Faculty

Lisa Gwyther

Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Geriatric Behavioral Health
School of Medicine

Senior Fellow in the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development

Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development
School of Medicine
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3508 Busse Bldg, Durham, NC 27710

Box 3600 Med Ctr, Durham, NC 27710

(919) 660-7510 lisa.gwyther@duke.edu

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 & Training

B.A. 1967

Case Western Reserve University

M.S.W. 1969

Case Western Reserve University

Grants

NC Registry for Brain Health Phase 2

NCDHHS Contract 00032525

Caregiver-Assisted Pain Coping Skills Training for Dementia

NC Registry for Brain Health

Duke Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP)

Development and Implementation of "Nursing Home Prevention of Injury in Dementia" (NH PRIDE)

Hebrew Rehabilitation Center

Improving Oral Health of Individuals with Mild Dementia

New York University

Caregivers for Individuals with Alzheimers Disease

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Developing an Oral Health Intervention for Individuals with Mild Dementia

National Institutes of Health

CARE and Caregiver

Caregivers for Individuals with Alzheimers Disease

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Stress, Serotonin Genes, & Health Disparities

Claude D Pepper Older Americans Independence Center

National Institutes of Health

Alzheimer'S Disease Research Center

National Institutes of Health

Alzheimer'S Disease Research Center

National Institutes of Health

Alzheimer'S Disease Research Center

National Institutes of Health

Alzheimer'S Disease Research Center

National Institutes of Health

Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center

National Institutes of Health

Claude D. Pepper Older American Independence Centers

National Institutes of Health

Dementia Outreach To Minorities: Linking Care Networks

National Institutes of Health

Dementia Outreach To Minorities: Linking Care Networks

National Institutes of Health

Barriers To The Appropriate Use Of Community Based Service

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Publications

Helping Dementia Caregivers Manage Medical Problems: Benefits of an Educational Resource.

PMID 29301414
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Innovation in care for individuals with cognitive impairment: Can reimbursement policy spread best practices?

PMID 28926722
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New or Worsening Symptoms and Signs in Community-Dwelling Persons with Dementia: Incidence and Relation to Use of Acute Medical Services.

PMID 28152160
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Supporting Family Caregivers of Older Americans.

PMID 28029922
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Age-Friendly Communities Initiative: Public Health Approach to Promoting Successful Aging.

PMID 27742528
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Video-Based Coping Skills to Reduce Health Risk and Improve Psychological and Physical Well-Being in Alzheimer's Disease Family Caregivers (vol 72, pg 897, 2010)

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Report on milestones for care and support under the U.S. National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease.

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The Duke Employee Elder Care Consultation: Meeting employees where they are

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LOOK & LUNCH: PARTNERSHIP BUILDS COMMUNITY ART EXPERIENCE FOR PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA & CARE PARTNERS

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PROVIDING GUIDANCE ON SYMPTOM MANAGEMENT TO CAREGIVERS OF PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA

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“PEOPLE LIKE ME”: A CASE STUDY OF RESILIENCE IN AN EARLY-STAGE ALZHEIMER’S COMMUNITY

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From evidence to practice: using the RE-AIM framework to adapt the REACHII caregiver intervention to the community.

PMID 24339092
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BUILDING A WORKPLACE ELDERCARE PROGRAM RESPONSIVE TO CHALLENGES OF ADULT CHILDREN CAREGIVERS

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Fidelity Decision Making in Social and Behavioral Research: Alternative Measures of Dose and Other Considerations.

PMID 29867289
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A North Carolina service for those with questions about Alzheimer disease, other memory disorders, and family care.

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Dementia in relation to family caregiver involvement and burden in long-term care.

PMID 24652906
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Community engagement in diverse populations for Alzheimer disease prevention trials.

PMID 24614272
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Resilience in early-stage dementia: Lessons learned from early-stage alzheimer education and support groups

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Differences in assisted living staff perceptions, experiences, and attitudes.

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OUTCOMES AND IMPACT: A COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP EXTENDS AN EVIDENCE-BASED EARLY-STAGE ALZHEIMER'S GROUP

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Families Matter in Long-Term Care: Results of a Group-Randomized Trial.

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Comparing families and staff in nursing homes and assisted living: implications for social work practice.

PMID 23869592
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AN OVERVIEW OF TWO MODELS OF COMMUNITY ARTS-BASED COLLABORATIONS FOR PERSONS WITH DEMENTIA AND THEIR CARE PARTNERS

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CONDUCTING A MID-COURSE ASSESSMENT OF THE NORTH CAROLINA REACH INTERVENTION: LESSONS LEARNED

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HOW EQUAL IS THE BURDEN? CHARACTERISTICS AND ATTITUDES OF DIRECT CARE AND ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF IN ASSISTED LIVING

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DIFFERENCES IN STAFF AND FAMILY WELL-BEING IN NURSING HOMES AND ASSISTED LIVING

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FAMILIES MATTER IN LONG-TERM CARE: RESULTS OF A GROUP RANDOMIZED TRIAL

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FAMILY AND STAFF CAREGIVERS WEIGH IN ON ROLE OF DEMENTIA IN FAMILY INVOLVEMENT AND BURDEN

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FIDELITY DECISION-MAKING IN LONG-TERM CARE INTERVENTION RESEARCH: A CASE EXAMPLE

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Advancing Alzheimer's disease diagnosis, treatment, and care: recommendations from the Ware Invitational Summit.

