Karin Wannamaker, MSW, LICSW
Karin Wannamaker is a clinical social worker in the Brigham & Women’s Hospital Department of Neurology. As a member of the outpatient neurology team, Karin counsels individuals and families living with neurologic conditions. Much of her time is spent working with persons with Alzheimer’s Disease or a related dementia and their caregivers in learning how to live well across the continuum of changes through counseling, education & skill-building, and building community. Along with Dr. Kim Willment, BWH Neuropsychologist, Karin developed and now regularly facilitates the Center for Brain/Mind Medicine’s (CBMM) Dementia Caregiver Skills & Wellness Group. The CBMM’s Dementia Caregiver Skills & Wellness group is a six-week program that educates caregivers on dementia-related changes, introduces various tools that could be beneficial over the course of the disease, and offers a space for connecting with peer caregivers.
Prior to joining Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Karin served as a clinical social worker at Piedmont Health Services, Inc., in Pittsboro, North Carolina. She previously worked at Community Care of Western North Carolina and at the Brookline Council on Aging & Brookline Senior Center. Over her more than fifteen years of experience in social work, Karin has used an interdisciplinary, patient-centered approach to provide the highest level of care to her individuals and families she serves. She is also passionate about developing programs that support the social and emotional needs of her patients, such as an Multiple Sclerosis Peer Support Group and Caregiver Wellness Group at Piedmont Health Services, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Ally (LGBT-A) interest group at the Brookline Senior Center, and the Men’s Dementia Group and Caregiver Support Group at Upham’s Elder Service Plan.