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Jessica Retrum, Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Jessica Haxton Retrum

University of Colorado Denver
School of Public Affairs
P.O. Box 173364 - Campus Box 142
Denver, CO 80217 - 3364
Phone: (303) 315 - 2991
Fax: (303) 315 - 2229

MSSW, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1997
PhD, University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work, 2010

Dr. Retrum has eight years of clinical experience in health related social work; hospice, home and, inpatient care and developmental disabilities. She has also provided mental health care to children in residential and in-home settings. Her doctoral research interests were in social work in the field of gerontology with community dwelling older adults with chronic illness and their social supports.  Dr. Retrum was a recipient of the John A. Hartford Foundation Pre-Dissertation Award in 2006.  Her dissertation researched involved a dyad analysis of older parents and their cohabitating child caregivers.  Through her own research and affiliation with the Institute of Gerontology from 2005-2009, Dr. Retrum worked with many community non-profit organizations that serve the social, health, and mental health needs of older adults and their families.  She teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses including research and program evaluation at University of Denver and Metro State College of Denver. 

Dr. Retrum currently serves as the PARTNER Postdoctoral Fellow in Public Health Systems and Service Research at the University of Colorado Denver, School of Public Affairs.  She provides support to the PARTNER project through community outreach and education, training and technical assistance, data management and analysis, scholarly work, and grant writing.  Dr. Retrum assists with the implementation of new and ongoing PARTNER related social network analysis research.

Position: Post Doctoral Fellow, PARTNER (

Content Expertise: Gerontology, Caregiving, Social Work (LCSW), Health Care, Health and Social Service Interventions

Professional Skills: Qualitative and Quantitative Methods, Program Evaluation, Grant Writing, Dyad and Social Network Analysis | Physical Address: 1380 Lawrence St., Ste. 500  Denver, CO  80204 | Mailing Address: University of Colorado Denver, SPA, Campus Box 142, P.O. Box 173364, Denver, CO 80217-3364 | ph: 303.315.2228 | fax: 303.315.2229 | SPA Website Feedback

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