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Theresa Allison, MD, PhD

Title(s)Professor, Medicine
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address4150 Clement St
San Francisco CA 94121
Phone415-221-4810 ext. 25877
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0003-4745-8468 Additional info
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    University of Illinois at Chicago, Urbana-ChampaignM.D.2002Medicine
    University of California, San Francisco2005Family and Community Medicine
    University of California, SanFrancisco2006Geriatric Medicine
    University of Illinois, Urbana-ChampaignPh.D.2010Musicology
    University of California, San Francisco, CA2018Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training
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    UCSF Division of Geriatrics2016Teacher of the Year
    Department of Veterans Affairs2013Special Contribution Award
    Department of Veterans Affairs2013Superstar Award
    American Geriatrics Society2011New Investigator Award
    American Geriatrics Society2009Best Poster, Quality of Life Section
    P.E.O.2001Doctoral Completion Award
    Society for Ethnomusicology2001Ida Halpern Award for Research in Native American Music
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign1997  - 1999Teachers Ranked Outstanding by their Students
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign1994  - 1995Teachers Ranked Outstanding by their Students

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    Theresa A. Allison, MD, PhD, is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatrics, with a secondary appointment in Family and Community Medicine. She completed both MD and PhD (in Musicology) through the University of Illinois Medical Scholars Program. She completed family practice residency (2005) and geriatric fellowship (2006) at UCSF, with added qualifications in hospice and palliative medicine. Dr. Allison’s research interests sit at the intersections of geriatrics and palliative care, and of the medical humanities and health sciences. Her research areas include the potential for music to improve quality of life in dementia caregiving relationships; the role of music in creating community in nursing homes; and the perceived health benefits of singing in senior center choirs. Her clinical practice is located at the San Francisco VA Health Care System, where she works in Home Based Primary Care Program (HBPC), providing home-based medical care to vulnerable older veterans.

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    The Potential for Music to Improve Quality of Life in Dementia Caregiving Relationships
    NIH/NIA K23AG062613Sep 1, 2019 - Mar 31, 2024
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Multi-cultural perspectives on group singing among diverse older adults. Geriatr Nurs. 2020 Aug 07. 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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    2. Extreme Vulnerability of Home Care Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic-A Call to Action. JAMA Intern Med. 2020 Aug 04. Allison TA, Oh A, Harrison KL. PMID: 32749452.
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    3. Transforming Undergraduate Student Perceptions of Dementia through Music and Filmmaking. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2020 May; 68(5):1083-1089. Gubner J, Smith AK, Allison TA. PMID: 32372442.
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    4. Hospice Staff Perspectives on Caring for People with Dementia: A Multisite, Multistakeholder Study. J Palliat Med. 2020 Aug; 23(8):1013-1020. Harrison KL, Allison TA, Garrett SB, Thompson N, Sudore RL, Ritchie CS. PMID: 32130076.
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    5. "Now I Write Songs": Growth and Reciprocity After Long-Term Nursing Home Placement. Gerontologist. 2020 01 24; 60(1):135-144. Allison TA, Smith AK. PMID: 31112596.
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    6. Key Ingredients of an Ideal System for High-Quality Community Care for Persons With Dementia. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2020 Feb; 68(2):238-240. Oh A, Smith AK, Allison TA. PMID: 31868915.
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    7. Caring community and relationship centred care on an end-stage dementia special care unit. Age Ageing. 2019 09 01; 48(5):727-734. Allison TA, Balbino RT, Covinsky KE. PMID: 31220199.
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    8. Journal of Folklore Research, guest-edited by TA Allison, JM Cohen and DB Reed. Introduction: Toward common cause: Music, team science and global health. 2017; 54(1-2):1-14. Allison TA, Cohen JM, Reed DB.
    9. High Prevalence of Malnutrition among Elderly Veterans in Home Based Primary Care. J Nutr Health Aging. 2017; 21(6):610-613. Win AZ, Ceresa C, Arnold K, Allison TA. PMID: 28537323.
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    10. Sense of Control in End-of-Life Decision-Making. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017 Mar; 65(3):e70-e75. Romo RD, Allison TA, Smith AK, Wallhagen MI. PMID: 28029695.
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    11. Study protocol for a cluster randomized trial of the Community of Voices choir intervention to promote the health and well-being of diverse older adults. BMC Public Health. 2015 Oct 13; 15:1049. Johnson JK, Nápoles AM, Stewart AL, Max WB, Santoyo-Olsson J, Freyre R, Allison TA, Gregorich SE. PMID: 26463176.
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    12. This Thing Called Music. V Levine and P Bohlman (Eds.). Recording the Life Review: A Case Study from the Medical Humanities. 2015. Allison TA..
    13. In Current Diagnosis and Treatment in Geriatrics. CS Landefeld, B Williams and A Chang (Eds.). Long-Term Care, Nursing Home and Rehabilitation. 2014. Allison TA..
    14. Disregard of patients' preferences is a medical error: comment on "Failure to engage hospitalized elderly patients and their families in advance care planning". JAMA Intern Med. 2013 May 13; 173(9):787. Allison TA, Sudore RL. PMID: 23545699.
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    15. Ethnomusicology. Book review: The Culture of AIDS in Africa: Hope and Healing through Music and the Arts. 2013; 57(1):137-141. Allison TA..
    16. The nursing home as village: lessons from ethnomusicology. Journal of Aging, Humanities and the Arts. 2010; 4(3):276-91.
    17. Transcending the Limitations of Institutionalized Aging Through Music: Ethnomusicology in the Nursing Home. PhD dissertation. 2010. Allison TA..
    18. The Oxford Handbook of Medical Ethnomusicology, Koen B, Barz G and Brummel-Smith K, Eds. Songwriting and transcending institutional boundaries in the nursing home. 2008. Allison TA..
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