Jennifer Portz, PhD
Assistant Professor, Medicine-Internal Medicine

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Graduate Schools :
  • MSW, Boston College (2007)
  • PhD, University of Denver (2013)
Undergraduate School:
  • BA, University of Denver (CO) (2004)
Languages: English
Department: Medicine-Internal Medicine

Professional Titles

  • Assistant Professor, Medicine-Internal Medicine
  • Assistant Professor

Recognition & Awards

  • Award for Excellence in Psychosocial Research, Social Work Palliative Care and Hospice Network (2019)
  • Women's Leadership Trainee, Women in Medicine and Science, University of Colorado (2019)
  • Clinical Trial Intensive Trainee, Palliative Care Research Cooperative Group (2019)
  • Academic Leadership Program Invited Trainee, American Heart Association (2018)

Research Interests

My mission is to advance social work research in palliative care by developing digital health interventions that can be used by patients with serious illnesses, their caregivers, and family to effectively improve patient-family centered outcomes. Digital health, including tele-heath, wearable devices, and mobile applications (mHealth), provides modern opportunities for patients and their convoy to assess and advocate for basic palliative care needs and resources. Over the next few years, my career development award (CDA) funded research will focus on addressing two major digital health knowledge gaps: 1) applying digital health to palliative care, and 2) determining how to design digital tools for older patients, their caregivers, and family (multiple, simultaneous, age-diverse users).


  • Portz JD, Elsbernd K, Plys E, Ford KL, Zhang X, Gore MO, Moore SL, Zhou S, Bull S. Elements of Social Convoy Theory in Mobile Health for Palliative Care: Scoping Review. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2020 Jan 6;8(1):e16060. PubMed PMID: 31904581
  • Portz JD, Ford K, Bekelman DB, Boxer RS, Kutner JS, Czaja S, Elsbernd K, Bull S. "We're Taking Something So Human and Trying to Digitize": Provider Recommendations for mHealth in Palliative Care. J Palliat Med. 2019 Sep 17. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31526220
  • Portz JD, Fruhauf C, Bull S, Boxer RS, Bekelman DB, Casillas A, Gleason K, Bayliss EA. "Call a Teenager… That's What I Do!" - Grandchildren Help Older Adults Use New Technologies: Qualitative Study. JMIR Aging. 2019 Jun 6;2(1):e13713. PubMed PMID: 31518274
  • Schmid AA, Fruhauf CA, Sharp JL, Van Puymbroeck M, Bair MJ, Portz JD. Yoga for People With Chronic Pain in a Community-Based Setting: A Feasibility and Pilot RCT. J Evid Based Integr Med. 2019 Jan-Dec;24:2515690X19863763. PubMed PMID: 31394910
  • Schmid AA, Van Puymbroeck M, Fruhauf CA, Bair MJ, Portz JD. Yoga improves occupational performance, depression, and daily activities for people with chronic pain. Work. 2019;63(2):181-189. PubMed PMID: 31156199
  • Portz JD, Bayliss EA, Bull S, Boxer RS, Bekelman DB, Gleason K, Czaja S. Using the Technology Acceptance Model to Explore User Experience, Intent to Use, and Use Behavior of a Patient Portal Among Older Adults With Multiple Chronic Conditions: Descriptive Qualitative Study. J Med Internet Res. 2019 Apr 8;21(4):e11604. PubMed PMID: 30958272
  • Portz JD, LaMendola WF. Participation, Retention, and Utilization of a Web-Based Chronic Disease Self-Management Intervention Among Older Adults. Telemed J E Health. 2019 Feb;25(2):126-131. PubMed PMID: 29782228
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Practice Locations

University Internal Medicine at Anschutz
1635 Aurora Ct
5th Floor
Aurora, CO 80045

General Information

Graduate Schools:
  • MSW, Boston College (2007)
  • PhD, University of Denver (2013)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BA, University of Denver (CO) (2004)
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Languages: English
Department: Medicine-Internal Medicine