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. GallagherThompson received her degree in clinical psychology/adult development and aging from the University of Southern California in 1979 and has worked in the field 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 30 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 completed the first efficacy trial of psychosocial interventions with Chinese American caregivers in the San Francisco Bay area, resulting in a modified DVD-based program in Chinese that is more practical than attending face-to-face or home-based meetings. Her work on the psychoeducational "Coping with Caregiving" program has been translated into Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, and Persian. Adaptations of this program are widely used in other parts of the US and internationally.

Dr. Gallagher Thompson is 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. Focus of that Center is on ethnogeriatrics: study of how racial, ethnic, and cultural disparities affect access to, and utilization of, health and mental health services.She has authored about 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). She is co-editor in chief of the journal Clinical Gerontologist, She serves in several volunteer positions with the Alzheimer’s Association Northern CA/ Northern NV chapter.

Currently, Dr. Gallagher Thompson is developing a series of online intervention programs for caregivers of older persons with significant memory loss - including one entirely in the Spanish language which uses as "soap opera" format to teach about dementia and how to live with it, as a family. Along with the professional team at Stanford Geriatric Education Center, a series of on-line courses entitled: "Dementia and Diversity in Primary Care" have been developed and are awaiting CME approval. Along with Dr. Kim Bullock of the Psychiatry Dept she has developed an on-line training program in Behavioral Activation for older adults. Currently she is part of an international collaborative working group, sponsored by the World Health Organization, to develop an on-line open-source platform for a web-based program to manage stress in dementia caregivers that can be used globally. it will be pilot-tested in Bangalore, India, in 2016. The hope it that is will later be modified for use on tablets and smartphones as well. She is also completing substantial revisions to an earlier book on the theoretical and clinical application of CBT (cognitive/behavior therapy) to late-life depression which will be published in 2016 by Wiley in both the UK and US.

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

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

Administrative Appointments

  • Core Faculty in Psychology, Stanford Geriatric Education Center (1987 - 2006)
  • Director, Older Adult & Family Center, VA Palo Alto Health Care Center/Stanford Univ. (2000 - 2007)
  • Director, Education & Information Transfer Core, Alzheimer's Clinical Research Center of Stanford Univ/VA Palo Alto (2002 - 2007)
  • 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)
  • Affiliated Faculty, Stanford Center on Longevity (2004 - Present)
  • Affiliated Faculty, Clayman Institute for Gender Research (2004 - Present)
  • Affiliated Faculty, Global Health Initiative, Stanford University School of Medicine (2009 - Present)
  • Member, Departmental Community Engagement Advisory Committee, Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences (2013 - Present)
  • Member, Education Leadership & Integration Committee, Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences (2013 - Present)
  • Member, Community Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Committee, Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences (2013 - Present)
  • Member, Suicide Prevention Faculty Search Committee, Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences (2013 - Present)
  • Representative, Faculty Senate of the School of Medicine and Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences (2013 - 2015)
  • Director, Stanford Geriatric Education Center (2008 - 2015)
  • Director, Outreach, Recruitment, and Education Core, Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (2015 - 2020)
  • Senior Fellow, Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health (2015 - Present)