Speaker Bios for May 11, 2017 Audiology Conference
Hearing Loss, Dementia and Healthy Aging: Audiologist as Gatekeeper?
CHC and CaringKind invite audiologists, related professionals and graduate students in audiology and related professions to a conference May 11, 2017, at CaringKind’s offices in New York City.
This program is offered for .7 CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional level).
Registration for this conference is now closed. Contact us at (917) 305-7702 if you would like to be placed on the waiting list. Thank you for your interest.
Joshua Chodosh, MD, MSHS, holds the inaugural endowed Michael L. Freedman Professor of Geriatric Research in the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care in the Department of Medicine at NYU School of Medicine. He is Professor of Medicine and Population Health and a core investigator in the VA HSR&D program at the Manhattan VA. Dr. Chodosh is a former Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and was on faculty as a Professor of Medicine at UCLA until he was recruited to NY in 2015. He has held a number of leadership roles both regionally and nationally that have influenced healthcare policy impacting the quality of care for patients with chronic disease, particularly those with dementia. Dr. Chodosh served as Chair of the State of California Alzheimer’s and related Dementias Advisory Committee and co-chaired a statewide effort leading to the California State Plan for Alzheimer’s disease. The California Plan has provided a model for other state plans and the National Alzheimer’s Project Act. Dr. Chodosh is a member of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society Editorial Board and he has published on quality of care for dementia and other chronic disease conditions, while leading multiple implementation trials. Dr. Chodosh initiated a VA dementia assessment and care management program (V-CAMP) using clinical video-telehealth for rural-based Veterans with dementia. This program has received numerous commendations and has been spread to multiple VA national service regions serving as a model in geriatric tele-healthcare delivery. In addition to being an NIH-funded investigator, Dr. Chodosh is co-Director of a $7.5 million State of NY Department of Health service grant to develop and coordinate caregiver services for family members of those with dementia living in all five boroughs of New York City.
- Employee of NYU Medical Center
- Grant funds from NIH/NIA
- Grant funds from NY State Department of Health
- Consulting fees from Senior Care Action Network
Anne Foerg, a licensed geriatric social worker, is the Director of Social Work at CaringKind, the Heart of Alzheimer’s Caregiving, where her team provides individualized support to assist people with dementia and their families in navigating the myriad of emotional and practical challenges they face. Anne has worked with CaringKind for five years, and has been privileged to lead the growth of the social work department to its current size of nine social service professionals. Prior to her time at CaringKind, Anne worked in the field of case management for older adults, in both publicly- and privately-funded programs designed to help seniors age in their communities by coordinating their social, medical, financial, and legal needs. She is a graduate of New York University, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Metropolitan Studies with a focus on aging in the urban environment. She received her Masters in Social Work degree from Hunter College’s Silberman School of Social Work, with specialties in aging and community organizing.
Employee of CaringKind, the Heart of Alzheimer’s Caregiving
Ellen Lafargue, Au.D., CCC-A is Co-Director, Shelley and Steven Einhorn Audiology and Communication Centers at the Center for Hearing and Communication (CHC), a leading hearing healthcare center in Lower Manhattan providing state-of-the-art clinical services to people of all ages with hearing issues and listening challenges. Lafargue leads a team of six hearing healthcare professionals at CHC where she began her career in 1983. Since earning her Doctor of Audiology degree from Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 2003, Lafargue has established a distinguished career and a reputation as one of the finest audiologists in the tri-state area. She is particularly noted for her skills in providing adults with the best hearing instrument for their unique hearing and communication needs. Formerly an adjunct faculty member at NYU, Kean College in New Jersey, and Montclair State University, Lafargue is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and licensed by the states of New York and New Jersey.
