Faculty at the Institute for Aging Research

Eva M. Schmitt , Ph.D

Social Gerontologist, Aging Brain Center

Institute for Aging Research
1200 Centre Street
Boston, MA 02131

617-971-5392
EvaSchmitt@hsl.harvard.edu 

OVERVIEW OF CURRENT ROLE
Eva Schmitt, Assistant Scientist I, is the Associate Director of the Aging Brain Center, and overall Director of the SAGES Study (Successful Aging after Elective Surgery). She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Aging Brain Center and of the multi-site SAGES study.

HISTORY AT IFAR AND EXAMPLES OF RESEARCH
Dr. Eva Schmitt joined IFAR in 2010. Having mainly an administrative role, Dr. Schmitt is not writing her own research grants, however, she assists the ABC director, Dr. Inouye, with grant writing and publications. Under mentorship of Dr. Inouye, she recently first-authored a publication about the methods of the SAGES study.

CAREER DEVELOPMENT
Dr. Schmitt worked in Germany as a licensed social worker (LMSW,1985) in Senior Housing Programs and in  community-based health service research for seniors. In 1992, she obtained a Masters in Social Gerontology from the University of Kassel, Germany, and worked for several years in a research project in Berlin, Germany, to improve discharge planning for older adults from psychiatric wards to home health care.  In addition, she worked as an instructor for social work and nursing students at the Alice Salomon University of Applied Science in Berlin. Dr. Schmitt obtained a PhD in Social Gerontology from the University Kassel, Germany (2006), and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF, 2010), Department of Psychology, Community-Academic Research Alliance and was an appointed Adjunct Assistant Professor at UCSF.  In San Francisco, she worked as the Director of Program Evaluations at the Institute on Aging, a not-for-profit health care provider, and as an evaluator of educational programs at the UCSF, Division of Geriatrics. Dr Schmitt was subsequently recruited to IFAR–ABC by Dr. Sharon Inouye.

CONTRIBUTIONS/ FUTURE DIRECTIONS
Dr. Schmitt will continue to work as an academic administrator at the Aging Brain Center and help to expand the grant and publication portfolio of the center. She will continue to support the goal of the Aging Brain Center to reduce delirium as a preventable cause of dementia by advancing medical knowledge about delirium, dementia, and their interface through research, education, and interventions.

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