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James W. Jefferson Memorial Lecture | Helen Kales, MD
November 5, 2021 @ 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
NOVEMBER 5, 2021 | 2:45-3:45PM
HELEN KALES, MD
Offered as part of the Annual Updates in Psychiatry Conference
Each year, the Department of Psychiatry will invite one distinguished speaker who embodies Jeff’s spirit – being a consummate clinician, academic and colleague while advancing the evidence-based care of people suffering from mental illness – to give the James W. Jefferson Memorial Lecture during the Annual Update & Advances in Psychiatry Conference.
We are delighted that Dr. Helen Kales, the Joe Tupin Endowed Chair in Psychiatry at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, will give the 2021 lecture on November 5, 2021.
About Dr. Kales:
Dr. Kales is a fellowship-trained, board-certified geriatric psychiatrist. She has special clinical interest in the behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia. As a fellowship-trained, board-certified geriatric psychiatrist, Dr. Kales’ research program is directly informed by her clinical work and experiences with patients, families, providers, and systems to diminish the barriers to effective and high quality care for older patients with dementia or with mental health issues.
Dr. Kales has been named to numerous expert panels on dementia care, including the Lancet Global Standing Commission on Dementia Care (2015-present) and the International Psychogeriatrics Association Expert Panel on the management of behavioural and psychological symptoms in people with Alzheimer’s Disease (Co-Chair, 2015-2017). She is recognized as an international expert on dementia care, the behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia, depression in later life and in pharmacoepidemiological research related to the prevalence and risks of use of antipsychotic and other psychotropic medications in patients with dementia.
Dr. Kales is the creator of the “DICE Approach” to manage the behavioral and functional symptoms of dementia and the “WeCareAdvisor,” a web-based tool for dementia caregivers. She has over 125 peer-reviewed publications and has been continuously federally research funded since 2004.
Dr. Kales is also a tireless mentor who is currently mentoring four junior investigators with career development funding in dementia.