Education Core

The Education Core facilitates the goals of the ADRC through enhancing recruitment, especially of under-represented groups, into AD research; educating the public and health care providers about the importance of early AD diagnosis, treatment, and research; and supporting the development of AD research and clinical skills.

Kenneth Hepburn, PhD
Education Core Leader

Ken Hepburn, PhD, Director of the Emory Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center Education Core, is a gerontologist who is a Professor in Emory’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing.  His area of special interest for the past thirty years has been the development and testing of materials and programs designed to help persons caring for family members with Alzheimer’s.

Susan Peterson-Hazan, MSW, LCSW
Education Core Co-Leader

Susan Peterson-Hazan, M.S.W., is a licensed clinical social worker with expertise in the education and support for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and their families. She coordinates the Alzheimer’s family education programs.

Janet Cellar DNP, PMHCNS-BC
ADRC Administrator, Clinical Nurse Specialist

Janet Cellar, DNP, PMHCNS-BC is a research and clinical nurse specialist with extensive experience in care, management, education, and support for individuals with Alzheimer's Disease and their families. She coordinates the clinic activities at the Wesley Woods Memory Disorders Clinic and clinical trials.

Monica Parker, MD
Primary Care

Monica W. Parker, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology and Education Core Member of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Emory University.  She frequently speaks to civic and church groups about aging successfully and maintaining your brain’s health. Dr. Parker has played an integral part in leading research projects to test caregiver education programs that have been supported by the National Institute of Nursing Research and the Alzheimer’s Association.

Patricia Griffiths, PhD

Dr. Patricia C. Griffiths is a Gerontologist and Health Research Scientist at the Atlanta Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center's Rehabilitation Research and Development Center for Visual and Neural Rehabilitation.

Natalie DiSantis, JD
Outreach Director

Natalie DiSantis is a health care attorney with extensive experience in community outreach, education and advocacy.  As a member of the Education Core, she coordinates a broad range of programs and events to connect community members to research activities at the ADRC.

Cornelya Dorbin, MPA
Outreach Director

Cornelya Dorbin is a public administration executive who manages special projects, marketing and outreach initiatives within the Emory ADRC.  She is deeply engaged in a range of efforts that foster exceptional program delivery and stakeholder engagement with patients, families and the general public.