ANCDS Annual Meeting Speaker Spotlight: Natalie Douglas, PhD

Early registration for the 2019 ANCDS Annual Meeting ends 11/6!
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Hyatt Regency Orlando | Orlando, FL

Functional Treatment of Neurogenic Communication Disorders - Fueling the Future

Natalie Douglas, PhD

Natalie Douglas is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders at Central Michigan University.  Her research aims to advance best, person-centered practices in communication and quality of life interventions for people with dementia, aphasia, and other acquired communication disorders in adults.  She additionally works to empower local healthcare teams to support quality improvement initiatives and person-centered care through applying principles of implementation science.

Topic #1: 10:45 - 11:45 a.m. | Starting Points in Person-Centered Care:  Planning for implementation at the beginning

Topic #2: 2:30 - 3:45 p.m. | Engaging the Organization: Get a seat at the table, quality improvement initiatives, fitting into existing policy/organizational mandates


Financial: Dr. Douglas is employed as an Associate Professor by Central Michigan University and has received consulting fees from Brush Development.  She also receives royalties from Northern Speech Services and has received funding for research from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation and Central Michigan University.  Dr. Douglas received a waiver of her ANCDS conference fee and an honorarium from ANCDS for her presentation at this meeting.

Non-financial: Dr. Douglas is an unpaid member of ASHA's Committee on Clinical Research, Implementation Science and Evidence-Based Practice (CRISP) and the Global Implementation Society.  She serves as a peer-reviewer for several journals.

Learner Outcomes:

  1. Describe three key elements of the current Person & Family Engagement Strategy mandated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services through an example from the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes.
  2. Explain how person-centered care for people with dementia can be embedded within an organization through a Quality Assurance/Performance Improvement Plan.
  3. Summarize preliminary results of a Montessori-based organizational level intervention designed to support people with dementia living in a locked-memory community.

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