Dr. Tabassum Majid has had both a personal and professional passion in caregiver-care recipient dyads in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias since she was a caregiver for her grandparents. A native Marylander, Dr. Majid received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County concentrating in an interdisciplinary approach to Neurodegenerative Disorders of the Aged. She then gained expertise in the pathology, imaging, and biology of dementia from both pre-clinical and clinical perspectives in Houston, TX, where she earned her PhD from Baylor College of Medicine in Translational Biology and Molecular Medicine. She then returned to Maryland to complete a fellowship at the University of Maryland, School of Pharmacy researching care management decisions with caregivers and individuals with dementia. Dr. Majid has several published scientific articles on her work and a book chapter on her personal story, which has been used in the Erickson School undergraduate curriculum.
Since her return to Maryland, Dr. Majid has taught, mentored, and supervised many undergraduate and graduate students in her capacity as an Adjunct Faculty member with the Interdisciplinary Studies department at UMBC and in her roles at the Integrace Institute, where she is currently the Executive Director. Her research philosophy and body of work is currently helping to provide an evidence base to evaluate both health services and social programs tailored to the needs of both caregivers and their care recipients at the Integrace Communities. She recently completed her MAgS degree from the Erickson School and co-taught one of the classes while doing so. Dr. Majid is a member of the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Disparities Engagement Network convened by USAgainstAlzheimer’s and an appointed member of the Maryland Governor’s Council on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders, which contributes to the development and implementation of the Maryland State Plan. She is thrilled to be returning to her alma matter to help shape the minds of the future generation of Aging Services professionals!