Gerontologist Eldercare Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Gerontologist, Eldercare Issues, Public Health, Education, Elder Abuse, Dementia, Patient Capacity, Patient Rights, Fall Risk, Elder Depression, Anxiety, Dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, Lewey Body Disease, Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing, Resident/Patient Rights, Resident/Patient Capacity, Conservatorship, Power of Attorney,

Education

B.A.
San Diego State University
Communication
San Diego, CA 92182
1985

M.P.H.
San Diego State University
Health Promotion
San Diego, CA 92182
1989

Ed.D.
The University of San Diego
San Diego, CA 92110
1999

Thesis
1988
Breast self examination and social demand: A
survey study conducted to assess the impact of
social demand on self reported behavior.

Dissertation
1999
Giving up and giving in: Young adolescents’ dilemmas when caring for a grandparent with Alzheimer’s disease.
Chairperson: Steven Gelb, Ph.D.

Professional Affiliations

The American Public Health Association
The American Society on Aging
The Gerontological Society of America (Past Convener, The Alzheimer’s Disease Research Interest Group)
The Society of Behavioral Medicine

Specific Skill Sets:

Strong Program Evaluation Experience
Well-Developed Background in Program Planning
Strong Educational Background
Experienced Gerontologist
Strong Professional Relationships with Community Agencies and Facilities
Experienced Media Representative
Accomplished Leader
Strong Budgetary Manager
Motivational Employee Trainer
Certified RCFE CEU Provider
Seasoned Family Liaison/Counselor
Dementia Expert

Certifications:

RCFE Provisional Certificate
RCFE CEU Provider Certificate

Positions

2014-present
Help Me with My Parent: Geriatric Care Management and Training: Principal (responsible for managing care for people with dementia and training of caregivers in residential care facilities, media spokesperson on dementia, care placement for dementia patients, support groups and counseling for family caregivers).
San Diego, CA

2018-2020
Right at Home: In Home Care Assistance: Gerontologist and National Spokesperson (responsible for training staff, providing community and professional education, conducting media interviews, taping video series, writing articles, and presenting at national/international conferences).
Omaha, NE

2012-2014
Vista Gardens Memory Care Community: Director, Education and Outreach (responsible for developing, delivering and evaluating all community and professional education curricula, liaison between community and area physicians, liaison with local media, supervision of marketing/education staff members).
Vista, CA

2007-2012
Alzheimer’s Association: Director, Community Education (responsible for developing, delivering and evaluating all community education curricula, liaison between association and area physicians, liaison with local media, supervision of department employees and volunteers).
San Diego, CA

2006
County of San Diego,
Department of Health and Human Services
First Five Commission:
Grant Writer and Trainer (responsible for providing technical assistance to school districts regarding evidenced-based curricula, supervision of student employees).
San Diego, Ca

2005-2006
San Bernardino American Lung Association: Health Education/Evaluation Trainer (responsible for all project data collection, synthesis and analysis, training on outcomes, supervision of staff trainers).
San Bernardino, California

2004
Office of AIDS Coordination: Health Education/Evaluation Director (responsible for all project data collection, synthesis and analysis, development of curricula, training on outcomes, supervision of student employees).
County of San Diego, Dept. of Health Services

2003-2005
Community Action to Fight Asthma: Program Training Consultant (responsible for providing on-going data analysis assistance and training to all San Diego and Imperial Valley coalition members; supervision of evaluation team).
Philliber Research Associates, San Diego

2003-2004
The Backus Senior Initiative: Trainer (responsible for synthesizing all outcome and fiscal data, writing of interim and final reports, writing final evaluation report and conducting project summit meetings, training employees on project implementation, supervision of project 5 employees). San Diego

Positions, continued
2002-2004
Teen Pregnancy Prevention Project: Program Trainer
(responsible for interviewing stakeholders, data analysis, synthesizing and writing final evaluation reports and training employees, supervision of student employees).Philliber Research Associates, San Diego

2002
The Center for Families with Special Needs Children: Grant Writing Coordinator (responsible for developing and assisting with a California Endowment Center Grant).University of San Diego, San Diego

2001
The Promotora Program: Program Director (responsible for designing and implementing all exercise curricula).
Colaborativo Saber, San Diego
San Bernardino

