Alyssa Aguirre has been a practicing social worker for 10 years and has dedicated her career to implementing evidence-based Alzheimer’s interventions, advocating for early diagnosis, and supporting family caregivers. She received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Michigan as a Geriatric Fellow and holds a Specialist in Aging certificate. She completed her undergraduate degree in psychology and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota in 2008. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Practice for the Steve Hicks School of Social Work. In her role as Manager of the Comprehensive Memory Center at Dell Medical School UT-Austin, she helped design the patient-centered and evidence-based approaches to deliver dementia treatment and care. She is a certified Caregiver coach for the NYU Caregiver Intervention and coordinates several research studies for the Department of Neurology at Dell Medical School. Prior to her work at UT, she was the Clinical Services Manager at the Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota-North Dakota chapter, where she developed care coordination tools and videos distributed internationally through the Dementia Friendly America Initiative and established over 50 medical-community partnerships. She has presented at local, state, national and international conferences on topics related to dementia and caregiving.
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