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Alan DeLaTorre, PhD
Alan DeLaTorre, PhD


Tel: 503.725.5134
Fax: 503.725.5100
Office: URBN 470S


Age-friendly cities; global aging; urban and regional planning for an aging society; housing and environments for older adults; accessible environments; aging in community; service-learning and community-based participatory research. In his free time, Alan enjoys time with his family, playing soccer and baseball, and travel.


Alan is the co-coordinator for the Age-Friendly Portland & Multnomah County initiatives (in collaboration with the World Health Organization and AARP) and is the coordinator and faculty 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 he is actively involved in making Portland a better place for those of all ages and abilities. Dr. DeLaTorre’s teaching includes perspective on aging, housing and environments for older adults, global aging, and community-based service-learning projects with graduate and undergraduate students locally and globally. Alan serves as a board member of the Oregon Gerontological Association, Commissioner of the Portland Commission on Disability, member of the Age-Friendly Portland & Multnomah County Advisory Council, advisor to Villages NW (Portland’s “Village” for aging in place), and as an appointed volunteer for AARP Oregon; additionally, he has served on several citywide stakeholder advisory groups and committees in an attempt to advance the quality of life and well-being of Portlanders of all ages and abilities.

Selected Publications

  • DeLaTorre, A. & Neal, M.B. (manuscript submitted for final review). Integrating Aging and Sustainability through University-Community Partnership. In J. Allen, J. Sherman, & B. D. Worthman-Galvin (Eds.), Sustainable Solutions: Let Knowledge Serve the City (Volume 1: Section 2: On the Horizon). Greenleaf Publishing.
  • DeLaTorre, A. (in press). The Intersection between Sustainable and Age-Friendly Development. In P. Stafford (Ed.), The Global Age-friendly Community Movement: A Critical Appraisal. Berghahn Books.
  • DeLaTorre, A. & Neal, M.B. (2015). Portland, Oregon: A Case Study of Efforts to Become More Age Friendly. In F. Caro, K. Fitzgerald & R. Geary (Eds.), International Perspectives on Age-Friendly Cities. Taylor & Francis.
  • DeLaTorre, A. (March-April, 2015). Baby boomers’ evolving housing preferences will shape new, innovative options. Aging Today, the bimonthly newspaper of the American Society on Aging.
  • Neal, M.B., DeLaTorre, A. & Carder, P. (2015). From Planning to Implementation for an Age-Friendly Portland. Public Policy & Aging Report.
  • Neal, M.B., DeLaTorre, A. & Carder, P. (2014). Creating an Age-Friendly Portland: From Research to Policy to Action. Journal of Aging & Social Policy. DOI: 10.1080/08959420.2014.854651
  • DeLaTorre, A., & Neal, M. (January, 2014). Aging and Equity in the Greater Portland Metropolitan Region. Connections: Journal of the Coalition for a Livable Future, 12(1), 10-23.  
  • 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, Portland State University.
  • Neal, M.B., & DeLaTorre, A. (Spring, 2012). Enhancing Age Friendliness in Portland, Oregon. The Journal: AARP International.  
  • 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. Journal of the International Federation on Ageing, 19-28.
  • Neal, M.B., & DeLaTorre. A. (March, 2007). The World Health Organization Age-Friendly Cities Project in Portland, Oregon, USA: Final Report. World Health Organization.

Curriculum Vitae