Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, Director of Jefferson’s Center for Applied Research on Aging and Health Named 2008 Barry Reisberg Award Recipient

PHILADELPHIA, PA — April 1, 2008 — Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, Director of the Center for Applied Research on Aging and Health (CARAH) at Thomas Jefferson University, was recently selected as the 2008 Barry Reisberg Award recipient.  The Reisberg distinction is awarded annually by Hearthstone Alzheimer Care to an honoree who has distinguished themselves in the area of research on non-pharmacological treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. 

As part of the awards ceremony, Dr. Gitlin will present a lecture on her work to professionals and care partners at the Williams Club in Midtown Manhattan on Tuesday, June 3. 

In addition to directing CARAH, Dr. Gitlin is a professor at the Jefferson School of Health Professions’ Department of Occupational Therapy.  She is a nationally and internationally recognized researcher with close to 20 years experience in dementia and Caregiving research.  Dr. Gitlin’s research is supported by grants from both federal agencies and private foundations, including the Alzheimer’s Association and the National Institutes of Health. 

Founded by Dr. Laura Gitlin, the Center for Applied Research on Aging and Health (CARAH), in the College of Health Professions of Thomas Jefferson University, seeks to improve the lives of older adults and their family members through research, training of health professionals, and implementation of evidence-based clinical services.  CARAH is committed to enhancing the quality of life for older adults and family caregivers by developing, testing, and disseminating innovative community and home-based health and human services.  CARAH explores opportunities for academic-community partnerships and facilitates interdisciplinary approaches to problems of public health importance covering the topics of physical frailty, health disparities, dementia care, end of life comfort care, mental health and quality of life issues.  Learn more about CARAH’s research at

Jacqueline Paquet

Published: 01-22-2010

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