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Alan DeLaTorre

Sr. Research Associate

Office: URBN 470S
Phone: 503-544-7532
Fax: 503-725-5100

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Age-friendly cities; healthy and active aging; global aging; urban and regional planning for an aging society; housing and environments for older adults; community-based participatory research.


Alan is a project manager for Portland’s Age-Friendly Cities project (in collaboration with the World Health Organization) and is the coordinator for Global Aging and Health: Enhancing Communities in Nicaragua program (in collaboration with the Jessie F. Richardson Foundation). His doctoral research focused on understanding the factors that affect the planning and development of sustainable, affordable housing for older adults and is actively involved in making Portland a better place for those of all ages and abilities. Dr. DeLaTorre’s teaching has focused on housing and environments for older adults, global aging, and service-learning projects with both graduate and undergraduate students. Alan also works for the Jessie F. Richardson Foundation – a close community partner of the Institute on Aging – as its Director of Operations, and serves on a number of community organizations including: Commissioner of the Portland Commission on Disability; Member of the Portland Age-Friendly Advisory Council and Chair of the Housing Subcommittee; Advisor to Villages NW, Portland’s “Village” for aging in place; and as a Board Member for the Oregon Gerontological Association.  

Selected Publications

·        Nealm, M..B., DeLaTorre, A.K., Carder, P.C. (2013). Age-friendly Portland: A university-city-community partnership. Journal of Aging and Social Policy

·        DeLaTorre, A., DeLaTorre, T., Neal, M.B., Carder, P., Weinstein, J., DeShane, M., & Wilson, K.B. (Winter, 2012).Periodic Atlas of the Metroscape: Planning for Our Aging Society. Metroscape, Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies, Portland State University.

·        Neal, M.B., Wilson, K.B, DeLaTorre, A., & Lopez, M.G. (2010). A Service-Learning Program in Nicaragua: Aging, Environment, and Health. Global Ageing: Issues & Action. The Journal of the International Federation on Ageing, 6(2), 19-28.

·        Neal, M.B., & DeLaTorre, A. (Summer, 2009). The WHO Age-Friendly Cities Project. Generations: Journal of the American Society on Aging, 33(2), 74-75. 

·        Neal, M.B., & DeLaTorre, A. (October, 2007). The World Health Organization’s Age-Friendly Cities Project in Portland, Oregon: Summary of findings. AARP Oregon: Portland, OR.

Neal, M.B., Chapman, N., Dill, J., Sharkova, I., De La Torre, A. Sullivan, K., Kanai, T., & Martin, S. (August, 2006).Age-Related Shifts in Housing and Transportation Demand. A multidisciplinary study conducted for Metro by Portland State University’s College of Urban and Public Affairs