Robin Ketelle, MS, RN

Nurse

Robin Ketelle received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from UCLA and a master’s degree in gerontological nursing from UCSF.

Robin’s career has involved work in medical surgical nursing, psychiatric nursing and geriatric nursing. She has held research positions at both the UC Davis and UCSF state funded California Alzheimer’s Disease Research Centers (CADC). Her work at the CADCs included expert clinical care as a clinical nurse specialist and as a clinical trials coordinator for patients and families participating in dementia research. Most recently, Robin worked in a quality assurance program at Northern California Kaiser Permanente managing data and tracking patients with breast cancer.

Robin returned to the Memory and Aging Center in May 2006 and since that time has been the primary nurse for the NIH funded Alzheimer Disease Research Center (ADRC) program, interviewing caregivers and study partners about participants’ everyday functioning, mood and behavior. She also manages the NIH-funded program project grant entitled Frontotemporal Dementia: Genes, Imaging and Emotions and interviews caregivers participating in that study as well. Additionally, Robin facilitates the caregiver support group for families and friends of patients with frontotemporal dementia. Robin is interested in helping patients with neurodegenerative disease and their caregivers to learn coping mechanisms that will improve their overall well being. She is also interested in the impact of specific symptoms of dementia, such as apathy, on function and overall health.