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Elena Fazio
Title: Director, Office of for AD-ADRD Administration and Strategic Par
Office(s): Division of Behavioral and Social Research (DBSR)
Phone Number: 301-496-3131
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Dr. Elena Fazio is a Health Scientist Administrator in the Division of Behavioral and Social Research at the National Institute on Aging (NIA). She works primarily on projects supporting the goals of the National Alzheimer’s Plan of Action (NAPA), including serving as the program official for grants related to long-term supports and services for older adults. Prior to joining the NIA, Dr. Fazio worked for the U.S. Administration for Community Living (ACL), where she led a wide variety of projects focused on program performance, national data collection (survey data and administrative data), and research on services and supports provided to older adults and persons with disabilities. She initiated a redesign of the National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants and managed improvements in data collection and reporting for ACL’s State Program Reports. Dr. Fazio has planned workshops, written issue briefs, and led task forces on topics such as the workforce for community care, chronic disease self-management, end-of-life care, dementia care interventions, and improving outcomes for carers and persons living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Before joining NIA and ACL, she was staff director for the Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-related Statistics. As a post-doctoral fellow, she served as project director for the NIA-funded Aging, Stress and Health program. Dr. Fazio’s PhD in Sociology was awarded by the University of Maryland (with a dissertation on “Role Occupancies, Physical Health, and the Diminishment of the Self-Concept in Later Life”), and she has Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and in Human Services from Villanova University. Her published research deals with stress, mental and physical health, and health disparities in late life.

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