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Debra L. Cherry

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Debra L. Cherry

Executive Vice President
Alzheimer's Association, California Southland Chapter
family caregiving for dementia patients
community services for people with dementia, including day care and support groups
healthy aging
Alzheimer's disease and dementia
multicultural aging
mental health and aging


Debra Cherry is executive vice president of the Alzheimer's Association's California Southland Chapter, where she oversees program development, strategic planning and public policy efforts on behalf of people with dementia and their families. Cherry holds a Ph.D. in a clinical psychology from USC and completed her post-doctoral training in geriatric psychology at UCLA. She has served on the board of directors of the American Society on Aging (ASA) and as the chairperson of the national conferences of ASA and of the Alzheimer's Association. She has published articles on improving the quality of health care and community services for people with dementia and presented on these subjects at numerous national conferences. Cherry is a contributing author for California's evidence-based "Alzheimer's Disease Management Guideline" for primary care physicians. She has developed numerous award-winning programs, including "El Portal: The Latino Alzheimer's Project," "Partnering With Your Doctor," and the "Dementia Care Project: A Partnership with Kaiser Permanente."

Alzheimer's Association
5900 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1100
Los Angeles  California  90036
United States
Office Phone: 
(323) 930-6225


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