Leaders and Advisors

LINC-AD is made up of four key groups. Learn more about our:

Leadership Team

Project director / principal investigator:

Sam Fazio, Ph.D.
Senior Director, Quality Care and Psychosocial Research
Alzheimer’s Association

Research lead:

Sheryl Zimmerman, Ph.D.
University Kenan Distinguished Professor and Co-Director, Program on Aging, Disability and Long-Term Care, Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Joanne Pike, Dr.P.H.
President and CEO
Alzheimer’s Association

Heather Snyder, Ph.D.
Vice President, Medical and Scientific Relations
Alzheimer’s Association

Maria Carrillo, Ph.D.
Chief Science Officer
Alzheimer’s Association

Other staff:

Lauren Stratton

Lauren Stratton
Senior Associate Director, Psychosocial Research and Program Evaluation
Alzheimer's Association

Research Advisors

LINC-AD research advisors include experts in the nine domains of the Alzheimer’s Association 2018 Dementia Care Practice Recommendations, along with one international representative. Learn more about the domains and LINC-AD.

Activities of daily living (in collaboration with Dr. Zimmerman):

Lindsay Prizer, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine and Geriatrics
Emory University School of Medicine

Assessment and care planning:

Sheila L. Molony, Ph.D., APRN, GNP-BC, FGSA, FAAN
Associate Professor of Nursing
Quinnipiac University

Behavioral and psychological symptoms (in collaboration with Dr. Zimmerman):

Kezia Scales, Ph.D.
Director of Policy Research
PHI National

Detection and diagnosis:

Katie Maslow, MSW
Visiting Scholar
Gerontological Society of America

Information, education and support:

Carol Whitlach, Ph.D., FGSA
Assistant Director, Center for Research and Education
Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging

Medical management:

Malaz Bousanti M.D., MPH
Indiana University School of Medicine

Supportive and therapeutic environment:

Margaret Calkins, Ph.D., EDAC
Board Chair
IDEAS Institute

Transitions and coordination of care:

Karen Hirschman, Ph.D., MSW
Research Associate Professor, Chair in Health Transitions Research
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing


Susan Gilster, Ph.D., RN, LNHA
Executive Director
The Gilster Group

International research advisor:

Sube Banerjee, MBE, MB, BS, MSc, MBA, M.D., FRCPsych
Professor of Dementia and Deputy Dean, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Centre for Dementia Studies
University of Sussex

Research Steering Committee

Maria P. Aranda
School of Social Work, University of Southern California

Sube Banerjee
Centre for Dementia Studies, Brighton and Sussex Medical School

David Bass
Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging

Malaz Boustani
Center for Health Innovation & Implementation Science, Indiana University

Henry Brodaty
Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing, University of New South Wales

Margaret P. Calkins
IDEAS Institute

Linda Clare
Alzheimer’s Society Centre of Excellence, University of Exeter

Jiska Cohen-Mansfeld
Minerva Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of the End of Life, Tel Aviv University

Stephanie Daley
Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Centre for Dementia Studies

Patrick Doyle
Brightview Senior Living & Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

Fayron Epps
Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University

Jason Flatt
School of Public Health, University of Nevada

Lori Frank
RAND Corporation

Joe Gaugler
School of Public Health, Center for Healthy Aging and Innovation, University of Minnesota

Susan Gilster
The Gilster Group Consulting and Research

Laura Gitlin
College of Nursing and Health Professions, Drexel University

Claire Goodman
Centre for Research in Public Health and Community Care, University of Hertfordshire

Laura Hanson
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Karen Hirschman
School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania

Nancy Hodgson
School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania

Jonathan Jackson
CARE Research Center, Massachusetts General Hospital

Matthew P. Janicki
University of Illinois at Chicago

Lee Jennings
University of Oklahoma, Division of Geriatrics

Ann Kolanowski
College of Nursing, Penn State

Michael A. LaMantia
Center on Aging, University of Vermont

Vanessa Lawrence
Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London

Michael Lepore
Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, Center for Health Equity and Outcomes Research, School of Nursing, University of Maryland

Rebecca Logsdon
School of Nursing, University of Washington

Katie Maslow
Gerontological Society of America

Benjamin Mast
Psychological & Brain Sciences, University of Louisville

Sue McCurry
Child, Family and Population Health Nursing, University of Washington

Sheila L. Molony
School of Nursing, Quinnipiac University

Esme Moniz-Cook
Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Hull, INTERDEM Board

Gail Mountain
Centre for Applied Dementia Studies, University of Bradford

Richard Oakley
Alzheimer’s Society

James Pickett
Alzheimer's Society

Lindsay Prizer
Division of General Medicine and Geriatrics, Emory University School of Medicine

Dave Reuben
Division of Geriatrics, University of California Los Angeles

Kezia Scales

Kimberly Van Haitsma
Penn State College of Nursing

Carol Whitlatch
Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging

Care and Support Advisors

LINC-AD care advisors include individuals with dementia, their care partners and family members, and long-term care and community-based providers.

Tom A.
Care Partner

Millie Bickling
Genesis HealthCare

Diana B.
Person Living With Dementia

Jennifer B.
Care Partner

Rod B.
Person Living With Dementia

Molly Carpenter
Home Instead Senior Care

Felicia Chew
Genesis HealthCare

Tom D.
Person Living With Dementia

Lakelyn Hogan
Home Instead Senior Care

Juliet Holt Klinger
Brookdale Senior Living

Ed O.
Care Partner

Lillian Reda
Genesis HealthCare

Dale R.
Person Living With Dementia

Marianne R.
Care Partner

Join the LINC-AD Network!

As a part of the LINC-AD network, you will connect with other psychosocial researchers in the dementia care field and gain access to a variety of opportunities, including funding opportunities, calls for papers, webinars, conference events and networking opportunities.

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