Mental Health Disorder among Long-Term Care Residents: Implications for Treatment and Functioning Outcomes
    School of Nursing, UCSF Jul 1, 2017 - Sep 1, 2018
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Late Life-Span Use of Alcohol: Prospective Effects on Dementia Risk and Cognitive Functioning
    California Department of Public Health, Alzheimer's Disease Program ADRA 16-10054Jul 1, 2016 - Jun 30, 2019
    Role: Prinicipal Investigator
    Successful Implementation of Consistent Staff Assignment in VA CLCs
    NIH I21HX001400Jan 1, 2014 - Sep 30, 2015
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Effects of Mental Health Disorders on Pain Monitoring and Treatment in VA CLCs
    NIH I01HX000656Mar 1, 2013 - Feb 29, 2016
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Musculoskeletal Diagnosis Cohort: Examining Pain and Pain Care in the VA
    VA Health Services Research and Development Service CRE 12-012Jul 1, 2012 - Jun 30, 2016
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Evaluating Culture Change in VA Community Living Centers: Feasibility Issues
    VA Health Services Research and Development Service PPO 09-279Apr 1, 2010 - Mar 31, 2011
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Pain, Depression and Alcohol Use in Later Life
    NIH R01AA017477May 1, 2009 - Apr 30, 2012
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Alcohol Problems: Long-Term Course in Late-Life
    NIH R01 AA015685Apr 1, 2006 - Mar 31, 2012
    Role: Co-Investigator

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    1. Stressors and Pain across the Late-Life Span: Findings from Two Parent Longitudinal Studies of Aging and Health. J Aging Health. 2023 10; 35(9):677-687. Brennan PL. PMID: 35658697; PMCID: PMC10478334.
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    2. Stressors and Pain Across the Late-Life Span: Findings from Two Parent Longitudinal Studies of Aging and Health. Journal of Aging and Health. 2022; (In press). P. L. Brennan. .
    3. History of drinking problems diminishes the protective effects of within-guideline drinking on 18-year risk of dementia and CIND. BMC Public Health. 2021 12 23; 21(1):2319. Brennan PL, Holahan CJ, Moos RH, Schutte KK. PMID: 34949174; PMCID: PMC8705185.
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    4. Life Stressors: Elevations and Disparities Among Older Adults with Pain. Pain Med. 2020 10 01; 21(10):2123-2136. Brennan PL. PMID: 32955090; PMCID: PMC7593801.
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    5. Effects of Mental Health Disorders on Nursing Home Residents' Nine-Month Pain Trajectories. Pain Med. 2020 03 01; 21(3):488-500. Brennan PL, SooHoo S. PMID: 31407787.
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    6. Mental health disorder, pain, and pain treatment among long-term care residents: Evidence from the Minimum Data Set 3.0. Aging Ment Health. 2019 09; 23(9):1146-1155. Brennan PL, Greenbaum MA, Lemke S, Schutte KK. PMID: 30404536.
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    7. Drinking Level Versus Drinking Pattern and Cigarette Smoking Among Older Adults. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2018 Apr; 42(4):795-802. Holahan CJ, Brennan PL, Schutte KK, Holahan CK, Hixon JG, Moos RH. PMID: 29417610; PMCID: PMC6088755.
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    8. Drinking level v. drinking pattern and cigarette smoking among older adults. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. 2018. Holahan, C.K. Brennan, P.L., Schutte, K.K, Holahan, C.J., Hixon, J.G., & Moos, R.H.
    9. Implementing a cornerstone of culture change: Consistent staff assignment in VHA community living centers. Psychol Serv. 2017 Aug; 14(3):327-336. Lemke S, Brennan PL, SooHoo S, Schutte KK. PMID: 28805417.
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    10. Late-Life Drinking Problems: The Predictive Roles of Drinking Level vs. Drinking Pattern. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2017 05; 78(3):435-441. Holahan CJ, Brennan PL, Schutte KK, Holahan CK, Hixon JG, Moos RH. PMID: 28499111; PMCID: PMC5440367.
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    11. Gender Differences in Demographic and Clinical Correlates among Veterans with Musculoskeletal Disorders. Womens Health Issues. 2017 Jul - Aug; 27(4):463-470. Higgins DM, Fenton BT, Driscoll MA, Heapy AA, Kerns RD, Bair MJ, Carroll C, Brennan PL, Burgess DJ, Piette JD, Haskell SG, Brandt CA, Goulet JL. PMID: 28325585.
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    12. Healthcare system-wide implementation of opioid-safety guideline recommendations: the case of urine drug screening and opioid-patient suicide- and overdose-related events in the Veterans Health Administration. Transl Behav Med. 2016 12; 6(4):605-612. Brennan PL, Del Re AC, Henderson PT, Trafton JA. PMID: 27384953; PMCID: PMC5110498.
