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Mary A. Corcoran, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Mary Corcoran

Areas of Expertise: Environmental modifications, Alzheimer's disease, and caregiving

Professor in the Department of Clinical Research and Leadership at George Washington University, and a Professor in the Division of Occupational Therapy at Shenandoah University

Location: Washington, DC

Dr. Mary Corcoran is a tenured professor in the Department of Clinical Research and Leadership, George Washington University in Washington, DC, and a Professor in the Division of Occupational Therapy at Shenandoah University in Virginia. She has degrees in occupational therapy, social gerontology, and health planning for the elderly.

Dr. Corcoran has a long history as an author, researcher, and educator. She has published and presented widely on the topics of environmental modifications, management of Alzheimer's disease, family caregiving, and collaboration.

Dr. Corcoran has served as both principal investigator and co-principal investigator on several funded projects, including four grants funded by the National Institute on Aging. Her experience includes use of qualitative and quantitative, as well as mixed, methodologies.

Dr. Corcoran is the immediate past editor of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy. She published a description of four "caregiving styles," defined as patterns in thinking and actions caregivers use to structure care for a family member with dementia. Other work has involved teaching caregivers to choose and simplify everyday activities to make caregiving easier and more effective.

Currently, she is testing the effects of a new online skill-building program for family caregivers—the Customized Toolkit of Information and Practical Solutions (C-TIPS) program (www.C-TIPS.com).