Mary S. Mittelman is research professor of Psychiatry and Rehabilitative Medicine at NYU School of Medicine and the director of the NYU Family Support Program, which was recently established through a large grant from New York State to provide comprehensive services to family caregivers of people with dementia. Trained in psychiatric epidemiology, she has been developing and evaluating psychosocial interventions for people with cognitive impairment and their family members for almost three decades.
For more than 20 years she was Principal Investigator of the NIH-funded randomized controlled trial of the NYU Caregiver Intervention (NYUCI), the results of which have been published widely. The NYUCI has won many awards, including the first global award for Alzheimer’s psychosocial research from Alzheimer’s Disease International/ Fondation Mederic Alzheimer. She and her colleagues have developed online training in the NYUCI for social service professionals, and are currently conducting an evaluation of a video conferencing version of the intervention. In the past decade, Dr Mittelman has also expanded her research focus to interventions that include the person with dementia with the caregiver.
She conducted an evaluation of the Meet Me at MoMA program, and is the founder of The Unforgettables, a chorus for people with dementia with their family members which rehearses and gives regular concerts in New York City.