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    13. The musculoskeletal diagnosis cohort: examining pain and pain care among veterans. Pain. 2016 08; 157(8):1696-1703. Goulet JL, Kerns RD, Bair M, Becker WC, Brennan P, Burgess DJ, Carroll CM, Dobscha S, Driscoll MA, Fenton BT, Fraenkel L, Haskell SG, Heapy AA, Higgins DM, Hoff RA, Hwang U, Justice AC, Piette JD, Sinnott P, Wandner L, Womack JA, Brandt CA. PMID: 27023420; PMCID: PMC4949131.
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    14. Alcohol Use Predicts 10-Year Depressive Symptom Trajectories in the Health and Retirement Study. J Aging Health. 2016 08; 28(5):911-32. Brennan PL, SooHoo S, Lemke S, Schutte KK. PMID: 26628481.
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    15. Drinking Level, Drinking Pattern, and Twenty-Year Total Mortality Among Late-Life Drinkers. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2015 Jul; 76(4):552-8. Holahan CJ, Schutte KK, Brennan PL, Holahan CK, Moos RH. PMID: 26098030; PMCID: PMC4495072.
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    16. Episodic heavy drinking and 20-year total mortality among late-life moderate drinkers. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2014 May; 38(5):1432-8. Holahan CJ, Schutte KK, Brennan PL, Holahan CK, Moos RH. PMID: 24588326; PMCID: PMC4141768.
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    17. Do benzodiazepines reduce the effectiveness of exposure therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder? J Clin Psychiatry. 2013 Dec; 74(12):1241-8. Rosen CS, Greenbaum MA, Schnurr PP, Holmes TH, Brennan PL, Friedman MJ. PMID: 24434093.
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    18. Psychiatric disorders and pain treatment in community nursing homes. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2014 Aug; 22(8):792-800. Brennan PL, SooHoo S. PMID: 23659899; PMCID: PMC3851928.
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    19. Pain and use of alcohol in later life: prospective evidence from the health and retirement study. J Aging Health. 2013 Jun; 25(4):656-77. Brennan PL, Soohoo S. PMID: 23640817; PMCID: PMC3883439.
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    20. Wine consumption and 20-year mortality among late-life moderate drinkers. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2012 Jan; 73(1):80-8. Holahan CJ, Schutte KK, Brennan PL, North RJ, Holahan CK, Moos BS, Moos RH. PMID: 22152665; PMCID: PMC3237714.
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    21. Painful medical conditions and alcohol use: a prospective study among older adults. Pain Med. 2011 Jul; 12(7):1049-59. Brennan PL, Schutte KK, SooHoo S, Moos RH. PMID: 21668742; PMCID: PMC3146463.
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    22. Twenty-year alcohol-consumption and drinking-problem trajectories of older men and women. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2011 Mar; 72(2):308-21. Brennan PL, Schutte KK, Moos BS, Moos RH. PMID: 21388604; PMCID: PMC3052900.
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    23. Personal, family and social functioning among older couples concordant and discordant for high-risk alcohol consumption. Addiction. 2011 Feb; 106(2):324-34. Moos RH, Schutte KK, Brennan PL, Moos BS. PMID: 20883458; PMCID: PMC3017234.
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    24. Late-life alcohol consumption and 20-year mortality. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2010 Nov; 34(11):1961-71. Holahan CJ, Schutte KK, Brennan PL, Holahan CK, Moos BS, Moos RH. PMID: 20735372.
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    25. Spouses of older adults with late-life drinking problems: health, family, and social functioning. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2010 Jul; 71(4):506-14. Moos RH, Brennan PL, Schutte KK, Moos BS. PMID: 20553658; PMCID: PMC2887920.
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    26. Patterns and predictors of late-life drinking trajectories: a 10-year longitudinal study. Psychol Addict Behav. 2010 Jun; 24(2):254-64. Brennan PL, Schutte KK, Moos RH. PMID: 20565151; PMCID: PMC2891546.
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    27. The structure of late-life depressive symptoms across a 20-year span: a taxometric investigation. Psychol Aging. 2010 Mar; 25(1):142-56. Holland JM, Schutte KK, Brennan PL, Moos RH. PMID: 20230135; PMCID: PMC2850820.
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    28. Retired status and older adults' 10-year drinking trajectories. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2010 Mar; 71(2):165-8. Brennan PL, Schutte KK, Moos RH. PMID: 20230712; PMCID: PMC2841725.
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    29. Social and financial resources and high-risk alcohol consumption among older adults. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2010 Apr; 34(4):646-54. Moos RH, Brennan PL, Schutte KK, Moos BS. PMID: 20102567.
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    30. Older adults' health and late-life drinking patterns: a 20-year perspective. Aging Ment Health. 2010 Jan; 14(1):33-43. Moos RH, Brennan PL, Schutte KK, Moos BS. PMID: 20155519.
