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Delia J. González Sanders, Ph.D., LCSW

Academic Title
Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work

Primary Appointment
Central Connecticut State University

Secondary Appointment
Adjunct professor, Smith College School for Social Work Northampton, MA

Education
BSW & minor in Latin American Studies – University of Texas at El Paso
MSSW - University of Texas at Austin
Ph.D. – Smith College School for Social Work

Relevant Activities and Interests
Co-Investigator Center on Aging, University of Connecticut Health Center & Alzheimer’s Association Grants Program, Research in Diverse Populations:  Closing the Gap, information and help seeking experiences among Hispanic family caregivers; Research conducted in Connecticut & Massachusetts

Co-Investigator, Center on Aging, University of Connecticut Health Center and the Patrick and Catherine Weldon Donaghue Medical Foundation Grant: Dementia Care Consultant for Ethnic Minority Families, designed and wrote clinical intervention manual, hired, trained, and supervised the interventionist, a bilingual, bicultural MSW Care Consultant at Alzheimer’s Association, analyze and summarize data findings, manuscript preparation for publication submission

The Center on Aging, University of Connecticut Health Center, Alzheimer’s Association, and ProHealth Physicians Network partnership research project entitled: The Northern Connecticut Dementia Care Partnership Project (NCDCPP) Care Consultant interventionist for family caregivers of relatives afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease and related irreversible dementia disorders, complete research intervention interviews and care consultant activities with diverse family caregivers, for research grant project with principal investigator, research staff, and NCDCPP participants, plan and design future grant projects

Selected Publications
González Sanders, D. J. (2010) Dispositions Rubric of Habits, Attitudes and Actions:  Tool Asesssing Readiness for Field co-presenter with primary presenter Dr. Patricia H. Hensley and co-presenter Dr. Catherine R. Baratta, CCSU Department of Social Work accepted as a Curriculum & Administrative (C & A) Workshop at Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) for Annual Program Meeting (APM) October 14-17, in Portland Oregon

González Sanders, D. J., Fortinsky, R. H., Robison, J. T., Castro, I. J. & Hinton, W. L. (2010) Help-seeking experiences among Latino family caregivers of persons with dementia:  Views from New England Abstract submitted for symposium on Hispanic Family Caregiving at 2010 Gerontological Society of America conference in New Orleans, LA
 
González Sanders, D. J. (2010) Familismo and Resilience in Latino Family Caregivers of Dementia Afflicted Relatives presentation proposal for Health Disparities Among the Latino Population in the U. S., Research Conference to be held at Central Connecticut State University in April 2010 with presenters Rafael Pérez Escamilla, Yale University and Richard H. Fortinsky University of Connecticut Health Center.

González Sanders, D. J., Fortinsky, R. H. & Stevens, A. (May 2009) The Caregiver Help Study: Dementia Care Consultation for Ethnic Minority Families, paper presentation Alzheimer’s Association Massachusetts & New Hampshire Chapter 2009 Alzheimer’s Conference; A Map Through the Maze: An Interdisciplinary Conference for Professionals, Royal Plaza Hotel, Marlborough, MA

González Sanders, D. J., Fortinsky, R. H. & Stevens, A. (March 2009) The Caregiver Help Study:  Dementia Care Consultation for Ethnic Minority Families, paper accepted for presentation Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter 12th Annual Dementia Conference, Crowne Plaza, Cromwell, CT

González Sanders, D. J. (November 2008) Latino Family Caregivers of Dementia Afflicted Relatives:  An ethno-Cultural Cross-Sectional Study, paper accepted for poster presentation, Gerontological Association of America conference entitled Resilience in Aging, National Harbor Maryland

González Sanders, D. J. (July 2008) Latino Cultural Values and Dementia Caregiving Professional Development Workshop at the Smith College School For Social Work 90th Anniversary Celebration entitled Tradition and Transformation:  Celebrating Clinical Social Work Excellence; Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, MA.

González Sanders, D. J., (Oct. 2007) Familismo, Resilience and Problem-Solving in Latino Family Caregivers of Dementia Afflicted Relatives:  An Ethno-Cultural Cross-Sectional Study, unpublished dissertation  presentation 10/07 at Council of Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, San Francisco, CA. 

González Sanders, D. J., Fortinsky, R. H., & Wright, L. (Sept. 2005). Ethnic and Cultural Influences on Memory Loss and Family Care. Conjoint presentation at Cultural Diversity and Health Care:  Making the Connection - The first Myra Kerr Memorial Education Conference, Cromwell Connecticut Case Management Institute, Connecticut Community Care, Inc. Bristol Connecticut

González Sanders, D. J. (August 2004). Caregiving and Cultural Diversity. Hazel Augustine Summer Lecture Series, Smith College School for Social Work

González Sanders, D. J. (April 2004). Living with Grief:  Alzheimer’s disease Hospice Foundation of America. 11th Annual Video National Teleconference, Panel member, Smith College School for Social Work     

González Sanders, D. J., Fortinsky, R. H. (April 2004).  Individualized Dementia Care Consultation Program for Family Caregiver Conjoint presentation on design and implementation of individualized dementia care consultation program for multi-cultural family caregivers at Connecticut Alzheimer’s Education Conference:  Working Together:  Exploring New Perspectives

Selected Clinical Social Work Practice
Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter  
Institute for the Hispanic Family Hartford Connecticut
Hartford Hospital- Institute of Living In Patient, Out Patient and Grace Webb School
William Beaumont Army Medical Center Inpatient and outpatient setting
El Paso Child Guidance Center
University of Texas at El Paso Counseling Center

Selected Community Engagement Activities
Advisory Board Member – Connecticut Community Care Incorporated, Bristol CT, Offices in North Central Regional, Northwest Regional & Eastern Regional CT - R.E.A.C.H.Project

Member Medical and Scientific Advisory Council Alzheimer’s Association, Connecticut Chapter Rocky Hill, CT

Member NASW and the Latina/Latino National Association of Social Workers, Connecticut Chapter Rocky Hill, CT

Member of Board of Directors - Early Learning Program, Inc. Pre-School & Child Care Center located at Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT

Advisory Board Member - State of Connecticut, Department of Children and Families Training Academy, Hartford, Connecticut

Affiliate Member, Connecticut Center for Eliminating Health Disparities Among Latinos, (CEHDL), consortium led by the University of Connecticut and including the United States Department of Health and Human Services, National Center on Minority Health Disparities, National Institute of Health, Hartford Hospital, the Hispanic Health Council of Connecticut

Contact Information
Phone: 860-832-3143
djsanders@uchc.edu
sandersdej@ccsu.edu
dgonzale@smith.edu

  
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