Elena Portacolone, PhD, MBA, MPH

Associate Adjunct Professor
Institute for Health & Aging
+1 510 830-9309

Dr. Portacolone is an Associate Professor of Sociology in the Institute for Health and Aging at UCSF and a Pepper Center Scholar at the Division of Geriatric Medicine at UCSF. Dr. Portacolone is also an alumna of the Butler-Williams program at the National Institute on Aging and of the Health Disparities Institute at the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities.

Dr. Portacolone completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Turin, Italy. After working in the corporate sector in the United Kingdom, she completed an MPH degree at School of Public Health at UC Berkeley, an MBA degree at the Haas Business at UC Berkeley, and a PhD in Sociology in the Department of Social and Behavioral Science at UCSF.

Dr. Portacolone has research experience in studying cognitive impairment, older adults who are racial/ethnic minorities, innovative recruitment strategies, as well as artificial intelligence and other technologies to support people with cognitive impairment age in place. She has led six investigations that focus on identifying barriers and facilitators to acute and long-term services and supports, increasing engagement of racial/ethnic minorities in dementia research, social integration, and emergency preparedness in vulnerable older adults, the majority of them living alone. The majority of study participants in her studies belong to racial/ethnic minorities. She has received extensive training in cognitive impairment, ethics, and advanced qualitative methods, as well as mixed methods.

Publications: 

The Living Alone with Cognitive Impairment Project's Policy Advisory Group on Long-Term Services and Supports: Setting a Research Equity Agenda.

International journal of environmental research and public health

Portacolone E, Torres JM, Johnson JK, Benton D, Rapp T, Tran T, Martinez P, Graham C

The Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Lived Experience of Diverse Older Adults Living Alone With Cognitive Impairment.

The Gerontologist

Portacolone E, Chodos A, Halpern J, Covinsky KE, Keiser S, Fung J, Rivera E, Tran T, Bykhovsky C, Johnson JK

Use of Services by People Living Alone With Cognitive Impairment: A Systematic Review.

Innovation in Aging

Rosenwohl-Mack A, Dubbin L, Chodos A, Dulaney S, Fang ML, Merrilees J, Portacolone E

Polymyxins and analogues bind to ribosomal RNA and interfere with eukaryotic translation in vitro.

Chembiochem : a European journal of chemical biology

McCoy LS, Roberts KD, Nation RL, Thompson PE, Velkov T, Li J, Tor Y

Multi-cultural perspectives on group singing among diverse older adults.

Geriatric nursing (New York, N.Y.)

Allison TA, Nápoles AM, Johnson JK, Stewart AL, Rodriguez-Salazar M, Peringer J, Sherman S, Ortez-Alfaro J, Villero O, Portacolone E

Difficulty and help with activities of daily living among older adults living alone with cognitive impairment.

Alzheimer's & dementia : the journal of the Alzheimer's Association

Edwards RD, Brenowitz WD, Portacolone E, Covinsky KE, Bindman A, Glymour MM, Torres JM

Walking the Tightrope between Study Participant Autonomy and Researcher Integrity: The Case Study of a Research Participant with Alzheimer's Disease Pursuing Euthanasia in Switzerland.

Journal of empirical research on human research ethics : JERHRE

Portacolone E, Covinsky KE, Johnson JK, Rubinstein RL, Halpern J

The Precarity of Older Adults Living Alone With Cognitive Impairment.

The Gerontologist

Portacolone E, Rubinstein RL, Covinsky KE, Halpern J, Johnson JK

A framework to identify precarity in data collection and analysis: Toward a global precarity index. In A. M. Grenier, C. Philippson, & R. A. Settersten (Eds.), Precarity and Ageing: Understanding Changing Forms of Risk and Vulnerability in Later Life. Lon

A framework to identify precarity in data collection and analysis: Toward a global precarity index. In A. M. Grenier, C. Philippson, & R. A. Settersten (Eds.), Precarity and Ageing: Understanding Changing Forms of Risk and Vulnerability in Later Life. Lon

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The Effects and Meanings of Receiving a Diagnosis of Mild Cognitive Impairment or Alzheimer's Disease When One Lives Alone.

Journal of Alzheimer's disease : JAD

Portacolone E, Johnson JK, Covinsky KE, Halpern J, Rubinstein RL

Psychosocial Influences on Disaster Preparedness in San Francisco Recipients of Home Care.

Journal of urban health : bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine

Gershon RR, Portacolone E, Nwankwo EM, Zhi Q, Qureshi KA, Raveis VH

A Tale of Two Cities: The Exploration of the Trieste Public Psychiatry Model in San Francisco.

Culture, medicine and psychiatry

Portacolone E, Segal SP, Mezzina R, Scheper-Hughes N, Okin RL

"Move or Suffer": Is Age-Segregation the New Norm for Older Americans Living Alone?

Journal of applied gerontology : the official journal of the Southern Gerontological Society

Portacolone E, Halpern J

Time to reinvent the science of dementia: the need for care and social integration.

Aging & mental health

Portacolone E, Berridge C, K Johnson J, Schicktanz S

"Maggie Kuhn: Social Theorist of Radical Gerontology."

International Journal of Sociology & Social Policy

Portacolone, E., Estes, Carroll