Darby J Morhardt

  • 224 Citations
1990 …2022
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Darby Morhardt, PhD, LCSW is Associate Professor in the Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease and Department of Preventive Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She directs the Mesulam Center’s Outreach, Recruitment and Education Core, the Miller Family Quality of Life Enrichment Programs, in addition to clinical social work services for the Northwestern Medicine Neurobehavior and Memory Clinic. The focus of Dr. Morhardt’s work has been on the impact of cognitive impairment on the individual, family and their social networks. Areas of clinical research include the experience of families living with dementia; the process of tailoring care to specific needs and symptoms; and the development and evaluation of quality-of-life enrichment programs, support groups and other therapeutic interventions. These interventions include the award-winning Buddy Program, a unique experience that pairs persons with dementia as mentors to first year medical students and is offered in other universities through the United States and Italy. Dr. Morhardt is responsible for organizing the Mesulam Center’s community engagement to increase dementia education, awareness, research participation and quality of life enhancing programs throughout Chicago especially in underrepresented groups. She is a leader in the Illinois Cognitive Resources Network, she has been involved in coordinating efforts of dementia friendly communities, particularly the collaborative initiative to position the Carter G Woodson library on Chicago’s far south side as the city’s first dementia friendly library. Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease | Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine | 300 E Superior, Tarry Building, 8-719 | Chicago, IL 60611 | 312-908-9432 | d-morhardt@northwestern.edu | www.brain.northwestern.edu

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Loyola University-Chicago

… → 2013

MSW, University of Illinois - Chicago

… → 1984

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Primary Progressive Aphasia Medicine & Life Sciences

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Grants 2001 2022

Advance Care Planning
Decision Making
Alzheimer Disease
Dementia
Living Wills
Caregivers
Dementia
National Institute of Nursing Research (U.S.)
Quality of Life
Self Care
dementia
pilot project
interaction
resources
caregiver
dementia
education
pilot project
interaction
resources

Research Output 1990 2019

3 Citations (Scopus)

Development of a Psycho-Educational Support Program for Individuals with Primary Progressive Aphasia and their Care-Partners

Morhardt, D. J., O’Hara, M. C., Zachrich, K., Wieneke, C. & Rogalski, E., May 1 2019, In : Dementia. 18, 4, p. 1310-1327 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

speech disorder
dementia
human being
Group
self-confidence

SPIRIT advance care planning intervention in early stage dementias: An NIH stage I behavioral intervention development trial

Song, M. K., Ward, S. E., Hepburn, K., Paul, S., Shah, R. C. & Morhardt, D. J., Aug 1 2018, In : Contemporary Clinical Trials. 71, p. 55-62 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Advance Care Planning
Dementia
Decision Making
Patient Care Planning
Videoconferencing
3 Citations (Scopus)

Testing Tele-Savvy: Protocol for a randomized controlled trial

Kovaleva, M. A., Bilsborough, E., Griffiths, P. C., Nocera, J., Higgins, M., Epps, F., Kilgore, K., Lindauer, A., Morhardt, D. J., Shah, R. C. & Hepburn, K., Apr 1 2018, In : Research in Nursing and Health. 41, 2, p. 107-120 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Caregivers
Randomized Controlled Trials
Dementia
Quality of Life
Organizations
1 Citation (Scopus)

The Memory Ensemble: improvising connections among performance, disability, and ageing

Dunford, C. M., Yoshizaki-Gibbons, H. M. & Morhardt, D. J., Jul 3 2017, In : Research in Drama Education. 22, 3, p. 420-426 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

dementia
disability
performance
non-intervention
human being
8 Citations (Scopus)

Willingness to Be a Brain Donor: A Survey of Research Volunteers From 4 Racial/Ethnic Groups

Boise, L., Hinton, L., Rosen, H. J., Ruhl, M. C., Dodge, H., Mattek, N., Albert, M., Denny, A., Grill, J. D., Hughes, T., Lingler, J. H., Morhardt, D. J., Parfitt, F., Peterson-Hazan, S., Pop, V., Rose, T. & Shah, R. C., May 1 2017, In : Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders. 31, 2, p. 135-140 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Ethnic Groups
Volunteers
Tissue Donors
Brain
Research