Team

Jason Flatt, PhD
Principal Investigator
Assistant Professor in the Institute for Health & Aging, Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences, at the University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing. Scholar with the UCSF Center for Aging in Diverse Communities, UCSF Pepper Center, and UCSF Health Workforce Research Center on Long-Term Care. Core faculty for the UCSF Master of Science in Healthcare Administration and Interprofessional Leadership (MS-HAIL) program. The focus of my research has been on health disparities and dementia risk and prevention. My current research brings these 2 areas of research together. I am studying risks and protective factors for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias among LGBTQI adults aged 60+. This research will help to define the burden and develop preventive strategies. I also hope this work will lead to better detection and treatment. Future research is also needed on interventions that can prevent and reduce the burden of Alzheimer’s disease in LGBTQI populations.
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Julene Johnson, PhD
Co-Investigator
Interim Associate Dean of Research for the UCSF School of Nursing and the Associate Director at the UCSF Institute for Health & Aging. She also has an appointment at the UCSF Center for Aging in Diverse Communities. Dr. Johnson is a cognitive neuroscientist and obtained her PhD at the University of Texas at Dallas and completed postdoctoral training at the University of California, Irvine's Institute for Brain Aging and Dementia. Dr. Johnson's research program focuses on cognitive aging and covers two primary themes: 1) developing cost-effective and novel community-based programs to promote health and well-being of diverse older adults and 2) studying mild cognitive impairment as a risk for dementia and functional decline. Her research on community-based health promotion involves culturally and racial/ethnically diverse older adults. She is currently collaborating with the San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services to study the effect of a community choir program on the health and well-being of diverse older adults. In 2010, she was a Fulbright scholar in Finland where she studied how singing in a community choir influences quality of life and well-being. She is currently on the Fulbright Specialist Roster (2012-2017).
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Leslie Ross, PhD
Co-Investigator
Specialist in the Institute for Health & Aging, Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences, at the University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing.
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Patrice Bryant
Research Coordinator
Analyst and Research Coordinator in the Institute for Health & Aging, Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences, at the University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing.
Amy Mack, MSc
Graduate Researcher
Graduate Student Researcher in the Institute for Health & Aging, Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences, at the University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing.
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