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Laura N. Gitlin, PhD



Dr. Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, is a Professor in the School of Nursing and the School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Gitlin is the Director of the Center for Innovative Care in Aging. She holds a joint appointment in the School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Gitlin is an applied research sociologist, and is nationally and internationally recognized in the areas of nonpharmacologic approaches in dementia care, family caregiving, functional disability and aging in place.

Dr. Gitlin's programs of research include understanding adaptive processes in old age—particularly with the use of assistive devices and environmental modifications—psycho-social-environmental approaches to helping older people with physical frailty age in place, nonpharmacologic approaches to enhancing quality of life of persons with dementia and their family caregivers, mental health disparities in older African Americans and depression treatments, and translating and implementing evidence-based interventions for family caregivers, individuals with dementia, and older adults with functional difficulties.

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