July 12, 2016

Education & Outreach

  • The Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center is committed to improving knowledge and awareness of dementia through collaborative education and outreach efforts. To support this commitment, we have established partnerships with several University of Michigan departments and institutions, and with community organizations, such as the Alzheimer’s Association. Our partnerships enable us to provide, co-sponsor, support and promote educational programs for individuals experiencing memory loss and for care partners. Please check out our events calendar for a listing of educational and support programs offered by the MADC, U-M Geriatrics Center, U-M Silver Club programs, and the Alzheimer’s Association.


  • Speakers’ Bureau

    Our Center sponsors a Speakers Bureau made up of our physicians, neuropsychologists, public health educators and clinical social workers that specialize in aging and dementia.

    The Speakers Bureau offers educational opportunities to University of Michigan students and professionals and to community organizations, and agencies and institutions across Michigan and Ohio.

    Presentation topics vary widely and can be tailored to the interests and needs of the audience.  Please check out our speakers and topics in the menu below. To bring a speaker to your organization, please contact the MADC Outreach Coordinator at (734)-615-5319.


    Andrew Leiberman, MD PhD

    Dr. Andrew Lieberman is the Gerald D. Abrams Professor in the Department of Pathology and Director of Neuropathology at the University of Michigan. Dr. Lieberman received his BS from Duke University and his MD, PhD from the University of Maryland Medical School. He completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology and fellowship training in Neuropathology at the University of Pennsylvania. He trained as a research fellow with Dr. Kenneth Fischbeck at the Neurogenetics Branch NINDS, NIH, and then joined the University of Michigan Medical School faculty in 2001. Dr. Lieberman’s research has focused on the mechanism of neurodegeneration in inherited neurological disorders. His laboratory uses cell culture and mouse models to explore the pathogenesis of Kennedy’s disease, a polyglutamine expansion disorder, and Niemann-Pick C, a lysosomal storage disease resulting from impaired lipid trafficking.

    Bruno Giordani, PhD

    Dr. Giordani is a Chief of Psychology, and a tenured Professor in the Psychiatry, Neurology, and Psychology Departments as well as the School of Nursing. He is a University Faculty Ombuds at the University of Michigan. Associated with the MADC for over 25 years, Dr. Giordani has a longstanding history of connecting with the community to promote a better understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and related conditions. He has served on the Executive Board of the Alzheimer’s Association, Michigan Great Lakes Chapter (MGLC) since 2007 and has been both its Board Chair and National Representative, as well as a Steering Committee being a member of the national Association’s Assembly Steering Committee. His research initiatives focus on a cross-cultural perspective on the early assessment of cognitive and behavioral changes associated with medical illness and the interaction of cognition and mobility across the life-span. Dr. Giordani completed his MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Virginia and received his postdoctoral training in Clinical and Research Neuropsychology at the University of Michigan.

    Edna Rose, PhD, MSW, RN-BC

    Since 2008, Dr. Rose has assisted the MADC with connecting to minority communities to provide education about the risk factors associated with dementia and the benefits of participating in research. She has successfully enhanced minority inclusion in our MADC supported studies through linkages at local churches, sororities and other social organizations. Dr. Rose received her MSW and PhD from Clark Atlanta University in Social Work Planning and Administration, and her undergraduate nursing degree from Kennesaw University in Atlanta, GA.

    Stephen Campbell, LLMSW

    Stephen aids in the process of helping potential volunteers find a study best suited to their needs and interests. He is most interested in providing ongoing support to research volunteers to help them locate resources in a timely and efficient manner. He earned his Master’s degree in Social Work and Graduate Certificate in Gerontology at Eastern Michigan University.

    Laura Rice-Oeschger, LMSW

    Since 2012, Laura has lead the Wellness Initiative for the MADC where she designs, implements and evaluates well-being and mindfulness-based programming for caregivers and adults living with dementia. Moved by family experiences with long-term illness and memory loss, Laura has worked in dementia care since 1994 in a variety of capacities. She was the first Director of the University of Michigan Geriatrics Center Silver Club Memory Loss Programs prior to serving as clinical manager of the Early Stage Initiative for the Los Angeles regional Alzheimer’s Association. She is a national and state presenter on memory loss and caregiver well-being and holds advanced professional certifications in aging, dementia and contemplative clinical care. Laura received her MSW from the University of Michigan School of Social Work.

    Henry Paulson, MD, PhD

    Dr. Paulson directs the MADC, working closely with MADC staff to define and implement the diverse initiatives through which the center fulfills its three-part mission. He joined the Center as Associate Director in 2009 and assumed Directorship in 2011. He has worked for more than twenty years on degenerative brain diseases, both inherited and acquired. As a neurologist and neuroscientist, Dr. Paulson is deeply committed to translating findings from the research bench to the patient bedside. Toward that goal, he is focused on building connections between scientists, clinicians and the public, not only across the University of Michigan campus but also across the state of Michigan. He received his MD and PhD degrees from Yale University School of Medicine and his Neurology training at the University of Pennsylvania.

