Aranda, Maria – PhD

Aranda, Maria – PhD
Name: Aranda, Maria – PhD
Credentials: PhD

Executive Committee, Health Equity Team (HET)

Primary title: Associate Professor
Primary Institution: USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work
Complete Titles:

Associate Professor, USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work
Executive Director, USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging
Director, Outreach, Recruitment and Engagement Core, USC Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center

Bio: Maria P. Aranda, PhD is an associate professor at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, Executive Director of the USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging, and Director of the outreach, recruitment and engagement core of the USC Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. She holds a joint appointment with the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology and is a psychotherapist with over 30 years of experience providing mental health services to middle-aged and older adults and their families. Dr. Aranda developed the first Spanish-language support group for families affected by Alzheimer’s disease. She is well-known among community leaders for establishing model support programs such as the El Portal Latino Alzheimer’s Project, Programa Esperanza, and Siempre Viva for individuals and families in East Los Angeles affected by depression and Alzheimer’s disease. Her research specializations address the unique needs of middle-age and older adults with co-occurring medical and psychiatric illnesses, and their caregiving families. She focuses on psychosocial intervention development, and evaluation of bilingual, evidence-based interventions on behalf of adults with chronic medical conditions and disabilities.
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