Elizabeth Edgerly, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and serves as Chief Program Officer of the Alzheimer’s Association, Northern California & Northern Nevada. Dr. Edgerly joined the Alzheimer’s Association in 1995 and oversees all chapter programs for persons with dementia, their families and professionals. She is an active presenter and spokesperson for the Alzheimer’s Association and has appeared on television, radio and in numerous national and local publications, speaking on topics related to brain health, caregiving and Alzheimer’s.
She serves on numerous national and local advisory councils, including the Center for Disease Control’s 2013 Healthy Brain Initiative, the California Department of Public Health’s Partnership to Improve Dementia Care and Reduce Inappropriate Use of Antipsychotic Medication, the San Francisco Department of Aging’s Strategy for Dementia Excellence and the new Brain Health Center at California Pacific Medical Center. Dr. Edgerly staffs the chapter’s Medical Scientific Advisory Council and co-created the Alzheimer’s Association annual awards for excellence in Alzheimer’s science that have honored 80 young researchers in Northern California since 2002.
In May 2013, Dr. Edgerly was named Woman of the Year by the Women Health Care Executives of the San Francisco Bay Area for her work to improve quality of life for those with Alzheimer’s and their families.