Dr. Samus is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the founding Director of the Memory and Aging Services Innovation (MASI) Center in the Department of Psychiatry. As an applied gerontologist trained in interventional health services research and epidemiology, the goal of her work is to improve dementia care quality and outcomes through translation of evidence-based practices to meet the needs of patients, families and providers in real world settings. She has contributed to the advancement of several areas of research, including work to advance the understanding the multidimensional care needs of persons with dementia and their families, identification of gaps in dementia care quality, the development and implementation of innovation and practical community-based dementia care models, and building dementia care capacity in the workforce and in resource-scarce settings. She has led several large federally funded dementia-related projects in the U.S. including the Maximizing Independence at Home trial (MIND at Home), which is testing a home-based dementia care coordination program, and the Making Engagement Meaningful through Organized Routine Interaction (MEMORI) Corps trials, which is evaluating the impact of an activity-based senior companion care program for persons living with dementia.
Johns Hopkins University