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    31. Late-life and life history predictors of older adults' high-risk alcohol consumption and drinking problems. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2010 Apr 01; 108(1-2):13-20. Moos RH, Schutte KK, Brennan PL, Moos BS. PMID: 19969428; PMCID: PMC2835829.
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    32. Older adults' alcohol consumption and late-life drinking problems: a 20-year perspective. Addiction. 2009 Aug; 104(8):1293-302. Moos RH, Schutte KK, Brennan PL, Moos BS. PMID: 19438836; PMCID: PMC2714873.
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    33. Depressive symptoms, drinking problems, and smoking cessation in older smokers. Addict Behav. 2009 Jun-Jul; 34(6-7):548-53. Kenney BA, Holahan CJ, Holahan CK, Brennan PL, Schutte KK, Moos RH. PMID: 19372009; PMCID: PMC2752429.
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    34. Treated and untreated remission from problem drinking in late life: post-remission functioning and health-related quality of life. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2009 Jan 01; 99(1-3):150-9. Schutte KK, Brennan PL, Moos RH. PMID: 18829184; PMCID: PMC2673086.
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    35. Gender differences in social influences and stressors linked to increased drinking. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2008 Sep; 69(5):695-702. Lemke S, Schutte KK, Brennan PL, Moos RH. PMID: 18781244; PMCID: PMC2575387.
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    36. Upward pressures on drinking: exposure and reactivity in adulthood. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2007 May; 68(3):437-45. Lemke S, Brennan PL, Schutte KK, Moos RH. PMID: 17446984.
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    37. Long-Term Patterns and Predictors of Successful Stressor Resolution in Later Life. Int J Stress Manag. 2006 Aug; 13(3):253-272. Brennan PL, Schutte KK, Moos RH. PMID: 18084636; PMCID: PMC2139979.
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    38. Predictors of untreated remission from late-life drinking problems. J Stud Alcohol. 2006 May; 67(3):354-62. Schutte KK, Moos RH, Brennan PL. PMID: 16608144; PMCID: PMC1941658.
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    39. Older adults' coping with negative life events: common processes of managing health, interpersonal, and financial/work stressors. Int J Aging Hum Dev. 2006; 62(1):39-59. Moos RH, Brennan PL, Schutte KK, Moos BS. PMID: 16454482; PMCID: PMC1948895.
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    40. Sequencing the lifetime onset of alcohol-related symptoms in older adults: is there evidence of disease progression? J Stud Alcohol. 2005 Nov; 66(6):756-65. Lemke S, Schutte KK, Brennan PL, Moos RH. PMID: 16459937.
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    41. Stress generation, avoidance coping, and depressive symptoms: a 10-year model. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2005 Aug; 73(4):658-66. Holahan CJ, Moos RH, Holahan CK, Brennan PL, Schutte KK. PMID: 16173853; PMCID: PMC3035563.
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    42. The interplay between life stressors and depressive symptoms among older adults. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2005 Jul; 60(4):P199-206. Moos RH, Schutte KK, Brennan PL, Moos BS. PMID: 15980287.
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    43. Pain and use of alcohol to manage pain: prevalence and 3-year outcomes among older problem and non-problem drinkers. Addiction. 2005 Jun; 100(6):777-86. Brennan PL, Schutte KK, Moos RH. PMID: 15918808.
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    44. Functioning and health service use among elderly nursing home residents with alcohol use disorders: findings from the National Nursing Home Survey. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2005 Jun; 13(6):475-83. Brennan PL. PMID: 15956267.
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    45. Functioning, problem behavior and health services use among nursing home residents with alcohol-use disorders: nationwide data from the VA minimum data set. J Stud Alcohol. 2005 May; 66(3):395-400. Brennan PL, Greenbaum MA. PMID: 16047529.
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    46. High-risk alcohol consumption and late-life alcohol use problems. Am J Public Health. 2004 Nov; 94(11):1985-91. Moos RH, Brennan PL, Schutte KK, Moos BS. PMID: 15514241; PMCID: PMC1448573.
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    47. Ten-year patterns of alcohol consumption and drinking problems among older women and men. Addiction. 2004 Jul; 99(7):829-38. Moos RH, Schutte K, Brennan P, Moos BS. PMID: 15200578.
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    48. Older and younger patients with substance use disorders: outpatient mental health service use and functioning over a 12-month interval. Psychol Addict Behav. 2003 Mar; 17(1):42-8. Brennan PL, Nichol AC, Moos RH. PMID: 12665080.
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    49. Long-term use of VA mental health services by older patients with substance use disorders. Psychiatr Serv. 2002 Jul; 53(7):836-41. Brennan PL, Nichols KA, Moos RH. PMID: 12096166.
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    50. Late-Life Drinking Behavior: The Influence of Personal Characteristics, Life Context, and Treatment. Alcohol Health Res World. 1996; 20(3):197-204. Brennan PL, Moos RH. PMID: 31798169; PMCID: PMC6876513.
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