Adriana Perez, PhD, ANP, is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. A graduate of the first cohort of PhD students at ASU CONHI, she received funding to support her doctoral dissertation from the John A. Hartford Foundation Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity (BAGNC) program; the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research through an Individual Nursing Research Service Award; Beta Upsilon Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International; and the National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurses. In 2009, she was awarded a John A. Hartford Foundation Claire M. Fagin Fellowship for postdoctoral training as a geriatric nurse scientist.
Dr. Perez’s program of research focuses on cardiovascular health promotion among older diverse populations. She has developed and tested a theory-based motivational intervention to promote physical activity among older Hispanic women in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Dr. Perez has used mixed-methods to address the complexities of culturally-relevant, community-based research that emphasizes cultural strengths, resources, and social networks to develop a feasible and culturally-relevant wellness motivation intervention to reduce cardiovascular health disparities among older Hispanics. In the healthcare policy area, Dr. Perez is focused on the translation of effective interventions that promote healthy aging in sustainable community programs.
Dr. Perez has clinical experience in cardiovascular nursing as a practitioner and educator. She is an active member of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses – Valle del Sol Chapter in Phoenix, Arizona, and is Chair of the BAGNC Alumni Association.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); and Office of U.S. Congressman Raul Grijalva