2001
Literacy Program for Underserved Children: Evaluation Coordinator (responsible for designing and implementing all effectiveness measures).
Uplift of San Diego

2001
Dental Health for Undeserved Children: Evaluation Director (responsible for designing and implementing all qualitative and quantitative protocols testing the effectiveness of a community-based dental health intervention).
Comprehensive Health Center, San Diego

2000
The Framingham Study of Children: Project Coordinator (responsible for synthesizing the historical trajectory of the original Framingham study as it relates to designing the Framingham study of children).
Children’s Hospital, San Diego

1999
On-line Health Communication: Faculty Supervisor
(Responsible for generating and reviewing all
Posted health information related to older adults;
content expert on Alzheimer’s disease).
ADAM Communications

1996
Outcomes Measurement Development: Evaluation and Training Consultant (responsible for training health promotion managers on designing and implementing effectiveness measures).
Foundation Health Care

1995
The Quality of Well Being: Evaluation Consultant
(responsible for the development and pilot testing
of self administered instrument).

1994
Caregiving in the 1990’s: How do Professionals and
Families Collaborate? Workshop Developer and
Presenter (responsible for the development,
implementation, and delivery of 4 professional training
workshops throughout Southern California).
Community Hospice Care, San Diego

1990
The Effects of Exercise on Elderly Hypertensives:
1994
Project Director (responsible for the overall administration of the project including the training and supervision of grant staff, intervention development and recruitment, supervision of assessment, treatment, and data collection/analysis, supervise 7 employees, manage a budget of $1.2 million).

 

1991 1993
Smoking Cessation for Recovering Alcoholics:
Research Specialist (responsible for the
development and implementation of program curriculum). State of California, Tobacco Related Disease Research Program

1989
Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction
1991
Education for Hispanic Women. Evaluation Coordinator (responsible for the evaluation and measurement of all participants, data analysis and manuscript preparation). State of California, Department of Health Services

1989
A Community Health Services Study: Evaluation
1990
Specialist (responsible for planning and conducting a health services needs assessment. Presented results to the advisory board resulting in acquisition of a new facility).
Escondido Community Clinic

1989
The Family Health Project: A Cardiovascular Disease
Risk Reduction Program for Hispanic and Anglo
Families. Research Associate (responsible for the
development of educational materials).
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

1989
The Screening Mammography Project: Research Associate (responsible for data collection and analysis). San Diego State University

1988
Instructional Audiotape Use and BSE Performance:
A study assessing the proficiency and frequency of
BSE performance when conducted with an instructional audiotape. Research Associate
(responsible for the measurement and evaluation of subjects and supervision of project staff).
Affirmative Action Faculty Development Award, SDSU

 

Teaching Positions

2012-present
Adjunct Professor,

CSU San Marcos

San Marcos, CA
(Classes Taught: Research Methods, Health and Human Development)

2016-present
Adjunct Professor,

San Diego Community College District

San Diego Mesa Community College and

San Diego City College
San Diego, CA.
(Classes Taught: Oral Communication, Small Group Communication).

2008
Adjunct Professor, School of Education

San Diego State University
San Diego, CA
(Class Taught: Dissertation Writing)

2008
Adjunct Professor, Department of Gerontology
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA
(Classes Taught: Programs in Gerontology, Social Policy and Gerontology, Speech Communication, Program Evaluation)

2016-present
Adjunct Professor,

Communication Studies

San Diego City College

San Diego, CA
(Classes Taught: Oral Communication, Small Group Communication)

2007-2012
Adjunct Professor,
Department of Psychology
California State University San Marcos
San Marcos, CA
(Class Taught: Research Methods in Psychology).

2002-2006
Lecturer II,

The School of Education

University of San Diego

San Diego, CA
(Classes Taught: Curriculum Development, Measurement and Testing, Research Methods, Program Evaluation).

1995-
Adjunct Research Assistant Professor,
2000
The Gerontology Center
The University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah

1992
Adjunct Professor,
1998
Community Health Education Division,
The Graduate School of Public Health
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA
(Classes Taught: Curriculum Development, Communication in Health Education).

1989
Instructor,
1993
San Diego Community College District

San Diego Mesa Community College
San Diego, CA.
(Classes Taught: Curriculum Development, Healthy Lifestyle).
Publications and Media Interviews

Available on full CV

 

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