Visiting Professor in the Family Caregiving Institute

Dolores Gallagher Thompson is a visiting professor in the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. A psychologist, she specializes in the treatment of late-life depression and anxiety disorders as well as working with persons with dementia and their family caregivers.

A professor emerita in Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Stanford University School of Medicine, Thompson’s research focuses on how non-traditional methods to deliver information and provide services to distressed persons and families can be used effectively and how these non-traditional methods vary by culture and other dimensions of diversity. A National-Institute-of-Health-funded researcher for 25 years, she is most widely recognized for her empirical studies on the efficacy of psychoeducational interventions to reduce stress and improve the psychological status of family caregivers of older adults with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. She culturally modified, translated and tailored programs for Chinese-speaking, Spanish-speaking and Farci-speaking caregivers. In addition, she works with an international advisory group to create an online program to provide education and skill training globally. Other recent projects include international collaborations to develop culturally appropriate interventions for caregivers in Thailand and China and a collaboration with a London university to develop technology-delivered mental interventions for caregivers of persons with neurocognitive disorders. She also developed and recently revised “Coping with Caregiving,” an evidence-based program for dementia family caregivers.

Gallagher Thompson received her degree in clinical psychology and adult development and aging from the University of Southern California and completed clinical training at UCLA. She is also a Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.

She is the former director of outreach, recruitment and education core of the Stanford Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, which focuses on recruiting Latino and American Indian persons with dementia and their family caregivers. She wrote about 200 papers in major journals in the field and co-edited the critically well-received second edition of "Ethnicity and the Dementias" (with Gwen Yeo, senior editor). She serves in several volunteer positions with the Alzheimer’s Association Northern California and Northern Nevada chapter.

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