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Understanding Behaviors in Dementia

Dr. Angela M. Allen has a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from Arizona State University College of Nursing and Healthcare Innovation, a Master of Education/Educational Specialists (EdS), a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

Dr. Allen has been employed with Banner Health and Arizona State University for over 14 years. She currently serves in numerous capacities, including Banner Health co-investigator and as a research mentor for several studies such as the Dementia Clinical Initiative, Dementia Care Partners, Dementia Awareness in a Hospital Setting, Steps to Hope, and Family and Community Services – Focus Groups.

Dr. Allen’s most recent work has been addressing cultural diversity in the clinical setting and engaging the African American community in research.

“I love the opportunities Banner Health/Research provides. It allows me to interact and collaborate with clinical and community settings in a creative and systematic way.”

“Perhaps one of the accomplishments I am most proud of are achieving a terminal degree and applying it to the work I’ve done in the African American Community through my research in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.”

Heather Mulder is the Associate Director of Outreach Programs for Banner Alzheimer’s Institute. Working with older adults, and specifically, persons impacted by Alzheimer’s disease has been the common thread in Heather’s career, first in long term care, next with an Area Agency on Aging and finally as an educator for the Alzheimer’s Association – Illinois Chapter.

She was selected to be part of the 2016/17 cohort of Arizona’s top emerging nonprofit leaders for a year-long leadership development program through the American Express Leadership Academy. Heather is known as a connector and shares her talent with BAI helping to create accessible programming for both persons with dementia and their care partners.

Heather served on the “REAL TALK” planning Committee and as a facilitator of the shared experiences discussions

What is Dementia?

Naudia Moorley, Psy.D., is a Psychometry Coordinator at the Banner Sun Health Research Institute (BSHRI) in Sun City, Arizona.

She completed a bachelorʼs degree in psychology (minor in Health Sciences) at the University of Central Florida. She completed a masterʼs degree in General Psychology at the University of West Florida. She completed a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology at Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona. She completed her pre-doctoral internship training at the Crisis Recovery Unit through the Southwest Behavioral and Health Services Training Institute in Phoenix, Arizona.

She completed her post-doctoral training at BSHRI which primarily consisted of completing outpatient neuropsychological evaluations with a geriatric population. Most of her clientele are referred by neurologists specializing in dementia and movement disorders. Thus, her primary role has entailed using neuropsychological evaluations to assess oneʼs cognitive strengths and weaknesses and assisting with the diagnosis of various neurodegenerative diseases. Additionally, her current role includes assisting with the training and supervision of pre-doctoral students and involvement in multiple clinical trials focused on potential treatment options for various forms of dementia.

She has worked with myriad populations within her ten plus years in the field of Psychology but has thoroughly enjoyed working with the geriatric population within the past four years. On a more personal note, she enjoys spending time with her family, spending time outdoors and travellng.