Faculty and Staff Directory

Jennifer Portz, PhD, MSW

Jennifer Dickman Portz Assistant Professor

Contact information

Education 131
1586 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1586
(970) 491-4045

Areas of Interest

Public health, gerontology, and the use of technology interventions with older adults.


Jennifer Dickman Portz, Assistant Professor, joined the Colorado State University faculty in fall 2013. Dr. Portz received her PhD from the University of Denver and her MSW from Boston College. As a social worker, she spent several years conducting research at the Institute for Health Research at Kaiser Permanente Colorado and the University of Denver. Dr. Portz currently hold join appointments with Colorado State University, Kaiser Permanente Colorado, and the University of Colorado. Her research focuses on the development of patient-centered health information technologies (HIT) that can be used by older adults, their caregivers, and providers to effectively improve health decision-making, self-management and health outcomes. Her contributions to science include the identification of health outcomes and needs most important to older adults, efficacy of health information technology self-management, and the feasibility of integrating chronic disease self-management with yoga for older adults.

Degree Information

Doctor of Philosophy, 2013, Social Work, University of Denver
Master of Social Work, 2007, Social Work, Boston College
Bachelor of Arts, 2004, Anthropology, University of Denver

Academic Appointments

July 2016 – present: Research Fellow, School of Medicine, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
August 2013 - present: Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Colorado State University
August 2013 – present: Affiliate Investigator, Institute for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente Colorado.
September 2010 - June 2013: Adjunct Faculty, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver
September 2011 - December 2011: Adjunct Faculty, Department of Social Work, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Professional post–baccalaureate and post–master’s social work experience

2007 - 2013: Project Coordinator (2010-2013), Senior Research Assistant (2008-2010), Research Assistant (2007-2008), Kaiser Permanente Colorado Institute for Health Research, Denver, CO
2009 - 2011: Graduate Research Assistant, University of Denver Butler Institute for Families, Denver, CO
2006 - 2007: MSW Field Placement Intern, Springwell, Area Institute on Aging, Watertown, MA
2005 - 2006: MSW Field Placement Intern, American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay, Boston, MA
2004 - 2005: Family Case Coordinator, Developmental Pathways, Englewood, CO

Current professional, academic, community-related, and scientific memberships

Society for Social Work Research
Council on Social Work Education
National Association of Social Workers
Gerontological Association of America
Palliative Care Research Cooperative

Selected Publications

Portz, J.D., Kutner, J.S., Blatchford, P.J. Blatchford, Ritchie, C.L. (in press). High Symptom Burden and Low Functional Status in The Setting of Multimorbidity. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Portz, J.D., Vehovec, A., Dolansky, Levin, J.B, Bull, S., Boxer, R. (in press). The Development and Acceptability of a Mobile Application for Tracking Symptoms of Heart Failure among Older Adults. Telemedicine and eHealth.

Portz, J.D. (2017) A Review of Web-Based Chronic Disease Self-Management for Older Adults. Gerontechnology.16(1): 12-20. doi: doi.org/10.4017/gt.2017.

Wright, L., King, D., Retrum, J, Helander, K., Wilkins, S., Boggs, J., Portz, J.D., Nearing, K., Gozansky, W. (2017). Lessons Learned from Community-Based Participatory Research: Establishing a Partnership to Support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Aging-in-Place. Family Practice. doi:10.1093/fampra/cmx005

Atler, K.E. Van Puymbroeck, M., Portz, J.D., Schmid, A.A. (2017). Outcomes of a multimodal group self-management intervention for fall prevention: Qualitative perspectives on MY-OT among people post stroke. British Journal of Occupational Therapy. 80(5): 294-301. doi. 10.1177/0308022617690536

Schmid, A.A., Van Puymbroeck, M., Portz, J.D., and Atler, K.E., Fruhauf, C. (in press). Merging Yoga and Occupational Therapy (MY-OT): A Feasibility and Pilot study. Journal of Complimentary Therapies in Medicine.

Boggs, J.M., >Portz, J.D., King, D., Wright, L.A., Grimm, C., Helander, K., Retrum, J.H., and Gozansky, W.S. (in press). A qualitative investigation of LGBT older adults’ perspectives on aging in place. Journal of Homosexuality.

>Portz, J.D., Miller, A., Foster, B., and Lauderman, L. (2016). Persuasive Features in Health Information Technology Interventions for Older Adults with Chronic Diseases: A Systematic Review. Health and Technology. doi:10.1007/s12553-016-0130

Bredfeldt, C., Altschuler, A., Adams, A.S., >Portz, J.D., and Bayliss, A.E. (2015). Patient reported outcomes for diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Journal of Diabetes and Its Complications, 29(8), 1112-1118. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jdiacomp.2015.08.015

Polsky, S., Donahoo, W.T., Lyons, E.E., Funk, K., Williams, R., Arterburn, D., >Portz, J.D., and Bayliss, E., (2015). An evaluation of care management intensity and bariatric surgical weight loss. American Journal of Managed Care, 21(3) 182-189.

