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Lisa Pepper Gwyther

Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Division: 
Geriatric Behavioral Health
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Office: 3508 Busse Bldg, Durham, NC 27710
Campus Mail: DUMC Box 3600 Med Ctr, Durham, NC 27710

Lisa Gwyther, MSW, LCSW, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Co-Director for the Social Work Professional Unit.  Ms. Gwyther (along with Co-Director William Meyer, MSW, LCSW) provide mentorship to the department’s social workers and communicates the needs of the department’s social workers to senior leadership.

Ms. Gwyther is approaching her fourth decade of service dedicated to help the increasing number of individuals and families living with Alzheimer's and related diseases.   The focus of her work has been in the community as a representative of the Duke Center for Aging,  the Bryan Alzheimer's Disease Research Center and the Duke Family support program.   She has had continuous annual contracts from the NC DHHS Division of Aging since 1984, reaching families, health and social service professionals in communities throughout North Carolina.  She is the founder and Director of the Duke Center for Aging’s Alzheimer’s Family Support Program, which was named “Agency of the Year” by the NC Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers in 1999.

Ms. Gwyther received her graduate training in social work at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. She has published over 144 articles, book chapters, and books on Alzheimer’s care and family caregiving research. She served on the U.S. federal advisory panel on Alzheimer’s disease for nine years. Ms. Gwyther was recognized in the 20th anniversary issue of Contemporary Long-Term Care as one of the 20 people who made a difference in U.S. long-term care during those twenty years. She was named a distinguished social work practitioner by the National Academies of Practice.

Ms. Gwyther is the co-author of The Alzheimer’s Action Plan:  A Family Guide (2009), winner of two prestigious consumer health awards. 

Most recently she was a member of The National Academies Committees on Cognitive Aging for the 2015 report: Cognitive Aging: Progress in Understanding and Opportunities for Action, and she co-chaired the NC Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Task Force of the NC Institute of Medicine and NC DHHS which issued a report and recommendations to the NC Legislature in April 2016.

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

Education and Training

  • M.S.W., Case Western Reserve University, 1969
  • B.A., Case Western Reserve University, 1967

Publications

GWYTHER, L. P. “CARE-GIVING IN DEMENTIA - RESEARCH AND APPLICATIONS - JONES,GMM, MIESEN,BML.” Gerontologist 32, no. 6 (December 1, 1992): 865–67.

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GWYTHER, L. P. “ELDER CARE - FAMILY TRAINING AND SUPPORT - BARUSCH,AM.” Gerontologist 32, no. 6 (December 1, 1992): 865–67.

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Berg, L., K. C. Buckwalter, P. K. Chafetz, L. P. Gwyther, D. Holmes, K. M. Koepke, M. P. Lawton, D. A. Lindeman, J. Magaziner, and K. Maslow. “Special care units for persons with dementia.” J Am Geriatr Soc 39, no. 12 (December 1991): 1229–36. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1532-5415.1991.tb03579.x.

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Gwyther, L. P. “Practice innovations and research: reconciling the chicken and the egg.” Gerontologist 31, no. 5 (October 1991): 580–81. https://doi.org/10.1093/geront/31.5.580.

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Gwyther, L. P. “Letting go: separation-individuation in a wife of an Alzheimer's patient.” Gerontologist 30, no. 5 (October 1990): 698–702. https://doi.org/10.1093/geront/30.5.698.

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Lyman, K. A. “Day care for persons with dementia: the impact of the physical environment on staff stress and quality of care.” Gerontologist 29, no. 4 (August 1989): 557–60. https://doi.org/10.1093/geront/29.4.557.

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Gwyther, L. P. “Overcoming barriers. Home care for dementia patients.” Caring 8, no. 8 (August 1989): 12–16.

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Gold, Deborah T., and Lisa P. Gwyther. “The Prevention of Elder Abuse: An Educational Model.” Family Relations 38, no. 1 (January 1989): 8–8. https://doi.org/10.2307/583602.

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Turnbull, J. E., C. C. Saltz, and L. P. Gwyther. “A prescription for promoting social work research in a university hospital.” Health Soc Work 13, no. 2 (1988): 97–105. https://doi.org/10.1093/hsw/13.2.97.

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George, L. K., and L. P. Gwyther. “Support Groups for Caregivers of Memory Impaired Elderly: Easing Caregiver Burden.” In Families in Transition:  Primary Prevention Programs That Work, edited by L. A. Bond and B. M. Wagner. Beverly Hills, CA: Sage Publications, 1988.

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