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Jennifer Dickman Portz, PhD, MSW

Jennifer Dickman Portz Assistant Professor

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Contact information

Education 131
1586 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1586
(970) 491-4045
jennifer.portz@colostate.edu



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

Grand Challenges for Social Work: Close the health gap; Advance long and productive lives; Harness technology for social good

Bio

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

Interprofessional Certificate in Palliative Care, 2018, School of Medicine, University of Colorado
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

2018-present: Assistant Professor, Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado
July 2016 – 2018: Aging Palliative Care Research Fellow, School of Medicine, University of Colorado
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., Cognetta, S., and Bekelman, D. (In press)b. Potential Technology Development for Palliative Care. Journal of Palliative Medicine. (Impact Factor: 2.230)
Portz, J.D., and LaMendola, W.F. (In press)a. Older Adult Participation and Utilization of Web-Based Chronic Disease Self-Management Intervention. Telemedicine and eHealth. (Impact Factor: 2.031; Ranking: 33/103 Health Informatics)
Portz, J.D., Kutner, J.S., Blatchford, P.J. Blatchford, Ritchie, C.L. (2017). 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. (2017). 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.2017.16.1.002.00
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
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

Special awards, fellowships, grants, and other recognitions

(2018-2023) Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging (K76): PI, National Institute on Aging
(2018-2021) Junior Faculty Career Development Award: PI, American Heart Association
(2018) The IMPACT: IMPlementation to Achieve Clinical Transformation (K12): Scholar (Funded- Award declined); National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
2018 American Heart Association Academic Leadership Program; Invited, Salt Lake City, UT
(2017-2020) Merging Yoga and self-management to develop Skills (MY-Skills) (R34): Co-I, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
(2016-2018) Palliative Care and Aging Research Fellowship (T32): Fellow, National Institute on Aging
(2016-2017_ High Impact Experiential Learning: Policy Practice, 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 during the past three years

Portz, J.D., Fink, R., Baily, A. (November 2018). Interprofessional Education in Palliative Care: Improving Care for People with Serious Illness. Paper to be presented at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Meeting, Orlando, Fl.
Portz, J.D., Bayliss, E., Lum, H., Bull, S., Boxer, R., Bekelman, D. (March 2018). Perceptions of Patient Portal Use for Advance Directives among Older Adults with Multiple Chronic Conditions: Implications for Social Work Practice. Poster to be presented at Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.
Portz, J.D., Bayliss, E., Lum, H., Bull, S., Boxer, R., Bekelman, D. (March 2018). Perceptions of Patient Portal Use for Advance Directive Documentation among Older Adults with Multiple Chronic Conditions. Poster to be presented at American Academy of Hopsice and Palliative Medicine, Boston, MA.
Portz, J.D., Hafer, A., Eidmann, A., Baker, A., Mendez, V., Yuma, P., Schmid, A.A., (January 2018). Enhancing Chronic Disease Self-Management through Yoga: Effects of Mindfulness and Self-Efficacy for People with Chronic Pain. Poster to be presented Society for Social Work Research, Washington, DC.
Portz, J.D. (October 2017) High Impact Learning for Policy Practice at Colorado State University School of Social Work. Invited presentation at the Council on Social Work Education Field Education Policy Initiative, Dallas, TX.
Portz, J.D.. (November 2017). Perceptions of Patient Portal Use for Advance Directive Documentation among Older Adults with Multiple Chronic Conditions. Invited presentation at Kaiser Permanente Colorado Intuitional for Health Research Noon Seminar Series, Denver, CO.
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.
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.