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Alyssa Aguirre, MSW, LCSW-S


Education

University of Michigan, MSW

University of Minnesota, BA, Psychology


Residency/Fellowship

Fellowship, Geriatrics, University of Michigan

Care Information

Clinical Biography

Alyssa Aguirre, MSW, LCSW-S, is a licensed clinical social worker in UT Health Austin’s Comprehensive Memory Center within UT Health Austin’s Mulva Clinic for the Neurosciences. She is also a part of the Integrated Behavioral Health team. She specializes in counseling individuals with dementia and their caregivers. Additionally, Alyssa Aguirre is an assistant professor of practice in the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin and serves as the Assistant Director of Dementia Care Transformation for the Dell Medical School Department of Neurology.

Alyssa Aguirre earned both her master’s in social work and bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Minnesota, where she also completed a fellowship in geriatrics and earned a Specialization in Aging Certificate.

Alyssa has dedicated her career to designing new models of dementia care, advancing social and biomedical research, and providing direct patient care to patients and family caregivers. She is an advocate for early diagnosis and evidence-based program interventions in communities and hospital systems. She contributed to Dementia Friendly America, an initiative to educate healthcare systems and communities on ways to become dementia-friendly by developing training videos and provider practice tools. She presents at the national, state, and local levels on topics related to dementia, aging, and caregiving.

Specializations

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Anxiety
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • End-of-life
  • Family caregiving
  • Grief and loss
  • Individual and family therapy
  • Memory loss

Board Certification

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker Board-Approved Supervisor
  • Specialization in Aging Certification
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