    Nancy Barbas, MD, MSW

    Associated with the MADC for many years, Dr. Barbas is Associate Professor of Neurology and Director of the Cognitive Disorders Clinic at the University of Michigan Health System. She has been on the faculty of University of Michigan Medical School and Health System since 1991. Dr. Barbas’s clinical interests include cognitive disorders in adults, such as Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and general geriatric neurology. She is active in clinical trial research for treatment development for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. She actively trains the next generation of professionals, teaching them state-of-art dementia care techniques and research skills. She has published articles and chapters on dementia topics. Nan has spent the majority of her years in higher education in Ann Arbor, Michigan obtaining Bachelors of Arts (BA), Masters in Social Work (MSW), and Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degrees from the University of Michigan. She continued her training at Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston completing a Neurology Residency and a Neuro-ophthalmology Fellowship.

    Sami Barmada, MD, PhD

    Dr. Barmada currently serves as Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of Michigan. He was recruited from UCSF to the University of Michigan in 2013. Dr. Barmada divides his time between the laboratory, Cognitive Disorders Program, and the classroom. In his investigations of molecular mechanisms in FTD including TDP43 proteinopathies, Dr. Barmada employs automated microscopy. He treats patients in the Cognitive Disorders Program, with an emphasis on individuals with dementia and motor neuron disease. Dr. Barmada is also an Assistant Professor of Neurology.

    Benjamin Hampstead, PhD, ABPP/CN

    Dr. Hampstead joined the U-M faculty in September 2014 as an Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Staff Neuropsychologist in the Ann Arbor VA Healthcare System. He is the Clinical Core Leader at the MADC. Dr. Hampstead is an expert in functional imaging and nonpharmacological approaches to enhance age-related memory function (e.g., cognitive rehabilitation and direct brain stimulation). Through his appointment in the Ann Arbor VA Healthcare System, he is well-positioned to ensure that our older veterans have access to cutting-edge research and clinical procedures.

    Scott Roberts, PhD

    Dr. Roberts' research interests focus on the process and impact of genetic risk assessment for adult-onset disorders. He has served since 2001 as Co-Principal Investigator of the REVEAL Study (Risk Evaluation & Education for Alzheimer's Disease), an NIH-funded series of clinical trials assessing the psychological and behavioral impact of genetic risk disclosure for Alzheimer's disease (AD). Now having recently completed its fourth trial, the REVEAL Study has examined the effects of APOE genotype-based risk disclosure to individuals at elevated risk for AD. In addition, Dr. Roberts is joint PI of a NIH-funded project to examine the motivations, attitudes and behaviors of consumers receiving personal genomics services. Finally, Dr. Roberts collaborates with investigators at the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center on a project to examine ethical and health communication issues involved in the use of whole-genome sequencing to customize care of patients with advanced and refractory cancers. This project is part of the national NIH Clinical Sequencing Exploratory Research (CSER) consortium.

    Peter Lichtenberg, PhD, ABPP

    Peter A. Lichtenberg, Ph.D., ABPP is the Director of The Institute of Gerontology and the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute and Professor of Psychology at Wayne State University in Detroit He is particularly interested in the area of intersection between financial capacity and financial exploitation; finding ways to balance autonomy and protection for older adults. In 2013 he published the first nationally representative study on predictors of older adult scam victims. He recently completed the creation of the Lichtenberg Financial Decision Making Rating Scale, and the Lichtenberg Financial Decision Screening Scale: He has authored 7 books and over 200 scientific articles and book chapters in Geropsychology including being the senior editor for the American Psychological Association’s Handbook of Clinical Geropsychology

    Deborah Levine, MD, MPH

    Deborah LevineDr. Levine’s research aims to improve the lives and care of adults with chronic disease. Her primary research interests are the epidemiology, prevention, and care of stroke and cognitive impairment, with a focus on vascular risk factors, adherence, and health disparities. Her research includes improving the quality of stroke care; stroke-related dementia and cognitive impairment; and reducing healthcare disparities in cardiovascular disease and stroke. She also focuses on quality improvement program design, implementation and evaluation research, and research on provider behavior. Some of her research is examining cognitive outcomes after stroke, seeking to understand the predictors and long-term trajectory of cognitive decline after stroke.


  • Mind Matters Newsletter

    The Center’s Outreach, Recruitment and Education team publishes a bi-annual newsletter, Mind Matters. It highlights recent activities, currently recruiting research studies, wellness programs, and education/outreach events. The newsletter also spotlights staff members, as well as the personal stories of our research or wellness participants.










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  • Printable Fact Sheets

    Lewy Body Dementia fact sheet

    Alzheimer’s disease fact sheet

    Mild Cognitive Impairment fact sheet

    Frontotemporal Dementia fact sheet

    Vascular Dementia fact sheet

    NIH Fact Sheets

    Brain Health fact sheet

    Personality and Behavior Change fact sheet

    Caring for Yourself fact sheet

    Wandering fact sheet

    Bathing fact sheet

    Helpful Resources on the Web

    Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center (ADEAR) – Provides current, comprehensive information and resources on Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.

    National Alzheimer’s Association – Provides disease education, services and support to people with Alzheimer’s disease or a related memory disorder and their families.

    The Lewy Body Dementia Association – Provides information for patients with dementia with Lewy bodies.

    Alzheimer’s Research Forum – Provides updates on published research findings, topical news group disucssions and online chats.

    National Institute on Aging – Provides information on NIA sponsored research programs.

    Area Agency on Aging 1B — Provides information on senior services, assistance, resources, and home care in southeast Michigan.

    Aging with Dignity – Provides information on the Five Wishes document, an end-of-life care planning document for families and organizations.