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Buividas Chair for Perez

Penn Nursing’s Adriana Perez, PhD, ANP-BC, FAAN, Associate Professor of Nursing in the Department of Family and Community Health, has been appointed the Anthony Buividas Term Chair in Gerontology. Dr. Perez is a Scientist at the Center for Improving Care Delivery for the Aging (CICADA), Penn’s Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR), funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA). She has constructed a community-engaged research portfolio focused on designing and testing of theory-based and culturally relevant interventions for elder Latinx adults. Her passion for community engagement and community research and the relationships she builds in Latinx communities throughout the city of Philadelphia, is a testament of her leadership.

Perez’s research is focused on the influence of multi-level factors on physical activity, cardiovascular health, cognitive health, and sleep among Spanish-speaking older Latinos with ADRD. Her research is grounded in practice, as a board-certified Adult Nurse Practitioner at Mercy LIFE, she provides community-based long-term care for diverse, frail elders who reside in North Philadelphia. Tiempo Juntos por Nuestra Salud: A Community-Based Physical Activity Intervention for Spanish Speaking Latinos, a 4-year R01, funded by the NIA, tests a Spanish-language, community-based intervention aimed at increasing physical activity and improving cardiovascular health, cognitive health, and sleep quality among Latinos 55 years and older with MCI. It builds on an interdisciplinary team’s research in partnership with multicultural health centers and community advisory board.

Perez has demonstrated her ability to disseminate her scholarship across range of interdisciplinary journals, invited presentations and named lectureships, and community events. Her scholarship has also been acknowledged by leading professional organizations, including her fellowships in the American Academy of Nursing and the Gerontological Society of America, and awards from a wide range of organizations including the American Heart and Stroke Association, the Hispanic Nurses Association, the Atlantic Philanthropies, the American Public Health Association, and most recently, her Research Recognition award from The National Hispanic Council.