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Laura Gitlin: Faculty Directory
Laura N. Gitlin, PhD
“Developing and testing novel interventions that enhance the ability of older adults with cognitive or physical impairments to age in place with quality of life can make an important difference in the lives of older people and their families.”
Laura Gitlin, an applied research sociologist, is internationally recognized in the areas of nonpharmacologic approaches in dementia care, family caregiving, functional disability, and aging in place. She is a well-funded researcher, having received continuous research and training grants from both federal agencies and private foundations, including the Alzheimer’s Association and National Institutes of Health for over 24 years. Her research includes understanding adaptive processes in old age—particularly with the use of assistive devices and environmental modifications—psycho-social-environmental approaches to helping older people with physical frailty age in place, nonpharmacologic approaches to enhancing quality of life of persons with dementia and their family caregivers, mental health disparities in older African-Americans and depression treatments, and translating and implementing evidence-based interventions for family caregivers, individuals with dementia, and older adults with functional difficulties. Dr. Gitlin holds a joint appointment in the School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry. She leads the Center for Innovative Care in Aging, which examines issues related to developing and testing health-promoting interventions for older adults and their families and implementation science. She was recently awarded an honorary fellowship by the American Academy of Nursing.