Adriana Perez, PhD, CRNP is an Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing. Her program of research, funded by the National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Aging (NIH/NIA) is focused on the influence of multi-level factors on physical activity, cognitive health, cardiovascular health, and sleep among Spanish-speaking older Latinos with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias (ADRD). She is a Scientist at the Center for Improving Care Delivery for the Aging, Penn’s Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR), and a board-certified Adult Nurse Practitioner at Mercy LIFE, providing community-based long-term care for diverse, frail elders who reside in North Philadelphia.
Dr. Perez served as Chair of the Expert Panel on Aging at the American Academy of Nursing Policy Advisor of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN), Public Policy Committee. She was selected as a Congressional Fellow supported by the Atlantic Philanthropies and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Healthy Aging Program to work with Latino city planners, local policymakers, stakeholders, and residents to inform environmental policies that promote healthy aging.
Dr. Perez was awarded the 2018 Senior Service America Senior Scholar Award for Research Related to Disadvantaged Older Adults by the Gerontological Society of America. She is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.