Employee of Center for Hearing and Communication
Kathy Pichora-Fuller, PhD is a Full Professor of Psychology at UTM. She is also an Adjunct Scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and at the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest in Toronto. She completed a B.A. in Linguistics at the University of Toronto (1977) and a M.Sc. in Audiology and Speech Sciences at the University of British Columbia (1980). She worked as a clinical audiologist and then the Supervisor of Audiology at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto and then returned to complete a Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Toronto (1991). Until 2002, she was a faculty member in the Faculty of Medicine and Director of the Institute for Hearing Accessibility Research at UBC. Her research over more than two decades has been funded by NSERC and CIHR. She is the hearing expert for the Canadian Longitudinal Study of Aging and is a member of the sensory-cognitive-communication team of the Canadian Consortium on Neuro-degeneration in Aging. She translates her lab-based research on auditory and cognitive aging to address the needs of older adults who suffer from both hearing and cognitive declines.
She now serves on the editorial boards of Ear and Hearing and the International Journal of Audiology. She was President of the Canadian Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists (1984-87), has served on the executive boards of the Canadian Acoustical Association (1998-2002, 2011-present), the International Collegium of Rehabilitative Audiology (1997-2003), the Canadian Academy of Audiology (2002-2004) and she was the Canadian representative to the International Society of Audiology (2004-2010, 2014-2016). She co-chaired the World Congress of Audiology (conference of the International Society of Audiology) in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in September 2016. The American Academy of Audiology awarded her the 2014 International Award.
- Financial compensation from Center for Hearing and Communication and CaringKind, the Heart of Alzheimer’s Caregiving for this presentation
- Employee, University of Toronto
- Honoraria from Pearson Publishing for Chapter 10 of Introduction to Audiologic Rehabilitation 7/e, by Schow and Nerbonne
- Honoraria for a workshop from the Oticon Foundation
- Phonak/Sonova AG grant for independent contractor work
- Honoraria from James Madison University for teaching and speaking
- Honoraria from Radboud University, Netherlands, for teaching and speaking
- Honoraria from Encyclopedia of Neuroscience, Elsevier Publishing, as an independent contractor
- Board member, Canadian Acoustical Association
- Volunteer, Congress Co-Chair, World Congress of Audiology
- Board Member, Ear and Hearing
- Board Member, International Journal of Audiology
- Volunteer consulting, Ontario Ministry of Health
- Volunteer consulting, British Columbia Ministry of Health
Amy Torres is the Director of Training at CaringKind, the Heart of Alzheimer’s Caregiving. The training team works to ensure that those who provide care and support to persons with dementia be able to so in a person centered manner via providing support, building knowledge and enhancing skill. Amy has worked for CaringKind for six years, and leads the training department who provides dementia related education to both professional caregivers and family/friend caregivers in English, Spanish, Cantonese and Mandarin. Prior to working at CaringKind, Amy was the Helpline Director at Friends & Relatives of Institutionalized Aged (FRIA) for ten years. As Helpline Director Amy provided advocacy and support to consumers struggling to ensure their friends and relatives received high quality long term care.
Employee of CaringKind, the Heart of Alzheimer’s Caregiving
Barbara E. Weinstein, Ph.D., an expert on hearing loss in older adults, is a Professor and Founding Executive Officer of the AuD program at the Graduate Center, CUNY as well as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center. An ASHA Fellow, Dr. Weinstein was awarded her Ph.D. by Columbia University and immediately thereafter joined the faculty at her alma mater. A co-developer of the Hearing Handicap Inventories and author of both editions of the textbook Geriatric Audiology, Weinstein has focused her research and clinical activities on uncovering the patient reported psychosocial difficulties which attend hearing loss and optimizing treatments designed to ameliorate these conditions. A proponent of patient centered care, Weinstein writes and speaks extensively on the importance of outcomes assessment and physician screening for age related hearing loss and its consequences. A fellow of ASHA and the AAA, Weinstein has a bimonthly column in the Hearing Journal and Hearing Health and Technology Matters where through her writing she draws attention to pressing issues confronting the profession of audiology
Employee of CUNY
Online registration for the conference is now open. Please use the link below to register or call us at 917-305-7702 if you have any questions regarding the registration process.