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Laura Gitlin

Laura Gitlin, PhD

Dean and Distinguished University Professor

College of Nursing and Health Professions

Contact:

lng45@drexel.edu

267.359.5957

Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, an applied research sociologist, is nationally and internationally recognized for her research on developing, evaluating and implementing novel home and community-based interventions that improve quality of life of persons with dementia and their family caregivers, enhance daily function of older adults with disability and address mental health disparities.

In all of her research, she applies a social ecological perspective and person-family-directed approach to examine, intervene and support individuals. Her efforts involve collaborating with community organizations, health and human service professionals, older adults and other stakeholders to maximize the relevance and impact of such interventions. She is involved in translating, disseminating and implementing proven programs for delivery in diverse practice settings globally and in the United States. For example, the Tailored Activity program is now being used in nine countries including Latin America, Scotland, England, Australia, Hong Kong and parts of the United States. The COPE program and its iterations are being used in various parts of the United States and Australia. Also, several of her measures have been validated in Spanish and are being used in various countries.

She is the author of close to 300 scientific publications including authoring or co-authoring seven books, the most recent published in 2016 on behavioral intervention research, and 2018, on Better Living with Dementia: Implications for Individuals, Families, Communities, and Society. She has also published tip books for family caregivers and for older adults with functional challenges.

More information about Gitlin

For news media inquiries, contact Annie Korp at amk522@drexel.edu or 215.571.4244.

In the News

  • New Help for Dementia Patients, Delivered Via Games and Puzzles

    Laura Gitlin, PhD, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions, was quoted in a Feb. 17 Wall Street Journal article about the Tailored Activity Program, a therapy program created by Gitlin and her colleagues, that helps alleviate symptoms like agitation and aggression for dementia patients.

  • New Therapies Help Patients With Dementia Cope With Depression

    Laura Gitlin, PhD, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions, was quoted in a Dec. 8 New York Times story about therapies to help patients with dementia cope with depression, including the Tailored Activity Program created by Gitlin and her colleagues.

  • Evidence Based Interventions for Dementia Care pt. 1

    Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions, was featured in the Nov. 11 episode of How to OT podcast about the role occupational therapy can play in dementia care.

  •  Penn, Drexel Get $22 Million to Study Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Other Dementias

    Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, dean of the College of Nursing an Health Professions, was quoted in an Oct. 1 Philadelphia Inquirer article about a grant she recently received to study an online platform to help caregivers of dementia patients cope with their psychological and behavioral symptoms.

  • Later Life, on Their Own Terms: How More Seniors Are Staying at Home

    Laura N. Gitlin,  PhD, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions, was quoted in a Sept. 5 Christian Science Monitor article about the opportunities and challenges for seniors deciding to "age in place" and remain in their own homes and communities.

  • This Activities Program Engages and Calms People With Dementia

    Laura Gitlin, PhD, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions, was quoted in a July 15 Next Avenue article about the Tailored Activity Program (TAP), a behavioral health approach to helping patients with dementia manage symptoms while reducing caregiver burden.

  • Dr. Laura N. Gitlin Takes An Interdisciplinary Approach to Patient Care

    An interview with Laura Gitlin, PhD, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions, was featured in a Feb. 27 Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine article about her research on aging, dementia and patient care.

  • 'No one is Talking About This': How to Navigate Marriage When Spouse has Alzheimer's

    Laura Gitlin, PhD, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions, was quoted in a Feb. 15 Chicago Tribune article about how dementia can affect marriages, when one spouse is the patient and the other is the caregiver. The story was picked up by various outlets nationwide.

  • Educate Yourself on Being a Caregiver

    Laura Gitlin, PhD, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions, was quoted in a Dec. 4 Kiplinger article about resources available for those who are serving as family members’ caregivers. The post was also picked up by Yahoo! Finance.

  • Penn and Drexel Experts See Hope for Better Lives with Dementia

    Laura Gitlin, PhD, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions, was quoted in an Aug. 30 Philadelphia Inquirer article about the potential for better lives for those receiving dementia diagnoses.

  • Learning To Live Well With Dementia

    Laura Gitlin, PhD, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions, was quoted in an Aug. 9 Kaiser Health News story about the new book she co-authored, “Better Living with Dementia.” The story was also published in the Washington Post.

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