Dolores Gallagher Thompson, PhD, ABPP


Professor (Research) of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science (Public Mental Health and Population Sciences) and, by courtesy, of Medicine (General Medical Disciplines)
Bio:   Dr. Gallagher-Thompson received her degree in clinical psychology/adult development and aging from the University of Southern California in 1979 and has worked in the field ever since as a practicing geropsychologist, conducting research, teaching, and providing clinical care to patients and families. She has been an NIH funded clinical researcher for the past 20 years and is most noted for her empirical studies on the efficacy of different types of psychosocial interventions to reduce stress and improve the psychological status of family caregivers of older adults with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. She recently completed the first efficacy trial of psychosocial interventions with Chinese American caregivers, and has pilot work in progress with Farsi-speaking Persian caregivers in the San Francisco Bay area. Her work on the development and evaluation of psychoeducational "coping classes" with caregivers has been translated into Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, and Persian.

Dr. Gallagher-Thompson has authored nearly 200 papers in major journals in the field and has co-edited the critically well-received second edition of "Ethnicity and the Dementias" (with Gwen Yeo, senior editor) and the book "Innovative Interventions to Reduce Caregiver Distress" (David Coon, senior editor). She is currently co-editor in chief of the journal Clinical Gerontologist, and has recently been the senior editor of a comprehensive new volume entitled: “Handbook of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies with Older Adults.” She also serves in several volunteer positions with the Alzheimer’s Association in northern California and is currently developing online intervention programs for caregivers of older persons with significant memory loss. She is a Professor of Research in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine, and Director of the Stanford Geriatric Education Center.

Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic

Professional Education

  • Board Certification: Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology (1997)
  • Medical Education: University of Southern California Los Angeles - (1979) CA
  • Ph.D., University of Southern California, Clinical Psychology (1979)
  • Certificate of completion, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, pre-doctoral internship (1978)

Honors & Awards

  • Honorary Doctorate, The Hong Kong Institute of Education (2014)
  • Honorable mention, Healthcare and Aging award, The American Society on Aging, San Francisco (2007)
  • Senior Scholar Special Commendation of Honor, The American Association of University Women (AAUW) (2007)
  • M. Powell Lawton award for distinguished life-time contributions to the field of Psychology, The Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco (August 2007)
  • Volunteer Appreciation, Alzheimer's Association, Greater San Francisco Bay Area chapter (2000, 2002, 2004)
  • Volunteer Appreciation, Self-Help for the Elderly, a service program for Chinese families (2003)
  • Outstanding Mentorship Award, American Psychological Assn, Div. 20 (Adult Development & Aging) (2000)
  • Outstanding Teacher Award, Stanford Univ. School of Education (1992)
  • Diplomate in Clinical Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology (1997)
  • Founding Fellow, Academy of Cognitive Therapy (1999)
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, UCLA Neuro-psychiatric Institute (1985)

Administrative Appointments

  • Member, Education Leadership & Integration Committee, Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences (2013 - Present)
  • Member, Suicide Prevention Faculty Search Committee, Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences (2013 - Present)
  • Member, Community Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Committee, Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences (2013 - Present)
  • Member, Departmental Community Engagement Advisory Committee, Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences (2013 - Present)
  • Affiliated Faculty, Global Health Initiative, Stanford University School of Medicine (2009 - Present)
  • Affiliated Faculty, Clayman Institute for Gender Research (2004 - Present)
  • Affiliated Faculty, Stanford Center on Longevity (2004 - Present)
  • Representative, Faculty Senate of the School of Medicine and Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences (2013 - 2015)
  • Director, Principal Investigator, Stanford Geriatric Education Center (2010 - 2015)
  • CONA: Committee on Aging. Shapes APA policy as it relates to geriatric mental health, American Psychological Association (2008 - 2010)
  • Director, Education & Information Transfer Core, Alzheimer's Clinical Research Center of Stanford Univ/VA Palo Alto (2002 - 2007)
  • Director, Older Adult & Family Center, VA Palo Alto Health Care Center/Stanford Univ. (2000 - 2007)
  • Core Faculty in Psychology, Stanford Geriatric Education Center (1987 - 2006)