Alyssa Aguirre, LCSW-S, is assistant director of dementia care transformation in the Department of Neurology. She is a clinical social worker specializing in designing new models for dementia care and counseling individuals living with dementia and their caregivers.
At Dell Med, Aguirre supports patient-centered and evidence-based approaches to deliver innovative treatment and post-diagnosis support. She coordinates several research studies focused on mild cognitive impairment and dementia and is fostering relationships with community partners to advance the mission of UT Health Austin and the Department of Neurology.
Aguirre has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan. Aguirre’s professional career has focused on Alzheimer’s intervention, program development, research and disease education. She is proud of her work on the Dementia Friendly America initiative, which provides education for health care systems and communities on ways to become dementia-friendly through training videos and provider practice tools.
As assistant professor of practice for The University of Texas at Austin’s Steve Hicks School of Social Work, Aguirre supports initiatives to educate future leaders who will transform health care and pioneer the advancement of dementia training and education. She enjoys presenting at the national, state and local levels on topics related to dementia.