Jefferson Elder Care

Our Team


Catherine Verrier Piersol, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy
Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy
Director, Jefferson Elder Care


Tracey Vause Earland, PhD, OTR/L Associate Professor
Faculty, Jefferson Center for Interprofessional Practice & Education

E. Adel Herge, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA Professor
Program Coordinator, BS OTD Program


Lori Eckert, MS, OTR/L
Program Coordinator, Jefferson Elder Care
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Medical Advisors

Barry W. Rovner, MD, is a Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology and Director of Clinical Alzheimer's Disease Research at the Vickie and Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience at Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Rovner graduated Jefferson Medical College in 1980 and completed his residency in Psychiatry and fellowship training at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1985. His clinical research concerns neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease and vision disorders such as Age-Related Macular Degeneration. The focus in both disorders is to test novel interventions to improve cognition, prevent depression and enhance quality of life.