Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
From 2003 to the present, J. Wesson Ashford, M.D., Ph.D., has been a Senior Research Scientist at the Stanford / VA Aging Clinical Research Center and is now the Director of the War Related Illness and Injury Study Center the VA Palo Alto Health Care System and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University (affiliated). He is Chair of the Memory Screening Advisory Board of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and Clinical Editor of the Journal of Alzheimer’s disease. He is currently developing early detection and measurement methods for Alzheimer’s disease.
Dr. Ashford’s dissertation was a finalist for the Lindsley Prize, for the best in Behavioral Neuroscience, in 1984. He also made the first proposal and physiologic demonstration of massive parallel information processing in the cerebral cortex (Ashford et al., 1985); which has critical implications for understanding memory, particularly that aspect of memory affected by Alzheimer’s disease (Ashford, Coburn, and Fuster, 1998). His work in Alzheimer’s disease and neurophysiology led to the water-shed observation that neuro-plastic memory mechanisms of the brain are specifically affected by Alzheimer pathology (Ashford & Jarvik, 1985, Teter & Ashford, 2002).
Dr. Ashford graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1970. At UCLA (1970 – 1985) he attained an M.D. (1974) and Ph.D. (1984). He trained in psychiatry (1975 - 1979) and was a founding member of the Neurobehavior Clinic and the first Chief Resident and Associate Director (1979 - 1980) on the Geriatric Psychiatry In-Patient Unit. He conducted the first double-blind study of an anti-cholinesterase drug (physostigmine) to treat Alzheimer patients (Ashford et al., 1981), a therapy which is now standard treatment for Alzheimer patients.
In her role at Phoebe Ministries, Dr. Carney provides leadership for the development and provision of innovative care models to benefit individuals with dementia and their caregivers. In recognition of her leadership in Geropsychology, Dr. Carney has served as an appointee to the American Psychology Association Committee on Aging and the Pennsylvania Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Plan Committee.
She's the founder and director of The Alliance Training Center, an educational foundation focused geriatric care issues in Alliance, Ohio and the author of numerous published articles in industry journals, periodicals, trade publications, books, video trainings, and lectures nationally on current industry topics. Leah is passionate about her work and her energy is contagious when helping clients and industry members manage:Care Delivery, Wellness & Restorative Care Giving, Regulatory Compliance, Leadership, Re-engineering & Facility Planning, Nursing Home Management, Payment & Reimbursement, Assessment, and Assessment Documentation
Amy Powell is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator in Virginia and North Carolina, and also a Licensed Nursing Home Preceptor and an Assisted Living Preceptor. Her experience of 12 years has been in management of various types of Skilled Nursing, Assisted Living and Memory Support communities, with 6 years of Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) experience of a full continuum of care. Amy is also trained in the Minimum Data Set 3.0 (MDS), ICD-10 codes as well as in the EssentiALZ training for Dementia by the Alzheimer’s Association. This year she served as the Educational Committee chair for the LeadingAge Virginia’s Annual Conference and Trade Show for the state of Virginia.
Powell has a Master’s Degree in Human Development and a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, also known as Virginia Tech. She is a 2015 Fellow Alumni of the LeadingAge Leadership Academy, an original member of the Geriatric Mental Health Partnership and an adjunct professor of Long Term Care for South University.