Education, Training & Outreach


Programs for Caregivers

The Massachusetts ADRC routinely offers free educational & training programs for professional, para-professional and non-professional groups that work with diverse seniors throughout Massachusetts. These programs are taught by experienced clinicians from our center and area institutions, and guest speakers from the Alzheimer's Association and community leaders are frequently invited to present at these programs as well.


Programs are offered to provide ongoing training to groups that request practical and theoretical knowledge of Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and the care of individuals affected by these diseases, and continuing education credits are offered to professionals (e.g., nurses, social workers) who attend these training classes.


We understand that professionals who work with seniors face the challenge of understanding the diverse cultural contexts which shape the lives of minority groups, including attitudes about health and illness, communication with medical personnel and barrriers to obtaining culturally-appropriate care. Therefore, our training programs also aim to raise awareness and cultural-sensitivity among care-providers and family members of loved ones with dementia.


The Massachusetts ADRC is proud to count the Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center and the Multicultural Coalition on Aging among our community partners in our outreach efforts to diverse seniors in Massachusetts.


To find out more about how we may provide educational and training programs to your community, please contact the Director of our Outreach and Recruitment Core, drentz [ at ] partners [dot] org (Dorene M. Rentz), PsyD.


Advanced Clinical and Research Training Programs

Each year, the Massachusetts ADRC attracts pre-doctoral and post-doctoral scholars from all over the world who are interested in our training programs.


For more information about the Massachusetts ADRC's clinical and research fellowships in the dementias and related disorders, please contact our Clinical Core Co-Directors, blacker [ at ] psych [dot] mgh [dot] harvard [dot] edu (Deborah Blacker), MD, ScD, or tgomezisla [ at ] partners [dot] org (M. Teresa Gomez-Isla), MD, PhD.


For more information about the Massachusetts ADRC's clinical and research fellowships in neuroimaging, please contact our Neuroimaging Program Co-Director, reisa [ at ] rics [dot] bwh [dot] harvard [dot] edu (Reisa A. Sperling), MD, MMSc.


For more information about the Massachusetts ADRC's research fellowships in biostatistics/quantitative methods, please contact our Statistics and Data Management Core Co-Director, betensky [ at ] hsph [dot] harvard [dot] edu (Rebecca A. Betensky), PhD, or our Clinical Core Co-Director, blacker [ at ] psych [dot] mgh [dot] harvard [dot] edu (Deborah Blacker), MD, ScD.


For more information about the Massachusetts ADRC's research fellowships in neuropathology, please contact our Neuropathology Core Director, matthew_frosch [ at ] hms [dot] harvard [dot] edu (Matthew P. Frosch), MD, PhD.


For information about the Harvard Medical School's clinical and research training programs in gerontology and geriatrics, please contact our Education and Information Transfer Core Co-Investigator, lipsitz [ at ] hrca [dot] harvard [dot] edu (Lewis A. Lipsitz), MD.


For more information about the Massachusetts General Hospital's physician training programs in neurology, please visit


For information regarding the Massachusetts General Hospital's clinician training programs in geriatric medicine, please visit


For enquiries regarding the Partners HealthCare Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship program, please contact the fellowship's Program Director, fmarouz [ at ] partners [dot] org (Feyza Marouf, MD), or blacker [ at ] psych [dot] mgh [dot] harvard [dot] edu (Dr. Deborah Blacker.)