Joint courtesy appointment at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology
International/national expert on the study of adults living with medical, functional, and psychiatric illnesses with special focus on sociobehavioral intervention research, geriatric workforce development, Alzheimer’s research, family caregiving, and cultural/linguistic adaptations of evidence-based psychosocial interventions
Member of several consensus and expert committees sponsored by the Social Security Administration, the National Institutes on Aging, the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, National Caregiving Alliance, Alzheimer’s Association, UsAgainstAlzheimer’s, and AARP
Expert on policies related to on geriatric workforce development, family caregiving to older adults, assessments of financial and functional capacity of Social Security Administration beneficiaries, dementia care and long-term services and supports, and family caregiving.
Developed the first Spanish-language support group for families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias
Appointed member to the California Governor’s Alzheimer’s Prevention and Preparedness Task Force
Research funded by major institutions including the National Institutes of Health, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, the Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute, The John A. Hartford Foundation/The Gerontological Society of America, the National Institute of Rehabilitation and Research, the Alzheimer’s Association/Health Resources and Services Administration, State of California Department of Public Health, the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, and the California Community Foundation.
Fellow of The Gerontological Society of America
Recipient of over 30 honors, awards, and expert appointments from prominent state and national organizations
Over 30 years of experience as a licensed clinical social worker