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Alan DeLaTorre, PhD
Alan DeLaTorre, PhD


Tel: 503.725.5134
Fax: 503.725.5100
Office: URBN 470J


Age-friendly communities; global aging; housing and environments across the life course; accessible and inclusive environments; aging in place/community; urban planning and policy; community-based participatory research and design.

In his free time, Alan enjoys time with his family, travel, and playing and watching soccer (go Timbers!).


Alan coordinates Portland State University’s Senior Adult Learning Center and the Age-Friendly Portland & Multnomah County initiative. Recent projects include a preliminary analysis of the costs of visitability in Portland (funding City of Portland), age-friendly housing policies in Portland and King County, WA, collaborative projects with Dr. Margaret Neal identifying the value proposition for age-friendly communities and evaluating the intergenerational community Bridge Meadows, and a study in partnership with the University of Utah focused on understanding how home modifications impact life-space mobility for older adults. In addition to his scholarship, Alan values service to the community as he serves as a board member of the Oregon Gerontological Association, an auxiliary member of the Portland Commission on Disability after six years as a Commissioner, a member of the Age-Friendly Portland & Multnomah County Advisory Council, an advisor to Villages NW, and as an appointed volunteer for AARP Oregon; additionally, he has served on several citywide advisory groups and committees in an attempt to advance the quality of life and well-being of Portlanders of all ages and abilities. 


Alan teaches as part of Portland State University’s Graduate Certificate in Gerontology (College of Urban and Public Affairs), including the following courses: Perspectives on Aging, Housing and Environments for the Elderly, Global Aging, and Creating Age-friendly Communities. He also holds an affiliate faculty position in the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning and an adjunct position in University Studies where he has been a Capstone instructor for the international education abroad program Global Health and Aging: Enhancing Communities in Nicaragua (2010-2017).

Selected Publications

  • DeLaTorre, A. (accepted for publication). The Intersection between Sustainable and Age-friendly Development. In P. Stafford (ed.), The Global Age-friendly Community Movement, Berghahn Books, Oxford, UK. 
  • DeLaTorre, A., & Neal, M.B., (2017). Ecological Approaches to an Age-Friendly Portland and Multnomah County. Journal of Housing for the Elderly, 31(2), 130-145. DOI:10.1080/02763893.2017.1309931
  • Neal, M. B., Cannon, M., DeLaTorre, A., Bolkan, C., Wernher, I., Nolan, E., López Norori, M., Largaespada Fredersdorff, C., & Brown Wilson, K. (2017). Addressing the Needs of Older Nicaraguans Living on the Edge: A University-Community Partnership in International Service Learning. Journal of Gerontology and Geriatrics Education, 38(1), 119-138.
  • Neal, M.B. and DeLaTorre, A. (2016). The Case for Age-friendly Communities. Grantmakers in Aging. Retrieved From:
  • DeLaTorre, A., & Neal, M.B. (2016). Integrating Aging and Sustainability through University-Community Partnerships. In B.D. Wortham-Galvin, J.H. Allen, & J. Sherman (eds.), Sustainable Solutions: Let Knowledge Serve the City. Routlegde.
  • DeLaTorre, A., Neal, M., & Wernher, I. (2016). Bridge Meadows Program Evaluation: Final Report. 
  • 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.
  • Neal, M.B., DeLaTorre, A. & Carder, P. (2015). From Planning to Implementation for an Age-Friendly Portland. Public Policy & Aging Report. DOI: 10.1093/ppar/pru054
  • 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., 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.
  • Dissertation: DeLaTorre, A. (2013). Sustainable, Affordable Housing for Older Adults: A Case Study of Factors that Affect Development in Portland, Oregon. Portland State University.

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