Dean, Distinguished Professor, Drexel University
Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins University
Bio:Laura Gitlin, PhD, FGSA, FAAN is Dean and distinguished professor at College of Nursing and Health Professions, Drexel University. She also has an adjunct appointment in the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and School of Medicine. Her research focuses on developing strategies for aging at home with a particular focus on dementia care. Dr. Gitlin and her teams have conducted over 20 clinical trials with some interventions being implemented worldwide. She currently has several multi-site studies, one of which is a pragmatic trial to test a caregiver support program that augments adult day services with Dr. Gaugler. She recently co-authored a book with Dr. Hodgson, Better Living with Dementia: Implications for Individuals, Families, Communities and Societies (Academic Press), based on a MOOC with over 80,000 participants worldwide; and another with Dr. Piersol, A Caregiver’s Guide to Dementia: Using Activities and Other Strategies to Prevent, Reduce and Manage Behavioral Symptoms (Camino Books).