Dr. Laura Gitlin is a professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a professor of community-public health at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. She also holds a joint appointment in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Her research focuses on aging and dementia. Dr. Gitlin serves as the founding director of the Center for Innovative Care in Aging at Johns Hopkins.
Her team is currently engaged in clinical trials that explore home-based care, non-pharmacological interventions and other methods of managing the symptoms of dementia.
Dr. Gitlin received her B.A. in anthropology from Temple University. She earned her M.A. and her Ph.D. in sociology from Purdue University.
She serves on the editorial board of The Gerontologist. Her work has been recognized with several honors, including an M. Powell Lawton Award from the Gerontological Society of America. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association, the Gerontological Society of America and the New York Academy of Sciences.