Arterburn, D., Powers, J.D., Toh, S., Polsky, S., Butler, M.G., >Portz, J.D., Donahoo, W.T., Herrinton, L., Williams, R., Vijayadeva, V., Fisher, D., Bayliss, E. (2014). Comparative effectiveness of laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding versus laparoscopic gastric bypass in 10 health systems. JAMA Surgery, 149(12), 1279-1287. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2014.1674

>Portz, J. D., Retrum, J. H., Wright, L. A., Boggs, J. M., Wilkins, S., Grimm, C., and Gozansky, W. S. (2014). Assessing Capacity for Providing Culturally Competent Services to LGBT Older Adults. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 57, 305-321. doi:10.1080/01634372.2013.857378

King, D, Toobert, D.J., >Portz, J.D., Strycker, L.A., Doty, A., Martin, C., Boggs, J.M., Faber, A., Geno, C.R., Glasgow, G.E. (2012). What patients want: Relevant health information technology for diabetes self-management. Health and Technology, 2(3), 147-157. doi: 10.1007/s12553-012-0022-7

Glasgow, R.E., Kurz, D., >Dickman, J.M, Osuna, D., Strycker, L.A., & King, D. (2012)a. Linking Internet-based diabetes self-management to primary care: Lessons learned and implications for research translation and practice implementation. Translational Behavioral Medicine: Practice, Policy and Research, 2, 1-9. doi: 10.1007/s13142-012-0109-8

Glasgow, R.E., Kurz, D., D., King, >Dickman, J.M., Faber, A., Halterman, E., T., Toobert, D.J., Strycker, L.A., Estabrooks, P.A., Osuna, D., & Ritzwoller, D. (2012)b. Twelve-month outcomes of an Internet-based diabetes self-management support program. Patient Education and Counseling, 87(1):81-92. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2011.07.024

Special awards, fellowships, grants, and other recognitions received during the last 3 years

(2016-2018) Palliative Care and Aging Research Fellowship: Fellow, National Institute on Aging
2016-2017 High Impact Experiential Learning: Policy Practice, Role: Principal Investigator, Co-Investigators: Audrey Shillington, PhD, Carol Langer, PhD. (CSU Pueblo), Colorado State System Academic Collaborations
2016 American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, 2nd Place, Best Scientific Poster Award, Chicago, IL
(2016-2017) Community Engagement in Policy Practice: PI, Council of Social Work Education
(2015-2016) Self-Management and Yoga after Chronic Pain: Co-PI, CSU Prevention Research Center
(2013-2014) Merging Yoga and Group Occupational Therapy (MY-OT): Co-I, American Occupational Therapy Foundation
(2012-2013) Social Work Dissertation Award: Recipient, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver
(2012-2013) Graduate Studies Dissertation Award: Recipient, Department of Graduate Studies, University of Denver
(2011-2012) Enid O. Cox Doctoral Fellowship: Fellow, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver

Selected professional presentations presented during the last 5 years

Atler, K., Schmid, A., Van Puymbroeck, M., & Portz, J.D. (March 2017). Participants’ Perspectives of Merging Yoga and Group OT (MY-OT): A Qualitative Study of a Post Stroke Fall Risk Prevention Intervention. Poster to be presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association Conference in Philadelphia, PA.
Portz, J.D., Waddington, E., and Holmquist-Johnson, H., Schmid, A.A. (January 2017). Staff Perspectives of Implementing a Yoga Intervention with Chronic Pain Self-Management in a Clinical Setting. Poster to be presented at the Society for Social Work Research Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA.
Portz, J.D., Waddington, E., Atler, K, Van Puymbroeck, M., and Schmid, A.A. (November 2016). Self-Management and Yoga for Older Adults with Chronic Stroke: A Mixed-Methods Study of Physical Fitness and Physical Activity. Paper to be presented at Gerontological Association of America conference in New Orleans, LA.
Schmid, A.A., Hinsey, K.M., Willis, L.A., Bolster, R.A., Van Puymbroeck, M., Tracy, B.L., Portz, J.D. (April 2016). Merging Yoga and Occupational Therapy, a pilot study to improve balance and fall risk factor management. Paper presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association conference in Chicago, IL.
Portz, J.D. (January 2016). Persuasive Features in Technology-Based Interventions for Older Adults with Chronic Diseases: A Systematic Review of the Literature. Poster presented at the Society for Social Work Research Annual Conference in Washington D.C.
Portz, J.D. (November 2015). Effectiveness of Web-Based Chronic Disease Self-Management for Older Adults: A Review of the Literature. Poster presented at the Gerontological Society of America in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Portz, J.D. (January 2015). Health information technology and older adults. Paper presented at the Society for Social Work Research Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA.
Boggs, J.M., Portz, J.D., King, D., Wright, L.A., Grimm, C., Helander, K., Retrum, J.H., and Gozansky, W.S. (April 2014) The Intersection of Ageism and Heterosexism: LGBT Older Adults’ Perspectives on Aging-in-Place. Paper presented at the HMO Research Network Conference in Phoenix, AZ.
Portz, J.D. and Hanna, M. (November, 2012). Implications of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) on older Americans: A social justice perspective. Paper presented at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.
King, D. and Dickman, J.M. (April, 2012). What patients want: Relevant health information technology for diabetes self-management. Poster presented at Annals of Behavioral Medicine Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA
Dickman, J.M. and Hanna, M. (January, 2012). Translating the NORC model to address health and social service gaps for GLBT seniors. Poster presented at the Society for Social Work Research Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.
Dickman, J.M., Glasgow, R.E (January, 2011). Goal selection in diabetes self-management. Paper presented at the Society for Social Work Research Annual Conference, Tampa, FL.