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Washington State University

Cory Bolkan

Cory Bolkan

Professor 360-546-9336 McClaskey 201, Vancouver 14204 NE SALMON CREEK AVE

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)


  • Postdoctoral Fellow in Health Services Research, Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System and University of Washington, 2006-2008
  • Ph.D. Human Development and Family Sciences, Oregon State University, 2006
  • M.S. Human Development and Family Sciences, Oregon State University, 2003
  • B.A. Psychology; B.A. Spanish, University of Virginia, 1999

Areas of Emphasis

    • healthy aging
    • aging in place
    • family gerontology
    • grief, coping, and loss
    • elder abuse

Selected Publications

Teaster, P.B., Vincenti, V., Betz-Hamilton, A., Bolkan, C., & Jasper, C. (in press). Themes from elder financial exploitation by family member powers of attorney. Groves Monographs on Marriage & Family; Gender, Sexual Identity, and Families: The Personal Is Political (vol. 6)

Moving Toward Age-Friendly Housing in King County: An Assessment of Current & Future Housing Needs for Older Adults. (pdf)(2018). Anderson, B., Bolkan, C., DeLaTorre, A., Gaolach., Gromko, B. Hoard, S., & Sanders, C. King County Human Services Department.

The Abuse of Vulnerable Older Adults by Surrogate Decision Maker Perpetrators. Retirement Research Foundation. $154,581. Co-PI’s: C. Bolkan & P. Teaster (09/15/18 – 03/20/20).

Neal, M., Cannon, M., DeLaTorre, A., Bolkan, C., Werner, I., Nolan, E., Lopez Norori, M., Largaespada Fredersdorff, C., & Brown Wilson, K. (in press). Addressing the needs of older Nicaraguans living on the edge: A university-community partnership in international service learning. Gerontology & Geriatrics Education.

Davis, T.D., Campbell, D.G., Bonner, L.M., Bolkan, C., Lanto, A., Chaney, E.F., Waltz, T., Zivin, K., Yano, E.M., & Rubenstein, L.V. (in press). Women Veterans with depression in VA primary care: An assessment of needs and preferences. Women’s Health Issues.

Campbell, D.G., Bonner, L.B., Bolkan, C., Lanto, A.B., Zivin, K., Waltz, T.J., Klap, R., Rubenstein, L.V., & Chaney, E.F. (2016). Stigma predicts treatment preferences and care engagement among Veterans Affairs primary care patients with depression. Annals of Behavioral Medicinedoi: 10.1007/s12160-016-9780-1

Bolkan, C., Hooker, K., & Coehlo, D. (2015). Possible selves and depressive symptoms in later life. Research on Aging.

Corbett, C.F., Dupler, A.E., Smith, S., Setter, S.M., Balogh, E.M., & Bolkan C.R. (2014). Transitional care medication safety: Stakeholders’ perspectives. AHRQ Advances in Patient Safety and Medical Liability.

Bolkan, C., Srinivasen, E., Dewar, A., & Schubel, S. (2014). Learning through loss: Implementing lossography narratives in death education. Gerontology & Geriatrics Education. doi: 10.1080/02701960.2014.926268

Waltz, T.J., Campbell, D.G., Kirchner, J., Lombardero, A., Bolkan, C., Zivin, K., Lanto, A., Chaney, E., & Rubenstein, L.V. (2014). Veterans with depression in primary care: Treatment preferences, treatment matching, and satisfaction with care.Families, Systems, & Health. doi: 10.1037/fsh0000071

Bonner, L.M., Lanto, A.B., Bolkan, C., Watson, G.S., Campbell, D.G., Chaney, E.F., & Rubenstein, L., (2013). Help-seeking from clergy and spiritual counselors among Veterans with depression and PTSD in primary care. Journal of Religion & Health, 52, 707-718.
doi: 10.1007/s10943-012-9671-0

Bolkan, C., Bonner, L.,M, Campbell, D.G., Lanto, A.B., Ziving, K., Chaney, E. F., & Rubenstein, L., (2013). Family involvement, medication adherence, and depression outcomes among patients in Veterans Affairs primary care. Psychiatric Services, 64, 472 – 478. doi: 10.1176/

Zivin, K., Campbell, D.G., Lanto, A., Chaney, E., Bolkan, C., Bonner, L., Miller, E., Valenstein, M., Waltz, T., & Rubenstein, L. (2012). Relationships between mood and employment over time among depressed primary care patients. General Hospital Psychiatry, 34,  468 – 477.
doi: 10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2012.05.008

Bolkan, C. & Hooker, K. (2012). Self-regulation and social cognition in adulthood: The gyroscope of personality. In M. Sliwinski and S. Whitbourne (Eds.) Handbook of Developmental Psychology: Adult Development and Aging (pp. 357-380). Wiley-Blackwell Publishers.

Chaney, E., Rubenstein, L., Liu, C., Yano, E., Bolkan, C., Lee, M., Simon, B., Lanto, A., Felker, B., & Uman, J. (2011). Implementing collaborative care for depression treatment in primary care: A cluster randomized evaluation of a quality improvement practice redesign. Implementation Science, 6 (121). doi: 10.1186/1748-5908-6-121

Campbell, DG, Bonner, LB, Bolkan, C, Chaney, E., Felker, B, & Sherman, S., & Rubenstein, L. (2011). Suicide risk management: Development and analysis of a telephone-based approach to patient safety. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 1 (3), 372 – 383.
doi: 10.1007/s13142-011-0055-x

Bolkan, C., Sano, Y., De Costa, J. L., Acock, A. C., & Day, R. (2010). Early adolescents’ perceptions of mothers’ and fathers’ parenting styles and problem behaviors. Marriage and Family Review, 46 (8), 563-579.

Peters, C. & Bolkan, C.  (2009). Measuring meaningful time experiences in intergenerational relationships. Michigan Family Review, 13, 21-31.

Liu, F., Bolkan, C., Chan, D., Yano, E. M., Rubenstein, L., and Chaney, E. (2009). Dual use of VA and non-VA services among patients with depression. Journal of Internal Medicine, 24 (3), 305 – 311. doi: 10.1007/s11606-008-0867-7


  • The Abuse of Vulnerable Older Adults by Surrogate Decision Maker Perpetrators. Retirement Research Foundation. $154,581. Co-PI’s: C. Bolkan & P. Teaster (09/15/18 – 03/20/20).