At the time of this interview, Dr. Raina Croff served as Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Layton Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease Center at OHSU. Beginning in 2015, she also led the Sharing History through Active Reminiscence and Photo-imagery (SHARP) study, which sought to maintain or improve the cognitive health and overall well-being of older Black Portlanders through group neighborhood walks and culturally celebratory historical images. Dr. Croff and Dr. King unpack aspects of this research such as aging in place, community memory and transformation, healing from collective trauma, and the relationship between researchers and their subjects. Other notable topics include Dr. Croff’s experience as a biracial woman, colorism, and double-consciousness.
Dr. Croff’s work on the SHARP study is funded by the National Institute on Aging [Grant 3P30AG008017-28S2], the Alzheimer’s Association [AARG-D 443651], the CDC [Grant 3U48DP005006-01S2], the Roybal Center for Translational Research [Grant P30 AG024978], and NIH/NCCIH/NCATS [Grant 5UL1TR002369].
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