Behavior Management Task Force
The Memory and Aging Center’s Behavior Management Task Force works to improve the management of dementia-related behavioral symptoms

The Memory and Aging Center’s Behavior Management Task Force is an interdisciplinary team, established in 2017, that aims to improve the management of dementia-related behavioral symptoms experienced by patients of the Memory and Aging Center (MAC). Our goals are to promote provider competence and expertise in behavior assessment and treatment, caregiver education and coaching, and non-pharmacological and pharmacological interventions.

Members

Nhat Bui, RN, NP
Doris Chen, MD
Mary De May, MD
Sarah Dulaney, RN, CNS
Serggio Lanata, MD, MS
Kirby Lee, PharmD
Amanda Li, LCSW
Amy Liu, PharmD
Jennifer Merrilees, RN, PhD, co-chair
Julio Rojas, MD, PhD, co-chair
Alejandra Sanchez-Lopez, MD
Melanie Stephens, PhD
Ariane Welch, SLP

Activities

Community Activities

Activities for ​Faculty, Staff and Trainees at the Memory and Aging Center

  • Behavior Cases and Strategies: A brief case presentation sent over email each month intended to demonstrate behavior symptom evaluation and planning using the DICE approach.
  • GRAB (Group Review About Behaviors): A monthly clinical case discussion meeting to present and discuss challenging behavior cases with task force members.
  • Behavior Month: Guest presentations by experts in non-pharmacological management of behavioral symptoms and review of recent relevant medical literature on the topic.
  • BMTF Meeting: Monthly team meeting to review team assignments, updates on projects and plans for new projects. New members welcome.
  • Behavior Symptom Management Lecture: A monthly didactic lecture for medical students, residents, fellows and visiting scholars on the non-pharmacological management of behavioral symptoms in dementia.
  • CREATE (Creative Response and Environmental Adaptation Training and Evaluation Clinic): The biweekly behavior consult clinic that accepts referrals from MAC providers. Two providers conduct parallel visits with the patient and the caregiver to make recommendations and referrals that can improve the management of behavioral symptoms.

Quality Improvement and Research Projects in Progress

  • UCSF MAC Behavior Management Task Force consensus statement on non-pharmacological management of dementia
  • Understanding practices of pharmacological management of neuropsychiatric symptoms of dementia in a behavioral neurology clinic: a retrospective cohort study
  • Phenotyping of sexual disinhibition symptoms in AD and FTD spectrum disorders: a chart review study
  • CREATE clinic evaluation and expansion project: measure the impact of CREATE clinic interventions using standard surveys and innovative technology like Behavior Imaging
  • GrandPad for non-pharmacological management of dementia symptoms: a pilot project testing the use of specially designed tablets to engage and connect dyads in their home environments with providers and help with the management of dementia symptoms