Dolores Gallagher Thompson, PhD, ABPP

Dolores Gallagher Thompson, PhD, ABPP


Bio:   Dr. GallagherThompson specializes in treatment of late-life depression and anxiety disorders and in working with persons with dementia and their family caregivers. She uses a cognitive/behavioral (CBT) approach and offers both individual and group therapy. She is a board-certified specialist in Geropsychology (psychology of older adults) and is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been in practice for 25 years.

She received her degree in clinical psychology/adult development and aging from the University of Southern California and did her clinical training at UCLA. She has been an NIH funded researcher for the past 25 years and is most noted for her empirical studies on the efficacy of psychoeducational 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 has culturally modified, translated, and tailored programs for Chinese-speaking, Spanish-speaking, and Farci-speaking caregivers. In addition she works with an international advisory group to create an on-line web-based program to provide education and skill training globally. She is also a Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and a recognized Trainer/ Consultant/ Supervisor in CBT. In collaboration with others she is completing 2nd edition of the book: Cognitive/ Behavior Therapy with Older Adults, to be published in 2017.

At present she is Emerita Professor of Research in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine, and former Director of the Outreach, Recruitment and Education Core of the Stanford Alzheimer's Disease Research Center which focuses on recruiting Latino and American Indian persons with dementia and their family caregivers. 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 serves in several volunteer positions with the Alzheimer’s Association Northern CA/ Northern NV chapter. She is very interested and enthusiastic to find ways to deliver effective mental health care through technology so that services will be available to more persons in need.

Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic

Professional Education

  • Board certification, American Board of Professional Psychology, Clinical Psychology (1997)
  • Board Certification, American Board of Professional Psychology, Geropsychology (2014)
  • Certificate of completion, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, pre-doctoral internship (1978)
  • Ph.D., University of Southern California, Clinical Psychology (1979)
  • PhD Training: University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine (1979) CA

Honors & Awards

  • Diplomate in Clinical Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology (1997)
  • Diplomate in Geropsychology, American Board of Professional Psychology (2014)
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, UCLA Neuro-psychiatric Institute (1985)
  • Founding Fellow, Academy of Cognitive Therapy (1999)
  • Honorary Doctorate, The Hong Kong Institute of Education (2014)
  • Honorary Professorship (3 year term), School of Psychology, University of Queensland, Australia (2017)
  • Honorary Professorship (5 year term), Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia, Norwich, England (2017)
  • M Powell Lawton Award for Lifetime Distinguished Contributions to Applied Geropsychology, American Psychological Association, Division 20: Adult Development and Aging (2018)
  • M. Powell Lawton award for distinguished life-time contributions to the field of Psychology, The Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco (2007)
  • Outstanding Mentorship Award, American Psychological Assn, Div. 20 (Adult Development & Aging) (2000)
  • Outstanding Teacher Award, Stanford Univ. School of Education (1992)
  • T J McCallum Inaugural Gerodiversity Award, American Psychological Association, Division 12, Section II: Geropsychology (2018)
  • Volunteer Appreciation, Alzheimer's Association, Greater San Francisco Bay Area chapter (2000, 2002, 2004, 2017)
  • Volunteer Appreciation, Self-Help for the Elderly, a service program for Chinese families (2003)

Administrative Appointments

  • Affiliated Faculty, Clayman Institute for Gender Research (2004 - Present)
  • Affiliated Faculty, Stanford Center on Longevity (2004 - Present)
  • Affiliated Faculty, Global Health Initiative, Stanford University School of Medicine (2009 - Present)
  • CONA: Committee on Aging. Shapes APA policy as it relates to geriatric mental health, American Psychological Association (2008 - 2010)
  • Core Faculty in Psychology, Stanford Geriatric Education Center (1987 - 2006)
  • Director, Stanford Geriatric Education Center (2008 - 2015)
  • 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)
  • Director, Outreach, Recruitment and Education Core, Stanford Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (2015 - 2020)
  • Director, Principal Investigator, Stanford Geriatric Education Center (2010 - 2015)
  • 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)
  • Representative, Faculty Senate of the School of Medicine and Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences (2013 - 2015)
  • Senior Fellow, Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health (2015 - Present)