Carole White, Ph.D., RN, nurse scientist at UT Health San Antonio School of Nursing, is leading the Caring for the Caregiver Program to address the needs of family caregivers of persons with dementia. Dr. White has worked with family caregivers for over 20 years and values the significant role they take on to provide care for their family members.
Bridgett Piernik-Yoder, Ph.D., OTR, associate professor in the School of Health Professions, has worked with clients and their caregivers for over 20 years as an occupational therapist. Dr. Yoder’s current research activities include a community-based program with Meals and Wheels in which she performs home evaluations to support the functioning and safety of homebound seniors and their caregivers. She is also involved in a variety of research initiates that examine fall rates and fall risk prevention for older adults.
Lark A. Ford, Ph.D., RN, associate professor at the School of Nursing, is one of the instructors/collaborators on the Hurd Grant for planning the Caregiver Center for people with degenerative neurological diseases. Dr. Lark is a strong advocate for interprofessional education and has health profession colleagues on a research project entitled the “RESPECT Project”. The RESPECT Project (Realizing Enhanced Student inter-Professional Education through Clinical Teamwork) program is designed for medical, dental and nursing students to work in inter-professional teams while serving an under-served community residing in the San Antonio Metropolitan Ministries Transitional Living and Learning Center (SAMM TLLC). Lark envisions a similar inter-professional engagement with students from the different health professions collaborating on the Caring for the Caregiver Program.
Darpan I. Patel, Ph.D., assistant professor at the School of Nursing, brings expertise in symptom biology and symptom management to the Caring for the Caregiver Program. Dr. Patel’s primary research focuses on cancer prevention with interests in translating basic discoveries to clinical populations, inclusive of family caregivers. He brings over 10 years of experience to the Caring for the Caregiver program.