Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Darby Morhardt, PhD, LCSW is Research Professor, Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease and Department of Preventive Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She directs the Mesulam Center’s Outreach, Recruitment and Engagement Core, the Miller Family Quality of Life Enrichment Programs, in addition to clinical social work services for the Northwestern Medicine Neurobehavior and Memory Clinic. The focus of Dr. Morhardt’s clinical work and research has been on the impact of cognitive impairment on the individual, family and their social networks, the process of tailoring care to specific needs and symptoms; and the development and evaluation of quality-of-life enrichment interventions, including the Buddy Program, an experiential learning program for first year medical students and persons living with dementia that has been replicated internationally. Dr. Morhardt is responsible for organizing the Mesulam Center’s community engagement to increase dementia education, awareness, research participation and quality of life enhancing programs throughout Chicago especially in underrepresented minority populations. She is a leader in the Illinois Cognitive Resources Network and has been involved in coordinating efforts of dementia friendly communities, particularly the collaborative initiative to position the Carter G Woodson library on Chicago’s far south side as the city’s first dementia friendly library.