Distinguished Researcher Presentations

Diane Pastor, School of NursingDiane Pastor, Ph.D.

Dr. Pastor has built a program of research and practice focused on family caregiving for older adults with cognitive deficits and serious chronic illness. Her doctoral dissertation at Columbia University investigated how spousal caregivers make long-term care decisions for their spouse with dementia. She currently is a Principal Investigator on a John A. Hartford Foundation-funded Change Agents Translational Research Award entitled, "Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Driving Safety for Persons with Dementia", investigating how family and professional caregivers can learn more about how to manage driving safety for their loved ones with dementia. Diane is a nationally certified Adult Nurse Practitioner who teaches in our MSN Family Nurse Practitioner program and she maintains a part time clinical practice as a volunteer provider at Cape Fear Free Clinic here in Wilmington. She holds a PhD in Nursing from Columbia University in New York city, an MBA in Finance from Boston College, an Advanced Certificate as an Adult Nurse Practitioner, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Maryland.

Dr. Cynthia Franklin, PhD, LCSWDr. Cynthia Franklin, Ph.D., LCSW

Dr. Cynthia Franklin, PhD, LCSW is the Stiernberg/Spencer Family Professor in Mental Health and the Associate Dean for Doctoral Education in the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on at-risk youths in schools and solution-focused brief Therapy.