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Dementia Palliative Care Clinical Trials Program
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Zachary Baker, PhD

Scholar, 2024

Dr. Baker is an Assistant Professor at the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University. His aim is to better understand, develop, evaluate, and disseminate technological tools and psychosocial resources that help caregivers and persons with dementia to thrive during and after the dementia caregiving process. In short, he wants to ensure that no former dementia caregiver ever feels like they are “left in the lurch” and know where to find the support they need. This is accomplished through the use of advanced methods (e.g., interventions, longitudinal studies, event momentary assessment, dyadic data collection, mixed methods), statistics (e.g., multilevel modeling, structural equation modeling, response surface analysis), and psychological theory/perspectives (e.g., self-determination theory, attachment theory, positive psychology). He also considers collaborating with his community partners an essential part of the work he does and convenes the Supporting Dementia Caregivers After Death Community Advisory Board who oversees all his work.

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