PMID 22959699
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Resilience in aging: Concepts, research, and outcomes

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ADAPTING THE REACHII PROGRAM COMPONENTS TO COMMUNITY CONTEXTS: LESSONS LEARNED IN NORTH CAROLINA

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PROGRAM SATISFACTION AND STRESS REDUCTION AMONG REACH II CAREGIVER PARTICIPANTS: FINDINGS FROM NORTH CAROLINA

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Video-based coping skills to reduce health risk and improve psychological and physical well-being in Alzheimer's disease family caregivers.

PMID 20978227
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Challenges and opportunities: recruitment and retention of African Americans for Alzheimer disease research: lessons learned.

PMID 20711060
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Dementia Special Care Units in Residential Care

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A FAMILY-FRIENDLY ALZHEIMER'S STRATEGIC PLAN

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Sleep quality varies as a function of 5-HTTLPR genotype and stress.

PMID 17766685
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Spirituality and caring for older family members.

PMID 17100064
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Discontinuing medications for a resident with advanced Alzheimer's Disease

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Associations among perceptions of social support, negative affect, and quality of sleep in caregivers and noncaregivers.

PMID 16569114
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Complementary and alternative therapies for Alzheimer's disease: A conference summary

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Mood disorders in the medically ill: scientific review and recommendations.

PMID 16084838
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Family care and Alzheimer's disease: what do we know? What can we do?

PMID 15786677
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Social work competencies in palliative and end-of-life care.

PMID 17387058
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How do we assess and determine the mental capacity of our patients with Alzheimer's disease and dementia for consent to conjugal visits with their spouse?

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A multinational review of recent trends and reports in dementia caregiver burden.

PMID 15249854
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Promoting a good death for persons with dementia in nursing facilities: family caregivers' perspectives.

PMID 12789031
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Dementia, Religion, and Spirituality

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Physician-patient communication about over-the-counter medications.

PMID 11439819
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Ethnicity and physician-older patient communication about alternative therapies.

PMID 11558775
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Practice parameter: management of dementia (an evidence-based review). Report of the Quality Standards Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology.

PMID 11342679
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Physician-Patient Communication About Alternative Medicines

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Family issues in dementia: finding a new normal.

PMID 11072271
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What we have learned from research on case management: The example of services to Alzheimer's and HIV/AIDS clients

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Social issues of the Alzheimer's patient and family.

PMID 9617848
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Alzheimer's disease: Making progress through a multidisciplinary approach

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Social issues of the Alzheimer's patient and family

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Treatment of agitation in elderly persons with Dementia: A summary of the expert consensus guidelines

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Care-giver stress

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Diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer disease and related disorders. Consensus statement of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, the Alzheimer's Association, and the American Geriatrics Society.

PMID 9343469
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Early identification of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Early Identification of Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias Panel.

PMID 9092291
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The perspective of the person with Alzheimer disease: which outcomes matter in early to middle stages of dementia?

PMID 9437444
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When "the family" is not one voice: conflict in caregiving families.

PMID 8715177
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SERVICE DELIVERY AND UTILIZATION - RESEARCH DIRECTIONS AND CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS

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Special care unit research: ethical issues.

PMID 11657168
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Special care unit research: ethical issues.

PMID 8068280
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Managing challenging behaviors at home.

PMID 7999337
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ADULT DAY-CARE - THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN FORMAL AND INFORMAL SYSTEMS OF CARE - KIRWIN,PM

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ELDER CARE - FAMILY TRAINING AND SUPPORT - BARUSCH,AM

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CARE-GIVING IN DEMENTIA - RESEARCH AND APPLICATIONS - JONES,GMM, MIESEN,BML

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ADULT DAY-CARE FOR ALZHEIMERS PATIENTS - IMPACT ON FAMILY CAREGIVERS - GUTTMAN,RA

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Special care units for persons with dementia.

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Practice innovations and research: reconciling the chicken and the egg.

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Letting go: separation-individuation in a wife of an Alzheimer's patient.

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Day care for persons with dementia: the impact of the physical environment on staff stress and quality of care.

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Overcoming barriers. Home care for dementia patients.

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The Prevention of Elder Abuse: An Educational Model

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Support Groups for Caregivers of Memory Impaired Elderly: Easing Caregiver Burden

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A prescription for promoting social work research in a university hospital.

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Early-onset Alzheimer's disease: clinical predictors of institutionalization and death.

PMID 3587649
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Elder Abuse: Conflict in the Family

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Failure of long term high-dose lecithin to retard progression of early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

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Caregivers for dementia patients: complex determinants of well-being and burden.

PMID 3721230
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Caregiver well-being: a multidimensional examination of family caregivers of demented adults.

PMID 3721232
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Caring for Alzheimer's. Treating behavior as a symptom of illness.

PMID 10317719
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Introduction: What is respite care?

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Family therapy and the dementia patient.

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Alzheimer's disease.

PMID 6577299
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Care for the caregivers.

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In support of nursing homes.

PMID 6923931
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Curriculum development for geriatric-gerontology training: a problem-solving approach.

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Nursing homes.

PMID 7420690
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