Lisa Gwyther, MSW, LCSW
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Lisa Gwyther, M.S.W.

Phone - 919-660-7510

Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development
3508 Busse Building, Box 3600
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC 27710

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Director, Family Support Program
Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Division of Geriatric Psychiatry

Research Description

Current research interests: Alzheimer's disease nursing home and assisted living care, Alzheimer’s Disease Medical Advisor development; community translation of evidence-based dementia caregiver interventions, early stage Alzheimer's programming, non-pharmacological approaches to dementia-related behavioral symptoms.


MSW, Case Western Reserve University, 1969

BA, Psychology, Case Western Reserve University, 1967

Representative Publications

Doody RS, Stevens JC, Beck C, Dubinsky RM, Kaye JA, Gwyther L, Mohs RC, Thal LJ, Whitehouse PJ, DeKosky ST, and Cummings JL. Practice parameter: Management of dementia (an evidence-based review) Report of the Quality Standards Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology. Neurology 56:1154-1166. 2001.

Sleath B, Rubin R, Campbell B, Gwyther L and Clark T. Physician-patient communication about over-the-counter medications. Social Science and Medicine. 53:357-369. 2001.
Ballard EL, Gwyther LP, Edmonds HL.  Challenges and Opportunities: Recruitment and Retention of African-Americans for Alzheimer’s disease research:  Lessons Learned. Alzheimer Disease Associated Disorders 24:S19-23, 2010.  

Williams VP, Bishop-Fitzpatrick L, Lane JD, Gwyther LP, Ballard EL, Venditelli AP, Hutchin TC, Williams RB.  Video-based coping skills to reduce health risk and improve psychological and physical well-being in Alzheimer’s disease family caregivers.  Psychosomatic Medicine 72(9): 897-904, 2010.  PMCID:  PMC:  3005287.

Naylor M, Karlawish JH, Arnold SE, Khachaturian A, Khachaturian Z, Lee VM-Y, Baumgart M, Banerjee S, Beck C, Biennow K, Brookmeyer R, Brunden KR, Buckwalter K, Comer M, Covinsky K, Feinberg LF, Frisoni G, Green C, Guimaraes RM, Gwyther L, Hefti FF, Hutton M, Kawas C, Kent D, Kuller L, Langa KM, Mahley RW, Maslow K, Masters CL, Meier D, Neumann PJ, Paul S, Petersen R, Sager M, Sano M, Schenk D, Soares H, Sperling RA, Stahl SM, Van Deerlin V, Stern Y, Weir D, Wolk D, Trojanowski JQ.  Advancing Alzheimer’s Diagnosis, Treatment and Care:  Recommendations from the Ware Invitational Summit.  Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease 2012.

Altpeter M, Gwyther LP, Kennedy SR, Patterson TR, Derence K.  From Evidence to Practice:  Using the RE-AIM Framework to Adapt the REACH II Caregiver Intervention to the Community.  Dementia:  The International Journal of Social Research and Practice.  (in press) 2012.