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Theresa Allison, MD, PhD

Title(s)Professor, Medicine
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Phone415-221-4810 ext. 25877
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    University of Illinois at Chicago, Urbana-ChampaignM.D.2002Medicine
    University of Illinois, Urbana-ChampaignPh.D.2010Musicology
    University of California, San Francisco, CA2018Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training
    University of California, San Francisco2005Family and Community Medicine
    University of California, SanFrancisco2006Geriatric Medicine
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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 K23AG062613Aug 1, 2019 - Mar 31, 2024
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Allison TA, Smith AK. "Now I write songs": Growth and Reciprocity After Long-Term Nursing Home Placement. Gerontologist. 2019 May 21. PMID: 31112596.
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    2. Allison TA, Balbino RT, Covinsky KE. Caring community and relationship centred care on an end-stage dementia special care unit. Age Ageing. 2019 Apr 09. PMID: 31220199.
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    3. Win AZ, Ceresa C, Arnold K, Allison TA. High Prevalence of Malnutrition among Elderly Veterans in Home Based Primary Care. J Nutr Health Aging. 2017; 21(6):610-613. PMID: 28537323.
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    4. Allison TA, Cohen JM, Reed DB.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.
    5. Romo RD, Allison TA, Smith AK, Wallhagen MI. Sense of Control in End-of-Life Decision-Making. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017 Mar; 65(3):e70-e75. PMID: 28029695.
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    6. Johnson JK, Nápoles AM, Stewart AL, Max WB, Santoyo-Olsson J, Freyre R, Allison TA, Gregorich SE. 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. PMID: 26463176.
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    7. Allison TA.. This Thing Called Music. V Levine and P Bohlman (Eds.). Recording the Life Review: A Case Study from the Medical Humanities. 2015.
    8. Allison TA.. In Current Diagnosis and Treatment in Geriatrics. CS Landefeld, B Williams and A Chang (Eds.). Long-Term Care, Nursing Home and Rehabilitation. 2014.
    9. Allison TA, Sudore RL. 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. PMID: 23545699.
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    10. Allison TA.. Ethnomusicology. Book review: The Culture of AIDS in Africa: Hope and Healing through Music and the Arts. 2013; 57(1):137-141.
    11. The nursing home as village: lessons from ethnomusicology. Journal of Aging, Humanities and the Arts. 2010; 4(3):276-91.
    12. Allison TA.. Transcending the Limitations of Institutionalized Aging Through Music: Ethnomusicology in the Nursing Home. PhD dissertation. 2010.
    13. Allison TA.. 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.