Adjunct FacultySocial Work
An adjunct faculty member in Eastfield College’s Social Work program since January 2009, Lisa Whitaker holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Austin College in Sherman, Texas, and a master’s degree in public health in health administration and policy from the University of Texas Health Science Center. She is completing a doctorate in gerontology at the University of North Texas. She serves as a special care program director for Presbyterian Communities and Services (PC&S) in Dallas, where she helps write policies and procedures for dementia programming and develops and facilitates staff trainings pertaining to improving dementia care. In 2008, she co-developed a specialized dementia program, Kaleidoscope, which changed the format of typical care to a theme-based model that personalizes programming.
Ms. Whitaker also has served as an adjunct professor at the University of North Texas in the College of Public Affairs and Community Relations. A member of Sigma Phi Omega, the honor society for persons studying gerontology, she had her first article published in 2009, “Alcoholism and the Baby Boomer Population: A Life-Course Perspective,” in the Indian Journal of Gerontology.